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Have you ever noticed that when you are dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents and juggling all the various needs in your family, the path of life can seem to get more twisty and turny during difficult times?
When my sweet father was in the end stage of his Parkinsons Disease and he and all of our family was dealing with grief, hospice, and all the trials and tribulations that came with it, I sometimes felt like the path was so hard to see.
During one particularly difficult time in this whole period, the doctors had to try a couple of different medications for him and he went through such a hard time. I remember laying in bed at night, praying so hard, totally unsure of what to do and how to do it, and feeling like the walls were closing in on me. This photo above of a road covered with fog leading to a sandbar is also a good illustration of what I was feeling!
The one thing that kept me going, day after day, middle of the night after middle of the night, was knowing that God was there. Talk about a "light at the end of the tunnel!" For me, it was actually more like a flashlight that showed one footstep after another! I would get up in the wee hours to give my dad his medication, which he hated to take, then go back and pray more, and read God's Word. And ALWAYS, His comforting Bible verses would fill me with His peace that passes all understanding and give me the strength to keep on keeping on! The problems didn't go away instantly, but I wasn't walking by myself! And that was so crucial.
There were so many comforting and encouraging Scriptures God used in my life during that time period. One that I kept clinging to is one I've loved since I was a young Christian. It's still one of the first I turn to in times of grief, loss, trial, problems, or just plain "having a bad day!"
Proverbs 3: 5-6 is one the more famous promises of God in the Bible. It's also one of the most comforting of my favorite Bible verses as well as one I use for simple Scripture prayers when I don't have time for longer prayers:
Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart
And do NOT lean on your own understanding.
In ALL your ways acknowledge HIM,
And HE WILL make your paths straight.
Isn't that powerful! Isn't that encouraging! Isn't that awesome of God to tell us that. Isn't that hard to do! 🙂 Sometimes. But I encourage everyone to dig this one down into your heart and mind – make this one of your Bible memory verses for you and your grand children, if you haven't already memorized it. Read it, post it around the house,
buy a tapestry that has these encouraging verses on it, use Proverbs 3: 5-6 when you are praying the Scriptures for your children and grandchildren, talk about it to your grandchildren, say it out loud, listen to it in spoken word as well as one of the many praise and worship songs written using it.
Let God bury it deep within your heart. You will be blessed and so will your family. I hope and pray that someday, when I'm safely in heaven, and my family is talking about family memories, this verse will be intertwined in those memories! (Along with about a zillion others of my favorites 🙂 ). Talk about leaving an awesome spiritual legacy!
I wanted to pick a new-to-us song for this week and I can't tell you what a blessing it was to go to Amazon, type in Trust in the Lord mp3 and discover so many wonderful songs – for all ages and music tastes. Click here to listen to the samples. 🙂 Since I had to pick just one, I selected, Trust In The Lord, from Overcoming Anxiety: Integrity Music's Scripture Memory Songs. I had never heard of this series before, but what a blessing for all and especially those going through a similar season of grief and loss! And by the way, if you have another song for Proverbs 3: 5-6 that you love, do let us know about it in the comments. We'd love to hear about it. 🙂
What a sweet rendition of such encouraging Bible verses from Proverbs 3: 5-6! As one of the never-aging Baby Boomers generation caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren, I really appreciated its message for all of us and think it would make a great addition to your mp3 player. 🙂
For more encouraging Bible verses, devotional thoughts and praise and worship music, be sure to visit Spiritual Sunday, as well as enjoying the inspirational stories at I Owe It All To to Him. Also, don't forget…