Planting, Cultivating and Harvesting Our Fruits of the Spirit
Until a few years ago, I had never taken into account the faith that is a part of farming.
My family, and every farmer that I know, plants tiny seeds every spring in hopes that it will produce a harvest in the fall. Corn, beans, milo and sometimes sunflowers. The crops produce feed for our cattle or finances to provide for the family.
When we plant these little seeds we know that there is a possibility that the seeds may never come up out of the ground. Maybe the plants will be harmed or destroyed by hail, insects, flooding or drought. But we have faith that God will provide if He has called us to be farmers.
Farmers don’t stop caring for the seed after it’s planted. We prepare the land and cultivate the soil to help the seed grow.
Our gardens are the same. If we stopped caring for our plants, our space would become overwhelmed with...
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a virtual dementia demonstration. I went expecting that I would learn something about my mom’s behavior that could benefit me as a caregiver, but instead I learned far more about how I could change my own expectations and behaviors.
For example, did you know that people with dementia and Alzheimer’s can only process one thing at a time. What happens if that task becomes interrupted?
As caregivers we should communicate in seven words or less. We need to slow down, be compassionate and help them be successful.
As in most things in life, it’s not going to do any good to yell or get frustrated. It is up to us to change the story, because all we can do is change our level of understanding. Listen and look at it in a different way.
All good advice for life, don't you think?
This awful disease and the way it effects our family is not about me!
My natural instinct. I want to stamp my feet and scream “It’s...