Lisa Buck | May 2020

Quarantine is hard.   Had this assignment not had a requested word count, this could be the entire article.  The stress, worry, isolation, being cooped up with the same people –  just the nature of the situation is difficult at best.   But here’s a few things I’ve learned about myself and others during this time and I hope it helps you realize you are not alone in whatever you are feeling and we will make it through together (albeit six feet apart).

1.        Distance Learning  - or as have I come to call it – day drinking.   This has taught me that I am, in fact, a terrible educator.   Evidently I have no math skills above the third grade level and diagramming sentences today is just as stupid as it was 40 years ago.  I have learned that my children are super smart; the teachers are patient beyond belief; and that my ten year old constantly makes noise while doing his work.   Constantly.   I will no longer be sending teachers a Christmas candle from the TJ MAXX Christmas collection as the obligatory holiday gift;  henceforth, teachers of the Buck children will receive tequila.   God bless the teachers – truly.


2.       Hide n Seek on facetime is tough.   Although I am completely at my zoom limit with work meetings, I am grateful for electronics and the opportunity for virtual connection with people.   The virtual connection my teenagers have with their youth group is beautiful.    My favorite use of electronics has been the playtime with my 2.5 year old grandson.   Although I spend most of the facetime looking at the ceiling fan because he “sits” me down to play next to him, the ability to connect and talk and see his little forehead cross the screen from time to time is priceless.   I will admit, hide n seek is a bit tough.   He sometimes hides me, and gets distracted by a snack or PJ Mask and I’m left yelling “Hello!?!  Lollie is in the box!  Someone come get me!”   As I type this I am struck  that oddly I don’t hang up. . .


3.       My co-worker holds his breath when he types.   Working around your spouse constantly has added a whole new layer to the “for better or for worse” clause.   Evidently Steve is physically unable to type, breathe, and think all at the same time.   He literally holds his breath while typing!  Considering how lengthy some of his emails are, I am amazed he has not passed out at some point!  I have also learned I cannot be in the same room when the man eats nuts – the loud chewing is too much. (I, on the other hand, am a delightful co-worker – always pleasant, never annoying --a true gem!)    I have also confirmed what I have always known – my co-worker is brilliant.   I have been fascinated watching him work, listening to how quickly he adapts and problem solves.   Steve started a new job with the nursing home association two days before the Thunder game cancellation – talk about baptism by fire!   But it has been a blessing to watch and see that God placed him right there at the exact right time.


4.       I’ve also learned that people are inherently full of hope.  No matter which side of the political issue you are on, Americans are fighting for hope.  In fact, the world is fighting for hope.   They are fighting for the hope to live, the hope to maintain their perceived rights, the hope to heal, the hope to rebuild.   Some may do it in unpleasant ways, and some people’s hope is different than our own, but I think at the root of it all is hope.   Hope that tomorrow is better than today.  Hope that our future is one without masks and social distancing.   Hope for a cure. 

As Christians we have functioned in this space of hope for a long time.   We live, quarantine or not, in the hope of Jesus.  My prayer for us going forward is to use the practice we have had up until this point  living in the hope of Christ to share the grace, mercy, and love that comes with that hope, and for others to easily see Christ in everything we do. 


Hang in there family and stay well!


Sitting Ducks

May 5, 2020

"I had been taught what to believe but not why to believe."

Endless Blooms

March 24, 2020

 "Like a bloom in a child’s hand, the goodness of God can take our curious stare and prodding to reveal new depths of His love."

God is in Control

February 4, 2020

"We have both met so many people in all walks of life and always pray that God leads us to searching hearts."

Advent – Love

December 23, 2019

"..Advent helps us to remember that the way the Lord arrived and the way Jesus lived his life mattered..."

Advent – Hope

December 2, 2019

"Yet, because of God’s faithfulness we have hope, and our hope fuels our faith.  Our Living Hope sustains us, and gives us back our joy."


October 15, 2019

"As I looked around last Sunday morning, of the 45 or so people present, at least 10 different nationalities were represented."

Be Kind to Everyone

September 3, 2019

"The word kindness roles off the tongue with great ease and conjures up thoughts of weakness and feelings that make us think it is an easy thing to do..."

The Primary Functions of Elders

July 16, 2019

"...it is beneficial to review briefly the main leadership functions of elders as found in the New Testament."

You Can't Log Out of Christianity When You Log into Facebook

April 21, 2020

"... in this time of hourly, sometimes inappropriate and often harsh social media messages originating anywhere from high-level government officials to the local busy-body, we can’t forget who we are … and WHO’S we are."

Joining the Conversation

March 10, 2020

"When we don’t know what Christians have historically said we know far less about what we say."


January 21, 2020

"My heart for missions began while a student at Oklahoma Christian in 1983."

Advent – Joy

December 16, 2019

"... To be truthful, I am a very joyful person. So why am I finding it so hard to write this little Advent piece about Joy?"

Before & After

November 19, 2019

"But I am trying something new: being kind to my past self. God is teaching me that he loves the before-Angi just as much as he loves the after-Angi."

Look for the Little Miracles

October 1, 2019

"...busy in their minds, prepping for their day, talking on the cell, settling down wiggly kids in their car seats – never noticing God’s gift in the sky."

Between Two Gardens

August 19, 2019

“...You are either going into a storm, in the storm, or coming out of the storm.” I have lived my life thinking my spiritual journey would be like an Oklahoma storm."

Looking Back

July 2, 2019

Monema Stephens reflects on how God has worked through the Springs over the years.

God First

April 7, 2020

"God is his most important meeting of the day and everything else needs to adjust, not the other way around."

Prepared to Connect

February 18, 2020

"Our behavior itself can be a door that leads to connection, then to belief."

An Anxious Amen

January 7, 2020

"Living with mental illness can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people... Sometimes it feels like the only thing keeping me from sinking to the bottom is God."

Advent – Peace

December 9, 2019

"... Peace of some

kind is what many of us long for, it seems. It’s on a lot of minds as we try to cope. Where do you go to feel at peace?"


November 5, 2019

Despite my shared love for Christ with many people, heartbreaking conflict still happens … a lot."

Bring What You Have

September 17, 2019

"One of the strengths I’ve always appreciated about The Springs is the willingness of leadership to consider an idea, bless it, and send you forth to “Go.”

Youth Mission Trip

August 6, 2019

"It is very encouraging for our youth here to get to know other Christians their age. And also they are inspired by the singing of such a musically talented group as this Spring group is."

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