Tips for Surviving the 2020 Pandemic

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Here are some tips for surviving the 2020 pandemic—with a spiritual twist.

Tip #1: Wash up. As you wash your hands with soap and water, wash your spirit with the Word. God says, “Fear not.” Meditate and pray through Psalm 91 (below).

Tip #2: Keep your distance. Distance yourself from fear, anxiety, and stress. God is bigger than the coronavirus and the stock market. Rest in His sovereignty. 

Tip #3: Disinfect. Use the down time for extra time with God. Confess. Worship. Pray. 

Tip #4: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Smother any negativity. Spread goodness, kindness, faithfulness. Support family businesses that may be struggling. Look for the good God will bring in the midst of such sickness. Ask Him how you can help.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Workout for the Week: Tips for Surviving the 2020 Pandemic

Memory Verse: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  Psalm 91:1

Meditation Passage: Psalm 91

Do It: Fear not.


  1. Gerry on May 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    The ” Power of Prayer,” is one of the most insidious and even harmful beliefs offered by religion. When faced with tragedy or misfortune, prayer is one of the least helpful responses. better to donate, give blood, etc….

    • Gayle Veitenheimer on May 11, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I would say both prayer and a practical response are helpful. I can see how prayer would seem like a waste of time, but for those with a personal relationship with God, it’s anything but a waste.

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