Praying for the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being of Yourself and Your Family Members, and Social Adjustment after the Reopening, Presence Cares Series – Soul and Relationship Care in The Pandemic (6)

Jennifer Wong

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the busiest groups has been the working parents with school-aged children. Every day, these parents need to juggle meal prepping, chores, homeschooling, and arranging activities for their children on top of finishing projects from work.  Staying home all the time limits personal space and time for oneself, and the busyness easily makes one pay less attention or care to the people and things happening around them. Also, one may get so exhausted that they let go of the time to nurture their souls and spend time with the Lord.

As businesses reopen and the stay-at-home order is gradually lifted, we need to pray for ourselves and our family members to adapt to the changes in our daily routines again.

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Mental Health & Self-Care in the Pandemic – Presence Cares Series(4)

Lily Ma

According to a report from the CDC (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention) and other major healthcare organizations, the outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered the risk for more widespread mental health issues. KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation – an American non-profit organization that focuses on major health care issues facing the nation) conducted a survey in late March (see Figure 1). Nearly half of the people under shelter-in-place orders reported having negative emotions related to COVID-19. Even among those not sheltering-in-place, there are still 37% experiencing the negative impact of COVID-19 on their emotional health. I personally came across a good amount of people with anxiety and depression symptoms since the outbreak of the pandemic. Needless to say, the negative impact on those who have long been suffering from mental health issues is inevitable.

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3 Tips to Help Your Child Learn – Soul and Relationship Care in The Pandemic (3)

Foreword: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, most schools have been ordered to stop in-person classes and move to an online format if possible. As a result, many parents have found themselves forced to homeschool their children for the rest of the school year. Below are tips for parents as they help their children learn from home. We hope as you understand your child better and his or her unique intelligence and learning style, you can help your child blossom and thrive in this time. 

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Love is Sincere Listening – Soul and Relationship Care in The Pandemic (1)

Editor’s Foreword: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, California, together with many other states and cities, have implemented stay-at-home orders since mid-to-late March. Suddenly people’s activities and gatherings have had to stop. With faces hiding under masks and people taking precaution through social distancing from fear of getting infected, we suddenly feel very distant from one another. For friends and families not living together, all connections have become long-distance ones. Feeling disconnected is somewhat inevitable. From Michelle, the author of the article below, we can tell that with love and care, plus sincere listening, long distance can actually promote a deeper level of communication and growth and not necessarily hinder relationship-building. We hope you can experience light and warmth as you read her article in this time of stay-at-home.

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Praying for Parents (4)- Praying for Parents’ Salvation and Spiritual Life

Elizabeth Hughes

I’ve had my fair share of challenges in my relationship with my parents. I thought as I got older that it would get better, that my parents would learn to respect me and naturally grow in grace and love. But I confess that this struggle has not gotten any easier as I’ve moved from one stage of life to the other. 

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PLPC Prayer Series (6) – Being Genuine in Your Friendships

Lily Ma

I love travelling, but sight-seeing is not my only reason for travelling. Neither joining a tour nor searching for new travelling spots comes first on my list. Instead, sometimes I prefer to revisit places that have left a favorable impression on me. I like to remember how it touched my heart when I first visited, or to discover something new and be excited about that place again. Sometimes just looking at pictures or reading my travel journals describing what I heard, saw, and thought brings back a lot of memories.

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Praying for Parents Series (3): Praying for Parents through Every Season of Life

Natalie Kwan

Life is dynamic — a confluence of circumstances that constantly fluctuate, often in dramatic and unpredictable ways — and praying for our parents through every season of life means being cognizant of these changes. Each new life stage brings unique opportunities and challenges, which have the potential to affect our parents’ physical, mental, emotional, and, of course, spiritual health.

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Presence Life Planning Prayer Series (5) – Overcoming Challenges in Life

Anonymous/Presence Editing Department

Editing Department: What obstacles, difficulties, or challenges have you experienced in life? How did God help you overcome? What did you learn, and how have you grown from those experiences? We hope that this blog post will encourage you to examine your life experiences, and may God’s grace continue to guide you through your life journey.

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