Faith in Caregiving: Good Fruit

This post by Veronica Badowski offers spiritual encouragement to caregivers, highlighting the importance of the Holy Spirit's fruits—like patience and love—in their challenging role. It underscores caregiving as a journey of love, sacrifice, and spiritual growth.

Faith in Caregiving: Good Fruit
This post offers spiritual encouragement to those providing care

Veronica Badowski capture the essence of caregiving and spiritual growth in this bible verse. This bible passage reflects the themes of love, patience, and the spiritual journey embedded in the caregiving experience.


Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”


What fruit do you need the most help with? Why do you think this one is more difficult? Do any solutions come to mind?


When I was a caregiver, I needed to pray often for patience with both my elderly parents who were steadily becoming more helpless. I always felt awful when I lost my patience. At some point a helpful thought came to me that through caregiving God’s Spirit was teaching me to love. I was in His classroom learning sometimes love requires sacrifice, forgetting my own needs for a while. It was my job at this time in my life to keep my parents comfortable, secure and as well as possible. Looking back, I was not a perfect caregiver, but I’m thankful the Holy Spirit was always guiding me to be more patient and loving.

No matter how you are watching over your loved one, at home or visiting them often at a facility, I hope you lean on God. He does care for you and them. Pray often. He will guide you and help you grow the fruits of His Spirit so you will have what you need to be kind and caring.


Holy Spirit, grow me so my love and kindness for others becomes a wonderful habit. Also, help me make wise decisions for myself so I get the rest I need. Amen.


We will never regret the time and effort given to those who need us.

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Veronica Badowski's post, referencing Galatians 5:22-23 from the New International Version of the Bible, provides spiritual encouragement and insight specifically aimed at family caregivers and direct care workers. This scripture lists the qualities that are produced by the Holy Spirit in a person's life, known as the "fruit of the Spirit": love, joy, peace, forbearance (or patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities are crucial for caregivers who face daily challenges in their role of supporting those who cannot fully care for themselves due to age, illness, or disability.

Veronica emphasizes the importance of these spiritual qualities in the context of caregiving. She shares from her personal experience how caregiving for her elderly parents was not just a physical or emotional task but a spiritual journey as well. She points out that in the process of caregiving, one is in a unique position to learn and practice love, often requiring sacrifice and the temporary setting aside of personal needs for the well-being of others. She openly discusses the struggle with patience and how it led her to a deeper understanding and practice of love through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The reflection in the journal section prompts readers to introspect on which aspect of the "fruit of the Spirit" they find most challenging to exhibit in their caregiving role. It encourages readers to think about why certain qualities might be harder for them to practice and to consider solutions that could help them cultivate these qualities more fully.

In the meditation section, Veronica suggests that caregivers lean on God for strength and guidance, emphasizing that regular prayer can lead to spiritual growth, enabling them to meet the demands of caregiving with kindness and care. She reassures caregivers that leaning on God will help them develop the necessary spiritual fruits to navigate the complexities of their role with grace and love.

Finally, the prayer and takeaway messages reinforce the idea that caregiving, though challenging, is a deeply meaningful and rewarding journey. It is an opportunity for spiritual growth and the development of character in ways that honor God and embody His love and care for others. Veronica's message offers hope and encouragement to caregivers, reminding them that their efforts are significant, spiritually enriching, and deeply valued.

Books By Veronica Badowski :

God Thoughts for Busy People 365 days of Meditation

Treading Water with God, Lessons in Love While Caregiving

Holding on with God:Encouragement for the Caregiver

Want more inspirational posts? Here is a link to Faith in Caregiving series

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