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Six Great Bible Verses for the Caregivers' Encouragement

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Six Great Bible Verses for the Caregivers' Encouragement

Six Great Bible Verses for the Caregivers' Encouragement

Some people choose to be caregivers, and they prepare themselves by becoming professionals in the healthcare industry. They receive training on how to deal with the physical and emotional challenges which come with the role. Still, they look forward to the end of each shift, so they can reboot their bodies and refresh their minds.

Other people have the role of caregiver thrust upon them when family members become old, sick or disabled. Some have no training, and no end of shift. They need heaps of physical and emotional help--and just as important, spiritual help.

Here are six great Bible verses which can encourage caregivers--trained and untrained alike-- while they share care and compassion with their patients.

1. Cheer

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.

From the start, the caregiver needs a healthy dose of cheer (or joy, according to the other Bible versions). Without it, a mood of despair can easily set in at the sight of physical decline, even medications, wheelchairs and other objects associated with adverse health conditions. To escape the related overwhelming stresses, the caregiver can choose to remain connected to his inner Source of Joy.

The verse ties unconditional cheer to two habits—continual prayer and constant gratitude. These habits empower an individual to focus on blessings like contentment, forgiveness and hope which empower the spirit of cheer. They enable the caregiver to keep joy in tact despite the external circumstances.

2. Kindness

Whatever you did for one of the least of these ... you did for me.

Whatever you did for one of the least of these ... you did for me.

In recent years, many missionary-minded individuals are traveling great distances to feed, clothe, and minister healing to needy people. This is commendable. The ministry projects are motivated by kindness, but they are not without the glamor of travel, the enjoyment of group fellowship and the experience of different foods, languages and customs.

Caregiving, the practice of kindness to family members and other patients who cannot pay full price, is kindness for kindness sake. Often there is no tangible incentive, which makes it all the more important to remember that God (the King) notices the kindness and considers it a kindness done to Him—no less than the kindness demonstrated on the mission field.

Real kindness begins at home, among relatives who were once the caregivers and need help now, and among neighbors who have no other help.

3. Patience

We know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us,

We know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us,

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible explains that it is God who implants patience in the heart. Difficulties like those experienced by a caregiver, strengthen, exercise and increase it. There is no wishing away the difficulties, when we know that they are “divinely appointed . . . for a definite period, and are not sent without abundant promises of ‘songs in the night.’"

The patience of caregivers is stretched and expanded when the patients behave differently than expected, and require more attention than the caregiver is prepared to give. It is then that the caregiver discovers what he is made of—what measure of kindness, goodness, faithfulness and other segments of the fruit of the Spirit. In the process, the character grows in preparation for bigger assignments. There is no self-development without development of patience.

4. Peace

Thou will keep in perfect peace ... all those whose thoughts are fixed on you.

Thou will keep in perfect peace ... all those whose thoughts are fixed on you.

This perfect peace is what Paul refers to as the peace which is beyond human comprehension (Philippians 4:7). Who can understand the calmness of a caregiver who is tired, but not allowed to rest because the patient keeps calling? Or, the caregiver who continues to speak gently to a demented patient who is verbally abusive?

According to the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, it is God who keeps (guards like a well-garrisoned stronghold) the peace secure so that nothing can touch it. The caregiver keeps his or her thoughts focused on God as the Peace Giver, and He empowers the peace to remain functional.

5. Trust

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

Only God can enable the graces necessary for the caregiver to perform effectively and remain sane. Only He can supply supernatural help for the task. That is good reason to surrender self and all human capabilities to Him in perfect trust.

As a caregiver for my mother who is an Alzheimer’s patient, it is difficult to keep schedules, to spend time away from the house, to get help from other family members, to watch my mother endure the despair of memory loss and confusion. My joy, my patience, my strength and all the other graces I need are dependent on my trust in God to supply them.

My prayer and meditation altar have become increasingly important, for there is where I experience renewal like the replacement of eagles wings. It is there I gain the hope that I will survive the assignment with physical and mental ability beyond human expectation.

Whenever someone warns me of the damaging effects that the caregiver can suffer, the warning reminds me that it is time to renew my faith and trust in God.

