Day 4 of Quarantine

Well hello there!

First off allow me to explain the title to this post. Yes I’m in a fourteen day quarantine, homebound for the next week and a half. I was exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid recently therefore I have to do the “stay-home” procedure — ordered by our local health department.

As of now I’m feeling alright so I may end up getting out of the woods without a hitch. I do have a high chance of ending up positive so we’re trying to take necessary precautions here in the Witt household. Sanitizing like crazy, social distancing from my family, even masking up in my own home.

It’s such an uncanny feeling.

Here’s a selfie of Nate and I — social distance rule breaking…(Nate’s being a smart aleck with the mask FYI)

I even got shunned to the living room with a twin size mattress while Nate gets the king size bed and our room. I’m still trying to figure out how that makes sense so please don’t judge us.

I’ll explain the no-couch situation some day in a future post…

A few random facts & thoughts:

1. I’ve noticed our ceiling fans and light fixtures REALLY need dusted….but maybe that should wait, don’t want to agitate the lungs by chance…

2. The lady from the health department suggested I have a bathroom separate from the family so I wasted zero time and kicked the girls right out of theirs and took it over as my own!

3. Having my very own bathroom is really nice!!!! I never imagined I would enjoy it this much!!!

4. Sometimes I find myself in the bathroom taking mask breaks.

5. Wednesday morning’s conversation with my husband:

Me (in a muffled voice behind my mask): Hey Nate could you let Max out?

Nathan (whining): Aaaahhhh!!! I have to be a mom and a dad!!

Me: uhh….When did you turn into a mom?

Nathan: Well I have to let the dogs out and make food by myself now!

….Not sure when those two duties ever fell under the “mom-only” category!!?

6. Black Rifle Pumpkin coffee is magical when you mix it with Caramel Macchiato creamer.

7. A research statistic shows 70% of people who tested positive for Covid were faithfully wearing a mask…..so am I producing Rona for myself as I sport my mask within my home?…hmmm…

8. I kinda want to get Rona just to get it done and over with.

9. A close friend of mine texted this the other day, “once you get out of jail (or vacation depending how you look at it) we should get together.”

…Yes please!!!

And this is exactly where I want to turn for a devotional reflection today.

You see, my friend’s words have coated my heart with peace and a goal because the reality is that I have the choice in how I want to view this time.

Jail or vacation…what will my perspective be of it?

And the answer I’m choosing is not to view it as jail, not to count the negatives (and there definitely are some) but rather to focus on the REAL “positives”….like me getting my own bathroom, because that’s been cool.

Lol, no on a serious note though there’s true good in this time of being confined to the house.

As with anything, I can sit (stuck in quarantine) and still praise God because He is good and faithful when I consider that then who am I to even begin to complain. He is who He is, no matter my situation or condition. My circumstances (or yours) don’t ever change who God is.

That truth alone is so soothing to my mind and heart.

Check out some of Paul’s words in the New Testament:

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ…I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly. (Ephesians 1:3, 16)

Because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. (Philippians 1:14)

You guys!! Paul was writing those words while literally under house arrest in Rome for preaching Jesus’ name and falling into some religious disputes over it…and yet look at his remarkable encouragement!!

Those words weren’t recorded just to fill up space but rather to fulfill a purpose. I think the beauty and importance in Paul’s frame of mind is that we have the choice to adopt that same mindset for our very own.

Y’all we’re living in some tough times, where we could ALL benefit from a positive perspective. Just the idea of the election and the shape of our nation seems so eerie and off to me this time (regardless of who wins)…like unsettling.

I’m so thankful Jesus is my partner; because of my faith my heart feels prepared.

I can’t imagine life without Him and I hurt for those who don’t have their hope placed in Christ. It’s a mystery to me how people do life without God as their source of guidance and protection. With that I can count it as gain that He is in control and the ultimate leader no matter which way our country heads. I don’t have to worry over the outcome. He is the calm to the crazy.

Side note: Having said that, I’ve done my research and I’m confident in who I’m voting for!! Likewise, I want to encourage you to study up and be sure to vote! I don’t care how mouthy either candidate gets in debating — one has some better morals and values and it doesn’t take much digging to find out who.

This isn’t meant to sound like a political post but rather to encourage in undeniably wild times.

Friends, fear and negative thinking don’t have to be a part of our daily routine. There is magnificent hope when we’re fixed on Jesus — when a mess swirls around us or the unexpected takes up residency within our own homes, work, or lives —even then, we can choose to be optimistic by relying on Jesus!

Though this world is troubled, He is still in control and seated on the throne.

