Finding Opportunity in Times of Crisis


Hello dear friends!

It has been a very long time since I have been able to connect with you and much has happened.

As many of you know, we were in the process of moving last fall to be closer to our daughter and son-in-law.  We did make the move and we now live in Midland Michigan.  We really like it here and are enjoying getting to know some wonderful new friends.  In the process of moving, etc., my computer died! Thankfully I have a replacement computer thanks to my son-in-law, so here we go!     

As you know if you are familiar with my Newsletter, I always start with these wonderful words of Scripture:

You shall Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. These words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

~ Deut. 6:5-7 ~

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I love this passage because it reminds us of how important it is to God for parents to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

These are very different times we are living in today.  Many things are giving us reason to be concerned.  However, I would like to share a couple of things that have been helpful to me.  This is what I know you can count on! 

God is still the sovereign ruler of the universe.  He knows exactly what is needed and will do whatever is best for his children. It is our jobs as Moms to be sure our children know how much Jesus loves them and will also take care of them.  As well, God loves us and will take care of us…we need not fear.  He always knows what is best.

So, rather than worry about the things that we cannot change, let’s focus our attention on what God wants us to do in the light of who He is and what He can do.

A Wonderful Opportunity

Ladies, God has given us a wonderful opportunity!  Before this latest pandemic began, I am sure there were times when you wished you could spend more time with your family but there was always so much to do!  Well now, since we are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, we may just be able to do some of those things!   This, dear Mom’s, is a gift from the Lord.  Now, you may not see it this way but one way to look it is to pretend it is a short summer vacation…at home.  Instead of having to rush for the bus, you can have a quiet breakfast and talk about what your family would like to do during these times.  Would you like to bake cookies, play a game (or two), play dress up, read a book and share about it, ask your children to draw a picture, tell a story, sing a song?  How about memorizing some Scripture verses that you want your children to live by?  These ideas should get you going.

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Later in the Day

Later in the day, perhaps during dinner, ask everyone to share things like: 

  • What is your favorite food?
  • Who is your best friend and why?
  • If you could spend a morning with mommy, what would you want to do?
  • How about a Saturday morning with Daddy, does that sound like fun?

Of course, if you do this, remember to follow through with any promises you have made. In doing this, you will learn a lot about your children.  And, of course, they will learn a lot about you.  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!          

I hope this has been helpful for you and please do not hesitate to contact me.




  1. John T. Seiter on April 7, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Great encouragement to mothers!

  2. Susannah Earnheart on April 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Thanks, Mom!????

  3. Janna Marshall on April 9, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Great re-focusing, Paulette! It truly is a perfect opportunity to manage what we can and use the time to its utmost.
    My sister brought it to my attention that Sir Isaac Newton discovered the Universal Law of Gravity while on a two-year quarantine during the bubonic plague. We can make the most of our time or we can choose to be depressed. Let’s choose to grow.
    Miss you!

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