by Chinye Wakama
Looking back to the start of lock down I was in shock and taken aback to what was happening around the world. Lock down has been challenging but fun. I am a positive person and optimistic, always looking for ways to enjoy every situation even if it seems like there is nothing to be happy about. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to be home with my family. My kids are very happy to spend time with mummy. I have had time to reflect on so many areas of my home and family life.
This crazy time has changed our normal routine. We are creating routines daily. Be encouraged to depend on God each day. This is the time our faith can grow when things seem to be challenging.
During quarantine we have focused on creating a loving, comfortable and warm home by:
Praying is a powerful tool to have and connects you to God. Through prayer God is able to speak and reveal things to you. Start creating a daily prayer habit and also if possible pray with your family. I have used this time to draw closer to God and as a family we have been doing more devotions and praying together as a family. The bible tells us to ‘’Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’’. You can pray when you wake up, at meal times, bedtime and even when you are out shopping. God is always moving and hears our prayers and He is able to change situations. The bible says in 2 chronicles 7:14 ‘’ If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land’’. If we pray and seek God’s face and turn from sin, He will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I have a passion for art and have been doing a lot more artwork than I ever did before lockdown. I have also gained a new passion for interior design and DIY. There are lots of resources online which I have found very useful. This time has brought out my hidden talents which has been set aside. I have been encouraged to get creative. What ever your passion and talents is do not push to one side but motivate yourself to use it for your benefit and others. If your passion is blogging for example keep at it. Start a new business or a new course. You are authentic you can do it. Philipians 4:13 says ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’’. It is important we use whatever talents God has given us even in the mist of chaos.
I have tried keeping fit as I know it is good for my body’s wellbeing and mental health. It has been hard for me to exercise but I have motivated myself to go for walks. I do have an exercise machine which has been in my storage cupboard for a while and each time I open the cupboard it steers me at the face and I say to myself I need to get this out. Yes I procrastinate. To be fair exercise machines are not my thing. I prefer going for walks and dancing. I absolutely love dancing. It really doesn’t matter if you can’t dance as long as you have the passion for it. My family loves been outdoors especially our kids. My kids enjoy playing outdoors, exploring the world around them. It is soothing to have some fresh air especially now it is getting very warm. I am currently learning how to ride a bike and it has been fun to say the least. My eldest is an expert and she doesn’t understand why mummy keeps falling off and says keep up mummy.
Keep in touch
Love your neighbours and keep in touch with friends and family. It is a good idea to check on people especially at this difficult time. I am grateful to have my friends and family who check on me from time to time. When lockdown started I sent letters out to my elderly neighbours to check on them. They appreciated this gesture and sent letters back to let us know how they were. During Easter the kids got chocolates from our neighbour. It was very thoughtful of my neighbour to share chocolates at Easter. Even at this time its important we show love and care to others. Mark 12: 31 says ‘’Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these’’.
As lock down starts to ease we should keep our faith in Christ and be prayerful. In every situation we find ourselves make the most out of it and ultimately give thanks to God. Psalm 107:1 ‘’ Give thanks to the lord, for he is good; his love endures forever’’. In the meantime I am still hoping to get that exercise machine out.
Chinye Wakama is a wife and mother of two. She is a registered Biomedical scientist in Paediatrics. She is part of the youth leadership, welcome and childrens church at authentic city church. She is passionate about helping women and children in need