James 1:2 paraphrased states, "Count it all JOY when you meet trials of various kinds." As a caregiver we are facing trials daily, usually something different every day! It may be time for a doctor's appointment for either your loved one or maybe for yourself. Yes, make time for your personal appointments! It may be time to take your loved one for a haircut or just meet the desire for a ride in the car. My response would sometimes be, "I don't have time for this, I could do it much faster on my own" but other times I was much more patient and enjoyed the company. If I believe God's Word (and I do), I need to 'count it ALL joy'. I think of caregiving in terms of raising children. When you are in the midst of it, you think it will never end but when it is over, you may wish you had more time!
Our world is changing faster and faster around us but we as caregivers may feel isolated and 'stuck'. Remember, this is November, a month of Thanksgiving but also an opportunity to 'Count it all JOY' because we are coming closer and closer to heaven. Treasure every moment, give thanks for even the trials, God is ever present and abundantly able to sustain us. This is a busy month, I challenge all who read this to pray for each other and encourage every caregiver you know in their journey!