Posts on Thursday mornings.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Asking the Big Questions Regarding Faith

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15

Knowing that my dad's time with me is somewhat limited, it's really important to me, as a Christian and his daughter, to know that my dad has an active relationship with Christ. Additionally, my dad is a very private person and doesn't really like people meddling into something so personal.

I respect that, but I realized that it was extremely important for me to know. I realize that it's selfish, but I knew it would be the one thing that would comfort me when my dad is no longer with us. So, I prayerfully asked the Big Questions.

Did I get the answers I needed? Yes and no. My dad has a private relationship with God and doesn't feel that it's important to be affiliated with any organized Christian group. He does believe in God, but when I asked him about his faith in Jesus as our Savior, he vacillated. I became very aware that to continue to ask him more was counterproductive.

It was difficult for me, but I had to turn it over to God's timing. I would later get the information I needed to hear, but if I had pushed for it now, it wouldn't have ever happened. My dad recoils when he is feeling pressured and that's not what Christ would want. Christ knew the right timing and needed my dad time to come to terms with sharing his personal feelings. I feel so blessed that God allowed me dad to share this information with me. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15

Since these are examples of how I've applied these Bible verses to my experience, they may not reflect the whole meaning of the verse.

I'm including You Tube Video clips on caregiving that I found interesting, inspirational, or might be helpful to others, but am not responsible for the content in the videos. Always check first with a physician before trying any suggestions mentioned.


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Caregiving Video: Faith Outreach Community Group- Elderly Ministry and Outreach
by: faithoutreachsa via You Tube


Thursday, March 19, 2015

How Do I Handle This?

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

Sure I said that my dad could come live with us, but how do I handle this? I'm not a medical professional. I don't have the slightest idea of what I'm doing...but God does. He knows what should be done. He knows what should be said, whether it's an apology for a brief impatient reaction or acknowledging that it's got to be hard that things aren't the way my dad is used to.

Fortunately for me, God sees the Big Picture and knew that what I lack in expertise, that He has more than provided for in a supportive husband, supportive family, research on the internet for uncertainties, caring in-home professionals, and an outstanding team of medical doctors all willing to assist within their particular field of expertise.

At some point, I realized I'm not doing it all by myself. God has provided these people to assist me in caring for my dad. I feel so blessed to have my dad here with me. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

Since these are examples of how I've applied these Bible verses to my experience, they may not reflect the whole meaning of the verse.

I'm including You Tube Video clips on caregiving that I found interesting, inspirational, or might be helpful to others, but am not responsible for the content in the videos. Always check first with a physician before trying any suggestions mentioned.


These Are Other Blogs I Felt Led to Write:

Caregiving Video: Senior Caregiving: How to Create Joy/Amy Goyer Vlog
By: Amy Goyer Vlog through AARP via You Tube





Thursday, March 12, 2015

Do You Hear What I Hear?

And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: Mark 12: 29 

My husband wanted to go to a grandchild's birthday about two states away, but my dad preferred to stay home by himself. With being a fall risk, we didn't feel totally comfortable leaving him by himself for four days while we made the trip.

We were fortunate enough to have some friends within the medical field who came to visit him periodically during that time, but we wanted nurses aide to spend some time with him in the evening before he went to bed. We interviewed the managers of several different home health companies.

One of the managers had a conversation with my dad during the interview. At some point, she said that she thought my dad was quite a dancer and asked him if he liked to dance. He had a big ear to ear smile throughout this conversation. I was surprised when he said yes when she asked if he likes to dance.

About a week later, I was talking to my dad about something and wanted to ask him a question related to our conversation. During the conversation, he had that same ear to ear smile on his face and God had something click. I turned to my dad and asked him if he could hear anything I was saying and he told me no. It was then that I realized that when he's feeling overwhelmed because he can't hear, he will get that big smile. He will often try to answer with a yes or no answer hoping that no one knows he has no idea what they are saying.

After asking my dad about all this, I asked him if he does like to dance and he told me no. He said that he used to watch the other teens dance in the cafeteria during the lunch break, but didn't dance. I'm so glad that God showed me some of the signals when my dad is feeling overwhelmed by words he ca't hear. I feel truly blessed to have my dad here with us. And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: Mark 12: 29


Since these are examples of how I've applied these Bible verses to my experience, they may not reflect the whole meaning of the verse.

I'm including You Tube Video clips on caregiving that I found interesting, inspirational, or might be helpful to others, but am not responsible for the content in the videos. Always check first with a physician before trying any suggestions mentioned.

Caregiving Video: Hearing Loss Example (produced House Research Institute)
By: wizland 123's channel via You Tube



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bathroom Adaptations

Mark 9: 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

I felt Christ led my dad to move here, but I was afraid that I wouldn't know what to do to provide for his waning health. I should have realized that if God wanted Him here, He'd show us what we needed to do to support my dad's needs.

The picture of the bathroom to the right is an example of how Christ did that. Since my dad had fallen several times prior to coming here, I was concerned about providing a safe bathing environment. He allowed me to find a bench that goes from the inside of the tub to the outside of it. A person can side down on the outside of the tub, hold the handle on the far side of the bench and pull their feet inside all very safely. Additionally, we had a two way shower head. It could work like a traditional shower if my dad preferred that or it has a shower head on a hose if my dad wanted to shower on the bench.

I feel very blessed that God has allowed us to find the things needed to be the support He wants us to be to my dad. I'm so glad that God helps my unbelief and shows me that things are in God's very capable hands! Mark 9: 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

Since these are examples of how I've applied these Bible verses to my experience, they may not reflect the whole meaning of the verse.
I'm including You Tube Video clips on caregiving that I found interesting, inspirational, or might be helpful to others, but am not responsible for the content in the videos. Always check first with a physician before trying any suggestions mentioned.

Caregiving Video: Shower Safety for Seniors
By: Household Guardians via You Tube

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