I‘m excited to introduce my friend Sarah to you and her new book for caregivers!
Some of my hardest moments in life have come during seasons of caregiving. Calming my anxiety-prone son during a medical emergency. Walking with my sister through her heart transplant and housing her in the month afterward. Processing doctors’ instructions and trying to keep medications straight… All of these tasks led to exhaustion, worry, and depletion.
But in the midst of these seasons, I also experienced the presence of God in new ways. I connected with Him in the sweet moments shared with those under my care. I learned more about His deep love for me. I embraced His provision as I dove deeper into His Word and processed it in light of my struggle.
As I later wrote the prayers and devotions in my book, Prayers of Hope for Caregivers, I noticed recurring themes in the verses I collected, particularly about the character traits of God.
Whether you’re in a season of caregiving or simply slogging through the everyday challenges of life, I hope these truths about God encourage and equip you for whatever the day holds.
1. He offers peace.
God’s peace is perfect and available to you at all times and in every way. It encompasses you with a deep, abiding trust that transcends your circumstances.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace at all times and in every way [that peace and spiritual well-being that comes to those who walk with Him, regardless of life’s circumstances]. The Lord be with you all.” – II Thessalonians 3:16 (AMP)
- He offers rest.
God is a generous provider and gentle guide who invites you to come to Him. His rest is a gift to be savored and enjoyed.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.” – Psalm 23:1-2 (NLT)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
- He offers strength.
God loves you enough to extend grace in your weakness. He works through you by His holy power, enabling you to do everything He has called you to do.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
- He listens.
God hears you when you cry out to Him, no matter how needy or captive you feel in your current circumstances. He never wanders off but is right next to you, listening to everything you say
“The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.” – Psalm 69:33 (NIV)
“[God] has never let you down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around. He has never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.” – Psalm 22:24 (MSG)
- His plans for you aren’t finished.
God sees the whole picture of your life, beyond the current fog to the bright future ahead. By His grace and in His perfect timing, He will restore and establish you.
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” – I Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” – I Peter 5:10 (ESV)
- He is always with you.
God is with you wherever you go—from the highest of mountains to the lowest of valleys. Nothing can take you from His presence, so walk in courage and confidence, knowing He is beside you each step of the way.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love…No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
Sarah Forgrave is an author and speaker who loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. As someone who has spent considerable time in doctors’ offices, both as a patient and caregiver, Sarah knows the challenges and triumphs a health journey can bring. Her greatest passion is connecting with God in the messes and hardships of life.
She is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, a prayer devotional for those facing health challenges. In addition to blogging about prayer, faith, and friendship on her website, she is a monthly contributor to TheChristianMommy.com and has contributed to Guideposts’ A Cup of Christmas Cheer and many other websites and anthologies. Outside of writing and speaking, Sarah is the busy mom of two preteen children and the wife of an entrepreneurial husband. When she has a moment to herself, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Visit Sarah at www.sarahforgrave.com.
About Prayers of Hope for Caregivers
Caring for someone with health needs can be emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining. Sarah Forgrave has spent considerable time, both as someone struggling with serious medical issues and as the family member of a chronically ill patient, and she understands the many challenges you face in your caregiving role.
Sarah wants to share what she discovered with you—peace through prayer, solace in Scripture, and unending hope from a Heavenly Father who never stops loving you.
Each heartfelt prayer and devotion is intended to help you navigate the complex set of emotions that come with caregiving. Read it front to back or go directly to the devotion addressing how you feel at any given moment…when you need it most.
Take comfort in the truth that God knows your every need as a caregiver and is always there for you amid your toughest trials.