by Angela Jones

This “stay at home” season has been a very intense season of growth for me. It has been a season of unlearning certain thought patterns and behaviors and establishing new routines. It has been a season of simultaneously growing in my faith and being confronted by areas of doubt or questions that I need to address. It has been a season of deepening friendships and deepening compassion. It has been a season of holding the “both/and” of feeling incredibly grateful for so much, while facing the deep suffering, injustice, sickness, and death that this season has held for so many. 

God calls his people to remember many times in the Bible. In Joshua chapters 3 and 4, God stops the water of the Jordan river so the Israelites can cross on dry land! After they crossed the river, Joshua ordered a man from each tribe to find a stone to be a place of remembrance of what the Lord had done for future generations. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we will want to remember. And this is a season I will want to remember. It has changed me and I want to remember the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow, the lessons and the growing pains.

This season isn’t over, but I’m sensing a change. I realized I needed to spend time reflecting on what has been and preparing for the changes that are coming. I do not want to return to our old normal. I want to create a new normal that incorporates healthier patterns for myself and for my family. I want to press in as the Lord continues to shape me into the woman He created me to be. These questions will help me do that, and I hope they help you too.

Instructions: As things begin to change, I hope that these questions help you to spend time intentionally processing and planning. These questions may be helpful to revisit as different phases bring different feelings and thoughts. The questions are meant to be mulled over and savored, not rushed through to get to the end. The first set of questions is about reflecting. I encourage you to take time with each section. The second set of questions is meant to help you prepare for your next steps. I encourage you to think about each of those questions in terms of your heart, mind, body, and spirit. Most of all, keep in mind that these questions are meant to serve you; they are not a test. I intended them to be a jumping off point for processing and journaling. If they bring up other questions that need answers, follow those rabbit trails. If you’d like to share any of your answers or thoughts we would love to hear from you: email Fr. David (david@trinitythomasville.com) or me (angela@trinitythomasville.com).

A printable/shareable version of these questions is available here.

REFLECTING

  • Where have I seen Jesus working in my own life?
  • Where have I seen Jesus working in the life of my family?
  • Where have I seen Jesus working in the world?

 

  • How has my relationship with Jesus changed?
  • What scriptures has Jesus used to speak to me during this time?
  • What other resources has Jesus used to speak to me during this time? (worship music, sermons, videos, interactions, etc.)

 

  • What was my hardest moment of this time of isolation?
  • What has been the best moment of this time of isolation?
  • Who or what did I press into when feeling stressed or anxious? Did that satisfy?

 

  • What has been the hardest thing I have had to let go of?
  • What has been the easiest thing I have had to let go of?
  • How has my perspective changed regarding what matters most?

PREPARING

  • What patterns have I created that I love?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What patterns has my family created that we love?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What patterns have I let go of that I DO NOT want to pick back up?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What patterns has our family let go of that I DO NOT want to pick back up?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What am I longing to do the most when this time of isolation is over?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What help do I need to seek to help me process the difficulties of the past few months?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What help will my kids need to process the difficulties of the past few months?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What have I learned about who God created me to be? What will I do with that information?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul:

  • What have I learned about God’s desire for my family? What will I do with that information?

Heart:
Mind:
Body:
Soul: