"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Thoughts for Today
God never promised us days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain … but he did promise strength to get through each day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. As you provide care and support for an aging parent, a spouse or friend, turn to God for strength and hope.
The Bible has a great deal to say about aging and caregiving concerns. Take time to meditate on God's Word. You will find guidance, strength and hope. Open your Bible and spend quiet time with God every day. No matter how busy you are, determine to set aside that special time with him. And remember that he is with you every moment of the day.
Consider this …
While at times you might not understand why you and your family are facing these challenging times, if you seek God, you will find him. He promises to hear your prayers and meet your needs. He is your source. He is the one who will make the impossible, possible.
Too often we exhaust ourselves with our own efforts before we ask God for his help and provision for our needs. We focus on the need and become overwhelmed by it. He will help us, and he wants us to pray to him for the strength, wisdom and resources to accomplish his will.
Father, at times I get so weary, physically and emotionally. And sometimes I find myself turning everywhere else for help before coming to you. Help me to remember to always come to you first. I know that you are truly my source of strength. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. We address predominate issues most families face. Each session is designed to discuss a specific area of concern such as the purpose of a caregiver or end-of-life planning. It will become clear to participants that the Bible provides encouragement and direction to help them through this caregiving journey. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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