Family caregiving is often a very long uphill walk. It is fatiguing emotionally and physically. It is essential that you cling very tightly to the hand of the Lord, dear caregiver. Be aware of His presence with you each step of the way. This is the way to not only survival in your caregiving walk but also to peace.
Trust God enough to not strive to control or predict the future, dear caregiver. When you try to project your and your loved one’s life too far into the future you are trying to do this on your own. You are seeking to be self-sufficient. This will not work. Instead daily refresh yourself in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Spend time in prayer. Take time to be still in His presence. We all desperately need His help.
Seek to live in the present, dear caregiver, depending on the Lord alone for each moment. I remember as a caregiver feeling so inadequate. That was actually a true assessment. The other fact we must remember, however, is that God has abundantly promised to be our strength. He has abundantly promised to supply all our needs.
Caregiving is so overwhelming that there is no way that I could have handled it without the Lord’s strength and presence in my life. You cannot either, dear caregiver. The truth of the matter, however, is that we need the Lord’s help with everything. Don’t divide your life, dear caregiver, into things you feel you can handle yourself and things for which you need the Lord’s help. You and I need His help for every single area of our lives. If we give all our needs to Him, we can walk through life with confidence and peace.