Yogurt Lessons for Caregivers

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Daily Living Made Easier

Engrossed in watching the error messages my computer was spewing at me, I was somewhat amused that I apparently spilled my spoonful of yogurt onto my lap . When I looked down, shock replaced my amusement! The whole jar of yogurt was all over my pants. As I looked closer, I realized the bottom of the yogurt container had given way!

M y first reaction was “What did I do wrong?” Then I realized it was just an out-of-the-ordinary event. As the expression goes, “Stuff happens!”

God allows stuff in my life periodically to train me. These events let me practice praising Him for all things, even sticky fluffy messes in my lap. They cause me to stop and focus on God. To “be still” before God in prayer for just a minute, even if I’m rushing.

If I learn to stop and take a deep breath before reacting to a small thing, I then find it easier to do the same when something big hits home. As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, for you.” All of these small lessons train me to better handle the big things that occur to me often which is part of being a caregiver for elderly parents and grandkids.

Such a lot of good lessons in such a small package of yogurt. God excels at that and I’m so glad!

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