Trials will come to all of us – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation. As Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." And aren't we glad for all the rest of the words in that Scripture! It does seem, though, that the Sandwich Generation season of life, by the very nature of the fact that it includes caring for our aging parents, does carry more grief and loss than other seasons, doesn't it? Which is why I have several wonderful and very comforting Bible verses saved in my Bibles and in my Evernote files, and now, here at SandwichINK to encourage each of us during the dark days we may have to walk through, including these verses for today.
Have you ever felt like you were making your way through life very nearsighted, if not blind? Especially when you got to the thornier caregiving issues? That's my hand waving high, that's for sure! And that's the reason I picked the first verse.
"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them, And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone." Is. 42:16
In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge. Prov. 14:26
For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah. 29:11
You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. Ps. 3:3
This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me. Ps. 119:50
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Ps. 138:8
Last month, I shared Proverbs 3:5-6 from the New American Standard Bible. But I also love it in the Message – Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. Ps. 4:8
The words of the LORD are pure words ; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. Ps. 12:6-7
Isn't that last verse one of the best promises of God in the Bible! (I know, I probably say that about all of them. ). But seriously, comforting Bible verses like these remind us that we can truly and totally trust in the Word of God and wisely share them with our children and grandchildren! I love teaching Bible memory verses to my grandkids every time I'm with them. And each time I help them hide God's Word in their hearts, I help myself the same way. What a sweet way of leaving a spiritual legacy for them and what a wonderful way of shoring up my own faith regularly! It's great brain AND heart exercise for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, and great to share with our beloved seniors as well! Have a blessed week, and enjoy Spiritual Sunday for more comforting and encouraging Bible verses and devotionals! And…