When one is a family caregiver, it is difficult to relax. Family caregivers often feel as if they are never doing enough to combat the disease or disability of the loved one for whom they are caring. Family caregivers would like to know the future and to be able to be certain that their love ones will be okay.
God wants us to find rest and peace in Him alone, however. He wants us to give up the fight of trying to figure things out for ourselves. God wants us to leave outcomes with Him. He wants us to simply follow His lead day by day and step by step and to stop worrying about how it will all turn out in the future.
This is so very difficult to do when one feels the life of one's loved one is in one's hands. Yet it is the only way to peace. Dear caregiver, you cannot change the course of your loved one's disease or disability by worrying or over planning. You can simply be an instrument in the Lord's hand, dear caregiver. So rest the future in His capable hands.
Instead of focusing on future possible outcomes or even on today's problems or your own weaknesses as a caregiver; focus on the Lord's presence! His love and His strength is with you regardless of your feelings of inadequacy or your fears of the future. Trust His unconditional love to help you through any care-giving situation or challenge. The Lord is with you, dear caregiver!
( I will not write a new blog post next week. My next blog post will be July 13th or 14th. I will be away from my computer July 3 through the 9th. In the meantime take the time to reread some of the older blog posts or click on the links to my order pages for my book at either Amazon and Xulon. God's blessings for what you do for your loved one, dear caregiver!)
A good reminder and a good plan for any situation - Focus on God and leave the outcome to Him. It can be a difficult lesson if we are used to being in control of everything (or think we are). Hope you have a great and restful holiday!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment! Yes, focusing on the Lord and leaving the outcomes to Him does not come naturally for us. At least it does not for me. What a blessing and peace we receive, however, in the measure that we do so.ReplyDelete