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When that Frustrated Feeling Goes Viral

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 | 2 comments

When that Frustrated Feeling Goes Viral

I’m frustrated and I want this quarantine life to be over! I’ll bet a lot of you are with me on that one.

 

 

 

 

When that Frustrated Feeling Goes Viral

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Do not be angry and frustrated. Do not fret. That only leads to trouble. Proverbs 37:8 (NET)

When that Frustrated Feeling Goes Viral scripture

I’m frustrated and I want this quarantine life to be over! As a matter of fact, I’ll bet a lot of you are with me on that one. The COVID-19 virus has people in every level of society, every part of the world, every age and background frustrated on some level.

Do not be angry and frustrated. Do not fret. That only leads to trouble. Proverbs 37:8 #anger #frustration #relationships Click To Tweet

When Life Makes You Frustrated

If you’re high-risk, it’s scary! As a matter of fact, my husband was laid off. We’re stuck in our homes, the kids are out of school, everything is complicated. We question whether to wear masks or not and wonder if it’s safe to go to the store. Our internet is slow. I tried to make masks but my sewing machine has a broken gear. We’re trying to sell 3 vehicles but no one is buying. I’m certain you could add to the list. Oh, did I mention the refrigerator smells, even after being cleaned out and washed? When frustration gains a foothold, it goes viral fast.

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When frustration gains a foothold, it goes viral fast. #frustration #Quarantinelife #patience Click To Tweet

If he was totally human, Jesus had reason to be frustrated on a daily basis. He lived and traveled with a group of men who failed to understand who he was. Moreover, they argued with each other, tried to gain a privileged position, and didn’t get what he was sent to accomplish.

The Antidote to Feeling Frustrated

Time after time, scripture encourages us to not give into anger, refrain from worry, treat others with patience, and focus on the good. After Paul lists all the excellent, noble, praiseworthy things we should concentrate on, he puts us in our place. Philippians 4:12-13 says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

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Quarantine life makes us more than a little stir crazy. As a result, I need to concentrate on things that increase my satisfaction with my circumstances. However, God knew COVID-19 with all its ramifications would happen. Our peace and contentment come from Jesus Christ. Therefore, my feelings of stress and fear indicate my lack of trust.

Our peace and contentment come from Jesus Christ. #hope #peace #JesusChrist Click To Tweet

Making Good Feelings Go Viral

I don’t want to be difficult to live with. Therefore, each day I will find something I can praise God for and encourage someone else. I will choose to treat those around me with grace and love. Likewise, kindness only costs thought and time. Let’s make joy and glory to God go viral. After all, he is still in control.

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Let’s make joy and glory to God go viral. #joy #giveGodglory #attitude Click To Tweet

© Copyright, Norma Gail Holtman, April 19, 2020

About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

 

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Our Reason for Hope When the World Fears

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 | 4 comments

Our Reason for Hope When the World Fears

What is the reason for our hope during the COVIC-19 pandemic? In this week after Easter, I am reminded of the lack of hope the disciples experienced following the crucifixion.

 

 

 

 

Our Reason for Hope When the World Fears

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Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15

What is the reason for our hope during the COVIC-19 pandemic? Right now, despair is a menacing specter for many. In this week after Easter, I think of the lack of hope the disciples experienced following the crucifixion. They hid in fear, confused, hopeless, and without direction.

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Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15 #Christianliving #hope Click To Tweet

Is There Reason for Hope During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Watching the news strikes fear into our hearts through uncertainty about our health and the economy. As Christians, our hope centers on the promises of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him, the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

However, each of us knows people who are lost, fearful, and anxious about what life holds in a post-pandemic world. Jesus Christ is our hope, past, present, and future.

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What hope can you share with people frightened by the pandemic? #Godislove #hope #COVID19 Click To Tweet

Our Reason for Hope in Every Circumstance

Before his death, Jesus told his followers about the helper they would receive when he was no longer with them. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth…But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:16, 26, 27)

Following the resurrection, those who saw Jesus went forth into the hostile world with fearless confidence. The same enemies surrounded them, certain they had destroyed the threat to their way of life, yet the apostles exhibited power.

Christians have a helper to strengthen them when trials come. #faithinthetimeofcoronavirus #HolySpirit #trials Click To Tweet

Our Reason for Hope to Share with the World

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In spite of our altered world, we possess the same promises and helper as Jesus’ disciples. The Holy Spirit confers upon the Christian the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.

First, we study scripture and pray, then we go to our families, friends, and neighbors filled with joy and peace because of the hope within us. Our faith doesn’t rest in human wisdom offered in news reports but in the power of God. Share that hope with someone this week.

