When your near others and they speak of the problems in their life and/or the fun stuff coming up. It’s uncomfortable calling knowing you may mess up their stuff.
When folks tell you to phone for help anytime, but every time you do, they tell ya something is already planned or by the time they do help, you feel horrible. So you stop calling and the process begins again. They call and say something like . . . “You know you can call anytime and I’ll be there”
It may be easier to just do the stuff yourself.
Maybe folks shouldn’t say they want to help, if they don’t really want to.
This Saturday August 8th, 2020, my 24/7 caregiving duties for mom will end, and I will drive home. Providing the level of care mom deserves is something I can no longer do. Her care will be transferred to her daughter in law. Mom and I will have been a team over four and a half years.
Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions. Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them. Father, I pray that no circumstance however bitter or however long drawn out, may cause me to break Thy law, the Law of Love to Thee and to my neighbor. That may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate, or become embittered by life’s experiences, but that in and through all I may see Thy guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power, and daily presence. Help me in the day when I need it most to remember that:
All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.
I can do all things through Him that strengthened me.
My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
‘Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen.’ ~ Eric Liddell
The oil painting below was executed by Ernst Deger, one of four Nazarene Painters sent to Rome and Florence to learn how to paint like the Renaissance Painters, all expenses paid by Prince Johan Liechtenstein. Prince Liechtenstein was the last ruler of the Holy Roman Empire and was in charge of the Empire’s banking system. The painting is signed and dated 1853. It is currently at the Conservation Center of Chicago for preservation. I cannot believe we own it . Note the hand of the Risen Christ .
“The true believer knows, and beyond all doubt, that this place we are in now, between birth and death, is just a dream and only the sleeper thinks it is real. Then death comes like dawn and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” Rumi
This quote helped create a foundation for everything in my life.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’ ” Erma Bombeck
A Prayer for the Game of Life
“DEAR GOD, help me be a good sport in the game of life. I don’t ask for an easy place in the lineup. Put me anywhere you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me to remember that you never send a player more trouble then he can handle with your help…
And help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square no matter what others do…Help me study…THE BOOK so I’ll know the rules…
Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I am benched for sickness or old age, help me accept that as a part of the game, too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or that I got a raw deal. And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels; all I want is to believe in my heart, I played as well as I could and that I didn’t let you down.