Friday, September 11, 2015

This Week with Grandma

OK. Honestly?

This week has been a hard one.

I've spent time in tears. I have felt like I can't do things "right." And I have become fully aware (Again!) that I am not enough. Never have been. Never will be.

However, this week has also been a good time.
That is, it has been a good time for me to remember that when a person is discouraged or hurting or tired or lonely (or ALL FOUR) nothing is going to seem right to them. And they're likely going to respond in ways which are less than cheerful. In fact, they might seem rather ornery at times.
Because they're discouraged that they can't do the things they want to do, their body is aching in more ways than they can count, even though they're in bed a lot of the time they aren't sleeping well and are feeling exhausted, and they miss friends and family. (Note: The last item is often enhanced when a family member has just gotten married and the person for whom you are caring was unable to attend the wedding...)
Yeah. So, in the midst of my "hard" this week I have been repeatedly reminding myself that Grandma is having a hard time, herself. And while I can go on a walk, or fall in a heap and cry to get away from my "hard," she is stuck with hers.
So I pray for God's grace to fill me - that I may be strengthened by it, and extend it to Grandma.

Are you having a hard time with someone, too? Perhaps this would be a good time to consider things from their perspective...



Sara K. said...

Oh, precious Karen... yours is truly a labor of love. I am praying for you!

Karen Hossink said...

Sara - Thank you for praying. THANK YOU!!!