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Lucretia is a wife, mom of three, and a TEDx and Q Ideas speaker (Charlotte, NC, 2017). As a former college professor, she designed the popular ‘beginners’ course and study guide, What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing. She is the creator and director of the Brownicity.com...

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  1. Beautifully written -you have truly captured what we are going through. And it so important to be reminded that even now, we will evolve and we will be better for this.

  2. Lucretia,
    I love this verse from Isaiah. It is jam packed with so much potential just waiting to burst forth. God is up to something and when I have a little extra time on my hands, I ask Him what He would have me learn from this season?? It’s easy to long for “normalcy” to return, but what is “normal” really? I don’t know that I want to return to life at its breakneck pace. It takes hard work to be present and intentional during this time. I need to be disciplined to stay in His Word. Yes, God is definitely up to something. I want to ready when the rivers come rushing through the wasteland. Great post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Hi Bev,
      Thank you for reading. When I read Isaiah’s words, “See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? ,” I want to respond, “NO! I don’t see it!”…lol.
      But then I lean into what I know of God’s character and I look for the new bidding in the midst of stillness. And voila!!! Budding newness is there!!

      Shalom
      Lucretia

  3. Oh, so true! This season of apparent “inactivity” is not more absent of life than a drop of pond water under a microscope. We don’t always see what God’s up to, and that’s tricky. But we know he’s always up to something.

    • Hi Michele!
      “a drop of pond water under a microscope.” OH! I LOVE THAT ANALOGY!!!
      Yes, God’s abundant love is always birthing life. We can be sure of that!

      Shalom
      Lucretia

  4. May I add a thought about what you so discerningly shared? CONTENTEDNESS… “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content”. (Paul to Timothy)
    Thank You for addressing this vital “future” outlook… Blessings galore, {III John 2}

  5. Thank you so much, Lucretia. Even though I am retired and live alone (so I am used to having time, space, and freedom in my own ‘world’), the strictness of the ‘stay-at-home’ lifestyle has left me feeling lonely, sad, disturbed (especially sleep!), and really at a loss as how best to use this time. I have felt a bit anxious at times, but more often just alone. Knowing I can’t see my daughters and grandchildren except on video calls or Zoom family games, is hard, especially knowing what they’re all going through as well. But you’ve encouraged me to pay attention to what God is doing under the soil, what He is wanting to grow in me during this time of enforced isolation. I am so thankful that He does not leave us alone, and He is always ready to listen and to encourage through His Word. Thank you again. God bless you! Barbara

    • Hi Barbara.
      Thank you for reading. I am glad to know you found encouragement through my words and story. As I read about your abundance of alone time, I felt envious. But what you shared also helped me connect to the ache of separation. Thank you for sharing.

      I am sending you hugs by the Spirit.
      Shalom
      Lucretia

  6. Lucretia, you’ve put into words a lot of the things I’ve been feeling. And you did it so eloquently! I am retired, but I had a busy life of volunteering and hanging out with friends. Now I’m home 24/7 with my husband. That has its good points and bad. We are still able to get out for walks, but we can’t walk in the beautiful state park where we used to go. Everything is different and we don’t know when things will be more normal. I miss my daughters and my granddaughters. We do video chats, but those are poor substitutes for hugs and face to face time. I like your vision of us as sprouting seeds. Yes, I will try to get ready to burst forth!

    • Hi Irene.
      Yes! Get ready to burst forth!
      I am so sorry that you have to be separated from your daughters and granddaughters. Lack of physical touch from loved ones is unhealthy. I hope that when its time, we will be able to fully recover. Until then, I am sending you hugs by the Spirit.

      Shalom to you.
      Lucretia

  7. I needed these thoughts badly this morning. I’m struggling with a period of grief, the end of an era in my family as my mom’s last brother passed over, and we are unable to go to the funeral. (Their state is open, but here in Michigan, we are still very locked down). I’m dwelling on the memories of days past, family relationships that will never be regained this side of heaven. But most painful is my mom’s loss of memory and mental capacity. I can’t even tell her of her brother’s passing when she’s alone in a senior facility and unable to process grief. It would upset her greatly with no one to comfort her and then she wouldn’t remember anyway. In her mind, all of her loved ones are still living, which could be a blessing except she doesn’t understand why my dad is not with her. She cries everyday because she thinks she’s lost and doesn’t know how to get home. It was better when I could visit her, but she’s declining a lot through the isolation. The staff are wonderful, but they are not her family.
    I know I need to stay in the moment and watch for the blessings and growth – and they are many. I do believe God is working in this time of madness. But this is still hard.

