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In April of last year, I posted a three day series featuring Pamela Thorson, author of Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver. The series included a book review and a two-part interview (Part 1 and Part 2). I was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post for her blog, Prisms Caregiving: Inspirations and Resources. Following is an excerpt from that post titled “Bearing the Pain of Others.”
My goal in life was not to become a caregiver. However, when my loved ones had a need, I stepped in to help.
Whether by small increments as the need progresses, or suddenly because of a catastrophic event, many of us become caregivers regardless of our intentions. Those of us who have been drafted into such a role, in searching for some meaning, often lean on Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
There is comfort in Paul’s words, but when you find yourself in the middle of hardship, it’s difficult to see how even God can find any good in your circumstances. As I watched Mom and Dad slip away into the abyss of dementia, I knew there was nothing good about Alzheimer’s. Still, through my experiences, God worked for my good and His purposes.
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A little over a year ago, I wrote several posts about the Wheat Belly Diet. I had seen the doctor for my annual check-up, and he suggested I adjust my eating habits by cutting out wheat and other processed grains. He said it might help me lose a few pounds, but mostly he hoped it would lower my triglyceride level which had been on the high side for several years. Since he was diplomatic about the weight issue, I decided to go along with his suggestion and see what happened. My husband David, who isn’t a picky eater as long as there’s black pepper and hot sauce on the table, agreed to join me in the adventure. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday night’s storm left its mark on the Brendle homestead. When we looked out the windows Saturday morning, we saw several fallen limbs and more standing water than most Texas homeowners see unless a water line has sprung a leak. After breakfast, David went to check out the damage. A few minutes later he stuck his head in the front door. Read the rest of this entry »
The most obvious way to know you’re getting older is to have another birthday. I had one a couple of weeks ago, and since it was impossible to ignore the event, I decided to embrace it in typical blogger fashion. Following are ten additional ways to know you are getting older. Read the rest of this entry »
Ellas’ Rain by Buffy Andrews is the story of a teenager who has experienced a lot of loss in her life. The story begins after Grandma Dorothy’s funeral when Ella leaves the home she shared with her Grandma to move in with Maddie, Dorothy’s best friend. Equipped with a lifetime of wisdom contained in the year’s worth of notes left by Grandma, Ella comes to terms with her grief and learns to live life without fear. Read the rest of this entry »