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Featured I am obsessed over this virus because I am afraid

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Introverted1293, Mar 26, 2020 at 12:31 AM.

  1. Introverted1293

    Introverted1293 My name is Jesse Supporter

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    I am terrified. All I can think about is this virus that's going around. It is in my town right now and so far two people have found to be positive with this virus. I am afraid to go shopping. I won't even spend time with my family. My mom has invited me to go and spend time with her, and she is a widow. But I won't do it. I won't let anyone touch me. I am obsessed with washing my hands every second of the day. My hands are starting to crack.

    I am healthy physically right now. But mentally I think I'm going to have a breakdown. I keep getting news about so many people dying and how the death toll is increasing. I took the trash out and some stuff flew in my face. That freaks me out. I washed my face but I know that if I end up with a virus, washing it won't stop it.

    I don't know what advice you can give me. But any encouraging or advice will be helpful. Thank you very much.
     
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  2. HTacianas

    HTacianas Well-Known Member

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    Be concerned, not worried. A lot of the things you are doing will help. Just try not to obsess over it. The whole thing will blow over.
     
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  3. Sketcher

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    My chief concern is unknowingly passing the virus to someone vulnerable. I self-isolate, pray, and trust in God's mercy.
     
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  4. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What is the worst thing that can happen to you? You can die. Most people do not. The typical flu virus kills a lot of people also. If you are a Christian, then death is not the end for you but a doorway to heaven.

    Hebrews 2:
    "14Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."

    You need to ask God why you are so afraid and ask Him to set you free - Psalm 34:4
    "I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears."

    You won't get the virus from the trash. How is it going to get in there in the first place?
     
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  5. ewq1938

    ewq1938 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've recently learned that I somehow really enjoy touching stuff and then immediately touching my face. I didn't know I had this habit until now when everything is potentially harboring the tiny tiny enemy.
     
  6. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Repartee Animal: Quipping the Saints! Supporter

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    "You will keep him in perfect peace,
    Whose mind is stayed on You,
    Because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
     
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  7. Jeshu

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    Dear brother i know what anxiety is about i have suffered from it for years. And i still often get bouts of anxiety. The best thing is to shut the world out, no more media, and find your safety in God's word. Once you can say from the bottom of your heart - Lord i trust in you no matter what befalls me - you know you are safely in His care.

    Psalms 91


    Get these words into your heart and your anxiety will fall on deaf ears from then on.

    Honestly true a life where anxiety can't scare you any more is awesome. i love Jesus for setting me free from my fears. i brought Him all my fears, and keep doing that forever, it took a long time before i dared to trust Him at His word, but He did teach me in the end.

    Be of good courage.
     
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  8. Lost4words

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    Look towards Jesus.

    Dont concentrate on the news so much.

    Try and be positive my friend. You are healthy so be grateful and thank Our Lord for that and put your trust in Him 100%.

    God bless you
     
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  9. Introverted1293

    Introverted1293 My name is Jesse Supporter

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    Thank you very much everyone. Your advice and your encouragement was very helpful.
     
  10. Ricky M

    Ricky M Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In a world of 7.8 billion, there have been 18,044 deaths. That's 0.00023% of the population. This whole fear-mongering thing is grossly overblown.
     
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  11. ewq1938

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    Except this has barely even started. You should reply to your own post 6 months from now and tell us the same thing.
     
  12. Mel333

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    Firstly, it’s great you are healthy and okay. :)

    All you can do is wash hands after going out and just limiting time in public spaces.

    I think it would be a good idea to hang out with your mum too. You aren’t sick so in these times it’s good to be with family.

    Secondly, see if you can reduce the amount of time spent watching the news. It’s important to be aware of what’s happening to a degree.

    The fear and anxiety is what’s going on inside your mind. You must try to relax and that may mean abstaining from watching the news. Accepting that you cannot control everything is key. All you can do is limit time exposed to public places etc & washing hands after touching shared public surfaces.
     
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  13. solid_core

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    If your hands are starting to crack, use some light gloves or gloves for one use instead of frequent washing.

    Also, if you do not touch your face, it does not matter so much that you would have the virus on your hands. It cannot infect you through your skin, it must get to eyes, mouth or nose. On most surfaces (except of plastics) the virus can live just few hours, so after you get up in the morning, your home is quite virus-free, so no need to wash your hands again.

    Use sun light and fresh air, eat vitamins and simply be careful around people and you will be fine.

    And even, even if you catch it, its probable you will not even notice it. And if you will notice it, it will be very mild in your age.
     
  14. Ahermit

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    Your soul, your inner being, the REAL you, is not afraid. It already knows that your body is only a vessel (like a car) to get around in. You have a body, but your are not the body. If you believe you are the body, then you fear its death will be your death too. If you believe that you are not the body, you won't die when the body dies. So, as a Christian, ask yourself what do you believe you are, body or spirit.

    May Jesus Christ be your role model in facing your life, as well as your dying.
    Remember, everybody experiences two things, birth and dying. So you are not alone in facing these things.
     
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    sorry for double post
     
  16. Introverted1293

    Introverted1293 My name is Jesse Supporter

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    Again, thank you very much.
     
  17. christine40

    christine40 Well-Known Member

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    understand your fear as it is stressful to go out shopping

    I'm mostly waiting until after 7 pm to go out
    tonight was at drug store after 8:30
    very few customers & no one was even near me

    I put on gloves to go in store
    any money back, have clerk put in bag & not touching for days

    if you need to get something, go out in evening as fewer people out OR if you can order online
     
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  18. ewq1938

    ewq1938 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I went shopping today after staying home for a week. Saw a 20 dollar bill on the ground someone dropped. Wasn't worth the risk to pick it up.
     
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  19. Oldmantook

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    Let this song and scriptures minister to your spirit and give you peace.
     
  20. Tolworth John

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    Ok some practical advice. Rather than constantly washing your hands, clean with disinfectant all the surfaces you regularly touch.
    That is door handles, light switches, do take care not to fuse or electrolyte yourself, etc etc.
    Once these have been cleaned, you only need to follow normal hygiene rules.
    Wash hands after going to the toilet, before handling food and after coming in from outside.
    Wash hands using soap and water for twenty seconds.

    When outside keep at least six feet from anyone else.don't shake hands etc, use video calls to keep in touch with family and friends.

    Look after yourself, once you have cleaned your surfaces, you will only need to do that again after you have been shopping.
    Check the online advice, try the BBC if you don't trust us advice.
     
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