Round Two

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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I couldn't believe it. I had just recovered from being sick, and now, I was flat on my back again. I could have picked up this virus anywhere, as there is so much of the flu going around. Mentally retracing my steps, I remembered that I had driven my husband approximately one hour away to two appointments on two consecutive days. The waiting rooms in the hospitals were overcrowded with people that had contracted this infection.

At one appointment, the doctor asked me if I had a medical alert bracelet for my dementia-stricken husband. He suggested that I should register him with the local police department, just in case he ever got lost. He asked whether I had checked out long term care places, and whether I had joined a support group. There were other questions and suggestions that contributed to my elevated stress level and information overload.

I was starting to feel down and out. Questions raced through my mind about what would happen to my husband if I ended up in the hospital. Who was going to pay the bills? Who would make sure that there was enough propane in the tank for heat and hot water? Who would shop for groceries, make appointments, and write them down, along with other responsibilities. Who was going to take care of my husband? I felt desperate and sorry for myself, and then, "Why me, Lord?" invaded my mind.

I did not realize it at the time, but the questions that the doctor had asked me were directed towards looking after my self-care. The doctor, in his wisdom, perceived that looking after my husband had caused the stress which had led to my being sick in the first place. Still, how was I going to answer all these questions?

2 Corinthians 12:9a – Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." (NLT)

And there it was: the answer. God's words came at just the right time. When I felt so anxious and distressed, God reminded me that I don't have to do these things by myself and that He will lead me and direct me through this time of uncertainty. He will provide answers and grant me the strength to endure, to plan, and to prepare what is needed.

Are you going through a time of uncertainty? Do you feel that you are at the end of your rope and stressed to the hilt? Remember that God will be with you, whatever you are going through.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for reminding us that without You, we can do nothing. You are the One who gives us the grace to move and to plan for what needs to be done. Sometimes, You put us flat on our backs, yet once again, to remind us of all this. Be with us as we make plans for the future and direct us to the proper authorities. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word Rosemary.

    Think of you often, dear friend, and the issues you face.

    Hang in there Rosemary. I am praying for you. Let go and let God.

    Dear Rosy,
    Sending prayers your way.

    Sorry to learn of your recent trials Rosemary. Please be assured of my prayers at this time. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”. (Psalm 46:1)

    Thinking of you Rosy.
    Being a caregiver really puts a high price on their health. Your husband is blessed to have you in his life. Let God care for you and your needs.

    This one is a real winner.
    Do I ever need that advice today.

    Rosemary, Boy did this devotional bring back memories of my own struggles when my brother became ill with dementia and I had decisions to make about his care. Like yourself, God became my strength and helper in my brother’s time of need. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

    What a heartfelt devotional and an example of how our faith can calm us down and help us one step at a time. Thanks for sharing so openly and honestly. May you and your husband have a blessed and joyous day.

    Thank you for this timely devotional. I am experiencing something similar and I cannot imagine how folks who do not have God in their lives get through tough times.
    I will remember you in my prayers!

    Dear Rosemary,
    Thanks so much for today’s devotional. It spoke to my heart. I hope you are ‘on the mend’ physically and that you will be blessed and supported and as you continue the journey with your husband. Thanks again.
    Holding you in prayer.

    Dear Rosy,
    I pray for both you and your husband at this time of illnesses and uncertainties, that you will continue to ‘rest in the Lord’ and that you both will see the hand of our Lord in raising you to overcome and triumph in his loving power.
    Keep writing.

    Oh, my goodness, Rosemary! Hopefully you are better now. Your words speak to many who are not in your exact situation… we just forget who is really in control and where we can go for help. We have a young adult grandson who is not making good choices. He is a God-fearing young man, but this grandmother thinks he is not really listening to God! Imagine! There is always an answer that the Lord will provide and your reminder is gratefully appreciated.

    Dear Rosemary
    I hope and pray that you are feeling good again. I know God will guide you every step of the way in all your decision making. God is good. God is good all the time.
    You already know you have your online readers for support and we will help you in prayer and love and whatever you ask of us.

    Hello Rosemary. I just read your devotional and don’t remember you mentioning your husband’s dementia before. I have several friends in variations of this dreadful disease and it breaks my heart. They don’t have the healing pills but there are so many ways to make life more pleasant for them. But it sure isn’t easy for the family. So please know that you both will be in my loving prayers.

    The Living Bible 2nd Timothy: 2:13
    Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.
    Also 2nd Timothy 1:12.
    These two verses in 2nd Timothy have helped me through many trials-death of parents/ teen years of daughters – and much more.
    May God bless you Rosemary.

    Really enjoy your devotions. Thinking of you at this time in life, when things are hard for you. Have friends that went through the same problems, and it is hard to cope.
    Keep up the great work.

    Bless you, Rosemary!
    All of these things can overwhelm us and I tell myself over and over “His grace IS sufficient” and “Only One day at a time.” My husband has had some health issues the last year, and as care takers, we might ask, “who is going to take care of us??” God is faithful and will not let us falter without His intervention. This is a new normal in our lives and He does rescue His children when we cry to Him. I and several other women have been facilitating a ladies study about Psalm 107 and boy, has it blessed us. There are so many believers who are going through all sorts of things. But God!!

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