How wonderful it is to be home! I've been caring for my ill family member in her home since her discharge from the hospital in September. She's regained the ability now to walk, so here I am. It's a great joy to sit again in front of my computer and speak with all of you. I'm sure many of you have been in this situation; as we enter our middle years, our parents and others are entering into their final ones, and we must care for them as they cared for us. I thank my Father for the strength of spirit that it takes to hang in day after day and often sleepless night.
Here's some of what I've learned:
When I come to the end of what I think I can do, One who is stronger lifts me up.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.- Isaiah 40:29:31
How do we have strength in him? How does he make us soar?
I find it in prayer. When we seek him with all our hearts, he fills us. When we pour out our sorrow, I know he hears. His peace floods my heart, and I know it is Him. This is the same for all of us.
We find it in his written word. It tells us how much he loves us:
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!- 1John 3:1
We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.- 1John:4:16
And one of my all time favorites:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."(Psalm 44:22) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Romans 8:35-39
His love and grace is more than enough. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, he is there, in the midst of the storm to keep my head above the water. And because of this, I have no fear of the days to come. As he carries me now, he will carry me then.
And he loves you, too, no matter what you may be going through; whether you have strayed or walk with him daily, he is always as close as a prayer.
Wishing you great blessings!