In her Faith and Caregiving post this month, Veronica Badowski reminds us all of the importance of self care for caregivers includes accepting that we, too, are human.
Psalm 103: 13-14
“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows how we are formed;
he remembers that we are dust.”
Give an example of what a compassionate parent may say to a child who has just disobeyed them.
One day I confessed to my Aunt Joanna I had not been as patient as I should have been with my stepfather. She said, You know what that means? You’re human. Her words reminded me to be gentle with myself when I was a less than perfect. Her simple words gave me peace, and the peace assured me I could still be a good caregiver.
When we respect and obey God, He is always compassionate and gentle with us. He knows we cannot be perfect like His Son Jesus. If we hurt our loved one by our words or actions, we need ask them and the Lord for forgiveness. Our Heavenly Father is always ready to forgive us and give us wisdom and strength to be a more patient and loving caregiver.
Write about the last time you failed as a caring and loving person. Perhaps your depleted mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual state had something to do with it?
Compassionate God, please forgive me when I allow my humanity to control my words and actions. Give me self-discipline in difficult moments, wisdom when faced with tough decisions, and the physical strength to fill the needs of each day. Be present in my relationship with my loved one, and thank you for always gently forgiving me. I pray all this in the name of Jesus, our example in compassionate healing. Amen.