Women of Faith's Keys for Living Library provides biblical hope and practical help on a variety of topics to help you overcome difficulties, grow in maturity, and move forward in life. The Keys for Living were created to help you … and help you help others. The Keys are great for personal study and growth, small group studies, and for teaching and training purposes. Go deeper in your understanding and practical application of Biblical truth.
Does someone you love need a caregiver? What if that caregiver is you? Caregiving can be one of life’s most challenging experiences and it can also be one of the most rewarding. At times, you will need help—and you may have to learn that needing help is never a sign of weakness. These Keys for Living will show you the difference between healthy and unhealthy care, how to avoid the burden of burnout, and how to maintain a positive attitude while dealing with difficult emotions. Discover God’s grace and guidance for you, even as you provide Christ-like care for others.
Most people in need of caregiving are part of an existing family that should be responsive. Different family members will meet needs in different ways. God’s plan for caregivers is summed up in the word repayment – God is giving you the opportunity to repay your family for the care you once received. This care is given through meeting the practical/physical needs or by providing protection for a friend or loved one.
“If a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.”
1 Timothy 5:4
Full-time or even part-time caregiving can be very demanding. Don’t be surprised when negative feelings surface. These feelings are a natural result of emotional and physical fatigue. Many caregivers feel there is no escape from their prison of constant responsibility. Yet, this is often the environment God uses to turn our hearts toward Him.
“For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.”
God is just as concerned about you, the caregiver, as He is about the one placed in your care. If you have a sincere desire to help others, the tendency is to assume too much responsibility and to overdo! Thus, you, as God’s chief instrument of care, can become disappointed, depressed and defeated. To help with this, see the section “Not a Prison, but a Privlege” from the download below.
“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
1 Peter 5:6-7