Do you hope in human wisdom or the power of God? #wisdom #power #Quarantinelife Click To Tweet

© Copyright, Norma Gail Holtman, April 13, 2020

About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

 

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Easter in Quarantine: Hope for a Frightened World

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Easter in Quarantine: Hope for a Frightened World

Easter in Quarantine: Hope for a Frightened World

Easter in quarantine–this Sunday, we won’t dress in our finest and gather in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet, even in quarantine, Christians can proclaim the hope of our living Redeemer to those around us.

 

 

 

Easter in Quarantine: Resurrection Hope for a Frightened World

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I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection… Philippians 3:10

On the first Easter, Jesus’ disciples did not proclaim the Good News of salvation to the world. They hid behind locked doors in fear, much like our quarantine due to COVID-19. This Sunday, we won’t dress in our finest and gather in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet, even in quarantine, Christians can proclaim the hope of our living Redeemer to those around us.

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I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection… Philippians 3:10 #Easter #resurrection #JesusChrist Click To Tweet

On Easter in Quarantine, Christians Must Give Our Fear to God

First, we must give our fear to the Lord and leave it there. Precautions and obedience to laws that keep us safe are wise. Hiding in fear of death is not. Just before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) His question today is the same.

Jesus didn’t welcome the suffering he had to endure any more than we welcome the coronavirus but he prayed for God’s will, not his own. Mark reports that Jesus addressed God as “Daddy.” He prayed, “Abba, Father…everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.” If we truly believe that we have already passed from death to life (John 5:24), we know God is in control no matter what trials come. True faith is trust in the midst of turmoil.

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True faith is trust in the midst of turmoil. #faith #trust #Quarantinelife Click To Tweet

On Easter in Quarantine, We Must Proclaim Our Hope to a Lost and Fearful World

There is no shame in sharing our fears about the pandemic with friends. Common concerns offer a basis to explain our hope. When Jesus appeared following his resurrection, he told the disciples to have peace.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ isn’t only a historical event. The resurrection is power. Ephesians 1:18-20 says believers have an “incomparably great power.” The mighty power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives within us. However, in order for that power to be evident in our lives, we must die to self, lay our fears at Jesus’ feet, and walk in his peace, offering hope to a frightened world. The disciples were fearless after the resurrection.

The disciples were fearless after the resurrection. #courage coronavirus #Easter Click To Tweet

 

Be Creative This Easter

Though we can’t invite friends and family to church this Easter, we can write notes to unbelievers sharing the reason for our trust in God. Perhaps we can invite them to watch an online church service with us by Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. They might be more open to a service online or television than attending a worship service. Afterward, we can answer their questions.

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Our hope is certain. 1 Peter 2:6 says, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Jesus is that Cornerstone. We will come through this pandemic as stronger, more confident Christians if we focus on the One who overcame death by the power of the resurrection rather than hiding in fear.

We will come through this pandemic as more confident Christians if we focus on the One who overcame death by the power of the resurrection #victory #COVID19 Click To Tweet

© Norma Gail Holtman, April 3, 2020

About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

 

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Moses and the Exodus Offer Lessons for Our Time

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 | 6 comments

Moses and the Exodus Offer Lessons for Our Time

Moses and the Exodus provide many powerful lessons applicable to our time. God’s freeing of the Israelites from Egyptian captivity speaks to the fear rampant during our isolation in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Moses and the Exodus Offer Lessons for Our Time

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Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9

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Moses and the Exodus provide many powerful lessons applicable to the COVID-19 pandemic. God’s freeing of the Israelites from Egyptian captivity speaks to the fear rampant during our isolation.

Just as Israel was held captive by a strong enemy that threatened their ability to live as free people, we are held prisoner by this virus running rampant in the world. The people were afraid, and God sent them a deliverer in the form of Moses. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the confidence that God is in control, just as he showed his power over the mighty Pharaoh.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 #salvation #Godislove #hope Click To Tweet

God Protected Moses and the Exodus

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During the plagues of Egypt, the Israelites were protected because God wanted Pharaoh to realize there was no one like him in all the earth.

In the way that our protection rests in social distancing and personal hygiene, the safety of the Israelites relied on trusting a strange order from God to Moses. Their firstborn were protected by the blood of a lamb painted on the doorframe. However, they had seen how God shielded them from the other plagues. As believers, we must share our trust in God’s love and control whenever we are able.

