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Becky loves serving as (in)courage’s Community Manager. She is a speaker and author of No Better Mom for the Job. Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and championing women. She lives near Los Angeles and loves hiking shady trails with her husband and three spirited sons.

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  1. Becky,
    I’ve been trying to think of ways to reach out while still maintaining “social distance.” Like you, my heart turned to reaching out to others when this COVID-19 really started to loom over us. I’m not big on spending hours on the phone, but it was amazing – the response I got from calling my friend who is a nurse, another whose mom is dying in hospice care, another who is recovering from surgery, my mom, my neighbor… I plan to write some notes to friends and family who are miles away. This is how we be the hands and feet of Jesus when the world is panicking. A smile, a kind word, and a helping hand go a long way in times like these. Thanks for sounding the rally cry, Becky!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • I’m with you, Bev! I think now’s the time to put aside our preferences for connecting and press into the ways we can let others know they aren’t alone. So glad that phone calls were so meaningful! You’ve encouraged me today too. xx

  2. – Make cards, write poems or silly jokes, draw pictures to send to relatives, nursing home patients, health care workers, first responders, or anyone who could use some encouragement.
    -Host a virtual get together, game night, prayer service.
    -Post 3 blessings you noticed today on social media. Help others see the light during this dark time.
    -Share your talent. Make a video of the song your child was scheduled to sing in their school program before school was cancelled.
    -Write a note of encouragement to a high school or college senior who is missing out on making some very special memories.
    -Make yard signs to remind everyone to “Stay home. Stay safe. Stay strong. We CAN make it through this together!”

  3. I’m new to replying to these posts, but was inspired by the message today! I have worked with the families of infants and toddlers for years and have quite a supply of toys, very simple craft activities (like playdoh and markers) and books. I am able to do phone or virtual visits with the families on my case load for work, but in addition I plan to package up a book, a small approriate toy or activity and (of course for me) bubbles and drop them to my families. Also, I have a stock of unused craft supplies, and plan to drop them to some moms of my church to use with their kiddos over three. I hope the Lord will use these care packages to cheer up the moms with children!!

    • Dori, I’m so glad you posted a comment today! I’m so encouraged by your thoughtfulness in using the resources you have to bless the relationships in your life. As a mom of three who remembers the little years well, I know this will be such a gift to those families!

  4. I’m all about phone calls and snail mail even without a pandemic to motivate me.
    And… Yesterday I mailed my Sunday school kids’ weekly papers (ages 4-5) to them with a note on the envelope: “Save for Sunday!”
    I’m going to video their lesson (nothing fancy because I’m tech challenged) and send it to their mum’s via FB message so they can have a bit of Bible in their Sunday morning and then work on their lesson materials with their family’s help.

    • Yes, we all need to be pointed back to Hope, every day and especially in these days! God bless you for your faithfulness to encourage others.

  5. Let as God people all over the word do what Jesus would want us to do at this time. Over this Cornonavaris. That is Stand on the Promises of God word the Bible and Prayer. Plus apply Psalm 91 over our lives everyday putting our names into that psalm. Plus God showed me a great thing. It spoke volumes to me at this time. You remember in the Bible Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves and two fish. Not alone the amount of Children that would have been there that day. Jesus told them to sit on the grass. The people that day where not worried if the person beside them had washed their hands. Or if they had anything. Nor where they worried about Germs that day. They came to hear the Master of the world speak. Who was Jesus. They knew Jesus wouldn’t let anything happen to them. So we as God people are too the same. Keep looking on to Jesus his Word the Bible and Prayer at this time and stand on the promises of God Word the Bible. Plus this song comes to mind at this time. You get on Youtube a golden oldie. For I am standing on the promises of God the promises that cannot and will not fail. How true a song that is. Plus the words of it are. So lets as Gods people keep our eyes on the Saviour of the World. Keep looking on his word the Bible and the Promises in it. Excellent reading today. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

  6. Well said, Becky!

    Thank you for this message. I especially appreciate the importance of “reaching out and letting others know that they are seen”.

    You gave us so many wonderful ideas.

    God bless you and yours.

  7. It’s the first day of spring tomorrow! I am baking cookies to deliver to the neighbors to celebrate!!! Spring is coming (although…it is supposed to snow tomorrow-but it will be pretty!) and COVID-19 can’t stop it!!! Yipee!!

  8. It’a been said times like these can bring out the worst in people, especially when fear and panic consume our world around us. Let”s be the opposite of that inward turning and instead turn outward and see the needs before us. True we need to exercise caution, but also exercise love to those around us to hold high the light of Christ that may be a beacon to others to do the same. It”s not of our own accord, but through Holy Spirit who gives us the strength to do it, all the while being a beacon of hope in Jesus name!
    P. S. I’m going to place a thank you note on my mailbox for my postal carrier….thanks Becky!

  9. Simple gestures are so powerful! Sometimes it’s the little things we can do for one another that have the greatest impact :). I love your heart in your actions and words today…and I know your list will inspire all of us to “go and do likewise.” (For me? I’ve made homemade sourdough to deliver…I’m praying about who “needs” a loaf right now!!) xoxo

  10. There are so many little ways to be God’s hands and feet. We have hope and we need rd to share it. This virus is no surprise to God. Loving how people are being motivated by love, and not fear.

