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Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Lord Will Restore!
I have been
meditating on Psalm 71 this past week. It is a beautiful Psalm. Psalm
71:14 says, “But as for me I will always have
hope; I will praise You more and more.” Then Psalm 71:20-21 says,
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will
restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will
again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me
those verses not beautiful words of comfort and encouragement, dear
caregiver? My devotional this week also encouraged me to go through
the entirety of Psalm 71 and write a list of WHO all God is in His
character according to this wonderful Psalm. The Psalm points out
His faithfulness and He being a place of refuge among other things.
What a source of hope and encouragement!
would urge you also to go through Psalm 71 this week, dear caregiver.
List all the characteristics which you can find about God in this
Psalm. Care-giving for someone we love can be overwhelming
sometimes, but when we think about all God is in His character we can
have hope and not grovel in fear and discouragement. He is our refuge
and fortress. He is the sovereign Lord and source of confidence and
help. He is the restorer of our lives, and we can look back on our
lives and see His faithfulness to us over and over again.
you are His child; The Lord will be with you step by step, dear
caregiver. He will help you navigate the sometimes difficult path of
care-giving step by step and moment by moment. His righteousness is
covering you. His strength is enabling you. His wisdom is guiding
you. Rest in Him to guide, and live each day for His glory.
Emotions may sometimes tell you that you are not living up to all
that God would want you to be and do for your loved one, but don't
trust your feelings. Instead trust that God loves you and accepts
you as you are. Trust that He is leading you.
Psalm 71:14 says, “But as for me I will always have hope; I will
praise You more and more.” Biblical hope is not an “I hope
something will happen, but I do not know if it will” type of hope.
Rather it is an assurance or expectancy of things coming which has
not yet happened. God is in control of your life. Therefore praise
him more and more. An attitude of gratitude and trust in the Lord
will greatly lighten the heaviness of your load, dear caregiver. I
said this before, but when I was a caregiver someone suggested I
write down three things each day for which I was thankful. That
little exercise alone did much to lighten my load.
in Him, dear caregiver. Your life and the life of your loved one is
in His hands. He will restore and build up you and your loved one either in this life or in the next. You can count on His
promises to do so, dear caregiver!