My sister-in-law, Lola, is a very sweet and thoughtful soul. She sent me a package around Christmas week and I promised her to get into it when time permitted.
For those of you who do not know. I am a caregiver to my husband, Bobbie, who has been diagnosed with Dementia and late onset Alzheimer’s. This task has proven very daunting and testing at times. While trying to keep the courage and encouragement in order to help him. Your emotions are always on a slippery slope. I thank God for prayer and who He is in my life. Oftentimes I feel like David. “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…” (Psalm 124)
However, the package my sister-in-law sent was a book entitled Real-Life Encouragement for Caregivers. Finally had an opportunity to read it yesterday in its entirety. This book touched my heart in ways I never imagined. One minute had me crying and the next filled with joy and hope. It is sixty-three pages of power-packed Spiritual support on every level for a caregiver. This book does not leave anyone out. Especially when it comes to the emotions we feel.
For me, there are so many favorites in this book I can’t pick just one— but will share this passage with you from page thirty-four.
“The blues, the sadness you experience as a caregiver, don’t go unnoticed by our all-knowing Father. He knows. He cares. And Jesus is present to walk with you while drawing you closer to him. He offers a beyond-our-understanding peace (Philippians 4:7). He is the light that can break through and banish the darkest of blues (John 8:12). And he fills your days with joyful blessings—blessings that you can pass on to others (2 Corinthians 9:8).”
This book takes an honest look at the struggles of caregiving, as well as the joys and opportunities it brings. With eight chapters of hope, refreshment, practical tips, and Scripture-filled encouragement, this book will uplift and support all caregivers.
If you know a caregiver or are a caregiver; this book will be such a blessing.
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