5 Ways To Use Your Quarantine

Without trying to sound too obvious, we are in an unprecedented time. There is nothing in recent history that we can look back to as a guide for how to navigate these days ahead. Not to mention how fast all of this has happened. Within a matter of days, we went from a nation with a healthy and steady economy to a nation that is on the verge of a recession. Schools and businesses have closed, and the world is forced to stay at home without much warning. These are the times where we see everything come to a screeching halt and we quickly can find ourselves without much to do. What we were working on a week ago is no longer an option and leaving our house seems less and less like the best thing to do. We are faced with a choice; we can sit and wait out this season or we can embrace it and be good stewards of the extra time at home that God has given us. I want us to consider together 5 simple ways that we can better use our time during this quarantine.

1. Read God’s Word.

This might seem like a given and if we are followers of Jesus, we should strive to read our Bibles on a daily basis. However, when we are quickly and abruptly thrown out of our routines, having a quiet time with the Lord can easily become the first to go. One simple way we can help in this is to create a new routine. Create some idea of a schedule and look to have your quiet time around the same time every day. If you find you have lots of time, that is wonderful but if not, take just 10 minutes to prayerfully approach God’s Word and look for one key takeaway that the Lord has showed you during this time. I encourage you to write it down in the margin of your Bible or in a journal and reflect on that during the day. By doing these little simple things, I pray that you can have a fruitful quiet time in this chaotic season.

2. Create a Prayer Journal.

We are actively living through history each day. We are experiencing a worldwide phenomenon that generations after us will ask us about as they read their history books. This really is a time we will not want to forget. Not just because of the unique nature, but how God moved and worked during this time. A prayer journal can be a great way to not only help us process out things that happen throughout our day, but also to record our specific prayer requests during this time. This doesn’t have to be hard. Simply get a notebook or journal and start writing. You will be amazed at how the words will begin to flow. Even if you only write a few sentences it will help you, not only better process the world around you, but to help you be more intentional with your prayer life. Imagine being able to prayerfully write down what it is that you are wrestling with and look back one week, one month, one year or many years later only to see how God ha