13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. (NIV)
Do you feel equipped to care for someone else? One day you are on your own or with just your core family. Then life turns around with a surprise. It is time for your loved one to move in with you. When they do, there is likely a caregiver support group you might want to check out. Get the support in place for when you need to know you are not alone. There are others facing the same challenges. Guard against trouble.
You will need to adjust your schedule. You have just added one or more people to your daily life. That is a major change. You might be able to move some things around and cut back some activities. But, you can’t give up some things and expect your faith to remain strong. Daily prayer, reading the Bible and being in a community of believers are all essentials.
To be courageous and strong you need knowledge. Knowing what is happening with your loved one’s health can help ease your fears, gather your courage, and help you stay strong through this journey. Go with your loved one to doctors’ appointments. Ask the doctors what is happening and if you can help, how. Your loved one may want you to be kept informed and they will assign you to be their healthcare proxy. Check your state requirements to put this in place.
Finally, and most importantly, do everything in love. It is the great commandment. It is the love chapter. It is Jesus on the cross for you. Hold onto love for the one you are caring for. You will be an awesome caregiver applying these qualities to your life.
My Father, thank You for the opportunities You give me. Please take these qualities and make them mine through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can’t grow on my own. I will always need You. Thank You for sending Your Helper to dwell in me. I pray in Jesus name, amen.