In light of recent events, we want to encourage you in the midst of so many changes in our daily lives. You have a great opportunity to do some wonderful things in your family during this season of social distancing.
Crazy Cool parents create family connections out of worldly chaos.
James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
The coronavirus is a trial. God wants you to use trials to look for Him and to find joy. Know that this is an opportunity to build your faith.
We want to encourage you to focus on…
For many of you, you are going to be with your family a lot more. It’s an opportunity to connect more with each other. It’s our job as parents to filter what we’re going through and first Pursue God.
What’s God saying to you in the midst of the chaos? And how are you going to deliver this to your kids? Your kids don’t know how to deal with all of this, and they’re watching you to know how to react.
We talk a lot about asking questions to connect with your kids. Ask them how they’re processing all of this.
1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” We are the ones who get to give our children love and to cast out fear.
Don’t be the fear-carriers; be the love-bearers.
2. Getting knowledgeable about what’s going on.
When the unknown becomes the known, we are empowered to make wise decisions.
There are so many resources online. Learn all you can, and empower yourself with knowledge.
Don’t listen to the news in front of your kids; or if you do, don’t have it on for long.
Tell your children age-appropriate information. Your older child needs more information than your three-year-old does.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Let God give you wisdom to know what to share with each of your children.
3. Being a service-oriented family and not a selfish one.
By sacrificing our conveniences, we are in turn serving others. We must do our part so we don’t overwhelm our medical system or over-burden our doctors and nurses.
Trials bring about the opportunity to love and help others.
God understands your fear, your uncertainty, and the emotions you’re feeling.
4. Honoring the authorities.
Romans 13 tells us that all authority is established by God.
We want to show our kids how to support those who serve us in our government, schools, and medical fields.
How are your kids handling sporting events, fine arts events, and extracurricular activities being cancelled? How do you process those disappointments with your kids?
Our kids will mirror how we treat others.
God didn’t say that our authorities are going to be perfect. He said He put authorities in place and that we are to honor them and pray for them.
Look for opportunities to serve and to honor others.
We have some free resources to share with you to help you during this time.