Believers must share our trust in God’s love and control whenever we are able... #Christians #Godislove #pandemic Click To Tweet

Christians Rest on the Promises of God

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Just as the blood of a lamb painted on the doorframe protected the Israelites, Christians have the assurance that the blood Jesus, shed for our sins, covers us with protection. We have forgiveness and eternal life but also abundant life right now. John 10:10 tells us, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB) We can live without fear because God is in control. We must share our hope with others.

Pharaoh set the Israelites free after the death of his firstborn. Moses and the Exodus left Egypt with great wealth, because of the Egyptians eagerness to get rid of them. The Christian’s great wealth during times of trial rests on the promises of God.

The Christian’s great wealth during times of trial rests on the promises of God #trials #hope #coronavirus Click To Tweet

Moses and the Exodus Remind Christians of Our Hope

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In spite of all the miracles God performed, the Israelites rebelled and became afraid once they reached the desert. Likewise, we as believers have stories of how God helped us in the past. But with the drastic, unexpected changes wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to become afraid. Ephesians 1:7-8a reminds us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

While others panic, the story of Moses and the Exodus reminds us that our hope is in the God who watches over his own. The blood of Jesus sets us free.

Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

Our hope is in the God who watches over his own... #Godisgood #COVID19 #protection Click To Tweet

© Norma Gail Holtman, March 24, 2020

About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

 

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Having a Noah’s Ark Experience During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Having a Noah’s Ark Experience During the COVID-19 Crisis

Having a Noah’s Ark Experience During the COVID-19 Crisis

Noah’s ark provides a powerful example of isolation during an unusual event that changed the world forever. But God remembered Noah and his family. And he remembers each one of us.

 

 

 

 

Having a Noah’s Ark Experience During the COVID-19 Crisis

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But God remembered… Genesis 8:1

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Noah’s Ark Shows God is in Control

The COVID-19 quarantine is a unique experience in our time. We have lived relatively free of the diseases and plagues experienced by previous generations. Without warning, we face a formidable and dangerous situation that threatens our lives, our livelihood, and our world economy. We don’t know how long the pandemic will last or how our world will change before we emerge. Rather than the world being out of control, God is in control just as he was during the Flood.

We don’t know how long the pandemic will last or how our world will change but God is in control. #pandemic #Godisgood #hope Click To Tweet

Noah’s Ark Shows God has a Purpose

In Noah’s time as in ours, evil flourished and few cared about God. He was the only righteous man in the world, intimate with God and obedient to him. Noah gathered his family, the necessary food, the animals, and entered the ark. Unlike our situation, Genesis 7:16 tells us, “Then the Lord shut him in.” However, whether due to our own health or the orders of authorities, ultimately God has a purpose for our isolation.

God Doesn’t Take His People Out of the Storms of Life

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Once Noah and his family were safe, the deluge hit. Imagine the panicky people left outside. Picture them running to the top of buildings and then mountains, as the waters rose higher, accompanied by frightened animals desperate to save themselves. Perhaps Noah heard the screams. In the same way that people have rushed to buy essential items, and call professionals worried about their health now, the people of Noah’s day scrambled to find a place of safety.

As with the natural forces unleashed during the Flood, the coronavirus is an event of nature resulting in massive mortality. Whether by direct action or selective inaction, God holds ultimate control. Like the rest of the world, Christians can’t avoid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our safety isn’t only in remaining virus-free and living. Christians have the assurance of safety in Christ even if they die. Likewise, God didn’t take Noah out of the storm but kept his family safe as they went through it.

God didn’t take Noah out of the storm but kept his family safe as they went through it. #safety #Godislove #safety Click To Tweet

God Wants Us to Proclaim His Message to Frightened People

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We will come out of isolation. Noah emerged from the ark into a changed world void of other life and everything that existed before. People will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis having lost family members, health, jobs, financial security, and with new fears of another disease outbreak. When that time comes, God wants his people to go forth and proclaim the message of salvation to those trapped in fear and darkness.

Share the Good News of salvation in Christ with the frightened people in our world. #coroanvirus #Jesus #hope Click To Tweet

Our Noah’s ark experience should equip us to share the Good News of salvation in Christ with the frightened people in our world. We have comfort and hope the world lacks. We have a God who says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Spend time with God during this quarantine and find ways to tell a frightened world that God remembers them and wants them to know him.

But God remembered… Genesis 8:1 God didn't forget Noah and he won't forget you. #Godislove #Noah #isolation Click To Tweet

© Norma Gail Holtman, March 21, 2020

About the author:

Norma Gail - AuthorNorma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands (releasing May 19, 2020), explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, Inspire a Fire, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon.

 

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