Since leaving Florida and arriving in North Carolina, we’ve been thinking a lot about time. In North Carolina at Moonshine Creek, this should be a busy time and the campground should be full. But, like so many businesses and people we are in a “Time-Out.”
Time-Outs can serve many purposes: training and discipline for children or strategy in sports like basketball OR in the case of a worldwide pandemic…to protect our fellow- human beings who are most vulnerable, from a serious illness.
As we all work together to avoid unnecessary travel and keep our social distance and businesses close or reduce their hours, we are faced with some new challenges. This “time-out” means some businesses are struggling to pay their employees, stay afloat or keep their shelves stocked. Many non-essential employees are wondering how they will pay their bills while they are not working. Parents are being forced to teach their children at home. Full-time RVers are just happy if they have a place to park and wait this out while wondering if all our travel plans for this year are ruined.
Appointments are delayed, plans are postponed, important life events like weddings and graduations are being cancelled. TIME OUT!
This may feel like a disciplinary “Time-Out” but even discipline has its benefits- to change our attitude and improve our behavior. We can only hope and pray that much good comes from this! We want to learn from this…and a couple of verses have come to my mind recently:
“Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Here are a few ideas for redeeming the time that we’ve come up with:
- Write a letter
- Text a friend
- Read a book
- Make masks and wear them
- Say a prayer
- Count your blessings
- Complete a project
- Look for opportunities to serve or encourage others
- Learn something new
- Paint a wall or cabinet
- Plant a flower
- Enjoy God’s creation
- Take a hike
- Ride a bike
- Sand some rough edges
- Pet a dog or cat
- De-clutter a drawer (or 2)
- Drink coffee
- Sing a song or hum a tune
- Listen to music
- Dance in the kitchen
- Dream a new dream/plan a new trip
- Rest, renew, relax
- Shop on-line (or just put things in your on-line cart for later)
- Take one day at a time
- Tell a joke
- Make someone smile
And here are a few specific things we’ve been doing during our time-out:
We are settling in here at Moonshine Creek in Western North Carolina.
We are taking one day at a time and enjoying God’s creation and creatures.
Eating, we are eating some good food!
As we are eating and baking and eating some more, a new wardrobe may be our next order of business!
We are enjoying the blossoms of springtime plants and trees and we even planted a couple of flowers to enjoy at our campsite.
We are helping with some special projects around the campground. Sanding, painting, installing new lights and replacing some deck boards are just a few of the spring projects at Moonshine Creek.
In Old Glory, the cabinets and island are getting a coat of paint. This is a project we’ve been talking about for a while and decided this would be a good time to do it!
And here’s our NOT to do list:
- Cut your own hair ????
Let’s be overcomers and emerge from this time-out with all our hair, happier, healthier and wiser than ever! Thanks for following our RV life.