comforting grieving

A Country Christmas clipart border to welcome you all to SandwichINK for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party

Today is the final day of the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party at Caregiving.com. It's been an interesting week exploring other sites centered on caregivers and those they caring for. This can include the elderly parents in the family, spouses, and/or children or grandchildren with special needs

Lightweight Medline Transport Travel Wheelchairs are very handy tools for those of us caring for elderly parents - and sometimes for us baby boomers as well.jpg

There are definite differences from family to family and caree to caree but we also share a lot in common such as:

  • Too much to do and too little time
  • Frustration over difficult situations
  • Grief – whether we are grieving because of a loved one's death or impending death, because of lost abilities or memories, or because of how things are rather than how we hoped they'd be
  • Encouragers – Even at our lowest, we as caregivers are constantly "exercising" our "giving" muscles. That often includes encouraging others even when we are in need of encouragement ourselves – which can, in turn, lead to being encouraged ourselves. A positive cycle instead of the well-known "viscious cycle." I saw this on several caregiving sites I visited including Bette's, Sharon'sand G-J's

Words of encouragement to others can come back to encourage ourselves - such a blessing to the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and helping with their grandkids

Caregiving is not easy and there is no one way or perfect way to do it. And that's a vital fact we all need to internalize. We may not all do it the same but whether our beloveds are in our home, in their own home with help from us and or/others, or are in a care facility, it takes a lot of time, energy, strength, wisom, and stick-to-it-ness to care for them. As long as we are doing our best, to the best of our abilities – even on those bad days when our abilities may seem so feeble – that's all anyone can ask of us. And that's all we can ask of ourselves.

Praise God, though, we don't have to do it alone! It is by the grace of God that I am able to do what I do. Many of us also have friends and family who help – sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much but every bit helps. I so appreciate the way God encourages me through my family and friends. as well as through you! And I pray the resources, ideas, and words of encouragement at SandwichINK will be a blessing to each of you who are caring for others, whether it's  your elderly parents, your spouse, your brother or sister or child or grandchild, or someone else in your life! 

SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and grandkids LOVES cute country clipart like hearts for borders and decoration

P.S. Speaking of blessings, Denise and her great website, Caregiving.com have sure been a blessing to me. And they'd love to be an encouragement to you with a whole raft of great surprises just for leaving a comment there. But first,  be sure to leave a comment here to be entered in the SandwichINK Caregiving Holiday giveaway! Lots of great smiles for all of us caring for our elderly parents or others! 🙂

Other days the weather is rainy and stormy - making this Sandwich Generation grandmother appreciate my full and side elastic waist jeans and pants that keep me warm and fairly dryDo you have a loved one in crisis? Perhaps a senior parent or grandchild awaiting surgery? Or maybe your Sandwich Generation family is struggling with the anticipatory grief that often goes hand in hand with hospice? Does life feel like one set of storm clouds after another!

Times like that can leave you feeling like you have a heavy weight on your shoulders, can't they? That's when I turn to my comforting Bible verses, which is the basis for this series.

Psalm 3 is one of my favorite psalms that is wonderfully uplifting to my spirits. In it, the psalmist talks to God, praising Him for protecting him from all his enemies. Hopefully, most of us probably don't have thousands of armed soldiers trying to break down our doors and shoot us with spears. But when you consider other things that are attacking us – from cancer to Alzheimer's to financial woes that come with all of the Sandwich Generation issues – you can definitely relate well to the uplifting Bible verses in this Psalm of trust in God, especially verses 3-5:

You, O LORD, are a shield about me,

God is the shield around us - Psalm 3 reminds us of this and we can truly put our faith in Him

My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

I was crying to the LORD with my voice,

And He answered me from His holy mountain. 

I lay down and slept;

I awoke, for the LORD sustains me!

I remember praying for a beloved senior who had to go through a painful medical procedure. As I sat praying earnestly, I pulled out my list of comforting Bible verses and this was right on top. Immediately I felt God's presence, holding me, and giving me a smile as I pictured Him holding my loved one closely while lifting my head high!

We used to sing the praise and worship music, A Shield About Me, in church and I still love to sing it now, especially during dark days! I just discovered that Kent Henry recorded it on his worship album, My Refuge.

 

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What a blessing it is for all of us in the Sandwich Generation to know we are NOT ALONE in this season of our life. NOT EVER! Just as we know the sun is still there, even on a day full of cloud and gloom, we can KNOW that GOD will keep all the promises He has given us in the Bible, including being your shield, your glory, and the One Who lifts your head! And, for more praise and worship music and  encouragement from the Word of God, you can visit Spiritual Sunday