5 Scriptures to Remind Us of God’s Love & Care

5 Scriptures to Remind Us of God’s Love & Care

During this unique time in world history, now more than ever, we must practice loving self-care and remember that God not only loves us but also cares for us on a personal level. It’s so easy to think about all the things we need–especially when preparing for a mission trip. God already knows our needs, though, so we don’t have to worry or be anxious at all.

We want to share with you five scriptures to meditate upon as we navigate this new season and way of living. As you read each one, consider how it may apply to your specific circumstances. Also, reflect upon the needs met through the hands, feet, and hearts of courageous medical mission trip volunteers.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

  • God hears your prayers. You are not alone right now or when you go on your upcoming mission trip.
  • Someone far away may also be praying earnestly–thanking God in advance–for precisely what you are called to give or how you plan to serve.
  • A part of loving self-care is to continually pray.

PSALM 16:8: I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

  • You can trust God with everything and through all things.
  • When we always put God first, He is the first to come to mind during a critical moment of decision or action.

NAHUM 1:7: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

  • A good, good heavenly Father loves us deeply. We can humbly submit to God knowing He not only takes care of us and is concerned with what is on our hearts and minds, what weighs down or lights up our spirit, but also that He does so in love.
  • Seasons may change, but God is always the same. Confidence can be our response because of Who is responding to us now and forever.

MATTHEW 10:30-31: But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

  • When many states and businesses are closed or providing limited services, we all must stand 6 feet apart or more, wear face masks, and exercise sensible medical precautions, it may sometimes feel as though things are difficult or hindering our work. But as medical missions volunteers, we may often have encountered these things before to a degree in other nations where we have served. Another level of care and skill is involved in our important work. No task is too small for God to cover it and all things involved with it.

ISAIAH 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  • We have God’s promise of strength when we are weary. He will help and sustain us in every situation we face. We can move forward in expectation, knowing that our work is blessed and protected.

Wherever we go, whatever we face, we go with God’s great love and care. We may need to adapt in every season and practice good self-care too, but God is with us. He’s on our side, and we can smile as we stand firm in unwavering faith and belief–now and in the future.

If you’ve been thinking about joining a medical missions team, check out information on our upcoming November medical mission trip to Benin.

Self Care for health care workers during COVID-19

Self Care for health care workers during COVID-19

Many health care workers are  on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19.  In this crisis it’s not unusual to work back to back 12 to 16 hour shifts in extremely stressful environments. Everyday the front line workers risk contracting the virus themselves and/or taking it home to their families. Health Care workers are carrying an enormous amount of stress  and it can quickly become overwhelming. Implementing good self-care habits can help.

Sustained, high levels of stress poses a threat to the physical and emotional wellbeing of health care workers.   Practising or creating self-care routines during times like this is crucial to reducing both the short and long term impacts of stress.

Here are a few easy to implement self-care habits  you can add to you your day to release some of the physical, mental, and spiritual pressure you’re feeling:

Private prayer time is a great place to start looking at self-care:  Most of us understand the power of prayer for communication with God, but we tend to underestimate the impact it has on lowering our stress. We believe God is listening to us, wants what’s best for us, and loves us, BUT, in a crisis, it’s easy to justify not having the time or space for prayer. 

Scheduling time to pray every day puts you in contact with the creator of the universe and creates a space to unload everything you’re carrying for other people. Letting down your guard and speaking honestly about your fears and grief with God can significantly lighten your load.   Simply praying and saying “Father, I am scared, please help me through this day” can be enough to refresh your soul, provide peace, and start good self-care . 

Put your own oxygen mask on first, practicing good self-care taking with your physical needs :

Just like on a plane, when the flight attendant is walking you through the instructions should the cabin lose pressure, you put your oxygen mask on first BEFORE you help the person beside you. What does this mean to you? You can’t help people if you are physically burned out. You can’t do your best work if you never take a break, don’t eat nourishing foods, and don’t rest enough.
When managing crisis, it’s easy for our body to get caught up in the adrenaline response and push right past the normal eat, drink, rest cues.  Set timers to remind yourself when it’s time to meet your body’s physical needs. Make sure you have nourishing foods on hand that can be prepared and eaten quickly so you are less tempted to skip them.  It is imperative that you regularly check in with yourself and ask “How am I doing?”. This is something that you can do on a schedule. Set an alarm so that 3 times a day you are asking how am I doing, do I need food, water, sleep, or movement?  Do I need to run, do I need to create something? Do I need to punch a bag or whatever it is that you do to help your body to release the stress that you are carrying?

Acknowledge that your pain is real and important-

As first responders you may have the tendency to serve others first and put our own feelings off until a much later date. Sometimes we minimize our own pain because we see others’ suffering as “worse”. 

First, I want you to trust that your feelings are normal, valid, and perfectly OK. The way you walk through this season doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s journey. 

Second, I want you to know that you have a choice to what you do with those emotions.  You can choose to take those emotions and dump them out at the feet of Jesus during your prayer time.  Other ways to process the emotions that you are feeling could be writing in a journal, play with your pet, take a long hot relaxing bath or shower, listen to soothing music, read a book, whatever feels like it might provide you a healthy release for you.

Get help, no matter how busy you are : This is a stressful time. Healthcare workers and those in supporting roles are carrying a heavy burden for patients and their families. .  Under the added pressure it can be easy to try to stuff your emotions or put them off until ”later”. That’s easier said than done and emotions, especially complex ones like fear, agner, and grief, tend to demand our attention. If you don’t have a support system in place to work through those emotions, it can  be easy to turn to emotional eating, alcohol, and other coping strategies that further undermine your ability to handle crises. Often these are old habits that we don’t even realize we are doing to just cope with stress so it’s important to be attentive to how we process these complex emotions.

Not sure which one will work for you? Pick one that looks easy and try it today. If writing stresses you out then don’t grab a journal, instead crank up that favorite song of yours and belt it out at the top of your lungs! Not a pet person? Maybe a hot shower and a few moments of privacy and quiet will recharge you.   Or light a candle and just focus on a few moments of deep breathing.

There isn’t a right or a wrong way to do any of these techniques and these aren’t the only ways you can care for yourself. What’s most important is to find the way that works for you and make it a priority in your daily routine.

Please know that the MPFC team values you and the work that you do so much! We know the losses would be much greater without the incredible care  that you are providing during this health crisis. THANK YOU! We are praying for you.

May God Bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you!