Oh no! What If They Think I Have COVID-19? 😷

Have you noticed that it seems like a lot of people are very concerned with, “What if they think I have *COVID-19?”

First of all, who are“they”? And, why should what “they” think matter to you?

Secondly, having COVID-19 or having recovered (praise God) from it is not a stigma and no one should think that they will be ostracized from society because of having it.

It has gotten to the point where we are afraid to admit to having a slight headache or if we’re feeling a little “under the weather” so to speak, we don’t want to even mention that. And God forbid if we sneeze, cough, or get a chill… exactly how long do you think you can stifle those humanistic reactions?

In my humble opinion, COVID-19 is not quite the leprous situation we make it out to be.

Incidentally, Leprosy (which is known today as Hansen’s disease), was once feared as a highly contagious and devastating disease, but now we know it doesn’t spread easily and treatment is very effective. (taken from the CDC website)

According to WebMD, today, about 208,000 people worldwide are infected with leprosy.

I am not saying that Leprosy and COVID-19 are the same and should be treated as such; however, no one who has COVID-19 should ever feel as though they should be banished from society and most certainly should not be treated as a leprous outcast!

Although Jesus did touch the man with leprosy and the man was immediately cleansed (Matthew 8:3), we know that it is strongly recommended for anyone suffering from COVID-19 to seek medical attention and promptly quarantine.

The purpose of this post is to encourage… and that encouragement comes from God’s word!

I would like to encourage anyone who may be nervous, uncomfortable, excessively concerned, paranoid, or simply scared during this pandemic…

Whatever your situation, God will see you through. He will empower you and equip you for the task!

Do not be afraid, trust God, cast your burden on the LORD and He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22).

You can rest assured in knowing that GOD is in CONTROL!  He cares for you and gives you His peace and comfort.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

God also gave us another Comforter who will never leave us (John 14:16). Therefore, there is no need to quiver, quaver, or quake because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (read entire Psalm 46)

And finally, as Christians, we do not even have the spirit of fear [timidity or cowardice]; it’s just not in us. You may ask the question, why do you say that? Because in Paul’s letter to young Timothy, he tells us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Therefore, since God has not given us a spirit of fear [timidity or cowardice], then we simply don’t have it.

NOTE: For clarity, please know that the word “fear” referenced in Hebrews 5:7 was about Jesus’ deep reverence for God.

“Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared”.

This fear was not terror, timidity, or cowardice, but reverent fear. Also, see Hebrews 11:28 for that type of reverent fear.

It is my prayer that you find solace in God’s word and His word will give you everlasting joy and peace!

You will no longer exclaim, “Oh no! They may think I have COVID-19” because you are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you! (Romans 8:37)

Please do not take this post the wrong way… COVID-19 is REAL… Please take the necessary precautions: wear your mask, wash your hands often, practice social distancing, and most importantly, KEEP YOUR FAITH ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN CHRIST!

*If you are experiencing the symptoms, PLEASE GET TESTED and QUARANTINE!

• Fever or chills

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue

• Muscle or body aches

• Headache

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

If someone is showing any of these emergency warning signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

• Trouble breathing

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion

• Inability to wake or stay awake

• Bluish lips

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…and to God be all the Glory!

I’m here for you,

~Life Coach Babs

Certified Marriage and Relationship Life Coach

https://www.lifecoachbabscharles.com

(All Scripture references are from the King James Version)

He brought Me Out of the Miry Clay

miry [ mahyuh r-ee ]

When I was a child, I remember hearing the Elder Saints praying very long and deliberate prayers.

In their prayers, I would hear them say: “Lord, please break up the fallow ground”, “Stir up hearts, Lord”, and then they would offer praise to God by saying: “I thank God because He brought me out of the miry clay”…

In my youthful mind, I questioned, “what does it all mean?”

As a child, those prayers had no real meaning to me… I wondered, “who are they praying for and what are they talking about… with words like “fallow ground” and “stir up hearts” and “miry clay”…

At that stage of my life, those powerful prayers were puzzling to me; however, I was very attentive to those fascinating prayers…

Those powerful prayers lingered in my memory and resonated in my spirit throughout my adulthood…

…and now I know… the elder saints were praying for me and everyone else in need of SALVATION!

The elder saints were praying for the NATION.

They were praying for all of us who had uncultivated, idle, unproductive, hardened hearts that needed to be broken… in other words, “Lord, please break up the fallow ground”.

They were praying for those of us who did not know Him and also for those who knew Him so that they would come to know Him better. Nothing will change until God “stirs” our heart… in other words, “Stir up hearts, Lord”.

The elder saints were also praising God for bringing them and others out of a muddy, heavy, troublesome situation and for making a way out of no way… in other words, “He brought me out of the miry clay”.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”

~Psalms 40:1-2 (KJV)

Thank God for the prayers of the elder saints and for the prayers of all born again Christians all over the world. 🌎

Those powerful prayers worked… they worked back then and they still work TODAY!

Maybe you’re in a situation that seems insurmountable… try prayer; it works.

Prayer changes people and prayer changes things.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

~James 5:16 (KJV)

…and TGBTG!

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XO

Life Coach Babs

Heath & Wellness Weight Loss Challenge

As many of you may know, I have been vegetarian since May 21, 2011.

Like I always say, “Being vegetarian may not necessarily extend your life, but it can possibly improve the quality of your life.”

However, I must admit, I have not always maintained a healthy diet. My go to “vegetarian” foods were pasta, potatoes, cookies, chips, and especially Key Lime Pie.

So, on April 8th, I accepted a Health & Wellness Weight Loss Challenge. I began again to eat “cleaner” and only put “healthy” food in my body. By doing that, an amazing thing happened; it seemed as if my brain shifted into a different mode and I began to think differently about food.

I no longer had the desire for unhealthy food, i.e., fast food, sugary drinks, chips, cookies, or anything with added sugar.

I developed a heightened sense of awareness of what is good for me to eat; even within a matter of days of accepting the challenge to eat healthy.

Now, when I am offered a food item that may be considered unhealthy, I am not at all tempted. I do not want to “defile” my temple with anything that is potentially not good for my body. (Please comment if you can relate.)

Speaking of defiling my temple… we know, as Christians, we are the temple of God and His Spirit lives in us. (1 Corinthians 3:16 & 17)

With all of that being said, I would like to encourage everyone who is reading this blog to accept my Health & Wellness Weight Loss Challenge and to also make a conscience decision to live a healthier lifestyle and to eat a cleaner diet… with more fruit,🍌 🍎 🍉 vegetables 🍅 🌽 🌶 and plenty of fresh water. 💧 💦

Here’s to your Health & Wellness… Please LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE & SUBSCRIBE!

Life Coach Babs, CLC

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Medical Doctor, I am not a Licensed Nutritionist. I am a Certified Life Coach* speaking out of my own experience and what works for me. Please consult your doctor before making any dietary lifestyle changes.

*Marriage & Relationship Coach and Career Coach

The Power of Fasting

This Lenten season give up something—coffee, television, or gossip and focus on God.
— Read on www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/daily-devotions/the-power-of-fasting

Keep yourselves in the love of God

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

And of some have compassion, making a difference:

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

‭‭~Jude‬ ‭1:20-23‬ ‭(KJV‬‬)

‭‭Morning Meditation with Life Coach Babs… think on these things:

“Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭(KJV‬‬)