Kids are going to be as stable as You Are!

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Hello it’s your resident therapist here to tell you, God will can keep us in Perfect Peace.

Isaiah 26:3   –  He will keep in perfect peace for those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!

Hard sometimes to be in perfect peace when we are bombarded with facts about the seriousness of this virus.  When we have lost loved ones and jobs and incomes.   Here is reality, all of us deal with stress and fear differently and it can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.  There are  little eyes and ears watching, hearing and seeing things that most of them can’t conceptually understand. They can sense our anxiety, fear, frustration and panic.

So how do we balance the seriousness of this outbreak  and walk in peace?

  1. Each morning when you get up, ask God to help you for that day.  

2. Give your self permission to process what you are hearing and feeling but do this outside of the eyes and ears of children.

3.  Talk with a friend or relative about how you are feeling and ask them to pray with you.

We are spirit beings living in a human body.  Acting like everything is fine and ok is not realistic.  It is not fine and ok, we are in a crisis.  BUT we will get through this with GOD’S help and as we walk through this TOGETHER,  God promises that HE will give us in peace that SURPASSES ALLL UNDERSTANDING.

Philippians 4:6-8   Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

Children, even, the big ones, will cue off of us.  They need to see how we intake information and process it.  They learn from us.  If they have questions answer it as best as you can with a minimum amount of emotions.  Not no emotion or a lot of emotions but try to give them balanced answers.  This modeling  gives then permission to ask questions and process their own fears and anxiety.

So do what you re supposed to do to stay safe and healthy.

Illustration: washing hands with soap and waterClean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her homeAvoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home unless you HAVE to go out and take care of essential business (grocery store, doctor etc.)
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

woman covering their mouth when coughingCover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water.

man wearing a maskWear a facemask if you are sick

cleaning a counterClean and disinfect

  • surfaces daily.

We get to walk this journey with God or without Him.  The Choice is Yours!