6. Strength

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

As with all the other characteristics, the caregiver’s strength and energy comes from a connection with the Divine Source. The God who gives the assignment is the same God who supplies the strength. No request for more energy will take Him by surprise.

Caregivers who accept the caregiving assignment as God’s purpose for their lives will rely on God, rather than solely on their skills, to make their efforts efficient. Exhaustion will serve as a reminder that God's strength works more powerfully in human weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The wise caregiver is also aware that God supplies rest as part of the process by which He renews strength. "This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 'Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.'" (Isaiah 30:15). That's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength from the Source of all help.

© 2012 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 06, 2017:

Saybah, thanks for letting me know that you like the article. Hope it helps you plenty.

Saybah Taylor on June 05, 2017:

Thank for ur inspiration

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2016:

Thanks, Shanmarie. If anyone needs help focusing, it is the caregiver. These verses remind us that divine help is available.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 20, 2016:

Excellent points and verses to accompany them. Knowing what to focus on truly makes a difference in any circumstance.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 18, 2016:

Thanks Audrey. You're so kind and encouraging! Best to you, Heather and all the family.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 17, 2016:

Dora

You combine all the qualities you have listed here in your hub. I will follow your example and be more positive and caring with my sister Heather. My nephew. her caregiver, must read this article. I'm sharing this with him and know what he learns from you will be a joy and wonderful source of support.

Blessings dear Dora. Sharing.

Audrey

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 17, 2016:

Sophiya, all the best in your search for a job. Thanks for wanting to work in this field. Thanks for your feedback on the article.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 17, 2016:

Yecall, thanks for commenting. I pray for your ample strength and skills as you care for your son. Glad you find the article helpful.

sophiya francis fernandes on March 17, 2016:

Yes its very true if one has these holy bible words in mind and we follow we can have patience and also be cheerful thank you very much as I am looking for a job as caregiver so these things will help me a lot

Andrea Parker from Florida on March 09, 2016:

Oh, beautiful hub Ms. Dora. This is so appropriate for me as my family ages and with my adult son who has Autism. Many in the US, Japan and other places have aging populations as well.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 14, 2015:

Darryl, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit.

Darryl on April 14, 2015:

Free PDF download of blessed words to say everyday

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2012:

Talfonso, glad you find these affirmations helpful. I'm a caregiver for my elderly mother, and they encourage me.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on November 10, 2012:

I love those affirmations! I'm a Catholic and I could really use them, for I'm a caregiver of an elder and I have autism! I'm going to bookmark this to say it over and over again!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 06, 2012:

Now I know and I'm honored. My primary purpose is to serve and please Him also.

manatita44 from london on September 03, 2012:

I know what you are saying. Still, my purpose is to serve. In the act of serving, you always please me. But do not set out to please me, but Him. No matter how I dress my message, it is always the same, God's willing.

Hope you know you are my number one - apart from the Supreme, that is - smile.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 03, 2012:

Manatita, thanks for opening up your heart to my work and to me. Hope we can always please you. Thanks for your kind comments.

manatita44 from london on August 31, 2012:

Yes, my Sweet,

Along the right lines. Humanity may continue to go its own way, but will love your selections of positive afirmations and aphorisms in its heart, and will ultimately benefit at God's choice hour. My heart is always yours. Best wishes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 28, 2012:

Thank YOU, PegCole for your comment. Blessings on you!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 28, 2012:

Beautiful expressions of comfort, peace and love. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 28, 2012:

Mama Kim, like the affirmations says, God supplies the strength. Thanks for your support.

Avallee, thanks for your comment. Glad you found it uplifting.

Nikki Major, you're a treasure. Thanks for your encouragement.

Nikki Major on August 27, 2012:

Woman of God....what abeautiful Article filled with inspiration...

avallee from North Carolina on August 27, 2012:

Very good Hub - very colorful and uplifting. It's good to know that caregivers can find comfort in the word and those affirmations are real.

Sasha Kim on August 27, 2012:

These should be repeated by anyone in the difficult position of caring for an ill loved one. It takes a great amount of strength and energy to do what you're doing. Voted up!