My guess is this will find you living life differently than you are used to. Maybe you are at home instead of at work or out and about. With the coronavirus going on right now life may seem a little less in control – a familiar feeling after sexual assault. However, I wanted to reach out to you and let you know, we have nothing to fear.
God is with us right now and will continue to be. I believe as my pastor said today in his sermon online, that God will use this for good. This may be just what is needed to spark a much needed revival in our country. To show others the love of God as we face the unknown.
I understand many of us don’t usually have as much social interaction as others because of recovery from sexual assault. It many times leaves us more alone. However, we have experienced really tough times in life that maybe some haven’t encountered. How we have gotten through can be a testimony to others as they face what may be a difficult time ahead.
So as you are even more socially isolated than usual, know I am praying for you. For you to not get discouraged as you continue to recover in the midst of a pandemic. I pray you stay healthy and that you have the ability to show God’s love to others through service during this time.
I understand what it’s like to be alone, yet I’m not really alone with God here. You are not either. Always remember this in the days ahead as you might spend more time isolated.
In Isaiah we are reminded of one of God’s promises to us.
“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
Right at this moment God is holding each of us in His hand. We have nothing to fear knowing God is in control. It doesn’t mean some of us won’t get sick or that it could be a difficult time, but with God providing the strength we can depend on Him to get us through.
It’s my understanding that only about 1% or less, of people that contract the coronavirus actually die from it. Many are the elderly or with suppressed immune systems. However, if you know God, even death is not the end, but the beginning of eternity. Not that any of us wants to die soon, it just isn’t something to be afraid of if you know God personally.
I will continue to share my weekly post, if not more, and include some encouraging songs again as well in the upcoming weeks. I will still be here so if you need to drop me a note in comments or through contact me. I’ll be glad to respond.
If you don’t know God personally, maybe today is the day you do. If you want to come into a relationship with Him. Just pray and let Him know you recognize you are a sinner who needs forgiveness. That you believe He sent His son Jesus to die for you and that He rose again. Just tell God you want to know Him. However you pray, I promise God will hear you. Once you come into a relationship with God your eternity is secure in Heaven and He is always with you.
Hang in there as you hopefully can continue your counseling and needed appointments that help us to get better as we recover. Know you are always prayed for. God has not forsaken us. We have nothing to fear with God on our side. Stay healthy and many blessings to you.
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