Do you ever look back on a rough season and think, Thank you God I went through that, because now it’s coming really in handy?
After my Discipleship Training School (DTS) outreach to the Himalayas—thanks to a rare little parasite—I was on strict bedrest for three months. It was similar to what the world is facing currently with quarantine and lockdown. My life completely turned a 180 and I could no longer do what I did before. My routines, my habits, and my plans all had to change in a matter of 24 hours.
I remember on those first few days, it felt so dark and overwhelming. But God kept whispering to me, I just want to spend time with you, Daniella. Once I started spending my mornings worshipping, praying, shouting out thankfulness—and reading His word and declaring truths—everything changed. He filled me with His peace, hope and joy for the future.
When lock-down was announced last month, I asked God, “What can I do?” He reminded me of my time of bedrest and said, Share your tips. Be an encouragement.
You are prepared for time like this.
So, here’s what I learned from three months of bedrest—and how we can get through quarantine together.
Embrace the time.
Don’t fight it. Allow time for deep soul searching and figuring out what really matters in life. (A great time to simplify our lives!) Be honest with God where you are at and let Him speak to you. Journal all your feelings—the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Be honest! Don’t let it be a time of comparing, competing or striving, but just lean into Jesus. What does He want this time to be for you? Ask Him.
Routine is Key.
Get a routine going. Map out your time. Have time for Jesus, studying the word, creativity, reading and whatever God is asking you to put your time towards—maybe learning something new. Just plan something for everyday. An extra tip: Wake up every Monday-Friday at the same time.
Self-care is a must.
Take care of yourself. Eat healthy. Exercise. Drink lots of tea and apple cider vinegar. Do what you love whether that’s being creative, reading or learning something new.
I know this seems weird, but really when you get dressed for the day it changes something in your mind and helps you feel more “normal.”
Guard Your Thoughts.
The enemy will try to feed us lies. Our minds will wonder. Worst-case scenario might step in or the feeling of overthinking it. When this happens we have to STOP. Take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and lean into Jesus. Speak truth. Memorize a piece of scripture. Psalm 121 has been my go-to!
Change it Up.
Switch up where you do things—sit in the living, on your balcony, in your room or at the kitchen table! Have different spots for different things.
Love on Your Community.
Stay connected with friends and family through letter-writing, video chats, or emails. This was a huge life-saver for me on bedrest to stay connected and not feel isolated.
Think of three things that will bring a smile to your face. During this time for me it’s having good coffee, chocolate and fresh flowers in the house. What will you choose?
It’s so important to give ourselves grace and those around us grace. Don’t waste this time, but also don’t over do it. Let there be time to rest and just be still. I believe that during these times of life being completely switched, God really wants to speak and teach us something good. Don’t miss out on what God is doing in and through us during this time. It’s a season and it will evidently come to end (yay), but what do you want to look back and learn from your time?
Cling to God’s Character.
Bedrest prepared me for this season of quarantine by teaching me to cling to Jesus all day long, every day, even in the back forth of one minute, "I got this!" and the next, "Is this really happening?" He showed me that He is constant. He is in control. He is faithful. He is not afraid of our feelings. He is our protector against the lies of the enemy. He is using this time to strengthen us and if we choose we will draw closer to Him.
May these however-many days be a beautiful wrestle of drawing closer to God—because you never know what He is preparing you for!