John 16:33 says this: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

When we turn to God we find stability, security, and support to wipe away the mundane parts of life that long to overwhelm us.

A positive mentality, focused on Christ and His words of truth, ‘trumps’ the disorder and unforeseen in our lives — every single time.

Scripture proves itself so. The answers to our problems and the encouragement needed are written and found there-in. Join me by opening your Bible each day and pouring comfort and hope into your heart…it’s just what the Great Physician ordered for each of us. How will you respond?

Take care,

Alicia

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

40 thoughts on “Day 4 of Quarantine”

    1. Thank you!! Yes and in hindsight I guess as long as I choose to follow Christ (even once I’m outside of my quarantine time) then I can keep that vacation mindset even in the toughest times because He’s got me covered and tells us to worry not.

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  1. You made me smile, Alicia. And how is your family home so minimal and tidy? A bathroom to yourself does sound good. Thank you. I had to self isolate because my son did a test… I was cross at first because I had planned a little vacation and couldn’t go, because of this… After prayer and a subsequent change of focus and an apology, I loved my isolation and on day 6 my son phoned to say that his test result was negative and I was free to go out. Guess what – I’d settled myself for the long-haul and was even somewhat disappointed! I’m so fickle! It really is a battlefield of the mind and surrendering to Jesus is the only way for peace and joy in this life. Blessings. Don’t get too used to it!

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    1. 😊yes I could definitely and happily be a minimalist, I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post…I just don’t like stuff…
      That’d be hard missing out on a vacation, I get that but it sounds like you ended up finding “vacation” in your time of quarantine❤️ thanks so much for reading, I enjoyed reading your comment!!

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  2. So sorry, Alicia. My youngest daughter had to do the same because of contact with her best friend who contracted. I am sure you will look back on this time in retro with a fondness…but maybe now it is tough. Stay well! God’s grip in your confinement. – Alan

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  3. The funniest quarantine post. Your husband’s mask shows he means business. Covid sucks but beating it brings a victorious feeling like it’s done and over with (just like you said). I live in a small space, so there was zero family separation during my recovery. We all had to go through it. It is great that you have a big space. That’s a blessing! Stay positive and laugh a lot!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear you are in quarantine — you and your family. Your attitude is a wonderful witness.
    This too shall end! Love that saying. It put perspective on life that goes by so fast. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

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    1. Ya and it’s so crazy because after writing that then I got to a part in the book I’m reading and she talks about the very same thing and refers to Paul’s encouragement in Philippians while under house arrest…ahhh love when God amplifies His message for me!! Thanks for reading Vanessa!❤️

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  5. Hopefully you won’t get symptoms! Hang in there. Your post is so timely because the pastor at the church we visited this weekend was talking about our need to trust God is in control no matter what happens after the election or any other time during this chaotic year.

    I do have to laugh a bit about the candidate you’ve chosen. You must he writing someone in because I don’t think either of these men really have morals or values. Lol. Both speak with forked tongue and lie all the time and one has been married three times and probably hired prostitutes and the other one sniffs the hair of females no matter their age and doesn’t know where he is. In other words — its a serious mess! How did we as the American people get here without stopping these politicians from getting in these positions ? We have become way too complacent and have forgotten this country belongs to the people not to elected officials.

    But back to your post — I wonder if Paul would have been running his mouth on social media and getting into trouble too? I think he had a big mouth — but he was also full of love. I wish more of us could find that balance.

    Thanks for the thoughtful post!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      And yes obviously a flawed up mess on either candidate BUT I’m absolutely not in favor of a candidate/political party who supports abortion, defunding our police, or distorting the second amendment…having said that yes it is an unfortunate mess regardless.

      So thankful to be on God’s team either way it goes!!

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  6. Sorry to hear you are in Covid jail! One thing I don’t understand about the mask requirements – if people are still getting sick and the masks have been proven to be bad for our health, why is the government still requiring them?
    Isn’t it amazing that we can still praise the Lord no matter where we are? I’m sure to some people I look a tad crazy when I praise God on aisle 5 at Walmart!

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  7. Love this message. My daughter was quarantined the second day of school because a student who came to class on the first day had COVID. I definitely prayed and then enjoyed my much needed vacay after a crazy start to my own school year as a teacher. May God bless you as you spread His peace during quarantine 💕

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  8. Love your positive attitude and sense of humor, Alicia, your quickness to turn to scripture for encouragement, your firm faith in the One who guides and provides. A delightful read! Praying you escape Rona, and your household can return to normal. (Except I suppose you’ll have to give the bathroom back to the girls!)

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