eNews - May 8, 2020

In this time, pray that God would bring mothers hope, joy, peace, and above all...

SANITY.

 

Hey Church Family!

We’ve made it through another week of gorgeous weather and hope you’re finding a way to spend time outside each day! Quarantine has a way of magnifying differences between family members, doesn’t it? Some of us are talkers, others just want quiet. Some want a family game night, others want a solo Netflix binge. Some are relieved to have nothing on the daily schedule, others are longing for a packed daily agenda. But even as we experience more family at home time, we have the opportunity to live out the gospel together! Hebrews 12:14 tells us Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. These words remind us to strive(make great effort) for peace and holiness, to put into practice loving well and modeling sacrifice to those closest to us. What an opportunity to practice gospel living!

Last week,Dr. Marianne de Deugd shared some tips for thriving, not just surviving, during quarantine and we have a few more for you this week:

• Eat Magnesium rich foods and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. This will help you to feel better physically.

• Try to learn something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start something but never had the time. There are many games, hobbies or even learning another language instructions available online for free! Read that book you always meant to!

• Avoid complaining that you are bored. Complaining only makes you and others feel badly, solves nothing and sets us up for more anxiety.

• Overlook a lot and give grace to everyone. We are all stressed, whether we are stuck in our homes, still going to work, working from home and doing homeschooling at the same time, or being innovative to keep a business going.

• Pray and spend daily time with the Lord.(If you’d like a free Upper Room devotional mailed to you, please contact the church office: 239-274-1230) Taking control over that part of your life that you can do something about will be welcomed by your brain. And we all need brains that function optimal in this time of heightened stress.

We urge you to stay spiritually connected with your church family and join us for weekly Sunday worship as well as checking out the videos from our staff and pastors on the Experience New Hope YouTube channel

We're continuing to pray and if you have a need please don’t hesitate to reach out to Pastor Eddie at 239.450.3331 or Pastor Mike at 813.368.1680.

With Love,
Your New Hope Team