  11. I’m a nurse in a long term care facility. Our place has been on lock down for some time now, no visitors. Some of these residents are bound to their rooms and are getting lonely and depressed.
    If you have children that are at home and you need to find something for them to do, have them make some colorful, home made cards and drop them off at the front desk for these residents. It will bring a smile to their faces.
    🙂

    • Renae, what a wonderful suggestion! I will have my three boys do just that! God bless you as you love and serve these most vulnerable and precious members of our communities.

  12. As I read through your list of 19 Ways to Love Over All, I see hope and opportunity—thank you! God will always take a situation that looks bleak and make something beautiful out of it. There are so many hidden blessings in a time such as this. I see this time as one where we get to spend more time with our families. Our middle and high schoolers get a break from their never-ending homework load. Some people get a break from a long commute to work and can work from home. Some moms or dads get a break from getting up at 5am to take their kid to zero period at school (me!). We have another reason to reach out to our neighbors who we don’t know as well. This is a time for God to receive the glory when the world sees us behaving and reacting with peace, wisdom, love and others-orientedness (is that a word?).

    I pray for those who have lost income as a result of this pandemic—that God will provide abundantly. I pray for emergency, police, and healthcare workers, those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems—that they would be covered by the blood of Jesus. I pray for the children living in homes that are not physically or emotionally healthy and who probably looked to school as a safe escape or a place to be with friends—that Jesus would cover them with his love and mercy. I pray for kids who need the nutrition from breakfast and lunch that schools provide—that they would find the food resources in their communities and schools and that God would provide transportation if their parents work all day. I pray for those who are homeless—that they would have a safe place to eat, sleep, and earn an income. I pray for our state, local, and school leaders—that they would make wise decisions and feel the support of their communities. I pray for business owners—that God would provide alternative ways to sell their products and services during this time. I pray for peace to replace anxiety, hope to replace worry, and love to cover all—yes, Love Over All!

  13. These are all great tips not just for helping others but helping to feel less isolated. My favorite is #17. I’m a single mother and it is very challenging navigating working while my 2 year old daughter is home because her preschool is closed. Right now, I’m not comfortable having anyone else in my home or sending my daughter anywhere, but I could sure use some help. I’m so tired! My prayer is that things will start to turn around soon for al of us.

    • My heart goes out to you, Elizabeth. My sister is a single mom and I pray for her and other single moms often. Praying today that you feel the comfort of God’s nearness in the midst of your tiredness. Even if you don’t get a physical break, may you find rest for your soul as Jesus promises.

      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

  14. thank you for the reminder to show our good nature in these times of stress too.
    I have a child with immune defiency so trying to get out before this gets really bad is hard. we aren’t in lock down yet here in my country but day by day numbers grow. people have shown so much goodness to my family here that I have had tears of joy. I’m overwhelmed with all the well wishes and acts of love.
    just small things that show love.

    I’m praying for all the elderly and single parents in this too
    your on my heart and mind. we are doing virtual youth groups weekly so my teens can stay connected with the pastor and 24 other kids at once.

  15. Becky,

    This world is so busy & rushed most of the time. We don’t usually take the time to “truly care” for & love others. Your list is a good one. For me I already do most of those items. Once a month my church participates in a Feed the Multitude for less fortunate. If there are any casseroles, veges or fruit left over I grab some & take to my MIL & my elderly neighbor. Smiling & saying thank you to tired workers come naturally to me. My family texted me to see how we are doing in all this as we are both medical-hubby CT & I am a hospital clerical. Thus far no positive cases in our area. We take the necessary precautions. Last Sunday our church showed a podcast on COVID 19 aimed at church leaders. It talked about having video church services, doing communion differently & other ideas. Now more than ever we need to look out for one another. Offer any help you can to elderly or sick people. Our hospital is only allowing 1 visitor per patient at a time & you must be screened (temp) before getting in. Let’s all do our part & show this world the love of God.

    Blessings 🙂

  16. Thank you Becky for a great devotional! The quarantine has been a blessing in a way. It has taken our gaze off the fast pace forward and opened our eyes to those around us. ❤️

  17. Thank you for your ideas on what we can do to help others at this trying time. I have had the extra time to spend with the people that live with me in a room and board. My roommate told me that I am the only friend that she has here. I share the setup that I have to play Netflix series that we (my roommate and I) enjoy. Also, I take the time to watch the TV in our living room with the other women that share the house with me, the managers and their grandchildren. I feel that I ended up here in order to spread the love of Jesus around. They have also been supportive of allowing me to mourn the loss of my brother-in-law recently and the loss of my father last year on the 7th anniversary of my sobriety. I am also in recovery from mental health issues. I have not been in a psych ward since April 20, 2012. Praise you Jesus!

  18. Hi Becky,
    Today is the first time I took the time to read more of the articles in the DaySpring. I work within healthcare but I am also a photographer who gives all of my photos away usually to cancer patients or family. However during this chaos I prayed in how I can give back and Jesus laid on my heart to give photo cards to staff at the hospital where I work. So far I’ve given away 55 cards but it was laid upon my heart to give 120 away.. I write a saying on each.. it warms my heart to hand them out but it brings a smile to the stranger who receives it…
    As uncertainty remains the constant peace for me is our Heavenly Father said, ” come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
    God Bless each who reads. CJ

    • CJ, thank you so much for your service as a healthcare worker, especially in these challenging days. I’m so inspired by the way you’re using your gifts and resources to bring light and beauty into this world. So grateful you joined us at (in)courage and shared your #loveoverall story. xx