“I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
My body also will rest secure,…“
…. How will all of the Lord’s blessings be a benefit to me on a difficult day?
How amazingly fragile are the days of a caregiver! In the blink of an eye, or a ring of the phone, the mood of the day can turn from warm and sunny to cold and gray. When a doctor refuses to call back, when a nasty cold grips us, when an assistant can’t come in, or when our loved ones’ illness becomes scary, we feel sad, angry, lost, and alone.
One way I kept my eyes on the Lord was by praying deep silent prayers that poured from my inner being. When difficult decisions faced me, I would cry out for God’s wisdom and guidance. In the morning before I went over to my parents’ side of our house, I often prayed the day would go well and I’d have a positive attitude about all the work I had to do. By staying in tune with my Lord, I was reminded He was providing me with the physical and mental support of my dear husband and our paid caregiver. I also remembered He was teaching me about sacrificial love, the kind of love our Lord Jesus showed the world by His death on the cross so our sins may be forgiven.
Keeping our eyes on the Lord and concentrating on the many ways He blesses us, we can feel his spirit walking beside us, preparing the way ahead and coming behind to reassure us in every circumstance that comes our way. Our prayers will always be answered in a way that is best for us, and His eternal love will embrace and protect us.
YOUR JOURNAL: What benefits do you receive daily by keeping your eyes on the Lord?
Lord of All Truth, strengthen me to keep my eyes fixed on You. I trust you, O God, to provide security. Create a joyful heart within me, on sunny days or gray days. Come Holy Spirit, walk with me. Amen.
What do you pray for in your caregiving journey? How do you keep your eyes focused on the Lord as you go about your caregiving duties? Share your story with us!
Veronica’s book for caregivers: Treading Water with God, Lessons in Love While Care Giving
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