Friday, June 4, 2010

One Day at a Time!


Right now I'm in the midst of change.
Is it possible to fit in the care of a person
with serious health issues, who has loved our Papa?
Is it possible to fit in the care of an aging
Papa who can no longer care for his dear wife?

We must say to ourselves and to our children,
There is never a series of little packages of time given to your life labeled:

TIME FOR A WEDDING,
TIME FOR TRAGEDY
TIME FOR ILLNESS
TIME FOR CRUSHED RIB MUSCLES,
TIME FOR CHICKEN POX,
TIME FOR DEATH,
TIME FOR DISAPPOINTMENTS.

Unless we realize, there is never a convenient time set aside for joy or sorrow,
protected by neat little walls so that two things will not mingle
and spoil each other.
Life has to go on, and we can only do the best we
can in the melange, the mixed up nature of what there is to be done.

We need to comfort ourselves by saying,
"I am limited, I am finite, I can only do one thing at a time.
I know what would be the perfect care for this person,
but I can't do it all.
I'll give as much of the ideal care as possible."
Edith Schaeffer

What a blessing to be able to pray for God's wisdom
in the choices to be made and God's strength
to be made perfect in our weakness.

A dear friend paraphrased this poem for me this week,
and I thought I would give it back to all of you,
who also experience challenges along life's journey.

"Lord give us the grace to accept with a sense of calmness,
the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to know one from the other,
and enough strength sufficient for only today,
for today is the only day you have given us."


Thank-you, to so many of you who join me in my blog world,
who have shared many journeys with me.
I may not peek in as often or post as often,
but I will continue to keep you alive in my heart.


One Day at a Time!

21 comments:

  1. Marg, you are doing the absolute right thing, by butting aside the unnecessary to do what is necessary and that is to care for those that need the caring....allow us to care for you by lifting you up in prayer and encouragement.
    this time is only a season and the stormy winds will one day again be calm.

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  2. We don't really have any other choice. but to care for aging family members. They are the people we love and when they need help we must be there. They are lucky to have you there to help them. I hope you can find those moments you need to keep yourself buoyed up and to keep your spirits high. You can't give when your own well is dry. Good luck. We will be praying for you all.

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  3. Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness; Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!Being a caregiver is never easy, but He will reward!

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  4. Life is like that...the cares of the day intertwined with sunshine and laughter. At times there are almost too many cares and responsibilities to take time for the joys and the laughter. May God give you His strength and joy as you walk through this stage of your life!

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  5. Beautifully expressed and shared Marg! Praying for your days ahead...

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  6. Marg, thanks for sharing here today. The things that happen in life are not always convenient nor do they fit together, but sorrow and joy run so close. We relax one day and rush the next..and so on. hugs! Kathy

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  7. Marg, the quote from Edith Schaeffer is so wise and I look at all you have on your plate and I think you have modeled that quote well.
    Take care of yourself too.. . and take rest when you need it as a gift from God.

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  8. God bless you as you devote time to you family! I will pray for strength for you and brighter days ahead.

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  9. We had a discussion in our care group recently how joy and hardship have gone hand in hand in our lives...maybe in one way it's easier to handle the hard things... when sprinkled with good. It's when we see no good that our faith gets tested.. to trust God has the good in store. May He bless you with this day...and this time.

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  10. Marg, although we don't know each other and I have only read your posts for a short while, I am praying for you. May you find restful moments in His presence when you need Him most!

    Thanks for sharing from your heart today. I was truly blessed and gently reminded that "His grace is sufficient."

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  11. You are so right.
    One day at a time.
    God always gives us enough strength for that day.

    There is joy in doing good for others...and I know you will experience deep joy in unexpected ways.

    The Lord is good. His mercies endure forever.

    I will be praying for you!

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  12. Very insightful look at 'time' and the flow of events that must somewhere fit ....
    "One day at a time" -- God's wisdom always fits, doesn't it? and we need never carry more than 'today' on our shoulders.

    I commend you for your caring heart toward aging parents - God will be your reward!

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  13. Prayer, blessing and wisdom for you and yours. Your season of adult care has come, thankfully there are lots of really useful websites and tools/products now to assist with the tasks. Still difficult but every "ease" is to be celebrated.

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  14. Marg - you've said it so well. When tragedy and pain hits, we are never ready for it but if we walk hand in hand with God, we can walk confidently through it, facing each challenge and each moment as it comes. The pain and difficulty do not disappear but can be faced with our hand in His.

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  15. Praying for strength for each day for you and those you love. God bless you Marg <3

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  16. I will keep you close in my heart. These are very wise words you have shared, but I know these times can be difficult.

    Your loved ones are well-loved by you, and I know they, in turn, love you well.

    Be strong - and kind to yourself, dear friend.

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  17. Thanks for the wise words! I'm in the busyness of little children and I constantly need to remind myself that I need to take one day at a time!
    Gina

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  18. I haven't dropped by for a while - you have certainly had a lot going on! I know that your faith, your friends and your family will help you through this time. Please believe that you're thought of with prayer by those you don't even know.

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  19. Hi Marg,
    I'm catching up here... June 5th was my daughter's wedding and I've been a bit out of the loop...

    You have brought me to a new perspective on time and life... You explained your thoughts so well.

    I will keep you and your family in heart and prayer, Marg.

    Heartfelt thoughts for you ♥
    ~Maria

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  20. It was good to hear from you. I hope you are surviving your busy time and that your loved ones are improving. Summer is upon us. I hope your daughter survives the next 9 days- they are the hardest of the whole year!

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  21. Just stopping by to let you know I'm thinking of you. God's blessings to you and your family.

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