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Pressures are Often Part of the Sandwich Generation!
Have you ever felt like the walls of your life were falling down on top of you – squeezing you – pressing you down – destroying your family? I remember feeling like that during one the most difficult moments for my Sandwich Generation family, when my senior dad was in the hospice program, his end stage Parkinsons Disease was much worse, and – unbeknownst to us at that moment in time – his medication was causing him to react with angry dementia.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust ! Psalm 91:1-2
Comforting Bible Verses Were a Tremendous Help During Dark Days
I was so grateful to God that we were able to find the solution – changing his medication – within a few short weeks. While life was still very difficult in his last few months, it was never as bad as those particular long days. And through it all, I spent extra time on my knees in the middle of the night, sent up so many short Scripture prayers in tiny bursts throughout the day in between caregiving duties, and turned my paper, full of comforting Bible verses that I had printed out, into a scrunched up mess as I kept pulling it out, reading a verse, and sticking it back in my pocket. In other words, I needed God EVEN MORE in those dark moments and He was there with me.
The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him. Psalm 37:40
The Bridge by Fellow Grandparent, Jackie Carpenter
I just finished reading The Bridge Between "Cell Block A" and a "Miracle" is: Psalm 91 which was written and graciously given to me to review for you by a fellow grandmother, Jackie Carpenter. In it, she details a year in her life where she experienced many of those same feelings – longer and even more intense, although for totally different reasons. As she explains,
This book is based on the actual murder trial of Richard Jason Veitch, which ended on April 16, 2009…Jason is a handsome twenty-eight-year-old successful homebuilder who resides with his beautiful twenty-five-year-old wife, Stephanie, and their seven-year-old son, J.J., in a small town in Georgia. Jason is a Christian whom the Lord called to preach the gospel in December 2007…this entire book is written from my perspective as Jason's mother…based on the actual events that took place…will take you through the legal process, the utter helplessness endured by the family and the strong faith that ultimately brought us to a place of victory.
Intense Trials for Christians Everywhere – in AND Out of the Sandwich Generation
WOW! Talk about intense trials! I've never walked this particular road before as she did, but I was intrigued at her descriptions throughout her book of how it felt for her to live under this cloud of uncertainty, including false allegations! Can you imagine how she felt, the sense of grief and loss during that year, not knowing if her son would be free at the end of the judicial process or spend decades in prison? Many of her feelings mirrored mine during those tough times with my senior dad, or in other trials over my lifetime. And many of the steps she took during this time were very similar to mine – get in the Word of God, get on your knees, pray LOTS, carry encouraging and comforting Bible verses with you EVERYWHERE and give them to others as well. I loved how she even took one Bible and cut pages of the Psalms out to share verses with others.
"As for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, "You are my God." My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. Make Your face to shine upon Your servant ; Save me in Your lovingkindness." Psalms 31:14-16
Uplifting Book Full of Comforting Bible Verses and Words of Inspiration and Encouragement
This self-published book was an interesting, uplifting and inspirational true story. It held my attention throughout, touched my heart as I read how the whole family, including her sweet grandchild was impacted, and I appreciated that the Bible verses are written out, making it almost a devotional as well. If you, like me, are a fan of the CSI and Law and Order shows, I suspect you might also enjoy this – and be blessed as you are reading, no matter what trials you may be going through – whether Sandwich Generation-related or other types of tribulation.
That sounds like a wonderful book Kaye and I know we have all had to call on the Lord during times of trial. I have to remind myself also to give Him the thanks for all He has given me throughout. Have a blessed Labor Day.
So thankful that in our times of deepest stress God hears our short bursts of prayer. He’s there…will added grace and strength. Bless you.
It sounds like a great read…I like true stories the best….
Amen, Donnie, AMEN 🙂
SOOOO true, Pamela!!!! 🙂
Thanks, Sarah 🙂 🙂 🙂
Kaye, Thank you for continuing to inspire and encourage us.
This is a GREAT post!!!!
We are so blessed to have you share with us each week. Focusing on the sandwich generation is something that is needed but few think about it or at least few do anything about it. You have a unique blog. I think that is probably because you are a unique person. God uses unique people for special assignments. I’m glad He chose you for this one.
Thank you Whidbey Woman. 🙂 And continuing to pray AND praise for your great news 🙂
Thank you so much Charlotte for these lovely words of encouragement. What a sweet inspiration you are to so many. Have a blessed week! 🙂