Pain and Suffering is Inevitable, Especially for the Sandwich Generation! So What Do We Do About It?

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Kay Arthur is one of my favorite writers and I've enjoyed many of her books and Bible studies. Her latest, When the Hurt Runs Deep, deals directly and Biblically with the topic of great concern to everyone, including Christian caregivers and grandparents,  – pain and suffering! We see it in our newspapers, we watch it on TV, and we deal with it in our Sandwich Generation families – sometimes more than most since we are often helping many in our extended families. 

I found so much in the book to help me and others as we go through various trials, including the "valley of the shadow of death." One thing I wanted to spotlight today, as it is something I have found extremely valuable throughout my life, is:

"Don't continually revisit the details…you can't change what has already happened…God has it covered, and you need to leave it with Him…walk literally in the light of His truth, which will bring healing…one passage that is sufficient, although you will find many others as you nurture your soul on the bread of His Word…read it aloud. Post it on the mirror, the refrigerator…memorize it, and let its healing seep into the crevices of your soul."


Encouraging Bible verses on the mirro and in our hearts help the Christian in the Sandwich Generation dealing with the pain and suffering issues when caring for elderly parents

 

…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

I cannot agree with Ms. Arthur enough! These words of encouragement from Philippians, written by Paul, are such a good "prescription" for healing our hearts and our minds. When I've gone through my "darkest nights" I've found that reading and meditating on encouraging and comforting Bible verses along with soaking my heart in uplifting praise and worship music – many of which also have Bible verses written into the lyrics – have been such a source of inspiration and comfort to me. 

The Word of God is awesome and powerful! I pray you will be encouraged by this and by other uplifting pictures and Bible verses you will find on this Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions. I'm also linking up to Seeds of Faith today. 🙂

Comments 16

  • Sounds like an incredible book. I want to get it.

  • Hi Susan, It is great! I can’t recommend it highly enough! And if you could see the pile of books in my attic on this topic that I do NOT recommend, you’d know even more how much I appreciated this. It’s so full of encouraging Bible verses and Biblical wisdom! Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • I have not read Kay Arthur as an author…..I am about to try and throw out a heap of books….it would be lovely to have a Christian library with as much available as my local library.
    Great thinking.

  • Lovely verse. I haven’t read much of Kay Arthur, but am interested in this book. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your day!

  • “Don’t continually revisit the details…you can’t change what has already happened…God has it covered, and you need to leave it with Him…walk literally in the light of His truth, which will bring healing…one passage that is sufficient, although you will find many others as you nurture your soul on the bread of His Word…read it aloud. Post it on the mirror, the refrigerator…memorize it, and let its healing seep into the crevices of your soul.”

    One word….wow.
    This was exactly what I needed to hear today! Wonderful WORD Kaye! What a blessing!

    peace,
    lori

  • That quote from Kaye Arthur is wonderful encouragement for the weary womans heart 🙂 I love, love how you put that scripture on the bathroom mirror because that is where we tend to lose ourselves in our pain, so it’s a perfect place to be reminded just where we should be dwelling. Thank you!

  • It’s been a while since I’ve read a Kaye Arthur book. Thanks for telling about this one–I’ll have to check it out. I’m visiting from iFellowship. Blessings!

  • fabulous post Kaye and so true!
    Kaye’s one of my favorites as well!

  • Isn’t that great, Lori! I have it underlined and the page turned down to make it easy to find always. 🙂

  • Hi Heidi, so true. And it’s also a place we spend a lot of quiet time, making it good for me to spend time in prayer and learning Bible memory verses.

  • Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Hi Amydeanne, Loved your book review as well. 🙂

  • I love that beautiful Bible verse, Kaye, and the way you displayed it. Thanks for your sweet visit today. Blessings ~

  • Such an encouraging verse…. thanks for sharing.

  • I also read Kay Arthur and enjoy her Bible studies. Since I live near Chattanooga, I am able to sit in on her teaching when she tapes the new studies. Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I’m your newest follower! ~ Ellen

  • Hi Ellen, Thank you! 🙂 And what an awesome opportunity for you. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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