Wheat and Chaff

I didn’t sleep very well last night because I gave in to my fears. This is a hard time, especially for the medical workers and first responders. But, it is also hard for those of us who have medical conditions that mean that getting the virus could lead to serious consequences, even death. So, after hearing the President’s speech that we need to stay at home at least another month, I was feeling anxious as well as dismayed. I have been praying, folks, but somehow the enemy sneaked in and captured my attention. How? Well, as I was getting ready for bed, I started itching. At first, it was on my arm, then it moved to other parts of my body, including my head. I did an inventory: no new foods, no new detergents, no new soap. So what was this? What was I reacting to? I read and prayed and fell into a fitful sleep. About three this morning, I got up to go to the bathroom and couldn’t fall back to sleep. In those moments between sleep and wakefulness, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart clearly. This whole Coronavirus thing is God willowing the wheat from the chaff. Now, I have read the Bible numerous times, so I was familiar with the concept but I didn’t really know what it meant. Thus, I was forced to look it up. The grain is what is used to make bread. The chaff is what blows away in the wind or is burned up in the fire.

So, am I wheat or chaff? What are you? Think about it, my friends. The wheat is useful to make bread to feed others. That is our mission that Jesus left us to do. The chaff is blown away in the wind or burned with the fire that never goes out. Are we going to allow this virus to steal our faith in the Everlasting God? Are we going to turn away in fear? Are we chaff? I pray that I will be wheat during these hard times, looking to the needs of others and not just my own. So many people out there are afraid, and they, unlike me and you, are without hope. We need to give the world hope, my friends. I cannot touch the lives of many others in the physical world right now, but I can touch lives online. I am witnessing daily, with Scriptures and positive posts. I am contacting people by Messenger and checking on them. Yesterday afternoon, my husband was urged by the Holy Spirit to call members of our church who are also stuck at home right now. Message, text, call, post. Whatever we can do. Just be kind! We can make a difference, even in the small world that we find ourselves in right now. What can you do today to be wheat to a hurting world?

These are workers in China separating wheat from chaff. It’s a real thing that has to be done in order to make wheat, a grain that becomes the bread that feeds so many.
Can you see the difference between the wheat and chaff? The wheat is the heavy piece of grain. I like to think that it is filled with the Word of God. The chaff has nothing in it; it has no substance, so it blows away with the wind, or in this case, with the fear of the virus. Be wheat, my friends, be wheat!

I hope that this post finds you well and acting like the wheat that God created you to be. Blessings, my dear online friends, for health and safety, and for finding your place in this new world and a way to reach out to our hurting world.

Reaching Out To God

Today is March 26, 2020. My husband and I have been in self-quarantine for a week now. Since we live in a rural area (think trees, lots of trees), we haven’t seen anyone else for the entire time. My husband is planning on meeting our son tomorrow at a closed library in order for our son Scott to pass toilet paper on to us. It all sounds like a covert operation in that Scott will put the toilet paper on the sidewalk then get back into his car. My husband Harry will get out of our car and get the toilet paper. No personal interaction at all! I imagine that they will wave to each other from the cars. Since we may or may not have been exposed to Covid-19, we are taking extra precautions because we don’t want to infect others. Our son in Maryland got sick during our visit, but the Covid-19 response team that he called said they weren’t testing anyone who didn’t need hospitalization. I know he was very sick since he didn’t leave the bed for three days except to get soup or tea. I took care of him as a child and young adult and he always just powered through. Not this time! He had a fever, a cough, chest pain, and digestive issues. Since these are all symptoms of the deadly virus, I am thankful that he got better after about a week. We were already home and quarantined by the time he felt better. Anyway, we continue to watch the news (just not so much that I get into a funk), I listen to Christian music and I read and pray. Daily, I reach out to God and pray for His mercy and grace on our nation and on the other countries where this virus seems to be so destructive. I read Dr. Denison’s sermon this morning and thought that it might benefit my readers since it’s all about dealing with doubt when we reach out to God.

Dr. Denison Dealing With Doubts

Here is today’s prayer from the You Version App, although I must say that I wasn’t too impressed with this particular prayer today. I guess it just didn’t say enough about what my heart is feeling, so I had to add to it. We are a Global Church, but we are also an isolated church now. If you can get out and help others, then do it!

Here is the Scripture that blessed me today, and I hope that it will bless you.

I pray God’s blessing on each of you today as you go through your regular day, quarantined or out and about. If you have prayer requests, please send them along because I promise to pray for you. God bless you and keep you safe and healthy!

Today is March 25, 2020 and Here Is Good News and a Prayer for Today

Let’s begin with the prayer. You may not like President Trump or whoever is your country’s leader. That’s okay, but the Bible commands us to pray for them. So, here is a prayer to help get you started.

We also need to remember to read and study our Bibles daily, for it is filled with wisdom and comfort.

Finally, here is the good news story of the day:

Jo-Ann Fabrics Offering Free Materials to Make Masks

That is it for today, my friends! Have a blessed day and remember to bless others. If you can’t go out to do that, you can call, text, or use whatever way possible just to reach out. You are blessed to be a blessing!

The Good News and Prayer for Today

Day number whatever (I’ve lost count) of self-quarantine. I am so thankful that I am not totally alone. My husband is with me and talks incessantly about numerous topics. Sometimes, I respond and sometimes I continue to read or write. He is a big talker and has a lot of words to use every day! Anyway, here is today’s prayer. I hope you will join me in saying it and add your own prayer to it.

Here is today’s daily uplifting news story:

From the Good News Network

Here is today’s article from Dr. Denison:

Dr. Jim Denison

And, finally, here is the song that inspired me this morning:

It Is Well With My Soul

I pray God’s blessing on each of you, that you will feel His presence today, comforting and leading you in the way that you should go.

My Response to Covid-19

Study and believe the Scriptures.

And I pray, believing that God still answers prayers.

God, You alone are worthy of honor, glory, and praise. With You, we can overcome every storm—including COVID-19.

Right now, we are asking You to:

• Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.

• Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.

• Strengthen Your global Church. Reveal to us how we can partner together to reach the needs of those around us.

• Calm our fears. Fill us with Your hope, joy, and peace as we continue to trust in You.

• Use this pandemic to pave the way for spiritual renewal. We want Your glory, power, and healing to be on display.

Come Lord Jesus, come.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This prayer is from the You Version App. Please consider joining me in praying each day!