Life Right Now

Happy Monday, everyone!

Life is very different right now, isn’t it? The pandemic has affected pretty much everyone to some extent or the other.

Our Kansas stay-at-home has expired, and we’ve entered Phase 1 (out of 4). The state has guidelines and then each county decides beyond that what they should have in place. It’ll be interesting to see what life settles out to be over the coming months.

The past month plus has been quiet from the view of not being out and around (except for an occasional trip to the grocery store or other errands) but not quiet in that we’ve just wrapped up Week 3 of Mom, Anna, and Mary helping Christopher and Anna Marie’s family. For me, I’ve been blessed to have more time to focus on my book and now writing first draft.

We’d love to hear from our readers. How is life for you? How can we be praying for you?

We’re considering doing a post or a series of posts on what life is like for some of our readers in very affected areas (Italy, New York City, etc).

Perhaps a few paragraphs about how life has changed, a unique struggle you’ve faced, a way the Lord has shown Himself mighty through the situation, how you’ve been able to help someone else, etc. Just some ideas. If you had a few pictures to go along with it, we’d welcome that too. There isn’t a guarantee we’d post, but we’d love to consider it. You can email them to [email protected] by this Saturday, May 9th.

Yesterday morning, I read through Habbakuk and these verses struck me. We can rejoice in God regardless of what is happening all around us.

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines;
the labour of the olive shall fail,
and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Habbakuk 3:17-18

One chilly afternoon, Arnold joined me for my outline work.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
Psalm 103:1

26 thoughts on “Life Right Now”

  1. Hey there Maxwell Family,
    I just want you to know that we are praying for you!
    That we love you, and are inspired by what we hear from your blog!
    And that you will always have a special part in our hearts.
    Thank you for sharing and encouraging other Christians in the life you live.
    May God bless you and keep you.
    May he cause his face to shine upon you.
    May the road rise to meet you, and may the sun shine always upon your back,
    And until we meet one day,
    God bless
    Your friends in the U.K.
    The B Family xxxxxxxxxx

    1. Claire,

      Thank you for your sweet comment. You are a blessing to us! Without readers, there would be no blog. We love sharing! And yes, it’d be amazing to meet one day.

      Sarah

  2. It’s good to see your family’s smiling faces and unity during what is a really difficult time.

    1. Kim, I have been trying to email you, but I don’t think you are getting the emails. I am using the email address you post your comments with and that we usually correspond with.

  3. We are in WA and our order just got extended through the end of May. It can feel discouraging seeing other states opening up, but I also realize Washington has a large population, especially in major cities. I’m glad to hear other states are starting to go into the phases of reopening. I’m praying we see good results and it will be an encouragement to other states as well.

  4. If you could pray for my older sister Michaelle her husband Ben, she went into labor at 33 weeks her midwife said that if they wanted to save the baby they needed to go to the hospital (they live in one of the epicenters in MN) The hospital refused to let Ben in with her she had twins, Sadly one of them was still born. Enoch was flown to a better hospital 2 hours away he is doing well though it will be a few weeks before he can go home. Michaelle is struggling with the realization that she will never get to be a mom to Michael, and Ben not being there is really hard for them both. My 2 year old niece is having a hard time being without her mom, and is teething. Ben is struggling with because of not really being able to hold and say goodbye to Michael. Also Michael was named after my dad, he is honored, but struggling with it as well. I think well this is rough for all of us it doesn’t help that no family lives in the area.

    1. Oh, Charisa, I’m so very, very sorry for what you’re facing. The loss of your sweet nephew! The pain is real and hard. And in the midst of everything that’s happening complicates it all. Praying, praying for you all!

  5. We’re in Los Angeles, and mostly feeling safe and warm, and glad to live somewhere where we still are able to be outside while maintaining social distancing. We also work from home all of the time and are fortunate to still be working. We’ve been trying to support localbusinesses and friends who are out of work in any ways that we can (not cancelling gym memberships, ordering local pickup or takeout, purchasing art from friends who make it, and such) I’ve been dealing with some (non-covid-related) health issues and have been using this time to focus on rest and healing kore as well, which has been a small blessing in a time of such uncertainty. We’ve also been using this time to connect with family near and far via Zoom and broadening our knowledge with online classes. I will be so glad when this is over, but I know it’s for the best, and protecting people who are most vulnerable, and am trying to use this time as wisely as possible.

    Much love to you and your family, and thank you again for the glimpse into your life 🙂

    1. Katie,

      I didn’t realize y’all lived in Los Angeles. That would be a very beautiful climate. That’s neat you’re working to support local business. So important during these times! I agree with being able to connect more with people.

      Thanks for your comment. I love them!

      Sarah

      1. Thank you, Sarah 🙂 And yes! We moved here a year and a half ago from a very small East Coast town to be closer to family who live here. It’s really beautiful, and such a blessing, even in these more challenging times to spend time outside running and waking (while wearing masks and social distancing of course!)

  6. We so need to pray for our countries and the world in general…especially for people who lost a relative in a different country…
    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”-2Ch 7:14

  7. Hi Maxwell family! I live in New Jersey and we have been hit very hard by the virus. My father went to be with the Lord on April 7th, he did not die from covid-19. He was in a nursing home at the time so we were unable to see him from March 13th on. Our last visit was March 11th. It has been incredibly hard , no funeral or memorial due to all the restrictions. We were unable to be with him during his last days. It still seems hard to believe for our family. Please keep us in your prayers.

    1. Sharon,

      I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s hard enough to lose a loved one, but when you didn’t have the chance to see him or even have a funeral. Bless you. I’m praying for you.

      Love,
      Sarah

  8. Do the married siblings live nearby? Its neat that you are able to see the little ones grow up.

  9. Linda from Houston, Texas here. Love all your pictures. Reading your blog and seeing the pictures is so encouraging. Makes me smile, especially the ones with Arnold.

  10. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. What are the plants Anna and Ruthanne are planting in picture #3?
    Praying for you all and especially for Anna Marie.

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