We live our lives making plans for our future and the future of our loved ones. Because we love them, we assume that we will be there for them no matter what. When we’re faced with the “NO MATTER WHAT,” it’s easy to feel lost and incapable of caring for our sick loved one.
My husband was diagnosed with Parkinsons and my daughter had Stage 4 breast cancer. I was the primary caregiver for them both at the same time. During this challenging time my focus was narrow and wavering. I tried to keep the appearance of being in control while things were closing in on my body and my mind.
I was at the point of being empty and in need of spiritual and physical care myself. My Pastor taught me that I had to trust and believe what God said about me (Romans 8:37) “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
I started seeking God through prayer asking him to strengthen and guide me. God has given us a promise that “He will never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). At Harvest Life Church our Pastors and church family pray for and support us.
During these times of accelerated spiritual, physical and emotional activities, I began to:
- Pray and ask God to guide me (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Got involved in the work of God (Matthew 6:33)
- Sought encouragement from others’ testimonies (Revelation 12:11)
- Worked with the experts to develop a plan for providing care for myself and my loved ones (Matthew 7:7-8)
- Eat healthy (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Exercise (1 Corinthians 3:9)
- Enlist the help of others to prevent physical and emotional exhaustion (Hebrews 4:16)
I learned to treat my loved ones with more compassion. I spoke life over them by remaining positive. Prayed and encouraged them to have a prayer life. Trust and believe that no matter what occurs, His Word instructs us to “have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
BY MAE AVERY