caring for our aging parents

I've noticed many people writing that they are focusing on a word or idea for the year. I hadn't really planned to do that, but as I was sitting in church a couple of times in the last few weeks, God kept pointing me to several words – and they all were part of the Fruit of the Spirit. What a fun way of teaching our grandkids and encouraging our parents with the Fruit of the Spirit, do you think? I am going slightly out of order. I wanted to save LOVE for February. 🙂 And peace truly spoke to my heart this month, so that's where we'll start. 

Jesus fills His children - including those of us in the Sandwich Generation - with His peace as we choose to rely on Him day by day

The word PEACE really spoke to me for the first of the year – a time to reflect on the past year and make positive plans for the coming year. And what better place to start than with growing our knowledge of God. Last year, I wrote about working through the Bible using the verse by verse Bible studies of Pastor Joe Focht and his audio sermons at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia. Sometimes I did sit-down Bible studies and loved those immensely, but overall the bustling Sandwich Generation issues I dealt with over the year kept me firmly planted in my car, listening to those verse by verse Bible studies, and being very very blessed by them. I'm in 2 Chronicles and looking forward to continuing throughout this year. They're so interesting, I really enjoy them and I love learning so many interesting new facts and concepts. They're also great to share with our senior relatives – especially those who aren't able to get out to church.

And how about you? Have you made plans to spend time daily in the Word of God. It's such a joy and truly, even in the midst of trials and storms, I am sure you will find that:

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2

Definitely sweet words of encouragement for our Sandwich Generation families – from our aging senior parents on down to our young grandkids.

Have a blessed and beautiful week in His Word and in His peace. And if you have a favorite Scripture about peace, I'd love for you to share it in the comments. 🙂 

Joining in with Mary DeMuth, as well as:

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation loves to join with lovingourchildren and grandchildren

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

Cornerstone Confessions are full of encouragement for both grandparents and caregivers

Merry Christmas cute country clipart for the Sandwich GenerationThis is the last Wednesday before Christmas! YOWZERS! The carol I selected this time is once again courtesy of my grandchildren. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of my favorite carols, but I don’t think it is played as often as many others. I was singing it in the the car the other day when my baby boomer brain blanked on the last word. I was pleasantly shocked when my grandchild knew it  and sang it for me!   🙂

I have a couple of different versions of it, including the one by Jars of Clay. The grandchild currently playing on my netbook as I write this liked that version. But then he heard the one by Mannheim Steamroller and loved it also. So I decided to make a Smilebox for y’all with BOTH versions to enjoy and will share it with you on Sunday (so be sure to check back). But in the meantime, here’s another cute picture and a couple of coloring pages to share with our grandkids.

One of the reasons I love this carol is that it tells the Christmas story so wonderfully. I loved this article I found by Ace Colins, that gives more of the background of this delightful hymn. I don’t think there is one specific verse it is based on – more likely the whole passage in Luke and/or Matthew. However, my wonderful Laridian Pocket Bible with the hymns option I added to it shows Luke 2:10-11 coupled with this song. What a perfect Scripture for this song AND what an encouraging and comforting Scripture for all of us, especially in difficult and dark days.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid ; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Here’s some Christmas stationery for grandkids AND senior parents, not to mention us, along with a couple of cute Christmas coloring pages for our grandboys and grandgirls – all to share the Good News of the Christmas story. My grandson helped me pick out the pictures and the fonts, just for you!

Christmas stationery for the Sandwich Generation and their grandkids

 

Christmas Cute Country Clipart Coloring page for grandkids - boy

 

Cute Christmas Clipart Coloring page for grandkids - girl

In a normal year, this last week before Christmas can be a crazy week full of fun activities, last minute shopping, and more. For those of us in the Sandwich Generation, you can often multiply that exponentially. That’s the time I grab on harder to God and His promises and make sure I’m spending time in His Word to keep me sane and centered in HIm during this often lovely but oh-so-busy season. This is another way of sharing that example with our grandkids, don’t you think? A lovely way of leaving a spiritual legacy – so vital in this day and age!

Enjoy encouraging Bible verses and pictures each Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation loves to join with lovingourchildren and grandchildren

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

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

Lovely pink blooms to encourage the Sandwich Generation - shot with my easy to use digital camera

Talk about ANOTHER weird weather year! Yesterday, Arizona got a HUMOUNGOUS snowfall, as did Idaho and Washington. Northern California has cold non-stop rain. And we are enjoying blissful warmth on this first day of summer – WAIT a minute. It just SEEMS like the first day of summer with our 84 degree temps. For all these crazy weather patterns, the calendar makes it quite clear. Today is the first day of SPRING. And may I say, my Sandwich Generation family all hollers HOORAY. 🙂 

More pink spring flowers for the Sandwich Generation

Aren’t the blooms on these two trees gorgeous! I snapped them with my easy to use digital camera as I was taking another walk around our neighborhood with one of my grandsons and my senior mom. This time they were both on foot. With the weather so nice, in between summer-like storms, the grandkids have also been enjoying their Razor scooters and their bikes.

Perfect weather for our Sandwich Generation - as my grandson - senior mom and I in the shadow enjoy fun and phsycial grandkid and senior citizen activities together

Biking, walking, scooting – all are great and fun for the grandkids, not to mention this senior citizen (well, I have fun on feet as they scoot and bike), and are excellent and healthy activities for our brains and our bodies. That’s so vital for all ages and especially for our senior parents. There is constantly news for boomers and seniors about the need to stay moving and active. It makes such a positive difference for both physical and mental health. Well, I’m off for more fun and busy activities as I rangle with the grandkids. Have a lovely Sweet Shot Tuesday and Pink Saturday to all of us in the Sandwich Generation – working hard at staying healthy! 🙂 

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