We asked Lighthouse Staff and Board Members to share messages about what has been keeping their spirits up. Here is what they said!
This Bible verse has gotten me through the past week. I will continue to help whomever I can as well as myself through God our Father and his son, my Lord Jesus Christ! ~ Rosalie Lorah
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Hello LVS family! I know God is still good! My Lord has kept me strong. Lots of house cleaning in the last month (physically and spiritually)! I am reading the Bible every day and being reminded of ALL the different names of Christ from Genesis to Revelation! If I need a good laugh, I try catch some episodes of The Three Stooges. I pray and have devotions with Lori daily. One Bible verse that comes to mind is Matthew 17:20 - "For surely I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain move from here to there, and I will move and nothing will be impossible to you." May our Lord be with you all now and always. God bless you and LVS now and forever! ~ Anselm Miller
One thing that has been very encouraging is Psalm 91: 10-11 (NLT) which states, "No evil will conquer me; no plague will come near my home, for He will order His angels to protect me wherever I go."
I've also have found my church's online services and prayer meetings to be extremely supportive. One of my joys is working outside in the flower beds & landscaping around our home which has kept me busy. I know we will all get through this pandemic crisis and come out of it with greater love and appreciation for everyone. Blessings to you & all at Lighthouse. ~ Les Miller
I love and miss all my co-workers and all the participants. Whenever I am starting to get sad, I picture the participant's smiles. I also remember that God is sovereign. I cannot wait to back to work. ~ Geraldine Gelin
I am finding rest in the Lord’s goodness as He is allowing me to slow down enough to appreciate the little things in life which, really, are the most important things. Time with family, beautiful days outside where I can watch my lilacs slowly coming into bloom, more intentional connection with friends and neighbors, and time to simply BE. I am reminded of the beauty of life itself, even while we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Of the peace of the Lord that fills my heart when I am more immersed in creation and nature than in the news. I am reminded that I already had so much to be thankful for, and I am hopeful that the lessons I am, and we are, learning will carry over into a new “normal” that follows the season in which we are currently living. ~ Ashley Hankins
I found Paul Zimmerman’s devotional at a recent board meeting very applicable in the current uncertain times. We may only have a few pieces of the puzzle at a time so we should do our best with solving the pieces that we can control. God knows what the entire puzzle will look like and we need to trust in him that it will all come together. ~ Adam Ranck, CPA
I was moved to tears last Sunday. My church, like most during this time, meets for Sunday services online. During my priest’s opening greetings, she mentioned that our congregation has grown exponentially since we are worshiping online due to COVID 19: our services are now being attended by persons from other states, who would never have had the ability to attend our church before.
Very much as a community, our World is kin. It’s wilderness place, yet God continues to bless us abundantly despite our struggles. Going forward, I think we will continue to better use technology and our resources because of the skills we have had to develop now. With the help of God, we can certainly make good come from the dark ashes of this time. Hosanna in the highest. ~ Glenn Miller
This experience so far has been a roller coaster for me. At first, I wanted to do things I usually don’t have time for, and I did get certified in ReFit Revolution (the exercise program that I will start to teach). But, after 2 weeks I started to get discouraged from not working. However, the sermons posted by my church talked about how this is a time to not only pray for healing but to share the love of Jesus. So, I have been checking on my family, friends, and people from church through phone calls/video chats. That has given me comfort that we are all in this together. I will say that when I let God show me how I can be used, I feel God’s peace and can accomplish so much more. ~ Kaitlyn Deemer
As a child of God I do believe (in my head) that I'm doing better than I feel that I am (in my heart). In Matthew 14:22-31 the disciples were in a storm. I feel like we are in a storm as well and I need to keep my eyes on Jesus. When I do, I feel strong and encouraged and really believe Jesus will get me and us through this storm. In Isaiah 26:3 scripture says: “He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because He trusts in you.” I need to be reminded again to keep my eyes on our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” One whom Jesus loves, Cliff Sauder
I have been enjoying spending time with my wife Amanda and our cat Todd, keeping busy with small projects around the house, and planting and gardening. We’ve been tuning into churches via livestream, donating to local organizations, and writing notes to participants. God has been providing for all of our needs. I am spending more personal time with God and he is teaching us to trust in him 100 % and live in Faith over Fear. God has spoken Proverbs 3: 5-6 to us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Blessings, I look forward to coming back to LVS! ~ Juan, Amanda & Todd (our cat) Aviles
My verse for this time is: Psalm 91 ~ Kimberly Marini