In response to the World Covid-19 Crisis
Barbara Lowe, PhD, LP, BCC, SEP
A Healthy Response
So much about the current situation with Covid-19 brings up, or exacerbates, our natural instinct to fear, worry, and anxiety. Words like sequester, quarantine, social distancing, and events around us like shops and businesses closing doors, concerns for job losses, illness, schedule changes, the need to find balance in the midst of change can make us fearful or disoriented. It can make us feel alone.
God’s assignment is for you to be in your home, using your social distancing, and washing your hands. But God is also using this time to grow you in holiness, wholeness, and in legacy living, like never before.
How can a time of uncertainty help you grow in holiness? Isaiah 43:1 says:
But now, this is what the Lord says, the Lord who created you, O Jacob, the Lord who formed you, O Israel. Do not be afraid, because I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.
I like the way The Message puts it:
The God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel, Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
Joshua 1:18 reminds us that we are to meditate on God’s word day and night. Meditate…not fret! Joshua says we meditate on God’s word, “so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” If we breath in the light and hope of God’s word and breathe out the negative uncertainties of life, we fill our minds and hearts with what is true, what is beautiful, and what will make us whole. We will find ourselves more fully walking in hope and in God’s promises.
Finding Wholeness in Mind and Spirit
Becoming more Whole is a process that requires intentionality and active participation. Achieving personal Wholeness is a lifelong adventure and pursuit. Intentionally working toward wholeness builds an essential foundation for a joyful, satisfying life.
A psychologically whole woman seeks wholeness in her mind, her will and emotions. She is mentally alert, has clarity in her thinking, is not confused but is able to confront the mental challenges of work and relationships with wisdom and a cognitive understanding. She is able to use her will and choice in ways that are helpful. A whole woman also cares for her emotional self. She listens to her emotions but does not live by them. She lives from her values. Mental wholeness involves choosing positivity over negativity towards the self, others, life, and the future. Research indicates that we thrive with a 3 to 1 ratio of positive to negative emotions.
Spiritual wholeness recognizes that we are spiritual beings with a need for a personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We also need fellowship and growth opportunities inherent within a healthy community of faith. We grow in spiritual wholeness as we do life with others who are also growing spiritually.
There are many events and crises in life that lead to brokenness and lack of a sense of wholeness: addiction, betrayal, losses of all kinds, financial concerns, grief, fertility, identity, relationships, abuse, neglect, broken childhood, the list is unimaginably long! And today we add to that list, a virus that has the world in a frenzy.
God longs to reclaim and restore the age-old broken places in women’s lives, to turn the broken places into grace-filled spaces. Isaiah 55 calls us to “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.” The whole chapter speaks to a call from God to all people of the earth to come and receive what is needed. His spirit transforms the broken places into wholeness.
The journey to finding wholeness has many paths. Besides therapy with the women who come into my office, I offer retreats, break-through-intensives, and on-line courses that lead and empower women to a deeper faith and belief in healing and wholeness. Using my “Faith + Therapy” tools, my on-line courses, Find Your Happy and Hearts Returning Home, are divided into workable modules with audio/video so that you can work at your own pace, transcripts and downloadable activities, meditations, and prayer.
Because community is an essential aspect of healing and wholeness for women, Hearts Returning Home also offers a private, safe, and secure FB page where participants engage in helpful and meaningful communication as they work through the modules with other participants, on-line coaches, and through weekly live-stream Bible Study with me. Free on-line resources include books that help women transform, overcome, heal. There is a guide for finding hope on the “dark side of motherhood” and a guide on how to walk through tragic losses, including the suicide of loved ones.
For Such a Time as This: Content For Wholeness
Just prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we launched the World Women’s Wholeness Summit, a 3-day on-line conference featuring more than 70 well-known authors, speakers, and teachers. This conference reached yearning hearts around the world! Many women found hope and truth through the talks that focused on bringing more wholeness into the lives of every woman.
We believe God caused us to pre-record our fully online women’s conference for such a time as this!! This is all part of the revival He is sparking! He has women home as a captive audience.
1) Re-releasing the 3W Summit conference for free, March 27-29. The Summit will include about 30 videos releasing per day and 74 speakers talking about wholeness in every area of life. Please feel free to send all your followers, and use your affiliate links for this. https://www.3wsummit.com/optin
2) Creating a free World Women’s Wholeness Tribe Facebook group for community https://www.facebook.com/groups/2534683540121255/ Feel free to invite your followers, now.
3) I am praying with a guest each night for the world’s women (and people), Live at 5 (5pm ET) on Facebook. Friends, such as Cora Jakes Coleman, Joanna Beck, Christy Johnson, Leslie Vernick, Valora Cole, Dr. Gina Prince, Dr. Venner Alston, Brenda Crouch, and others will be joining me in praying for and encouraging you at our Live at 5’s!
Please join us! It is an opportunity for you to grow and be well, to have access to content and community, and to find your path toward more full and whole legacy living!
Dr. Barbara Lowe is a licensed psychologist, founder and owner of Greenleaf Psychological Services, Somatic Experience practitioner, EMDR practitioner, Board Certified Life Coach, educator, researcher, lay minister, and author. As a gifted international speaker, her audiences are left with the feeling that they have been seen, that their pain has been witnessed, and that their hope for a better life has been renewed. She and her husband Tim are founders of the World Women’s Wholeness Summit 2020 (3WSummit.com), a free, three-day (March 6-8, 2020) international on-line conference dedicated to unity with diversity, legacy, and women’s wholeness.