Posts on Thursday mornings.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Walking in the Spirit

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 

This Bible verse reminds me of walking with my dad. He had been in the house too long. We were fortunate enough that someone from his Korean War Veteran's Group donated a nice used wheelchair to him. I decided to take him out for walks in the Spring.

Unfortunately, there are lots of cracks in the sidewalk because of the settling clay which made it difficult to maneuver around. After several treks in the neighborhood, my ribs were sore from pushing the wheelchair around  and over these cracks. I thought I could tough my way through and tried that for awhile. Eventually, I had to realize my limitations and had to stop pushing him in the wheelchair while my ribs healed.

On the other hand, it makes me think about how I stubbornly try to maneuver around the cracks that Satan puts in my life. There are many times where I think I'll be fine and can tough my way through those cracks, but end up the worse for wear. Eventually I learn that when I turn my life over into God's very capable hands, He gets me through rather painlessly. I am blessed by the lessons I learn with my dad living with us.

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: Area Students Experience Life Through the Eyes of the Disabled
By: WAJACTV Johnstown, 6 News via You Tube


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Outta Sight!

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

This is an interesting verse when you think of it. Of course, it is talking about our faith in Christ as our Savior, although I was applying it in a more literal way. This is about being Outta Sight!

I was thinking how it has to be difficult for my dad, who has Macular Degeneration, to know where to sit, because he has fallen or slid onto the floor more times than I'd like to remember. After being independent for so many years, it's difficult for him to trust the advice of others as they try to guide him into a safe sitting position.

It made me think about how I, at times, find it difficult to listen to the advice that Jesus gives us through the Bible and trust that He's going to take care of everything. My prideful nature interferes and I try it my own way only to regret not having listened to the instincts that God had given me on an issue. I have learned so many invaluable lessons through my dad's being here with us which help me with my daily Faith Walk.                                  2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

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: Sunshine Seniors Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma 
By: Dr. Phillips, www.lifetimevisioncare.net, STPETETV via You Tube



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Where Are the Children?

Fore ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 

When my dad first came here, I was concerned about how he would adjust to my two grandsons who come here before and after school three days a week. I figured that being 87 years old, it might be difficult for him to adjust to normal play around the house. And at first it was difficult for him.

His grandsons drew pictures for him and included him in board games. My dad taught them how to play dominoes, his favorite game. We spent many fun hours together laughing over America's Funniest Videos.

After awhile, my dad started asking where are the children? I would explain to him that they didn't come on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Of course, the next day he'd ask me again, where are the children? I'd explain again about what days they come over.

Isn't amazing how the love of children makes such a difference in all our lives and makes the rough spots in life more bearable. We are all children of God and can do what we can to make the rough spots in life more bearable for those around us who are down and out for one reason or another. The longer my dad is here with us, the more lessons I learn about how I should be as a Christian. I am truly blessed!

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: Kids, Seniors Helping Each Other Learn in Guthrie
By: KOCO 5 News via You Tube



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Technology through Google Made It Possible for My Dad to Read About His Medical Conditions

Matthew 9: 12 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

This is a very moving Bible verse. Of course, this means that Jesus was sent here to save sinners from their sins, but I have used this verse for a more literal purpose.

My dad has several different health conditions, one of which is Macular Degeneration. I got my computer out, so we could read about it and I could make the print larger, so he could see it. Additionally, we could watch video clips on You Tube and he could hear people talking about this issue. Technology through Google made it possible for us to find out more about this, as well as other health issues over the months. I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity to spend time with my dad.

Now, back to the original meaning of the verse. In the same way that a physician can't cure a patient if they continue to deny they are sick, Jesus couldn't save those who didn't believe that they were sinners and that He was here to save us from our sins. So sad that some deny that they need Salvation!

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: Adjusting Font Style and Size in Google Chrome
By: Babcock LDPVI via You Tube



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