Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and He will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 5:3
— Proverbs 5:3
Hebrews. 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
We have a great heritage in the church, faithful followers of Jesus who have suffered and endured much. In their pain and suffering they have sought wisdom and understanding of the great love of God. They have left markers along the trail to guide our ways.
Joni Erickson Tada has suffered much and is now suffering with cancer. She has her bad days like everyone else. Ken, her husband of 30 years is her caregiver as well. They have help, but he carries a primary responsibility. Ken suffered from depression, and he loves Joni very much. Wouldn’t it be interesting to be in a caregiver support group with Ken. He knew up front in their marriage that Joni had special needs. He knowingly choose to link his life to hers.
They have a book coming out in April they have written together called, “Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story. When Joni was diagnosed with cancer Ken was going through a spiritual transformation of his own. Their new book is about sharing, with honesty, the highs and lows of their 30-year marriage and how, as each looked to God to find strength to carry on. They also found themselves drawing closer, in God’s perfect love triangle.
That triangle with God makes them strong. Like the three cords in Ecclesiastes 4:12 that are not easily broken we are strengthened by God in our life.
So fix your eyes on Jesus with the eyes of faith. You will learn so much about precious blessings in the wonders God can reveal. It will make you stronger. You will be a greater blessing to the one who needs your love and care. As you live in close contact with Jesus, the Light of Jesus’s presence will filter through you to bless others. Intersperse peaceful interludes with Jesus throughout your day.
God bless, Tom
Sue Brettmann RN has been devoted to Caregiving both in her career as an RN, Parish Nurse and caring for her aging parents through the last 40 plus years. She has experience in trauma, home care and hospice. Her strong faith walk and relationship with Christ has always been a part of her care and she is committed to helping others see the gift of Christ in their personal journey's.