November is National Family Caregivers Month. Today’s post is by my guest Sarah Forgrave, author of “Prayers of Hope for Caregivers.” Today’s post is also a GIVEAWAY! Read to the end of the post to discover how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Sarah’s book. And I am Sarah’s guest today at SarahForgrave.com!
“What I feel doesn’t define me,” he said. My pastor’s statement hit me hard. So many times, I allow my feelings to dictate what I believe—not only about myself but also about the God who made me.
The reality is feelings are fickle. They can be a gift that connects us to a deeper emotional awareness, but they can also lead us to believe things that aren’t true.
Caregiving is definitely one season of life when feelings can overwhelm us. So much mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical energy get tied up in the daily tasks. Caregivers often on fumes, making it hard to distinguish feelings from truth. Our feelings don’t have to control our situation or dictate our identity.
If you are a caregiver, you’ve likely struggled with many of the following feelings. But when our feelings threaten to overwhelm us, we can check them with the truth from God’s Word.
God’s Word Speaks Truth to Our Feelings
You feel inadequate… but God says you are capable because He’ll provide everything you need.
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
You feel misunderstood… but God says you are known and loved.
The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
You feel lonely… but God says you are never abandoned.
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. – Genesis 28:15 NIV
You feel invisible… but God says you are seen by the Father.
All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes…Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. – Psalm 38:9-10,15 NIV
You feel overwhelmed… but God says you can do this with Him as your guide.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. – Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
You feel impatient… but God says you can hold on because He’s a faithful, loving God.
You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. – Psalm 86:15 NLT
You feel exhausted… but God says you will soar again someday.
Even youths become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31 NLT
You feel trapped… but God says you will be freed and restored.
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. – I Peter 5:10 (ESV)
Caregiving may flood you with a tidal wave of feelings, but keep your eyes on the truth. You are capable, known, loved, seen, and strengthened in hope that God will fulfill every one of His promises. Keep holding on, my friend. You are not alone.
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Sarah Forgrave is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, prayer devotionals that connect readers to God during hard times. Familiar with the broken messes of life, Sarah loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or spend time with her husband and two preteen children in their Midwest home. Visit Sarah at www.sarahforgrave.com.
Caring for someone with health needs can be emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining. Sarah Forgrave has spent considerable time, both as someone struggling with serious medical issues and as the family member of a chronically ill patient. In Prayers of Hope for Caregivers Sarah helps readers find peace through prayer, solace in Scripture, and unending hope from a Heavenly Father who never stops loving you. Each heartfelt prayer and devotion is intended to help you navigate the complex set of emotions that come with caregiving. Read it front to back or go directly to the devotion addressing how you feel at any given moment…when you need it most.