trials and tribulations

OK, I admit it. This Scripture picture is not as pretty as last week's pink photo. I'll miss that one in my iPhone wallpaper this week. But I bet my grandkids will be MUCH more interested in seeing this one and reading the Bible verse. What do you think?

Whether our Sandwich Generation battles are real or in our imagination - we can cry out to God for help 475

It doesn't matter whether our battles are with weather, real enemies, health woes, or worries in our head – God is GREATER than anything we deal with. And this is one Scripture prayer I love to pray! Have a blessed and beautiful week!

 

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

 

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

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

 

My sweet senior mom-in-law loves to say, "Growing old ain't for sissies!" As a member of the baby boomer generation, flirting with senior citizen status, I have to agree with her. Arthritis flare-ups, hip replacement surgery and recovery for loved ones, cataract surgery, Parkinsons Disease, Alzheimers Disease with dementia symptoms, sleep apnea – that's just a PARTIAL list of things my senior relatives have had to deal with over the last few years. I just have the arthritis at the moment, but sometimes I can't help thinking (worrying?) about what could be coming. Every time I do though, God reminds me of Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12!

Electric powered medical mobility scooters like this Pilot scooter can enable our senior parents to move around freely in spite of their weaknesses

He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Talk about encouraging Bible verses for all of us in the Sandwich Generation – young as well as old! Yes, this electric powered medical mobility scooter can give "strength" to our weak parents, but CHRIST can BE our strength! AWESOME!

And you know, it's not just our aging parents who are dealing with severe health issues. I bet most of us have at least one friend or relative with one or more children dealing with major health issues – from cancer to autism to extreme food allergies and intolerances to learning difficulties and beyond. I know I do! Not only that. Did you notice the words "with insults…with persecutions…with difficulties? That definitely applies to caregivers as well – especially those dealing with senior parents with dementia symptoms!

Whatever our age or situation, we know we can rest in the power of Christ – for truly, when we are weak, THEN we are strong in the strength of the Lord as we rest in Him and HIS power. As Paul tells us in Ephesians 1, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ!" 

For more uplifting Bible verses to encourage all of us caring for elderly parents while raising children or babysitting grandchildren, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions. And…

This restful picture taken with my easy to use digital camera includes some of the encouraging Bible verses from Psalm 46 which are a blessing to the Sandwich Generation dealing with trials and tribulationsBe Still and Know That God is The Strength The Sandwich Generation Needs! When I wrote that article for Word-Filled Wednesday, I was also praying a lot for a dear friend who was going through a deep dark valley. The comforting Bible verses from Psalm 46 were blessing me and I wanted to share them with you, as well as her.

I Call You Friend - Marty Goetz songs to encourage the Sandwich GenerationIn the process of writing that article, I started looking for one of the sweet old praise and worship hymn songs based directly on Scripture that we used to sing in church. I didn't find what I was looking for. BUT I did find a favorite praise and worship musician we were blessed by at our old church a couple of times, many years ago – back when my sweet husband was here and my kids were little. What delightful family memories as I enjoyed watching Marty Goetz on YouTube and listening to his wonderful music.

Marty Goetz is a wonderful singer who can be as serious as can be, and also as funny as can be, depending on the song, the music, and the moment. 

In this serious hymn song, I Am, he reminds us that,

The Lord of Hosts is with us

The God of Jacob is our refuge

When the nations rage and all the kingdoms fall

He says I Am, I Am, I Am all

and again, points us back to Psalm 46, "be still and KNOW that HE is GOD."

Between news headlines and issues going on for friends and family this week, this song has definitely been a joy to me and I pray it will be to you and your family as well – from the senior parents on down to the young grandchildren. Just click to enjoy the latest of my Smilebox ecards creations. 🙂

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Check back tomorrow for another of Marty Goetz songs – this time it's his fun and lighthearted "biography." It never fails to put a big smile on my face and I hope it will on yours as well, as you go about dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents while raising children or babysitting grandchildren.  For more comforting Bible verses and lovely music, be sure to check out Spiritual Sunday. And…

Caring for elderly parents who need to apply for social security or medicare - this book can helpIt's been a wild and wooley political ride for the last couple of weeks, but the votes are in, the die is cast, and the budget is settled – for the moment. The good news for senior citizens is that there should be NO delay in social security checks. The bad news? It's not necessarily over. AARP has done a wonderful job explaining this for all of us and also explaining some of the coming cuts that COULD impact boomers and seniors and those caring for elderly parents, including the fact that:

"the money will have to come from somewhere. And David Certner, AARP legislative policy director, says that other programs dear to seniors could be affected — like those for nutrition, caregiving and senior job placement. Many of those programs — such as those for elderly housing and home heating assistance — already have waiting lists. Demand continues to rise as the senior population increases and the economy leaves more people in need of federal aid. After the spending cuts, even less money will be available."

The Sandwich Generation Issues include caring for the elderly parentsClick here to read the whole article, Debt Deal: No New Taxes and No Social Security or Medicare Cuts — Yet: Law creates new super-committee to set future cuts

I also appreciated the interesting article, Budget Debate Winners and Losers, at Christian Post. It gives a brief and easy overview of the net results
 
Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen News is an important part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation sBetween the economy and any fallout from this debt deal, all coupled with the upcoming Presidential election, it will definitely be a busy and interesting news year for all of us, and particularly those of us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents. But no matter what the trials and tribulations we may face, whether they are future political concerns or bad news on the home front, we can safely keep our eyes on God. As I wrote yesterday, we can, indeed, "Be Still and Know That God is The Strength The Sandwich Generation Needs!
 
This restful picture taken with my easy to use digital camera includes some of the encouraging Bible verses from Psalm 46 which are a blessing to the Sandwich Generation dealing with trials and tribulations