Today’s a new day! Does God have your yes? ~OC
A few days ago, I shared a video about Simply Loving Others in 2020. I challenged each of us to love everyone God brings our way this year.
That means we must love those that look different than us. That means we must love those who think differently than us. That means we must love those who worship differently than us. That means we must love those who vote differently than us. That means we must love those who speak a different language than us. That means we must love those who love differently than us. Who Is Your Neighbor? Will you love them? ~OC
Today’s a new day! Our faith doesn’t keep us from going through a storm, it gives us the strength to make it through the storm. ~OC
November is National Caregivers Month. I truly believe caregivers should be celebrated everyday.
For the last 17.5 years, my beautiful bride has been my caregiver. She has made a lot of sacrifices during that time. Besides being my caregiver, she has been my health advocate, chauffeur and cheerleader. I definitely could add more titles to the list. Laura has taken on each of these roles without complaining. This crazy beautiful journey has been tough on her, but she has handled it like the champion she is. I never take her love, support and sacrifice for granted. I do my best to celebrate her whenever I can. I also try my best to make sure she takes care of herself.
Too many caregivers are forgotten during the health journey of a loved one. Everyone is quick to asked about the patient, but we can never forget about the caregivers. They are the real heroes. Caregivers continuously make sacrifices that nobody notices. They sometimes put their life on hold to take care of a loved one. Most do it without complaining. So many caregivers walk this journey alone. Most would never asked for help. So many caregivers get lost in the journey.
That is why I wanted my bride to share her part of the story in our book The Blessed Overcomer. I wanted caregivers to know they mattered. That they are not forgotten. Laura’s story needed to be told.
I pray if you know a caregiver, you will not forget about them. I believe their job is much harder than the patients. There is no playbook on how to be a caregiver. Here are a few things we can do to help out a caregiver:
Check on them. Reach out to a caregiver and see how they are doing. Let them know they matter.
Give them a break. Asked if you can sit with the patient. This is huge! Most caregivers will not asked for a break, but it is so important for their wellbeing to have those breaks.
Volunteer to drive the patient to appointments. Based on my health issues, I am no longer able to drive. Friends from our church have taken it upon themselves to create a ride schedule to take me to my many medical appointments. This has been a huge blessing for Laura and I.
These are just a few helpful things you can do to help out a caregiver. They may seem small, but can be life changing. So if you know a caregiver, take the time to see how you can help them navigate their crazy beautiful journey. ~OC
Today’s a new day! Who will you invest in this week? Spend time building people up this week. Life is too short to tear people down. ~OC
*True friends Encourage you.
*True friends Respect you.
*True friends Support you.
*True friends Stand By you.
*True friends Reach Out to you.
*True friends Listen to you.
*True friends are Honest with you.
*True friends Forgive you.
*True friends Walk the Journey with you.
Dear God, please help me be this type of friend. ~OC