Giving Thanks while Giving Care

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When you think of the word “Caregiver,” what comes to mind? It’s interesting to think about different stages and times in our lives when we are giving care to others. Whether you are a:

Mom caring for the needs of your kids.

Spouse caring for the needs of your spouse.

Adult child caring for needs of your elderly parents.

Worker caring for the needs of co-workers.

Nurse or Doctor caring for the needs of patients.

Teacher caring for the needs of students.

The list could go on and on, because whenever and wherever we show care to others, we are “caregivers.” Aren’t you thankful that the Lord Himself is the ultimate “Caregiver,” caring for our daily needs as a shepherd cares for his sheep.

My friend Nancy Brown writes a blog specifically for caregivers. Her thoughts and concepts are born from her own challenges, frustrations and joys as she cared for her elderly parents. I’ve invited her to share her unique perspective in light of this Thanksgiving month.

 

Practicing Gratitude While Caregiving

It’s not easy to practice gratitude, especially when you’re in the trenches with caregiving or grieving the loss of a loved one.  It’s so difficult when there is always one more thing to take care of or one more problem to solve. It can feel overwhelming, endless, and thankless at times. Sometimes it feels like we’re doing it alone, but we need to remember that Jesus is with us each step of the way.

I have a little sign on my desk that was given to me by my son when he was five-years old. It simply says, “Keep on praying with a thankful heart.” I look at that sign each day and think about how much wisdom is contained in that simple sentence.  Often, simple reminders can get us back on track when we struggle with gratitude. Try keeping a gratitude journal, and write down five things each day for which you are grateful. When we are grateful, it must please Our Lord so very much. So, it should always be our goal.

Scripture Verses About Gratitude

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

 

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

 

Prayer

Dear Father, sometimes it feels like You have given us more than we can carry. Help us to remember that You are carrying us during those times. Help us to be grateful for the difficult times as they are often periods of growth. We know it pleases You when we come to You with grateful hearts, and we pray that we can cultivate thankfulness each day.

If you would like to follow Nancy’s blog, please go to: www.faithfilledcaregivers.com

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Live a Grateful Life

You’ve heard it said, “Freedom isn’t free at all.” Certainly freedom is valuable and costly. Our men and women in the military are familiar with this quote, and I do hope all of us recognize the high price of liberty. Without a doubt – freedom is a precious gift. As Christians, we too know that our freedom was bought for a price. God gave His only Son so that we may experience freedom from the power of sin and death.
Now if you were a prisoner in a foreign land and someone bought your freedom, wouldn’t you overflow with gratitude toward that person? When is the last time you thanked God for the price He paid for your freedom? What if we decided that every single day we were going to take time to thank God for the freedom, forgiveness and blessings we so richly enjoy, but so obviously don’t deserve? Honestly – we would be different people.
If we decided to live everyday in gratitude for the price Jesus paid for us – we truly would be different. For one thing we would freely love and forgive other people – of big offenses and small ones. We would forgive because we are grateful for being forgiven. Think about what that would do to the relationships you have right now!
If we truly valued the price Jesus paid for us on the cross, we would also recognize how precious and loved we are in God’s eyes. The apostle Paul put it this way in his letter to the Colossians “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…” Do you see yourself as holy and dearly loved by God? God paid a high price for you – you are his precious child and a partaker of His grace!
So let us live in gratitude for what God has done and the high price He has paid to set us free! I want to encourage you to start each day thanking God for the wonderful gift of being a part of His family, bought with a price, holy and dearly loved. Never take freedom lightly!
Can you imagine what the world would look like if Christians lived every day in gratitude for the precious and priceless gift we have received through Christ? Let’s allow Christ’s light to shine brightly through us living as grateful people – forgiven people – hope-filled people!