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As one of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents and helping with grandchildren, do you sometimes (or often) have to miss church due to caregiving needs? Right now, it’s not usually due to my senior mom (though there have been times for that in the past). At this particular point in my life, it’s more likely my grandkids who will keep me home to help when they are sick. We try to trade them back and forth, but occasionally, their parents or I wind up missing. Then again, I’ve missed the last two weeks due to a bad cold I have that I got from…no one in my family. 🙂 If any of that ever happens to you as well, I’ve found another great set of sermons with words of encouragement for you and me.
Pastor Greg Matte, of Houston’s First Baptist Church, does a great job of teaching a weekly verse by verse Bible study through various books of the Bible. These studies run about 30 minutes each, are interesting, informative, solidly Bible-based, and easily available free via the church’s website – click here. I’ve been so blessed by the inspirational Scriptures he has taught about, and hope you will be as well.
This week, I was listening to a sermon on the crossing of the Red Sea. I’ve been studying the Bible under various excellent teachers for over 30 years. I was reminded of some things I already knew, excited to learn new facts and details, and truly blessed by one of the promises of God in the Bible that I had not noticed before, even though I’ve read this passage many times. Isn’t it exciting the way God’s Word is constantly new, fresh, and exciting to us and the way He causes certain verses to be highlighted for us at the times we need them? This week it was,
The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.
Originally spoken by Moses to the Children of Israel, it is just as applicable to us today. I think it can be especially important for those of us dealing with the various Sandwich Generation issues, don’t you? As we deal with various medical authorities, vendors, and others in our lives, I’m sure many of us run into one or more situations each month when we feel like we are butting our heads against the wall. We need to relax, pray, and rest in this promise. Not only that, we may be praying for friends and family going through situations like these as well. I know of five people right now, whom I am praying for, who will be blessed by this verse! Talk about an uplifting Bible verse! It is so encouraging to know that so often our best weapon is to “be still and know that HE is GOD” and let Him care for us as we are busy caring for others!
I have to tell a funny story on myself. After I wrote the first paragraphs above, I had to stop and run some errands. While out, I was waited on by a person who had obviously had a VERY bad day and was determined to make everyone else’s day bad too. She was rather argumentative and I was getting all stressed and frustrated. All of a sudden it was like God thumped me on the head and said, “Kaye, you just wrote about what you should do. Why aren’t you doing it?” Immediately I stopped talking, started praying, and turned it all over to God. Things didn’t get perfect, but there was a peace in the midst of the situation that hadn’t been there previously! The power of prayer and of God’s uplifting Bible verses!
I pray you will be as encouraged by these words as I was. It was definitely full of words of encouragement for this member of the Sandwich Generation! And remember you can find more encouraging Bible verses and devotionals at Spiritual Sunday.