Peace in a Pandemic: 4 ways to develop a healthy rhythm

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This is a challenging season.

Every day, the news changes and sometimes, it feels like it just keeps getting worse. As believers, it is important to remember that God can redeem this time. It is important to remember that we can choose to trust God when life feels uncertain.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

So how do we do this? One way is to discipline ourselves to rely on his goodness and faithfulness daily, but in order to do so, it’s important to develop a routine that pours into your spiritual, mental and emotional health.

Develop a Daily or Weekly Routine

Does your daily or weekly schedule include cultivating spiritual, mental, and emotional health? If not, check out Burnout Exposed, the first sermon in our Fatigue series where we dive in to the 4 buckets of Energy.

This takes intentionality and consistency, but once you start, expect God to meet you there.

Set Specific Goals

Think about spiritual, financial, physical, and relational goals that you can achieve as an individual, but that you can also achieve as a family.

Stay Connected

Be intentional about keeping close family and friends updated on how you and your family are doing through FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or an old-fashioned phone call. Again, the focus is on how you are doing, not just what you are doing.

Read a book

Reading has been proven to have health benefits. From fighting Alzheimer’s to improving your sleep at night, reading a book can do wonders for your mind, body, and soul when stuck inside. Rather listen to the audio?  Sign up for Hoopla and provide your library card info to check out up to 5 audio books for free.

Vision Church Recommended Reading: 

Apologetics

Urban Apologetics by Christopher Brooks

Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughlin

Making Sense of God by Tim Keller

The Reason for God by Tim Keller

 

Biographies

Renewal: Grace and Redemption in the Story of Ruth by Jerome Gay Jr.

The African Memory of Mark by Thomas Oden

Collection of free biographies from Desiring God

George Mueller by Roger Steer

Give Me This Mountain by Helen Roseveare

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets by Dr. Howard Taylor

Servant on the Edge of History by Sam James

Seven Women by Eric Metaxas

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson

 

Church and Community

Woke Church by Dr. Eric Mason

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

 

Evangelism and Discipleship

Discipleship Defined by Eric Russ

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman

Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt

 

Finances and Money

God and Money by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer

The Money Challenge by Art Rainer

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

 

Gospel and Work

Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller

The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger

 

Knowing God and the Gospel

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

The Cross-centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Gospel by J.D. Greear

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

 

Leadership

Leadership as an Identity by Crawford Lorritts

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

 

Missions

Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

Radical by David Platt

 

Productivity

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

 

Prayer

Prayer by John Onwuchekwa 

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

Prayer by Tim Keller

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

 

Racial Reconciliation

Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans

United by Trillia Newbell

 

Scripture

Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks

Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

 

Spiritual Disciplines

Habits of Grace by David Mathis

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney

 

Suffering

A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada

Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller

 

Technology

12 Ways your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

The Tech-wise Family by Andy Crouch

 

Additional Reading

What is a Healthy Church Member

A Small Book for an Anxious Heart by Ed Welch

Brad Hambrick of Summit Church Resources on Anxiety