Y’all it was a day let me tell ya. It started off with attacks of the enemy, and it ended with my back in a bind. I might have slightly lost my faith in humanity, thankfully my faith in God is stronger than ever, and it's that faith on which I rely.
The country as a whole, the world even, is going through an awful lot right now. People are scared, they’re lost, they're losing sleep over their worries. Well, let me introduce you to my life, and a man named Jesus.
In 2009 Kenny and I brought our son, Cash, home from the hospital after a bumpy start to his little life. He was born only two weeks early, but he had lung issues right away and spent his first four days in NICU struggling to breathe. I had never had a sick newborn before (Cash is #5 out of 7). It was difficult in those few days, but when we brought him home, healthy, I put it behind me and got on with life.
Cash would end up being in the hospital another 8 times in his first two years of life (admitted more than 3 days and up to 30 days at a time) He would subsequently be at the ER and the doctor's office so many times I lost count. Lung infection after lung infection, pneumonia, skin infections, ear infections, a bone infection, sepsis. You name it, that poor little guy got it. It was nothing for us to have to take him to the ER, for one thing, only to have him pick up something else while there. He was a sick little boy.
In the weeks after his second birthday, he was hospitalized after having a tonsillectomy because he had developed three separate infections, one of which ended up taking his left lung. It literally liquified his lung and the lung drained out a chest tube that had been placed in his side. These were dark days. I was 8 months pregnant, and a hot mess most of the time. Cash was hospitalized three hours from our home, and I stayed with him the entire time while Kenny was home and working. It was difficult, and it was character building. It was our wilderness, and that season in our lives was just plain difficult on so many levels.
When he was finally well enough to come home after losing his lung, it was a whole new world for us. He was soon diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency, and that brought it's own set of new challenges as we learned to navigate the world of germs, but the diagnosis also helped our son to live a healthier life because we knew what we were up against and that Cash wasn't like every other child. He was healthier than he'd ever been after diagnosis. He still had infections, and a few hospital stays, but taking a daily antibiotic prophylactically, and taking precautions for him, we were able to keep infections to a minimum.
By the time we moved to Florida four years ago Cash was holding his own, and the warm weather here only helped. We had always been told a warmer climate may make a world of difference as he had the most illnesses in the fall/winter/early spring months. Since moving to Florida Cash has had no hospital stays, and only a few minor infections. We have truly been blessed. We believe Cash could be healed, as we fully know God has the power to do that, but I say he is healed cautiously only because so many kids who have Primary Immune Deficiencies have months and even years of good health, and then relapse. We take every day one day at a time with Cash, and we're truly thankful for every good health day he has. We believe the Lord has His hand on Cash, and that Cash has a mighty Godly purpose on this earth.
Enter stage left, COVID-19. Everyone is freaking out a bit, and we're just over here trying to decide how to best keep our immune-compromised son safe. It's funny, I had almost forgotten the urgency of keeping him safe until all this happened, and then this virus wisped in and changed all our lives and rocked our little piece of the world. We are fortunate to already be homeschooling, so we didn't have to worry about school, but with the numbers increasing rapidly of diagnosed cases, and Florida being number 4 in the number of cases in an individual state, we aren't taking chances with Cash. He has not left our home in over a week now, neither have our other kids. I have left only a few times for necessities, and errands. Kenny has continued to go to school on the weekdays. We are very aware that one of us could bring something back to Cash, so we are trying to minimize that possibility.
Y'all I do not want to minimize the God factor here. This virus is a big deal, but my God is a bigger deal. We have faith, but we have common sense too, That's why we are limiting contacts and keeping to ourselves (social distancing) to protect our son. So when I came against the enemy this morning and it rocked my faith in humans for a hot minute, let me tell you, God reminded me pretty quickly of all the blessings in my life, and how my faith in Him has carried me through some pretty rough stuff. My faith is stronger today than it's ever been. This virus crisis doesn't scare me. Am I going to be smart, of course, but I'm not scared because I know who holds the future.
I guess I'm writing all this to say Jesus is King, God is in control and if I'm not scared, you shouldn't be either. We have someone in our home who falls into that the demographic of people who really need to be concerned about this thing, and still, we're not scared. Fear is of the devil, and we will not be shaken by a devil who has no power over us. Yes, my faith in God is strong, and that's the faith that I rely on.
I encourage you today y'all, don't bend to the fear of Satan, but instead lean into the strength and the power of Jesus, and know He is in control, and He's got you. Use your brain, be smart, but trust in Him always. I hope y'all have a wonderful and blessed day and I will talk to you again tomorrow! Please leave me a like or a comment if you enjoyed this blog and share it with your friends so I can be an encouragement to them as well.
I don't know about y'all but I feel like I'm living in an episode of the Twilight Zone right now. Here I am making some crafts, doing some DIY's, feeding my chickens, watering my garden, baking some bread and all the while the world has gone mad. The NBA shut down, the NCAA shut down, schools are closed, Universities are closed, and something that, as a Floridian, I can tell you NEVER happens. Disney World has shut down. Even when Orlando gets hit head-on with a hurricane, Disney World never shuts down for more than a day. They're now officially closed until at least the end of the month. That's TWENTY DAYS people! TWENTY!!! I'm telling you, this is serious!
So, what the heck is going on? I'll tell you what's going on, there's a whole lot of people who don't trust Jesus. Now, having said that let me be clear. I fully know COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus is a real thing, and it really can kill people, but I also know it has a much lower death rate than simple Influenza which hits our nation every year. Some years it hits harder than others, but people die every single year, and they die at a higher rate than COVID-19 is killing them. I'm not saying we shouldn't take it seriously, take precautions, and be smart, I'm just saying this is madness, and anyone who trusts the Lord cannot be falling for this madness.
Now, before you start yelling at me, know that I have a child with a compromised immune system and so this is serious to our household. I mean it's serious to everyone, but we know elderly, babies and toddlers and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk to be affected. That means I don't take it lightly, but I also don't take the Lord God lightly. I know He's protecting me, and He has a mighty plan among all the craziness that's happening around me in the world right now.
I am drawn to Philippians 4:6-7 which tells us: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." The panic that is happening is not of God, and I dare say it is of something dark inside this world. In Isaiah 41:10 it says: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
You need not look any further than your very own Bible to find the peace and comfort that you desire during this time of panic in our nation and our world. God is with you, He is fighting for His people, and He will sustain you. Is this crisis real, well in part, yes. Should you take precautions and use common sense, of course. Is there a viable threat currently, unfortunately, yes there is, but none of that changes who God is and what He does. There's a reason the Bible says the peace of God surpasses all understanding, and it's because non-believers don't understand it. Sometimes believers don't even understand it, but we know we can trust it, and we can trust it.
Take heed friends, when there's panic in the streets, and when people rush about, buying up all the things, hiding in fear, and trembling, we serve a Mighty God who is in total control and for whom we can trust with our very lives. Proverbs 3:5 tells us: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding." We do not fear, because God tells us that fear is not for us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you're fearful today and you know Him, go to Him and ask for His peace. He will supply it in multitude to those who are His own. Grab hold of Jesus and don't let go. We're all going to get through this and come out better for the fact that we depended on Jesus for our every need. Though it's unfortunate, this isn't an episode of The Twilight Zone, and we can't just turn off the TV and make it go away, but we can get on our knees and take it to the Lord in prayer. I pray you're doing just that, and that you won't let the panic of others control you. Feelings lie to us every day, the word of God never will.
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