Monday, October 19, 2020

Encouragement for Caregivers: Part 1

Several years ago, Roy Lessin wrote a booklet of encouragement for Caregivers. With his permission, I will be bringing his words to you over the next few weeks.

With COVID still looming, flu season approaching, and our daylight depleting, I felt that this would be the perfect time to remind our Caregiving Community of their value and worth. 

You are depended upon EVERY day, but especially now, when we feel that we are limited to our contact and activities outside of our homes, still needing to get our loved-ones to appointments, shuttling kids to school or teaching them at home, and needing to have our families basic needs taken care of (laundry, anyone?), our stamina and self-worth may be running short. 

Whether your caregiving is taking care of your infants and toddlers at home, your aging parents or grandparents in their homes, a limited-ability loved one, or a spouse that has become temporarily (or permanently) disabled, we all need to be reminded that we are not walking this season alone. God is with us. He is for us. He will equip us. It's OK to be weak, because when we are weak, we can allow Him to be strong! He wants to be our strength, and for us to ask Him to do for us what we can not make happen. 

Please enjoy this series especially for you. May it be a blessing to you and your caregiver friends, encouraging and empowering you to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those you care for. 

Blessings,
Marina
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Prayers and Promises for Caregivers
Discovering God’s Care for Caregivers
-Roy Lessin

Caregiving can mean a short term assignment or a long term commitment. For many, caregiving has come unexpectedly and has changed their plans, challenged their schedules and altered their priorities.

Although different, the needs of a caregiver can often be as great as the needs of the one in their care. To be a caregiver is a reminder that to do good is not always easy; to give sacrificially is not always recognized; and to be available is not always convenient.

Caregivers can grow weary, even in well doing. All Caregivers need strength, patience, support, and encouragement. It is important for the caregiver to know that God cares for them.

(The Lord has been sent)…to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come… To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory. Isaiah 61:1-3 NLT
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