Self-isolation can be a suffocating time for many. God designed us to be in relationship, and lack of social interaction has the potential to have a devastating effect on our mental health. However, we can always rely on our relationship with God, and there are steps that we can take to turn what the enemy aims to use for bad into good. Here’s how:
1) Pray Mathew 6:6 (NIV) says, ‘But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you’. At this time, the door is shut to the outside world, so what better time to pray? Check out some prayer requests at https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/more_than_conquerors.
2) Study the Bible The Word of God can help to strengthen us in times of trial, and this is the perfect opportunity to get to know our loving Father even better. As a start, why not meditate on Psalms 21 and 91? Put up post-its around the house to declare over this situation and remind you that you might be self-isolating, but you’re never alone.
3) Call loved ones Just because you can’t meet people doesn’t mean that you can’t interact. Call those you love, especially those who are alone. Use the opportunity to pray together and encourage each other. Shine the light of your love into the darkness of loneliness.
4) Declutter your mind and your home It’s time for a Spring clean! Keep yourself busy by decluttering your home and getting a bag ready for the charity shops once we’re let loose on society again. Then consider whether there’s anything cluttering up your mind that also needs to be handed over, to God. Sit down, relax and consider whether there is anyone you need to forgive. A parent? A friend? Yourself? Say out loud: “[Name], you [fill in what you need to forgive them for]. God has forgiven me, so I forgive you.”
5) Check out Energize at the Movies Get the popcorn ready then pick a film to watch from https://www.energize.uk.net/series/61. Afterwards, look through the items related to it. Entertainment that brings us closer to God!
6) Count your blessings When we go through difficult times, it’s easy to focus on the things we lack. But Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says, ‘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’. Use this opportunity to write a list of things you’re grateful for. At times when your mind starts to focus on anything that isn’t lovely, read through this list and thank God for your blessings.
7) Rejoice We are told to ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’ (Philippians 4:4). That includes now! Put on your favourite worship songs and let the joy of salvation overcome the circumstances you’re in. Shout for joy!
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