    • Hi Gail.
      Thank you for reading. I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering grief. Lack of physical touch from loved ones is unhealthy. I hope that when it’s safe, we will be able to fully recover from the harm of distancing.

      I am sending hugs by the Spirit. Jesus healed from a distance, and we have the same Holy Spirit.
      Shalom to you.
      Lucretia

  8. Ahh yes how did you know my sentiments exactly!! Looking forward to the better and that ugly in the mirror too! Obviously we’re going to see our deteriorating self outside BUT how we see the mirror of sorts on the inside as God’s Word renews us beautiful and intimately in His above ground world! I love the time I can just be . I pray for those who cannot just be and that His grace & mercy provides on a daily basis. Blessings to and through you \0/

    • Hi Sadie.
      Thank you for reading.
      I’ve had lots of time to just be, see myself, and work on myself. But I had not thought to pray for those who haven’t. OOF!!!
      I’ll start doing that. Thank you for sharing.

      Shalom to you.
      Lucretia

  9. I love this image, Lucretia. What a beautiful perspective… I’ve often contemplated the idea of being rooted and established in God’s love (Eph 3!) but never thought before about how most things grow and are rooted in soil that once buried them! Unlike plants, I think we humans get to experience this more than once in a lifetime, but it’s still what causes the greatest growth and for that I am thankful… even if I don’t always at first embrace the burying.

    • Hi Melissa.
      Thank you for reading.
      I love what you wrote: “we humans get to experience this more than once in a lifetime.” I love that we get to sprout and bloom over and over again. I hope I remember to embrace the burying right away.
      Thank you for sharing.

      Shalom to you
      Lucretia

  10. I really resonated with you when you wrote about seeing the ugly parts of yourself and dealing with that. I’ve been on that journey too and if nothing else, I’m grateful for that part of quarantine. I’ve also mourned the loss of “normal,” but it is refreshing to know God is always at work and makes us new, and ready for whatever the new normal will be. Praise him for new mercies every day!

    • Hi Andrea!
      Thank you for reading. I hope that those of us who are tucked way from the ‘essential’ world at work are able to work on ourselves and thus bring a renewed spirit back to the world as we re-enter.

      “it is refreshing to know God is always at work and makes us new”
      YES!!! I’m so grateful.

      Shalom to you
      Lucretia

  11. Lucretia,

    God works in mysterious ways. Each trial/tribulation we face is working something in/out of us. My time dealing with dad’s geriatric psych grew my faith & trust muscles. I readily trust God no matter the situation. Working on “Dangerous Prayers” by Craig Groeschel with Proverbs 31 has taught me to pray more & harder. I find myself praying on the way to/from work, at the dentist, etc. While this country has lost what was we are gaining something special-more family time. Time to connect with one another, do Bible studies together & just sit & pray. I have a sense that a mini revival is happening. You see more posts about praying & trusting God. Sometimes God has to slow us down to get our attention. Make us stop our fast paced life & just be with Him. He is growing something within each of us during this time. Great analogy.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Hi Beth!
      Thank you for reading and connecting. Early, as quarantine was beginning to take shape, my dad expressed the sentiment you have shared here. I was happy to know that he saw the connection between the need’s of humanity and the love of our generous God. I’d never heard my dad talk like this before.

      I had not thought about it in the framework of a ‘mini-revival.’ That’s powerful.

      Thank you for sharing.
      Shalom to you.
      Lucretia

  12. May I add that in John 12:24, it is said that ‘unless a seed falls to the earth and *dies*… dies… that it will remain a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.’ This to me is also powerful. In addition to the cultivating and burying, there must be an actual death of sorts, for the resurrection life to produce something new and more than that seed ever was. If we’re going to come out on the other side having been re-created, there are going to have to be little deaths to our-self, which may feel enormous.

  13. PREACH Margo! PREACH!
    That’s such a good word! “If we’re going to come out on the other side having been re-created, there are going to have to be little deaths to our-self, which may feel enormous.” YES!!! Some of the deaths are painful, some of the deaths are liberating.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Shalom to you.
    LCB

    • Right? And ~ some of the painful deaths are liberating. There’s freedom to behold if we will go through the pain with God ~ Jesus did it in epic proportions… do we realize how much he can help us experience this liberation as well?
      Thank you for your thoughtful reflection!

      Margo

      • Margo! Yes!
        “And ~ some of the painful deaths are liberating.”

        Amen!

  14. It’s like you took the experience I didn’t have the words for and put it on paper (or the internet version of paper). So beautifully written and a testament to the rebirth that might just come from such a dark and isolated time. The world has needed one for a very long time!

    Thanks for this beautiful post!

    Kira