5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – Corona Edition, April 2020

Every month I share my list of favorite 5’s.

  • 5 interesting things online
  • 5 articles about words, books, or podcasts
  • 5 pictures of things I love
  • 5 things on the blog

What are you enjoying this month?

1 Second Everyday

[If you can’t see the 1 Second Everyday video, click here]

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5 Things Around the Web

45 Things To Remember When The World Gets Scary 

This is a beautiful list to help us get through a tough time. I couldn’t narrow down one favorite. Among others (including #1 and #45), #10 resonates with me: “Fear is easy. Hope is hard.” I’m putting my hope in God to get me through.

Use This Time to Re-Imagine the Faith of Two or Three Gathered in His Name – COVIDTide Prayers

“I hope the coronavirus interruption may help us recalibrate Christian worship and discipleship. If we’re super-mindful right now, quarantine may be the best thing that’s happened to “the church” in a long, long time.”
– Brad Jersak

How to Not Keep Refreshing the News

I have to limit how often I check the news to protect my mental health. You, too? Here are some helpful strategies.

Sorting Through Our COVID Anxieties

There’s no shame in being anxious during this time. Not all anxieties are the same though. This article takes you through six different types of anxieties and how to handle each kind.

Can Your Marriage Survive the Coronavirus?

Several tips here, including this cute one: get an imaginary coworker to blame things on, to keep you on the same side, i.e., “Cheryl” keeps leaving dirty cups all over the place and we really don’t know what to do about her.

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5 Memes

There have been so many great memes going around that I’ve added this special section.

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5 Things with Words and Books

New Words We Created Because Of Coronavirus

We’re familiar now with “social distancing” and “flatten the curve.” How about “doom-scrolling,” “covidiot,” and “coronacation”?

31 Optimistic Books for Readers in Need of a Boost

This is a list of life-affirming books that may have heavy topics, but will give you hope and make you feel good about the world.

Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction – Podcast

I’ve enjoyed this new podcast every morning with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He updates you on the latest news about the coronavirus. Sometimes it’s heavy stuff; other times it’s lighter stories.

The Best Distance Learning Is Reading a Book

I love technology but it’s still hard to beat paper. “Crack open a book and you can not only learn from someone who’s several thousand miles away, you can learn from someone who’s several thousand years away.”

5 Books I Recommend

I really loved these books I finished in March. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone seems especially pertinent in this season. 

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5 Things I Love

Missing My Grandbabies

All my pictures this month are my granddaughters from the past few weeks because I’m missing them. So much! I look forward to playing together again as soon as we can! 

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5 Things on the Blog

It’s Okay to Be Sad, Christians 

It’s okay to be sad, Christians.⁣⁣ How am I? I’m grieving. I’m anxious. I’m conflicted. And yes, I’m still Christian.⁣

When Anxiety Needs Words, Memorize Scripture – Psalm 91 Challenge

When you need to put better words in your brain, try memorizing Scripture. Sign up now to learn Psalm 91 beginning April 6.

Ways to Use Technology for Social Connection During Social Distancing 

Here are ways we can use technology to stay socially connected during social distancing.

What It’s Like to Be the Investigator, the Enneagram 5 

See what it’s like to be the investigator, an Enneagram Five, in Mary’s “EnneaWhat??” series.

When Plans Are a Tossup, Live in Grace

Our plans are a tossup in these times of COVID-19. But we can always plan to live in grace. Read Bob Goff’s newest book for encouragement.


What is bringing you joy this month? Please share in the comments.

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30 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – Corona Edition, April 2020

  1. blankbill (cycleguy)

    Loved the memes Lisa! Gave me a chuckle this morning. Oh…I choose the blue one for Easter. 🙂 After so many guys staying in and not shaving, it says, “I am woman hear me roar!” Or “I am woman watch me grow!” I know. Bad. But you gotta make the best of it. Most of all, I loved the pictures of your g-daughters. They are cute. that older one will break some hearts. Hope you and Jeff and all are healthy and safe.

  2. blankMartha J Orlando

    I cannot believe how fast the littlest grand is growing!!! Oh, I miss mine, too, Lisa. Thanks for including the memes here – it’s great to laugh out loud, especially in a time like this.
    Blessings!

