In her Faith in Caregiving post this month, Veronica Badowski remind us, as caregivers, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and feel like we are sinking under the weight of our responsibilities. We may doubt our abilities or worry about the future, but this verse from Matthew reminds us to have faith in the Lord and trust in His guidance.
FAITH OR SINK
New King James Version
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Trust in the Lord and the pursuit of peaceful thoughts are habits worth practicing. Hope the suggestions below encourage you. Hang in there, caregiver!
-Praise and thank the Lord. Ask Him for help with your fears and troubles.
-Have faith! Remind yourself often, the Lord is helping you, so don’t allow upsetting thoughts to creep back into your mind.
-Keep reminding yourself the Lord will guide you every day and give you His perfect answer at the right time.
-As needed, pray for the Holy Spirit’s help with thinking hopeful, positive thoughts.
-Write your favorite Bible verses on cards, and think on them throughout the day. An example:
Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jesus, thank you for always reaching out to me and pulling me out of sad, dark places. May I take Your hand by trusting You for everything I need today and in the future. I praise You for Your eternal goodness and never-ending love and care for me. Amen.
Faith in caregiving means relying on God's strength and grace to take care of ourselves and those we are caring for. It also means surrendering our fears and doubts to Him, knowing that He will provide us with everything we need.
One suggestion for journaling about this topic is to reflect on times when you have felt overwhelmed or afraid in your caregiving journey, and how turning to God in faith helped you overcome those challenges. You can also write about specific instances where you saw God's hand at work in your caregiving, strengthening and guiding you.
Remember, as caregivers, we are not alone. The Lord is with us every step of the way, and He will never let us sink. Let us hold onto our faith and trust in Him to guide us through this journey. So take a moment to reflect and meditate on these words.
I am blessed to have Veronica Badowski, author of,Treading Water with God, Lessons in Love While Care Giving, and Holding One With God, and God Thoughts for Busy People 365 days of Meditation, as a regular contributor of this site. I hope you will find her posts inspiring and comforting. If so, her books are full of inspiring stories the will help the family caregiver along their caregiving journey.
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