2017! A New Year!

2017, January

Twenty-two years ago, my mother graduated to heaven after an unexpected stroke.  This started my 17 year caregiving journey.  What lessons did I need to learn?  First lesson: I am very selfish of both my time and possessions.  Second Lesson: God is ready and waiting to meet every need!

These are two very important lessons I hope I never forget!  What are the lessons you are working to conquer this year?  Never give up, never quit and never stop loving your loved ones no matter their actions or attitudes.  Most of the time, the disease is talking, not your loved one.  Wrap your arms around them and let them feel safe and loved, in much the same way as God wants to ‘wrap His arms around you’ and help you feel safe and loved.

Philippians 3:12-14, Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

New Year

Goal for the New Year:  Live this year so you will have no regrets next year!

Notice - I did not say "New Year's Resolution" - They can and are broken usually within the first week or two but a Goal is something to strive for all year long!  Our only source of strength to achieve this goal is through study and reliance on the Word of God and asking the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts, which will help with our attitudes, which will control our actions. 

With this in mind, I would like to encourage you to meditate and/or memorize with me the “Alphabet Verses”. I learned these as a child and am amazed (although I shouldn’t be) at how relevant they are to the caregiver. I will let you make your own applications!

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.”  (Proverbs 15:1)

 Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)