Short Scripture Prayers are An Excellent RX for the Sandwich Generation Influenza Issues

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To quote a cute Christian musical my grandkids enjoyed, once upon a time, "Oh me, oh my, oh Nehemiah!" We have the influenza going around our Sandwich Generation family! And since our extended family is spread out from coast to coast, I always find it interesting to see how fast these bugs can move! We'll get it here, then another family member will mention it's going around there, and the third will share it's just arriving at her workplace! Oyyyyy. Needless to say, we're doing a lot of praying right now! For health, for healing, and for others to stay healthy. AND for strength and encouragement for those of us caring for elderly parents, wee grandkids, and everyone in between.

The Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents or babysitting grandchildren during illnesses can seem like a major storm

Of course, when illness hits – whether the flu, a surgery, or any other healthy crises, time is short, and prayers get shorter. That's why i love the encouraging and comforting Bible verses in Matthew 14:28-33 about Peter:

"Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come !" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt ?" When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"

Yes, Peter definitely needed to work on that doubt issue. Then again, isn't that often true for us as well? We KNOW He is God, we KNOW He will care for us, we KNOW He is in control, and yet, how often do we let the Sandwich Generation issues of life – or just life in general – cloud our eyes? What a joy, though, to know we can join Peter in crying out,

"Lord, save me!"

And yes, He will work on our doubt issues. And YES, He will save us – in His perfect timing! And yes, that's one of those mighty and short simple Scripture prayers that are perfect for crises when we just don't have much time!  And yes, all of that is such a blessing to this Sandwich Generation granny nanny! How about you? πŸ™‚ 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship hymn songs and music

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  • What a timely and much needed post. Thank you.

  • Kaye, hope you family recover soon from the flu.
    Yes, he saves and comforts us.
    Love and Blessings,
    Jan

  • What a perfect post today! I am so glad I stopped by. I hope the family is healed up in no time! That flu is nasty stuff. Prayers are headed your way.

  • Oh my. How often I cry out to the Lord… He always hears me. Sometimes He does not answer in the time or way I want. But, He knows what is best for me. His way is perfect.
    I am sorry to hear that your family has come down with the flu.
    That’s not any fun! Hope you are all “up and atom” soon.

  • Hi Clif, Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Loved your stories today! πŸ™‚

  • Oh thank you Jan! So far it’s three who have gotten it and we’re praying hard the rest of us don’t! Seems to be a 10-14 day lag so only time will tell πŸ™‚ As you can imagine, I doing some posts ahead to be safe πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Anne! We so appreciate that. I’m hoping and praying no one else gets it…. πŸ™‚

  • Kaye,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I think I flounder like Peter too often and I need to remember these Scriptures.

    The Lord does come to our rescue when we cry out to Him. But it is in His time, especially when He has something to teach us or grow us in godly character.

    Blessings and health to you and your family. We have been fighting the bronchitis bug at our home!

    Janis

  • That is definitely a prayer that will be uttered.

  • thanks for this…good post….hope your weekend is great.

  • Hi Kaye,
    What a great post and I sure hope everyone in your family will be feeling better soon!!!
    With blessings,
    Cindy
    XO

  • Three little words, yet what a weight can be lifted.
    Thank you for this post.
    I have had fun this morning looking through your other blogs.
    I had not heard/seen of this mini bike exerciser. Great idea – some days you just can not leave the house. I think I have worn spots in the carpet from running in place. I also want to check out that flat belly diet. My weight is okay, but exercising has not helped me lose that baby bulge (maybe I am too old to call it). that).

  • Thanks for this timely post. Praying for you and your family. It has gone through my family as well and we are trying to isolate my elderly mother to protect her.
    Blessings,
    Annette

  • Hi Mya, I’m so impressed! I am NOT good at running in place longer than about 2 seconds – unless, of course, I am playing Simon Says with my grandchildren. Then I might last 6 seconds πŸ™‚ . And I’m with you on the “baby bulge.” It came from my last sweet child and seems to be getting bigger instead of smaller. Oyyyy! But staying active and eating healthy definitely help keep it somewhat manageable. πŸ™‚ Thanks for a lovely visit.

  • Hi Annette, Yup, that’s what we tried, although my senior mom wasn’t as good at hiding from the germs as I hoped. We did get her the flu shot, and lots of Lysol. So I’m really praying for both her and me and so appreciate your prayers – praying now for you as well. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Kaye ,
    Your post was perfect ministry to what’s going on in my life , Thanks for sharing . And Thank you so much for praying for Baby Eliana .
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

  • Oh Myrna, thank you for those sweet words of encouragement. Praying again for Baby Eliana. Do keep us updated on how she is doing! πŸ™‚

  • This is so true. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  • I love short scriptural prayers. Madeleine L’Engle once wrote that when she had her car wreck and had to be bedridden for awhile, with meds making her “woozy,” she prayed “Jesus, have mercy!” over and over.

    I also love your blog. What a great resource! I am very glad you’ve joined The High Calling blog network and look forward to your contributions. πŸ™‚

  • Hi, Thanks so much πŸ™‚ And thanks for sharing that sweet story about Ms. L’Engle. Very encouraging! πŸ™‚

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