Encouraging and Comforting Bible Verses for the Sandwich Generation

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When life starts blurring due to worry or grief, rest in the many inspirational and encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation caring for the elderly parents

The Bible is full of God's encouraging Bible verses to give all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents and helping with the grandchildren, a "hug" from Him for ourselves and to share with those special seniors and juniors in our lives. Some are especially encouraging during dark moments including those times we may be dealing with such things as severe illness in a family member and the grief that comes from having to help them through that, along with hospice, and finally, with the end stages of their disease.

Last week's comforting Bible verses from Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want…" is one of those special passages. Today is another of the many comforting Scriptures that have held me steady during my darkest days, including the loss of my sweet husband.

But I trusted in Thee, O LORD:

I said, Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand.

Psalm 31: 14-15a (KJV)

I have clung to these verses so many times over the years, before and since. I can't explain everything that happens – good or bad. I can't fix everything that happens, no matter how hard my sweet little caregiving heart wants to. But I can tell you that we can trust in our awesome God and KNOW that we can trust in Him and that our times are, indeed, in His capable and loving hands.

As Charles Spurgeon once said, "God’s hand never errs; and if our times are in his hand, those times are ordered rightly. We need not puzzle our brains to understand the dispensations of Providence: a much easier and wiser course is open to us; namely, to believe the hand of the Lord works all things for the best."

Encouraging Bible verses like Psalm 31 remind us that there is no better place for the Sandwich Generation than in Gods hands

In more modern times, David Strasser (also known simply as Beaker) wrote the song, O God, You are my God (Step by Step), which has resonated wonderfully in my heart for years. I love the praise and worship songs sung by Rich Mullins and this is one of my favorites. He originally recorded it and later, through the magic of computers, Bebo Norman was able to re-record it as a duet, after Rich Mullins had also gone to heaven.

When I think of Psalm 31:14, I often also think of this song. I'm not sure if he wrote the words based on this Psalm or another verse, but I love the two together and so many times have played it when I needed strength and encouragement. I have to confess, I often have tears streaming down as I listen, but oh, the joy of surrendering to God and telling Him that I will to follow Him STEP BY STEP, when I know that's all I can handle – that one step at a time. That joy is then replicated by the knowledge that, since my times are in His hands, that's all I need to focus on – that one step at a time!

I pray that you, too, will be comforted and encouraged by this verse and by this praise and worship music from Rich Mullins and Bebo Norman in today's Smilebox eCard – just for you.

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As Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 1: 2, "Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ," as you go about your life dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents in your family along with helping with the grandchildren.

For more encouraging Bible verses and sweet hymn songs, enjoy Spiritual Sunday and I Owe It All To Him πŸ™‚

P.S. Two Christian devotional books full of encouraging Bible verses and devotions to encourage you are Ninety Days of God's Goodness by Randy Alcorn and When the Hurt Runs Deep by Kay Arthur. These books are wonderful for all of us and can be a special blessing for those dealing with grief and loss issues.

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  • I love this song. The Smilebox video is terrific. This is a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us…I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I feel that you are such a faith-filled person that I hope that the Lord’s love pulled you through that very difficult time. You have done so much with your life to reach out and inspire others and it is truly remarkable how you are using God’s gifts…thank you for being such an inspiration.

  • Hi Kaye,
    Thanks so much for changing the post…this was so moving…I just wanted to tell you. Blessings and hugs,

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  • Thank-you for this post today. My mom is still healthy so I’m not really a sandwich generation but I can imagine how tired you must be. I didn’t know smile box had videos. I’m kinda new to the web page, I just downloaded it so I guess I should find more out about it πŸ™‚
    Have a blessed day,

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  • Thanks for sharing this Kaye – truly a comforting verse.

  • Your post is an inspiration today!

  • Hi Charlotte, Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. I love making them and listening to them! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Cindy, Thank you so much. And yes, it was one of the most difficult times of my life but God was so awesome and provided for me every step of the way – holding me close, comforting me, and enabling me to “keep it together” and be able to help those around me to do the same. I still miss him, but I know he really loved the Lord and am looking forward to being together again in God’s perfect timing. Have a blessed and beautiful week!

  • Hi Cindy, You’re very welcome. I got my mental wires crossed and linked to the one I linked to last week. Then left for a day of visiting relatives. I realized it last night, so made sure I fixed it. Joys of juggling extra balls in the air this weekend. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But well worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Ginger, HOW FUN. Let me know how it goes with Smilebox and if you have any questions. I have so much fun making and sending Smileboxes to friends and relatives as well as putting them on the site! And what a blessing your mom is doing great. One suggestion, based on a book I just read (and will be reviewing soon, probably next Saturday, is how important it can be to make plans now while all is peaceful and going smoothly, so if problems do come up, you’re prepared. My parents wonderfully did that for me – setting up their trust, living wills, power of attorneys, etc. when they did NOT need it. Then when we needed it, it made my life 10,000 times easier. πŸ™‚ And hopefully, you will never need it, but… Have a blessed week, and if you post a Smilebox card, do let us know πŸ™‚

  • Hi Joan, Thank you so much πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Hi Saleslady371, Thank you. I really enjoyed reading at your sweet site as well!!! πŸ™‚

  • I love your photos and scripture verses, Kaye. You need to write a children’s book. That Smilebox was great too. Blessings ~

  • “My times are in Thy hand”…what a gift we have been given…now I need to live with that confidence!

  • Hi Anita, As much as I love this verse and apply it, it’s still a day to day need to remind myself as well! Thank you for encouraging me! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Angela, Thank you so much. Praying for you for the daycare to go smoothly over the next couple of weeks! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • But I can tell you that we can trust in our awesome God and KNOW that we can trust in Him and that our times are, indeed, in His capable and loving hands

    to believe the hand of the Lord works all things for the best.”

    these two quotes that I read comforted my heart greatly…What a powerful devotional shared. Thank you for blessing my spirit this morning.