Our friend Rachael Davison took the above photos while on a walk in our town on Sunday. We live on the Czech/Polish border, thus the barriers.
It is so easy to get caught up in the crazy of the sickness ravaging the world right now. Every day there is a new crazy story or a new thing to stress about. I am so thankful that we believe in a God that loves and cares about us. He cares if we are scared or stressed and tells us to give it all to him.
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 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.” Philippians 4:4-9
For so long, I just focused on the prayer part of Philippians 4:6-7, but I was still not letting go. What about giving thanks, focusing on what is true and good, and obeying God stuff? Whoa! So, that’s the whole package of how you let go of worry and stress. Sign me up!
Here are some of the true and good things:
We have time to get organized. From left to right: our disaster of an Edge Supply closet, Paja (the newest member of the International JV Edge Sports team) and Casey putting together a second rack, and then the finished product of all the uniforms and supplies on happy little neat shelves.
Although Casey often travels to support our greater JV Edge sports team in many of the countries where JV staff serve, Casey can still do a lot from our home office, and, thankfully, technology makes that possible.
Time to really disinfect all of the workout equipment in our garage that was being used multiple times a week for Warrior training. We are expecting those workouts to start again once they are allowed. Look at all of the kettlebells that are so excited for their next Warrior training!
Time to make Yorman Family workout videos to encourage the Josiah Venture team
So far the Czech government has not said that school will be extended into the summer, and the boys’ teachers have been sending home tons of homework (all in the Czech language, of course…minus their English classes) via email and other means. We are so thankful that our friend Misa is coming every day and helping our boys with their work. So far, in Czech, quarantine means controlled movement, not 100% isolation. Misa can come to our home because it is her work. Things might get more strict, but we will take her help while we can get it.
The boys are helping out around the house more (emptying the dishwasher, among other things).
We are getting out on more walks than ever on days with nice weather. Every afternoon means another walking adventure in our village (all the flowers and WWII bunkers!). Going on walks is not yet forbidden, so we are taking advantage of that leniency.
In Czech, they are requesting that people just cover their faces when they are going to stores and/or must be around others. That could be special face masks, but it could be a scarf or even a handkerchief. Casey decided maybe it was time to bust out some of his supplies.
Church service at home. No churches are allowed to meet in Czech anyways, but our church in Poland is especially off-limits due to the border closure. We do not wish Corona Virus on anyone, but it is convenient that the U.S. is in the same boat. We had the opportunity to watch the North Coast Church sermon (including awesome worship) this weekend together as a family. Our friend Mike even joined us—who is living in the third-floor apartment of our home. We have always had access to the NCC sermons online, but now they are tailored to people who cannot get out. It was a great experience. It feels like we are all together in this. I was very thankful for the experience. We are looking forward to “church” again this weekend!
We just showed you what blessings we are counting. There are several more that we could mention. If you find yourself worrying about the things and wondering if God really is in control, try thinking about what you are thankful for and what the Lord has already done for you. You may be surprised with a bigger list than what you expected at first. Of course, praying, focusing on what is good and true, and obeying what the Lord has already said to do in his word for sure help all of the things too. He really cares about you!