My son, if you receive My words, And treasure My commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly: He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. Proverbs 2:1-9 My husband went with my dad to the Veteran's Clinic to get his eyes tested. Afterward, they ordered Dad a new pair of glasses. Sometime after they came, we took Dad back to the Eye Clinic to get his eyes adjusted.
Dad has several pairs of older glasses. I picked up the ones I could find, because I couldn't tell which pair was the newer pair and which was the older ones. We went over to the Eye Clinic. Unfortunately, all the glasses I had taken over were the older pairs. We were uncertain if his new glasses had gotten lost or misplaced, so we ended up ordering Dad a new pair of glasses.
When we took Dad back to his room, my husband found his new pair of glasses. Now, Dad is going to have enough glasses to lose, misplace, and still have some to wear!
I've overseen the care of my dad for the last four and a half years. Everything flipped around when I broke my heel and became the caregivee instead of the caregiver. Fortunately for me, my husband was able to care for me while I mended. Then, as I was mostly healed, my husband's back and shoulder started giving him problems and I became the caregiver again.
The thing I quickly found out was that my husband was in denial. He felt that after a treatment or two, he was all better and could do everything the way he had been doing prior to his injury. It seems like it was about a month and a half later, those same issues flared up again. Again, when I suggested altering the way he had been doing things was met with denial, I had to be prayerful about all of this.
In doing so, Christ led me to know that what I was saying may be true, my husband wasn't at the point that he was ready to hear it. He didn't want any suggestions or tips. He just wanted to be cured fast and to be able to return to his normal routine. He didn't want to look at what in his normal routine might be causing this to flare up again. Fortunately, Christ let me know this. Of course, He reminded me of when I was in denial while my heel was healing and wanted to do things my own way, even if my body wasn't ready for it yet. I had realize that I needed to just be supportive and my husband will come to the conclusions he needs in his timing and not mine. This insight that Christ gave me was very helpful information!
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11 NKJV Well, I had overseen my dad's care for the last 4 1/2 years and had a big adjustment to make when I became the caregivee when I broke my heel and couldn't put any weight on it for almost four months. When I was released from physical therapy, days later, my husband had a back injury, but fortunately, God had me well enough to help care for my husband who had been caring for me all those many months. The tricky thing is, my husband didn't always seem very appreciative of my help or suggestions, which is frustrating. Sure, I had recently been through some of this, but my husband wanted to meander through the healing process his own way, not mine! I needed to keep turning this over to God's very capable hands to when I felt hurt by his lack of enthusiasm for my support. Christ helped me realize that my husband wasn't feeling well and it's normal to be cranky, at times. It was good to be reminded of this!
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.