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5/2/16 10:15 A

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I used to work in home care with the elderly. The boss used to tell us all the time to be sure to take care of ourselves because we would get care giver burn out. I thought she was crazy, but found out the hard way she wasn't! I still remember to this day the time I left a very difficult client and was about ready to jump off the bridge just down the street from where I had parked. I just called in and said I can't do this anymore and hung up! She called me back and asked if I was okay. She told me to take time off which I didn't. I kept on pushing and got worse. Then my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I ended up taking care of her as well as doing my job. I never did quit working. I just took my anti depressants and kept going and pushing the anxiety and fatigue down inside deep. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Major Depression and was told "I don't know how you have made it this far." I was a real mess!!! It is so important to take care of ourselves! Let someone else help you with care giving. Don't try to be all things to that person you are caring for no matter how much you love them. Spending time alone with God praying and reading the Bible is necessary too. If our spiritual health suffers we suffer more than any physical ailment. Get your ME time. Not a thing wrong with that!!!!

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5/2/16 9:09 A

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Thank you LaTonay for sharing this. It is God that will give us his strength to cope with such things as these. My DH's mom is going through much the same thing right now. It is so hurtful and difficult as well on everyone.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Thank you Heavenly Father.

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5/1/16 9:49 P

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Many of us lead such busy lives, that we often neglect finding time to rest with God. Several months ago I learned my mother has Dementia. It has been a physical and emotional struggle. Recently, I had to seek God and find the comfort and rest I was neglecting to give myself. In Him, I learned I am unable to be the support my mother needs, if I am not taking care of my physical and emotional health. Are you finding time to rest with God? Maybe your rest is quiet meditation, or reading some of your favorite scriptures. Whatever you need to do, give yourself quiet time with God. It makes a difference! I went to Him heavy laden, and found sweet rest...Matthew 11: 28

We play many important roles: Husbands, Wives, Parents, Caregivers, Counselors...Please don't lose sight of " you " in the process. Commit to giving yourself alone time with God...You will leave encouraged and restored. Yes, the struggles are still there, but God has now reminded you to be still and patiently wait, God will give us the rest we need...Psalms 37:7

My prayer is that all of you find time to rest with Him daily. May He uplift and refresh your spiritual and physical being. May you find Him to be your safe haven in the midst of this chaotic world.

God Bless you always!

I'm Too Blessed To Be Stressed!!!

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