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Prayer Journal: Day 90

Day 90

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11 NIV 

We need God’s guidance. He knows what we need. When we are weak, He strengthens us.

It’s humbling when our health fails and when we are too tired to get out of bed. The Lord knows when we need His strength. He also gives us opportunities to rest when we need to. 

When I was recovering from COVID-19 this fall, I forgot to water an apple seedling that I had been nurturing for weeks. During my illness I was too weak to get out of  bed. The seedling died. I felt bad that I had forgotten to water it.

God knows that we need water, and He never forgets about us!

I tried again with a new seedling, and I am more watchful this time. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 72

Day 72

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. – Ephesians 1:15-18

God asks us to pray for one another.

My mom’s good friend tested positive for COVID-19 on 11/10/20. Hopefully his case is mild. 

God blesses us in times of sickness and in health. When we are healthy, we can praise Him. When we are ill, we learn from Him patience and gratitude. He always takes care of us. As we grow in the knowledge of Him we can find peace. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 64

Day 64

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. – Psalm 116:5-7

I know what is like to be brought low. When I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1st, I was scared. I didn’t imagine that I would be sick months later. I don’t have the energy I used to have. I need to rest more than I did before. After I was released from quarantine 28 days later, I think many people assumed I was fully recovered. Although many of my symptoms significantly improved, and I was no longer contagious, I had fatigue and nausea two months later. Some people say this pandemic is a hoax, but it is not. It is real, and we are all in it together. Immunity has come at a price. 

Christ paid a price for our sins. The Lord knows we need to rest. He knows we are living at a difficult time, but He cares for us, and He will always be there to save us. 

Prayer Journal: Day 57

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.” – John 14:1

Jesus knew that sometimes our hearts would be troubled. It takes faith to dispel doubt. When major life changes happen, such as a loved one changes jobs, a move might happen, or people in our lives might change, life feels uncertain. It’s normal to wonder if everything will be okay when we are in transition.

Change is okay. Jesus experienced major changes, some that are hard to fathom. He was immortal, but came down to Earth to experience life and death for us. He didn’t have to do that. It was an incredible sacrifice, but He loves us so much that He was willing to endure the cross for us. When we put that sacrifice into perspective, and compare it to the minor struggles we face in life, there is really no comparison. Our lives are easy. Our burdens are light. Jesus paid the cost to save us.

By the end of October 2020, my health insurance plan will end. 

But does it really matter? Although it took longer than I expected to recover from COVID-19, I feel much better, even though I occasionally have fatigue and nausea, 57 days after the day I found out I tested positive for COVID-19. I have my husband and family to support me, but most of all, I can always rely on God. Even when life seems uncertain, God will see it through. He will always be there for us, and He will always take care of us. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 50

Day 50

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrow; smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5

I have many sorrows sometimes. 

I had never felt as overwhelmed as I was when I was recovering from COVID-19. After I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020, I hadn’t felt like myself. I had been exhausted and angry. I  had lashed out. I had yelled and cried and had meltdowns. It wasn’t normal. 

COVID-19 is a malicious disease, and its long-term effects are not fully understood. Many “long haulers” like me have experienced depression, fatigue, and loss of appetite, well after the fever has gone away. I didn’t fully understand what was happening to me at first, and I was scared. 

But the Lord has given me strength to seek professional help. He lined up many friends, family, therapists, counselors, and doctors to help me. 

My church prayed for me. God knows the beginning and the end. He knows about suffering more than anyone else. He knows how to help me and whom I should ask for help. He won’t give up on me. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 48: My Mom’s COVID-19 Test Came Back Negative

Day 48

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4

God is good! My mom’s COVID-19 test came back negative on September 6, 2020! I felt so relieved. My husband and I had eaten dinner with her in person at Red Lobster in Reno on the night of August 25th, the day we picked up my new car. I wore my mask during dinner because I had eaten a late lunch beforehand. God protected my mom from getting the virus! Hallelujah! This was the best news that I had gotten in several months.

God delivered me from my greatest fear – that my mom would have caught COVID-19 from me during our time together. She is 78 years old and is high risk for COVID-19, but God heard our prayers and delivered her from any harm.

Prayer Journal: Day 47, Finding Out That I Tested Positive for COVID-19 on September 1st

Day 47

“In an acceptable time I have heard you, and I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2

I found out on September 1, 2020 that my COVID-19 test came back positive. I had to quarantine for at least 14 days. None of my family and friends whom I had come in contact with during the prior two weeks were sick. 

The Lord is good. I know that He is taking care of me. He is the great physician, and He will heal me completely. And when I recover I might donate plasma so that I can help others who have COVID-19 to recover. 

The Lord is good and abounding in mercy. He gave me time of solitude and peace to turn my eyes upon Him. His mercy endures forever, and I love Him. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 41

Day 41

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

I’ve been searching for God’s peace. It’s hard to find it when there are 7.75 million cases of COVID-19 in the USA. It’s hard to hear His voice when the noise in our heads is so loud that we can’t hear anything else except the negative self-talk. My relationships have sometimes become strained because I don’t share others’ opinions, especially when it comes to safety during the pandemic.

Some people want to live their lives as they always did before, but I find it hard to enjoy dinner out when everyone in the restaurants is wearing a mask, and I have to worry that if I go to the bathroom, I will touch a surface contaminated by COVID-19. Sometimes I hold it and sometimes I risk going to the bathroom, even if it might not be clean.

I can’t sleep some nights because my son is in pain from his allergies. I was terrified to take him to the doctor because COVID-19 might be at the doctor’s office.

Everything seems harder during the pandemic, more dangerous, and risky. My work burns me out sometimes. Things are not right.

God knows our hearts and can comfort our souls. He can give us rest. We just have to ask Him and trust Him.

Prayer Journal: Day 34

Day 34

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

I often have trouble sleeping. I am working on setting a healthier sleep routine, but sometimes I don’t rely enough on God to help me to get through whatever I am struggling with.

The feeling of being unsafe during the COVID-19 pandemic is hard to shake, but the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, and He will keep us safe.

Prayer Journal: Day 30

Day 30

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror. Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence. And will keep your foot from being caught. – Proverbs 3-24-26

I worry about my loved ones. I talk to them and can’t always help them. It riles me, so much so that I get nauseous sometimes.

I can’t protect my family from getting COVID-19 or from depression or from feeling isolated.

I don’t have control of the world around us, but God does and He gives us peace and ease so that we can sleep. That is a promise. Amen.

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