Soothe Your Spirit During Times of Heaviness

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The last six months have undoubtedly been challenging. As a wife and mother to four children, I have felt the heaviness of this season in many ways.

I’ve experienced a mix of emotions from sadness and anxiety to gratitude and joy. There have been days where the news and updates felt overwhelming; days that I mourned the life we knew pre-pandemic.

But through all of it, I have strived to keep my spirits high, to continue to seek joy and to find light in these days. I have been reminded time and time again that true peace will not be found in the world and it will not be found in the ever-changing circumstances of our days.

True peace only comes from Christ. His word and His light are ultimately where I find comfort and where I find life.

I have found that turning off the news and parts of my social media during this pandemic has helped me continue to keep my spirits high. Seeking loved ones that I can spend time with or help; even virtually has also been a blessing.

These connections bring such joy and comfort in times like these. During this slower time, I’m grateful for the ways in which my husband and I have had time to connect. We have also made many memories as a family that I will cherish always.

We have used our family devotional time to share our feelings and thoughts around the dinner table. This has been a beautiful way to connect with our children and also listen and speak to their own fears and concerns. Making time to read God's word and to journal my feelings has been a stronghold. Continuing to seek His purpose for my life has kept me grounded in these times of uncertainty.

Finally, spending time outdoors is always a way I find peace. In solitude or with our family, there is something so refreshing about being in nature.

I have always strived to seek the beauty in our everyday life and I continue this practice even amidst a world pandemic.

Our outlook on our circumstances can affect our spirit in such a strong way. I pray that I will always continue to see the gifts God presents in the valleys and mountains alike. There is so much to be grateful for.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

- Psalms 23

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Writer: Ginger Unzueta

Ginger is a spiritual photographer who loves capturing special moments of her family. She believes that beauty can be found in every day and celebrates the silly, messy and magical moments of motherhood. She uses her photography to show the expressions of what being a mom is like and all the smiles that go with

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