Talk about a year on roller skates! Valentine's Day has passed, St. Patrick's Day – spring – the time change are ALL right around the corner, and Easter decor has hit the stores already. In many of our Sandwich Generation homes, caregiving needs and health issues are keeping us running at light speed as well. Mine definitely is! Along with the lack of time to accomplish everything we may want to do, can come feelings of frustration, concern, impatience… All are the OPPOSITE of the fruit of the Spirit that God wants us to focus on. A couple of weeks ago, I was really rushing and really stressing and needed something to focus on that was a whole lot more positive. God gave me this Scripture,
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)
(Do you notice something about this passage? There are several of the fruit of the Spirit included in it – gentle, patient, love, peace… How perfect for this year, don't you think?)
I put this Scripture passage into my cell phone as a wallpaper so I could keep meditating on it. Then God reinforced it by having this passage be part of the sermon verses on Sunday. Anytime He repeats things like that, I cling to them extra hard and decided they would be a perfect way to end February and start March here at SandwichINK.
They are certainly a wonderful RX for any caregiver to appropriate and put into practice, aren't they? And they're excellent to share with our grandchildren as well. Perfect for our whole Sandwich Generation family, indeed. In fact, here's a cute coloring page I made from this adorable clipart, just to share with you and your family.
Whether your days are zooming or trickling by slowly, I pray you would have a blessed and beautiful week. And a lovely March to come.
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much and read each one. I also do my best to reply to them all but, as you can imagine, there are times (many times, lately :) ) when caregiving needs do not allow for that. Thank you for your patience and your sweet comments.