Quarantine acomplishments

 We have reached the half-way point through our 14 day adventure!  In our time of quarantine, we have had plenty of time to think….as it is one of those rare times when there is not much we can do.  So, a few weeks ago we were able to watch a few individuals from our home church follow Jesus in a believer’s baptism.  As a general practice they give their testimonies first and one individual referenced a poem that can continues to play in my mind.  It goes as follows……

Marriage is hard.  Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.

Obesity is hard.  Being fit is hard.  Choose your hard.

Being in debt is hard.  Being financially disciplined is hard.  Choose your hard.

Communication is hard.  Not communicating is hard.  Choose your hard.

Life will never be easy.  It will always be hard.

But we can choose our hard.  Pick wisely.

We can all probably relate to one of the things if not many that are written in this poem.  It is easy to fall into the trap that says “things will be easier if ……...”, but the reality is that 'hard' will always be waiting around that corner.  It all comes down to what we will choose.  For us, in this particular time, it would be very easy to grumble about being locked in a hotel room.  However, we much choose to rejoice for the gifts the Lord has given us this day.  It reminds me of the several times the Israelites of the Bible would wish to return to Egypt.  “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full…."” Exodus 16:2-3  For those of you that may not know the story, this was one of many times the Israelites painted a wonderful picture of Egypt and longed to go back to it.  The reality was that they were slaves in the land of Egypt and were treated horribly.  While this story was from several thousand years ago not much has changed in our lives.  We paint pictures in our heads of a “wonderful time” wanting to do anything to get back to them, when in reality they were just as hard if not at times harder than the current “hard times” we are in now.  So, we must make the most of the time, situations, and gifts we have been given! 

 Gunner worked with commitment to complete this Lego pirate ship! 

This Lego project was 1,260 pieces and Gunner worked on his own following the instruction book to assemble the ship.  He only needed help from mom and dad a couple times to find a specific piece!

Moriah worked on a paint by sticker project a friend gave her!

She has also been coloring many beautiful pictures!