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As Sandwich Generation caregivers, we spend a large part of our week giving of ourselves, pouring ourselves into our senior care and into our grandparenting with plenty of gusto. We need to make sure we are going to God daily to re-energize and re-charge so that we can keep on faithfully giving of our time, our attention, and our care. As one of my pastors used to say, 7 days without Bible study and prayer makes 1 weak. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Since our church Bible study is out for the summer, I’ve spent the last several days, doing my normal devotions. As I have been plugging away in the different sections of the Bible, there has been one passage God has kept bringing before me. I’ve re-read the same words several times this week, digging it deeply into my heart.
Psalm 33 is one that has been such a blessing and comfort to me. I would encourage you sit down and read it all, slowly and thoughtfully several times throughout this week, as well. Here’s some of my favorite verses from it:
The word of the LORD is upright,
And all His work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.
The NIV translates the last line as, “the earth is full of His unfailing love.” Think about it. Our homes are full of appliances and computer equipment that so often fails. Government programs all around us, including Medicare and Social Security, are said to be failing. The health system is definitely failing in a wide variety of ways. The housing market is currently failing to grow. I could keep going, but you get the picture. Everything in this world is subject to failure, except God and His unfailing love. And He shines that unfailing love on us!
The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.
I love this line, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.” As grandparents, it is vital that we take seriously God’s command in Deuteronomy 6 to, “…love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might…You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” It is just as important for us to join with our adult kids in putting this into practice in our grandkids’ lives as it was for us to implement this with our children when they were young.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.
Yes, we are walking through difficult times in the world. As caregivers, we are facing extra “battles” because of the senior home care we provide to our aging parents, along with helping to take care of our grandkids. Many of us face trials in many more circumstances than we ever expected. But when we walk with our Lord, we never have to deal with anything alone. God’s eyes are constantly on us. He has promised to protect us and care for us. His love for us is unfailing! Such an awesome encouragement! I think I will be spending more time this week just basking in the radiance of this passage. I hope and pray you are blessed as well.