Monday, January 21, 2013

He is Your Strength

There were times in my care-giving days that I thought to myself, “I can't do this anymore.” The physical and emotional challenges and stress of caring for my husband became increasingly overwhelming especially in the last months of his life. Have ever felt this way, dear caregiver?

Philippians 4:13 reminds us, however, that we can do anything God asks us to do. We can do anything He asks of us, BUT it must be through HIS strength in us. When we come to the end of our resources and realize that we can't carry on any longer, He is our strength. When we acknowledge our own weaknesses and stop struggling in our own frail strength Christ's strength become available in us!

II Corinthians 12:9 also reminds us that God's grace is sufficient for whatever we face in life. As we acknowledge our own weaknesses, however, and fall in complete dependence on the Lord; His power is perfected and brought to fruition in the midst of our weakness. In fact, God delights to show His power in weak vessels such as us, because His glory is best shown in this way. What a glorious comfort and truth that becomes in our lives!

So dear caregiver, the Lord Jesus Christ invites you to come to Him when you feel weak, burdened, and weary. He is the source of rest and peace. He wants you to join yourself to Him, lean on Him, and learn from Him. The natural reaction for a caregiver is to become anxious and despairing when he or she sees a loved one deteriorate in health. It certainly was my reaction at times as a caregiver for my husband with a devastating neurological disease. God asks the caregiver, however, to leave it in His hands and to depend on His strength. (Matthew 11:28-30)

In closing I am going to leave a link below to a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman called “His Strength is Perfect. Just click on the link. I hope you find the song a blessing to you, dear caregiver. (There is an ad at the beginning which you will be able to skip over at a certain point.) May the Lord bless you, dear caregiver!

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