  3. blankLinda Stoll

    I’m absolutely resonating with Dennis the Menace! I never thought I’d write that!

    Meanwhile, I’m with you, missing the grandchildren. We haven’t seen the oldest 4 since Thanksgiving. I’m not sure when we’ll be seeing any of the 6.

    Greatful for texting and What’sApp.

    Hugs …

  4. blankTheresa Boedeker

    Great list, Lisa. I am so wishing I had gotten my hair cut before they all shut down. They are a necessity. : )I also read, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and enjoyed it. Now if only I had some bling, I could sew myself a facemask for Easter. LOL

  5. blankBeth Steffaniak

    I love all the baby and flower shots in your 1 minute video, Lisa! I also love all the ways you’ve come at this post to offer us a variety of encouragements in this time of quarantine. I especially love the funny memes! I hope you’re continuing to do well and stay well, my friend! It looks like you are! 😉

  6. blankfloyd

    It’s good to laugh! Some funny stuff!

    Cool creek! Oh man… I haven’t had Junior Mints in ages… My mouth is watering.

    Great pictures of your babies! So cute!

    Since the girls were exposed before any of us knew they were, I’m still getting to see the boys. Good medicine for these days…

  7. blankApril J Harris

    Your Grandbabies are gorgeous, Lisa! I am sorry you are having to be apart from them. This is definitely a challenging time. I really liked so many of the things you shared here. I particularly liked the 45 Things to Remember When The World Gets Scary. Thank you for sharing that! I liked your reading list and the 31 Optimistic books list too – and especially your idea about “Cheryl”! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and SouL Link party community. Take care and stay well.

  8. blankLaurie

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa. The photos of your granddaughters are adorable! I’m missing my grandsons too!

    I’m with Dennis the Menace: I’m sick of (cooking and) eating groceries too! I told Bill he is in charge of one dinner this week. I don’t care if we eat scrambled eggs, I need one night when I’m not eating something I cooked with my own hands! 🙂

    I will check out the list of encouraging books. I am almost out of reading material and need something uplifting right now.

    Stay safe!

  9. blankAnita Ojeda

    A Hooded Oriole showed up on my back porch, and that brought me much joy! It’s the first time one has shown up here, and I loved watching him. Sometime soon, my pets will return–and I’ll flood Facebook with photos of hummingbirds again ;).

    I love the new ‘corona’ words and memes. Thanks for the laughs!

  10. blankBettieG

    Thank you for bringing a wealth of perspectives here for us to think about here! Your grandchildren are adorable–and yes, I am missing all of mine too! Those memes brought me a laugh tonight, when I really needed it. Blessings to you this week.

  11. blankTrudy

    The photos of your grandkids brighten my day, Lisa. So precious! The youngest has really grown! I’m missing my grands, too. How I long to hug each one! In person. Good resources here, too. And I love the Dennis the Menace meme. 🙂 Love and blessings of safety, strength, and peace!

  12. blankPatsy Burnette

    Oh! Lisa, I love the Easter masks!!! LOL I showed my daughter and all she had to say is that none of those match her outfit. LOL Thanks for sharing the COVID Edition!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  13. blankBarbara Harper

    I always love the one-second-a-day videos! I know what you mean about missing grandchildren. FaceTime is nice, but not the same. Knowing that the separation will help “flatten the curve” and let us see each sooner helps…some.

    I’ve heard of “covidiot”–I don’t like the word idiot, but some people do earn it…

    I love the memes! There have been so many good ones.

  14. blankJoanne

    Those memes and comics are so funny. Your grandbabies are adorable and I bet they’re missing you too. I’m pretty sure we’re all going to be so darn happy to see our family in person once again when all this is behind us.

  15. blankJean Wise

    Your memes, links and resources brighten my soul. And those pics of your lovely grandchildren. ahhhh, my heart smiles. Thank you!

  16. blankMaree dee

    Oh, my goodness I think I hit every array of feelings reading your post. First, pure laughter, and then a few tears. Feeling a little sad today being away from my family on Easter. Thank you!! Happy Easter!

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