In the past few weeks, our world (literally) has been turned upside down. People are panicking, and hoarding things like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, face masks, and food. But do we need to panic? NO.

Satan often uses fear as his tool of destruction. He wants us to be scared, because then he has us where he wants us. He wants us to panic, and look to whatever means outside of God that we can to calm our fears. But Jesus said these words in John 14:27, ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus, the Prince of Peace left us His perfect peace! How awesome is that? We do not need to fear anything. Matthew 6:34 says, ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” God has a plan for this place called Earth, and more personally, He has a plan specifically designed for each one of us. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13. If He knitted me together while I was in the womb, don’t you think He is invested in my life, and has a plan for me? Of course He does.

How does this relate to be parents of addicts. A couple of reasons. Firstly, we need to watch our kids who have been freed from addiction for signs that they are slipping again. These ARE scary times, and if someone who is an addict loses focus from the Prince of Peace, they will seek peace elsewhere, but won’t find it. And secondly, a reminder to us to embrace the Peace of Jesus in everything. Not just the COVID-19 virus, but even with relation to our addicted children. We need to remember that God has a plan, not only for us, but for our children as well.

I wish to leave you with a blog post that I read this morning. Glenn Kaiser formally of Resurrection Band writes about the current situation in relation to who God is. https://gkaiser.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/epidemics-sense-or-nonsense/

Peace and Love

The Giesbrechts

*Scripture quotes are from the NIV version

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