February 26, 2024
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Heyyyyyyy…Long time no post right? I should start this post with some reasonable apology over my MIBA (missing in blogging action). I promise, there is a good explanation for everything and in due time you will get to find out. One of which includes the publication of heels magazine/ no 2.
I’m telling you, you won’t even imagine the height of dedication and hard work including the sacrifice and resources we pulled for this particular issue. In addition to that is the main reason why I have been late in delivering blog posts. Some persons probably think I stopped writing or blogging.
“sho mo age mi ni ?” is my new, favourite catch phrase (Don’t laugh at my Yoruba, I figured I could pick one or two phrases from the language since I have friends from the tribe. Well, who knows where the ship will sail this young woman to after all)?
Down to the main reason for my MIBA (missing in blogging action). I have been working on my new blog as you can see; to bring on improvement. I also moved from preciousjewel.com.ng to this new blog. It’s been an emotional development for me but I needed a fresh start and to bring us better content hence the move. This new step is going to bring us contents straight from immortality to be furnished into your heart in time.
That being said. All protocols duly observed, let’s jump into the main post for today and get on with this topic. The COVID 19, colodia drive us, Colombia morona, covik 91…There is no name I haven’t heard on this very pandemic, soon the virus will get tired and just pack up from the earth’s surface as well. How are you coping with this lock down and the boredom?
According to Alicia Bárcena, the COVID-19 crisis will go down in history as one of the worst the world has endured. She explained that this virus endangers an essential global public good, human health, and it will impact an already weakened global economy, affecting it both from the supply and demand side, whether through the interruption of production chains – which will severely hurt global trade – or through the loss of income and profitability due to higher unemployment and greater difficulties to pay debt service obligations.
Behind these statistics lie the human costs of the pandemic, from the deaths of friends and family to the physical effects of infection and the mental trauma and fear faced by almost everyone. Not knowing how this pandemic will play out affects our economic, physical and mental well-being against a backdrop of a world that, for many, is increasingly anxious, unhappy and lonely. Need I mention the panic buying or the protest led by some citizens against the lock down? The hunger virus is way more dangerous than the corona virus itself.
We all could use some good news right now, especially with the fears and the stigma about being created by this pandemic. If we are not careful, just like the WHO said, the stigma and after effect of this virus would be e worse and severe. It might cripple some, mentally, financially, economically even spiritually and otherwise.
When I first heard of the rule on no church gatherings and the rest, my heart sank. Now don’t be quick to dismiss me as a church rat or bring up one of your philosophies that church is not a building but in the hearts of men or that we are the church of Christ. I know all of that.
We are the church but the gathering of the brethren must not be despised. It does something to our inner man, it strengthens the weak ones and the feeble who cannot pray alone or those who are too caught in depression to even call on the name of the Lord. I remember those times, I couldn’t pray or even lift my eyes to heaven. One of the strategies for my reinstatement was the fellowship of brethren

Little wonder the psalmist says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.”

Psalm 133
Well, the focus of this post isn’t on the shutdown or stay at home rule, if you look at it though, the rule is biblical after all. Besides, we all can stop the spread if we could stay at home together all cuddled up with our loved ones.
I have good news and bad news to share with you concerning this pandemic

Before I get to the good news, let me get the bad news out of my face:

  1. The economic instability of some families and the nation in general- I wouldn’t want to deliberate on this matter more than the solutions we could bring out to solve it but the truth is that the aftermath of this pandemic wouldn’t cripple the economic state of the nation and some families. Honestly, my heart goes out to families who could barely survive before the pandemic how much more now that the COVID-19 strives to take over the globe.
  2. Depression-Take it or leave it, some persons are already falling into a depressing state. One of the effects of shutting a person down and outing them in isolation from their loved ones, families, work, the church, etc is that he begins to engage himself in unfruitful conversations. He possibly starts to hear voices that aren’t real and seek to break his walls of convictions. Do you know what comes with fear of the unknown? Depression.
  3. Addiction and temptation to lust- This shouldn’t come as a shock to you. Many persons are going to find themselves on the beds of addictions they thought they bade farewell to. If the flesh is not mutilated, it is not renewed-there is little or nothing you can do to hinder it from behaving and acting out its desires and cravings.

Here you have: Here is the good news; the lock down is here to stay for a while. We can only seek to engage our minds and make productive steps towards maintaining our sanity for the season. 30 productive things to do during this lock down season to cure boredom

30 Productive Things To Do During This Lock Down Season To Cure Boredom

  1. Watch Christian and educative movies-there are options out there to explore. Read this post here to see the reviews of my favorite movies
  2. Engage God more– your complaints of not having enough time to pray or study the bible are over. Lately, I have been engaging myself in reading the New Testament in one week and guess what I’m on the second patrol. It’s a beautiful feeling.
  3. Bond with your loved ones and catch up on all those gists you missed from your spouse and kids
  4. Learn a new skill and acquire a certificate online
  5. Take time out to rest and reboot for the rush when the ban is lifted
  6. Write your business ideas and proposals for that new venture you want to start
  7. Read books
  8. Girl, put a broom behind your bed
  9. Write a book
  10. Start a podcast
  11. Start a blog
  12. Call up and chat with old friends
  13. Mediate more on the good things and the scriptures-just fill your mind with them
  14. Call your bae (if you live apart)
  15. Call, email, text and video message friends
  16. Host an online prayer meeting
  17. Learn a new language
  18. Go live on social media and chat with some people
  19. Declutter your home and open the windows a little for fresh air
  20. Prepare your mind and equip yourself for the post-world global development
  21. Organize your wardrobe30 productive things to do during this lockdown season to cure boredom
  22. Learn a new dish
  23. Teach your kids how to prepare dishes and some skills as well
  24. Update your CV and professional accounts
  25. Get fit
  26. Learn web design and copywriting
  27. Write a journal
  28. Organize your kitchen cupboards
  29. Wash your make up brushes-they probably have a dozen germs stuck in between the brittle
  30. Start an online course

Read this post by The hope table for more quarantine ideas
Scriptures for the week

  1.  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
  2.  “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  ~ Psalm 56:3
  3.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
  4.  “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
  5.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
  6.  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18

Several activities are not limited to binge-watching a Tv show or movies. You can cure your lock down boredom with these activities. Meanwhile, whatever you do, don’t shave your hair. Don’t do it.
Leave a comment below for me. What activities are you engaging in during this lock down and how serious is the pandemic at your end? Stay safe and Engage God
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