EP. 16: Handling the Uncertainty of COVID
30 min

COVID-19 has exposed a unique set of challenges for everyone, especially women. Join hosts Elisa and Eryn as they discuss their own personal struggles of being worn down during this global pandemic and share some practical tips on how to reground yourself with God.

Notes and Quotes: 

  • “This uncertainty is magnifying and pointing out the truth that we truly are not in control of our lives, but He is.”
  • “This time right now has revealed to me how important and precious a quiet time is.”
  • “In the suffering, we can develop endurance and character.”
  • Practical things you can do to ground yourself: journaling; quiet time; a breath prayer; squeeze your hands before Jesus to illustrate your desire for control, and then physically open your hands and lift up your concerns to Him.
  • “When we hold our lives so tightly and love them so hard the way they are, we can end up almost destroying them.”
  • “In this season of uncertainty, I think the [lesson] is to hold things more loosely.”
  • Uncertainty creates anxiety or worry.
  • “Be a ‘we’ team with God.”
  • “Be kind to yourself and to each other. Everybody is stressed.”

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