Bruised and Extinguished:
Caregiver, do you feel bruised and like your light has almost gone out? Isaiah 42:3 is the perfect scripture for you.
“A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.” -Isaiah 42:3
You may feel burned out, spent, washed up, exhausted, and used. Your candle of hope might be on the brink of going out. Your mind may be overwhelmed and your body physically worn out.
Now is not the time to give up. In the New Testament, Paul knew what it was like to be beaten, shipwrecked, and imprisoned. Yet, Paul admonishes us to never give up.
“…don’t get tired of dong what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time .” -Galatians 6:9 NLT
Paul was not the only one who encouraged people to not give up. An entire page has been written, on this blog, about never giving up. Please click the menu and the categories for that page, along with multiple pages about prayer. Click here for one of the prayers about exhaustion.
Open doors for bruised caregivers:
If you feel as though your candle is about to be extinguished, remember that God can open doors you never fathomed. God can open doors for you to get respite, physical and metal care, support group fellowship, and new friends who can encourage you. When you have little strength left, God can open a door that had previously been shut.
“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can shut. You have little strength, yet you obeyed My word and did not deny Me.” -Revelation 3:8 NLT
Keep the image, of God opening a door, at the forefront of your mind. He has opened doors before & He can do it again. God has proved, over the course of history, that He can make a way where there is no way. When He commands the skies to open and He opens the doors of Heaven, He will rain down blessings.
When the King of glory comes in, no one can stop His matchless power. Psalm 24:9-10 says, “Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is this King of glory? The LORD Almighty- He is the King of glory.”
You are not the only bruised and weary caregiver.
Caregivers worldwide are walking the same path as you. We have written many posts about you not being alone. You may feel alone, at this moment, but you are not alone in your feelings. Other caregivers have the exact same emotions as you. To close this post, let me leave you with two challenges:
- Keep reminding yourself of God’s goodness and His faithfulness in the past. If He opened doors for others, He can do it for you. You may have been waiting much longer than other caregivers, but this is not the time to give up.
- Read some of the comments made by other caregivers. Simply scroll through this blog and read the comments written at the bottom of the various posts. You will be immediately encouraged as you realize that you are not the only one who feels the way you do.
Caregivers who are walking the same path as you:
If you are unsure about which posts to read, there is a list below of a few posts with thought-provoking comments by caregivers. Click on the links below to read the comments other caregivers have written.
- Who are you?
- Depression in caregivers
- Emotional energy
- Places you do not want to be
- A caregiver’s start to the morning
- Prayer requests
- Laughter when it is difficult to laugh
- Caregiver stress test
- Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer’s
Let other caregivers know that they are not alone:
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