On caregivers, faith, and family…

TA Google search for Names of God beginning with “T” produced several pages, but after eliminating those that began with the or thy, most of the remaining names were related in some way to true.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.      1 John 5:20

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Pam ThorsonYesterday I reviewed Pamela Thorson’s new book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver. Today, we’ll hear from Pam herself as she answers some of my questions.

1. Pam, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m originally from the South, but I’ve lived most of my life in Idaho. I’ve been married to the love of my life for nearly forty-three years. We built a log home together and raised five children. I’m grandma to two beautiful granddaughters.

When our middle son was injured in 1997 in a fall, I became a full-time caregiver. In 2011, I became licensed as a practical nurse. In 2008, I self-published my first book, Song in the Night, which is the story of our son’s fight for life after his spinal cord injury. In March of this year, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas released my second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver.

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SJehovah Sabaoth is translated as Lord of Hosts or Lord of Powers. Sabaoth means hosts or armies, and combined with the term for Lord, it signifies His control over all armies, whether spiritual or earthly. This compound name is used almost 300 times in Scripture, most often by Isaiah and Jeremiah. It is first used in the story of a man named Elkinah and his wife Hannah who were making their annual pilgrimage to Shiloh.

Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord.      1 Samuel 1:3

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Out from the ShadowsOut from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver is a comparatively small book–only 180 pages–but it is enormous in the impact it will have on those who read it. It is not a quick read, not a bunch of pretty words to rush through so you can move on to the next entry on your want-to-read list. Out from the Shadows is a book to be examined, to search for the truths that are most meaningful to you personally and then to roll them around in your mind until your heart is at rest.

Written for caregivers and for anyone who has suffered through life’s hardships, Out from the Shadows is a book to be read alone, in silent contemplation during times of personal devotion. Moreover, it is a book to be shared in group settings, in the company of loving, supportive friends who have also dealt with loss and sorrow.

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RRock comes from the Hebrew word tsur. In the Psalms, David often refers to God as his Rock in describing His strength, power, faithfulness, and presence.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.      Psalm 18:2

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation.      Psalm 18:46

From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.      Psalm 61:2

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Linda Brendle:

Saturday night the women prepared to visit the tomb the next morning. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones as you prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ tomorrow.

Originally posted on Life After Caregiving:

1 Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

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QEl Qanna (or Kanno) is a word that appears six times in the Old Testament. It is translated jealous, zealous, or envy. The word first appears when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God. Exodus 20:5a

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai and found the people worshipping a golden calf, he was so enraged he broke the stone tablets. God called Moses back up on the mountain where He rewrote the tablets. This time the use of Qanna was a little more emphatic. Read the rest of this entry »


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