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Lockdown Diary Day 40: How to Prosper

1:35 PM


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My body clock has gone haywire since this lockdown life started. This Sunday, I woke up who knows when. Thank God for recordings. I got to watch today's Feast Bellevue service and was blessed by God's word. Core message: prosper.


Prosper


Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters.Take wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper. 
-Jeremiah 29:5-7

This is a part of the letter of the prophet Jeremiah to the surviving elders exiled to Babylon. They were in a crisis.

I like how Bro Arun broke this down.


How to Prosper During a Crisis

1. Build houses and settle down.

I don't think we'll ever go back to the normal we used to know. That normal didn't work. It's what brought us here.

This crisis unfortunately is taking longer than expected

To build houses and settle down means we stay. We adjust and adapt to the new normal.

If we keep whining and forcing everything to be back to what it used to be, there will be consequences.

We have to change our perspective. This is where we are now. 

What to do with what we have and where we are? That should be our focus.

Or else, we'll go insane.

Sadly, this coronavirus is causing a spike in suicide rates

Please know you're not alone.

I started this blog to not feel alone myself and to reach out to those who need someone to walk to. Someone to share their life journey with.

Message me if you need someone to listen to you.

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2. Plant gardens and eat their produce.

Literally, we need to grow our food. I wish I have a garden where I can harvest potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs. 

Someday I will.

Figuratively, we need to grow during this crisis.

I admit I paused for a while. When the lockdown started, it took me some time to wrap my head around what's going on. I got stuck.

I had so many questions.

I was in denial and disbelief. I was in shock with the whole nation.

But when I got a grip of myself, I started hustling again.

Remember that famous line of Robert H. Schuller? 

Tough times never last. Tough people do.

I can't watch myself staying stuck after falling. 

One day I decided enough is enough. I stood up again, dusted myself off and moved forward.

Oh, it was hard. I literally dragged myself out of bed every morning.

Anxiety still rears its ugly head once in a while. But I don't succumb to it anymore.

I choose to plant seeds. Now, I'm harvesting little by little. 

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3. Take wives and have sons and daughters.

I know children are blessings. They're gifts from God. 

My sister gave birth just before the lockdown happened and our family's excited and glad to welcome her cute bundle of joy.

I also know this crisis is not a good time to have a baby. There's a time for everything.

So, when I read this passage, I got worried and confused.

Have children during the crisis when there's shortage of essentials and there's a global economic crash?

But as Bro Arun explained it, this crisis should be a time to strengthen our relationship with each other especially with our family. Or those we're stuck with during the quarantine.

This time is about discipleship. 

We should make disciples. We should propagate the Good News.

Those disciples will make disciples who will make disciples in return.

Phew!

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4. Multipy. Do not decrease. Prosper. Most of all pray. 

Pray for the city. For when it prospers, you prosper.

I love that verse. 👆

Most of us complain about what's happening and how the people in authority respond to it. 

I've been guilty of that. Especially when I see injustice.

When I hear people cry dura lex sed lex when it's for the poor or powerless but seeks to extend compassion for those who are in position, that's too preposterous to stay quiet.

Despite that, I keep praying for my country and for the world.  

For I believe that when the leaders fail, we all fail. 

How they think, what they decide are out of my control. But...

I know Who's in control of everything and we have an open line communication through prayers.

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I love that God's plans for His people, even in the midst of crisis, is not to harm but to prosper.

His promise is a life of abundance and not a life of insufficiency. 

How marvelous He is!

Your turn

  • How's your Sunday?
  • How do you think can you prosper during this crisis?

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