“My fear of being real, of being seen, paralyzes me into silence. I crave the touch and the connection, but I’m not always brave enough to open my hand and reach out. This is the great challenge: to be seen, accepted, and loved, I must first reveal, offer, and surrender.”
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith
One Word Wednesday, the word is Connection.
I crave connection with God. I crave connection with my husband. I crave connection with my family. I crave connection with my friends.
Connection is so important to the human race. In Genesis 2:18, “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him.” God created Adam’s partner because He made us to connect. God said it was not good for man to be alone.
Caregivers connect daily. Moses in Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that way we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
As caregivers, we need a heart of wisdom. When we connect, we need to show kindness. As we connect, our hands are the hands of Jesus. We show to the person that God cares about the details of their live.
There are ways that I connect with the one I care for such as we watch a game show, I take her shopping at garage sales and thrift stores. and I just spend time with her. How do you connect with the person you are caring for?
I love to do acrostic so here is my acrostic for “CONNECTION!”
C- Care 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all you anxiety on him because he cares for you.” O-Obey I John 5:3, “This is love for God, to obey his commands. And His commands are not burdensome. N-Needs Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. N-New 2 Corinthians 5:17, ” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” E-Evident Philippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” C-Compassion 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” T-Trust John 14: 1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” I-Imagine Ephesians 4:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” O-Overcome Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. N-Neglect 1 Timothy 4:14-15 ” Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that others may see your progress.”
Father God, allow us caregivers to show the person or persons we are caring for that we care so that we can connect and show your love. Help us to obey your commands showing kindness and love to those we care for and treat them with the dignity they deserve. We ask that you help us meet the needs o f the person we are caring for and to not neglect our own needs. Lord help renew us and enable us to act like a new creation in you. Lord let us show love to those we are caring for as evidence of your love. Help us to show compassion and comfort each of us when it is difficult meeting needs. Let us trust in you as you meet our needs more than we can imagine. Help us overcome anger and frustration and let us not neglect our time with you because you are the reason we have this connection as it is your will for our life at this time to have this connection. Blessings Diana