Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
One Word Wednesday is a place for caregivers to write and share on thoughts from one word: The word this week was Faith.
I became a nurse in 1989. After my formal training in the hospital, I became a home health nurse and I have over twenty years of experience of visiting people and assisting as a nurse in the home. I have so many wonderful memories of patient’s I have had over the years. I am now a hospital case manager.
Every day I give my day to the Lord. My prayer is that I will be caring and help to solve caregiving needs. It is hard to tell the patient that Medicare does not pay for day in day out care such as helping with a bath. Faith in God enables me to daily declare God’s goodness.
I love to do acrostics. FAITH
Facing our fears as a caregiver enables us to provide better care. 2 Timothy 1:7
Admitting our failures to one another frees us caregivers from guilt. I John 1:9
Intense emotions may accompany our job as a caregiver. Psalm 6:6-10
Trusting God when these intense emotions occur. Psalm 32
Honoring God through providing the best care we can. Psalm 1
The sermon at our church this weekend was from Titus 2:9-10: “Urge bond-slaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith that they may adorn the doctrine or God our Savior in every respect.” I really felt it applies to us as caregivers. Pastor Scott said, “We make much of God when we take our responsibility of work seriously. God’s expectation is for me to do what my boss tells me to do.”
What are the responsibilities?
1. Be obedient Psalm 62:8, 1 Peter 2:28
2. Be sure to work hard making your boss happy. Colossian 3:22-23. The principle, when I please my boss (or the one I am taking care of) brings honor to Jesus.
3. Be respectful. This is a heart issue and what is in my heart will eventually come out. Matthew 15:18. Romans 6:19-22
4. Be honest. Philippians 4:7-8
5. Be trustworthy. Ephesians 6:5-6
If you would like to listen to the sermon, http:www.efcc.org
As a caregiver, my faith enables me to serve God. Sometimes the days are long and thankless. Many of my days at work and at home I wonder if I will get any brownie points in heaven. Honestly, some days there is not one thank you, but the reality is I cannot give Satan a foothold in my life. When I am feeling overwhelmed, because caregiving sometimes takes everything out of me, my faith is in God, and He notices. If I have blown it, God already knows and my faith allows me to apologize and keep on keeping on.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.