"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
In the next few blog posts, we will hear from some members of our church family. Enjoy a brief background and details about each person, along with hearing how the four week imposed lockdown due to COVID-19 has affected them personally. Our hope is to draw encouragement and strength from each other as we point towards Jesus.
"For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as your are already doing." -1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
My family and I moved from a farm in South Auckland to Taupo at the end of January this year and started at Church@109 at the same time. We have always loved Taupo, and that coupled with the lifestyle and affordability made it the best option when we were ready to buy our first home. My husband Vaughan is a mechanic and I am a stay at home mum with our two girls Zoe, 4, and Lara, 3. We haven't been here long but felt settled quickly largely due to the kindness and support from church members. Throughout the lock-down people have been checking in on us - we really appreciate it!
I don't think the lock-down has affected me as much as it has others. As a stay at home mum I'm used to spending days with the kids. But initially I was fearful of the virus and feeling uneasy about the daily changes happening - future plans were cancelled, we weren't able to see extended family and our finances were affected. Change can feel tough but it's been an opportunity to practice trusting God.
There are positive changes that have come from the lock-down too. I've really enjoyed having more quality family time and getting out for walks & bike rides together. The slower pace of life has given us a chance to evaluate what really matters and what we can live without (- online shopping!!).
Also, God has been speaking to me about my attitude during this time. While there is a lot I can't control, I can work on my attitude towards it all. Part of this has been limiting the news articles and social media posts I read. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) is a good guide... "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."