Monday, July 21, 2014

What's the Best Caregiving Emotion?

This week, Denise Brown, founder of  posed this question on her site to caregivers everywhere:

What's the best caregiving emotion?

That's a big question. For me the answer can change from hour to hour on any given day:

~Sometimes it's just the pure joy of knowing my life is dedicated to something so crucial as helping another person live another day.

~At other times, I feel the pride of being part of helping my son conquer a trial or reach a new goal.

~I feel compassion for the hurting, the satisfaction of a job well done, appreciation for a respite day.

~I am deeply grateful for all God has done for us.

Today, though, I want to celebrate loyalty.

You may think of loyalty as a personality trait, not an emotion. And it is an admirable characteristic of human nature. But it's so much more. The feeling of loyalty is what keeps a caregiver getting up and caring for a loved one--day after day, year after year.

That dedication to someone who needs us is a powerful motivator. It pushes us beyond our normal limits, past the usual boundaries to give sacrificially, completely, without reserve.

It intertwines us with our loved one like two trees that grow together, until it is impossible to uproot one without breaking the other. Both are strengthened and stabilized in its grip.

If loyalty were a color, it would be blue, as vast as the sky above and as powerful as an ocean tide, pulling us ever upward and onward.

Beyond the pain. Above the discouragements. Into a place of peace.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Caregivers: Part 2

  • "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." {Psalm 121:1-2}
  • "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." {Psalm 25:4-5}
  • "Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." {Psalm 23:6}
  • "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." {Philippians 4:6}
  • "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
    {Philippians 4:13}

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Caregivers: Part 1

  • "I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." {Psalm 4:8}

  • "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." {Proverbs 3:5-6}
  • "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." {Jeremiah 29:11}
  • "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." {Matthew 6:34}
  • "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." {Matthew 10:29-31}

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