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Here in Kentucky it's in between snow storms. I decided I wanted a picture to make us think of spring and I found that in this photo. More than that, I saw this flamingo, standing firm in spite of a very gooey situation, reminding me, no matter what gooey Sandwich Generation situation I find myself in, I have to rely on God to enable me to STAND FIRM IN THE LORD!

Several inspirational Bible Verses offer Sandwich Generation Grandparents Words of Encouragement to Stand Firm_picnik

…Now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 3:8

…Stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Philippians 4:1

…Stand firm in the faith… 1 Corinthians 16:13

…Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

More than one pastor has pointed out that if God repeats Himself in the Bible, there's a VERY good reason for that. 🙂  As a Sandwich Generation grandmother, one of my biggest desires has always been for my kids and grandkids to know and love God with all their hearts, souls, strengths, and minds. Next, once they have done that, I desire for each of us to STAND FIRM IN THE LORD! These are all some of my primary prayers every day! And I am blessed because I know that these are God's desires for us as well, which means I am praying according to His will in all of this. Very encouraging!

What are some of your favorite verses to pray for your children, grandchildren and yourself? 

For more inspirational Bible verses coupled with intriguing pictures, sure to encourage all of us in the Sandwich Generation, be sure to visit Forever His. And don't forget to sign up for the FREE SandwichINK email and get words of encouragement for Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents delivered to your inbox regularly. 🙂 

It's truly wonderful what kind of impact familiar music and lyrics can have on the beloved elderly of the Sandwich Generation. It's especially exciting when it can reach the mind, even if just for a second, of one who has dementia symptoms. One such song that has that kind of potential has to be Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby.

I was thinking about that a few weeks ago, as I stood in church singing this song with the congregation. I looked around the room and saw so many faces – from very young to very old – singing away, many sharing the broad smile I had on my own face. I love the music, and even more, I love the wonderful words – especially the refrain:

Blessed Assurance by Fanny Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long;

this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. 

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight, visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

            (Refrain)

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest; I in my Savior am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

          (Refrain)

I already knew Fanny Crosby was a blind songwriter from the 1800s who loved God with all her heart. I was touched to read in Wikipedia that her father died when she was young and she was raised by her mother and grandmother – talk about a great example of the Sandwich Generation, long before the term was ever coined. I especially appreciated the quote I found there,

"It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.

Most of us don't have to struggle with blindness in our day to day lives, but we all have various trials and tribulations. This is especially true for those of us in the Sandwich Generation who may be dealing with our own health issues as well as those of senor parents, and sometimes even our grandkids. But without those trials in our lives, perhaps we might not have come to know God in the same way. I'm with her. Those are opportunities for us to submit ourselves totally to Him and watch Him work in and through us.

Submit, therefore, to God. James 4:7

Here is a wonderful YouTube version of this lovely hymn. It would be perfect for sharing with a special senior or two. Wouldn't that be a delightful Random Act of Kindness for them, that will bless you as well. And if you do, we'd love for you to share it with us too. 🙂

Have a blessed Sunday. And don't forget to sign up for the FREE SandwichINK email for more great praise and worship songs through the year to encourage Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents and their families. 🙂

 

   

 

As Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents, we can have good days and we can have difficult days. A good chuckle can brighten almost any day, lifting our spirits, as well as those of our beloved elderly parents. I saw these two and they gave me such a sweet laugh, I wanted to share them with you.   🙂

 

A cute pix to encourage a merry heart for word-filled Wednesday

 

A merry heart does good, like medicine. Proverbs 17:22

The blessing about this type of "medicine" is that you can enjoy it as often as you like. When a senior parent is feeling a bit down because the weather won't allow him to take a walk. or a grandchild is not feeling well, a good riddle, a funny knock-knock joke, or a cute picture like this can put a smile on their face, and yours as well. 🙂

For more Word-filled Wednesday photos and inspirational Bible verses to encourage your hearts, be sure to pop on over to Critty Joy. 🙂

iPhone Apps can be very handy for everyone including the Sandwich Generation. As I wrote a few weeks ago, there are apps for a wide variety of needs, including first aid and CPR instructions. Yesterday I found a terrific video from CNN that illustrates this point wonderfully. In it, you will see Dan Wooley, of Compassion International, being interviewed by CNN correspondent, Josh Levs. Mr. Wooley explains how his iPhone first aid app helped to save his life after he was trapped in a building during the Haiti earthquake. 

It was a blessing to hear his story as he also shared the messages he wrote his family in case he did not make it. I especially appreciated hearing him tell about the journal he kept, “I was there for several days – I thought I might be rescued…and I thought I might not and I wanted to leave some notes to my family”  and what he wrote in it, including  "[God] always provides for His children even in hard times." I love those encouraging quotes! And what a wonderful legacy to leave for his children!  I bet that journal will be a family heirloom for generations to come!

There are, however, so many other stories that don't have such happy endings, including the fact that Mr Wooley's photographer, David Hames, is still missing. Updates on his status and the situation in Haiti can be found at the Compassion blog and the Loop Blog. Please keep him and his family in your prayers, along with all those who have been touched by this disaster. (2/28/10 UPDATE – on David Hames. He is now safe in heaven. As I read this article I was touched by the awesome testimony he leaves behind. My prayers continue to be with his family and friends, along with the peoples of Haiti and now the peoples of Chile!)  And if you have been looking for a way to help with the rescue work in Haiti, Compassion International is a wonderful organization. They stay busy year-round, helping little ones, many of whom are now orphans due to the earthquake. Can you imagine if that was our grandchildren in the midst of all that turmoil! 

Whatever charitable organization you may send help to, be sure to add your receipts to your 2009 tax files. As Compassion, International explained on their website, "Charitable contributions made before Mar. 1, 2010 in response to the Haiti earthquake can be claimed as itemized charitable deductions on your 2009 tax return instead of waiting to claim these on your 2010 tax return (see The House of Representatives bill H.R. 4462 passed 1/20/10)." Major kudos to our Representatives for that! 

We may never have to deal with something this catastrophic. But even for "smaller" events like an elderly parent's broken ankle due to a fall while walking or a grandchild's injury due to tumbling off their bike, having first aid information handy can be very practical. If you have a cell phone, I would definitely encourage you to add a first aid app to it. And it might be a good idea to look through it now, when there is no problem. Then, if a time comes up that you need the info, you'll be better prepared to use it.

Being prepared can be a blessing for all our family – something we in the Sandwich Generation really appreciate! I bet Mr. Wooley's family, including his parents, are very glad he was so well prepared! 🙂