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As we think about last summer, we wonder how this summer will play out differently in view of the pandemic? What is there to do in the midst of COVID-19? Will we get to take a vacation this summer and what it look like? Perhaps we should have a staycation instead of a vacation this summer. How will we enjoy summer during a period of social distancing, quarantining, and generally speaking, the new normal.

Reflecting on summers past, I realize this summer will be dramatically different considering the peculiar times in which we live.   A number of activities that were routine for us prior to Covid-19 are now questionable.

Hey, but all is not lost. Let us not despair. There are activities that might be easily engaged during this contagion. If we choose to remain indoors for an extended time period, let’s learn how to replace outdoor activities with beneficial indoor substitutes. Or, while we travel and social distance, we can include some of these creative activities.

How about journaling?  Journaling could begin with thanking God that we were “…fearfully and wonderfully made: …” (Psalm 139:14). Think about your physical, mental, social and psychological well-being. We are not Wonder Women, but we certainly are strong in body and mind. If your life hasn’t been touched by Coronavirus, you can thank God for shielding you. Thank Him for protecting you. Journaling contributes to clearing our minds and calming our nerves. While we journal, worry, anxiety and fear are likely to be reduced significantly because we are relaxed. Journaling can involve activities such as recording our current personal feelings, reactions regarding current events, and summarizing sermons. If we have access to a daily devotional, we can note the day’s message. 

Then there’s exercise… Working out is another activity that can be done during these times. We want to ensure that we take proper care of the body. The Bible reads, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health …”(3 John 2 NIV). In Proverbs 31:17, the model woman “…sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks…” The phrase highlights a woman’s strength and endurance to accomplish work. Arms are strengthened through exercise.

Here’s a counter cultural spin on summer fun…

Quality time with family, friends and some me time. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, some of us were so caught up in our lives that we forgot to appreciate the people around us. During this quarantine, spending quality time with family and friends is valuable. The Bible promotes frequent family time. This is where we learn from the wisdom of generations before (Deuteronomy 6:7) We should take walks together.  Sit together and chill. Share meals. The family is the background and foundation of a nation. In addition, spending quality time with friends can fill our summer evenings with great conversations. God has also given us the opportunity to be a part of His family. Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is, when God’s people live together in unity!” And then, there’s me-time? What if I am tired or bored with journaling, working out, or don’t have the option of healthy family time? What’s a girl to do?  Refuse to go “stir crazy!”  Be quiet. Listen to your heart.  The Bible says … in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: …” (Isaiah 30:15b).

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