Every caregiver reaches a time when strength, encouragement and inspiration are needed. Here are seven Bible verses that will serve to restore your faith and commitment.
Through her work as a cofounder of Home Instead Senior Care, Lori Hogan has come to understand that you need inspiration, encouragement and faith to care for a loved one. That’s why she wrote a book of devotions, Strength for the Moment. Here are some Bible verses Lori recommends for caregivers:
If you feel overwhelmed: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”—Matthew 11:28–30
If you’re wondering what God’s plan is in all this: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.—Proverbs 3:5–6
If you feel guilty about not doing enough: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.—I Peter 5:7
If frustration is getting the better of you: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.—Colossians 3:23–24
If you’re afraid of what tomorrow may bring: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.—Psalm 118:24
If the person you’re caring for is difficult: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.—Galatians 5:22–23
As your caregiving journey continues: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.—Numbers 6:24–26
Lori and her prayer group wrote this caregiver’s prayer especially for Guideposts readers:
Dear Holy Father, you are a good and gracious God who loves us very much. Give us confidence in knowing that you will walk alongside us to guide our every decision and provide wisdom, strength and encouragement for each caregiving moment. Help us to remember that when we feel overwhelmed or lonely, tired or anxious, you are always there to lift our burdens and our spirits. Thank you for hearing our whispered prayers when we are weak and our joyous praise when we have experienced a victory.
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