BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – Dr. Rick and Kathy Roepke of the Christian Family Institute in Bowling Green will be giving some advice on dealing with fear from the COVID-19 during a Facebook Live chat at noon (CT) Friday.
The behavioral therapists tried the platform last week with encouraging results. They plan to do it every Friday throughout the pandemic, which has affected everyone in one way or another.
“People are feeling helpless and isolated,” Rick said. “What is God calling us to do in the midst of this? What is a small little part we could do to help people cope with this? God laid it on our hearts to do this Friday afternoon Facebook Live during the pandemic.”
More than 1,100 viewed the first segment last Friday including visitors from Iowa and Michigan. “It was fascinating to see how this was reaching not just here in Kentucky but other places,” Kathy said.
Friday’s segment, which will be 25 to 30 minutes, focuses on the fear of the pandemic and how to better deal with it.
“A lot of people are just afraid because there’s been so much hype about this virus and so much we don’t know,” she said. “People are afraid of getting the virus, afraid of dying.”
Everything that surrounds the cornonavirus creates some fear, Rick said.
“It’s not just the virus but what’s going to happen after,” he said. “There’s a lot of concern about the what ifs and the what mights. It’s a scary time for everybody.”
The Roepkes will bring the conversation back to God in how to handle the uncertainty of what’s happening around us during the Facebook Live meeting.
“In this uncertain time, where my norm no longer exists, I need to create a new norm,” Rick explained. “What do I spend my time focused on? If I continue to focus on fear, that’s what I’m going to get. If I focus on uncertainty, that’s what I get. I’m choosing to hang out with something more. I often tell people to create your own norm. Try to structure the day as best as possible.”
In Ephesians 5:16, Rick said, the scripture tells us to make the most out of each and every opportunity today. “Nowhere in the scripture is it ‘hoped for’ or ‘longed for.’ It’s what we are doing in the here and now to stay healthy, keep a healthier mindset. What are you doing physically, emotional, relationally?”
Kathy said it was important to look at the time in isolation in a positive way as being able to do projects or work on relationships that have been put off for weeks, months or longer. “Look at it as this is giving me opportunity for the work I need to do – themselves, marriages, household projects, time for kids. Look at how God is moving, how God is working.”
She also advised staying away from 24/7 news channels or Facebook feeds, but stay informed on what is necessary. “You’ve got to have boundaries or it’s like a black hole,” she said. “What do you know that’s true? Usually that leads back to God, the only thing we know for sure that is true.”
The Roepkes will take questions in advance for the Facebook Live. Email email@example.com with queries for them to address.
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