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The holidays can be especially stressful for caregivers.

The added work of holiday events and traditions can add to an already overwhelmed plate.  And often holidays are bittersweet, because it is a time for remembering.

This week I found myself needing some words of encouragement.  December has always been a time of memories for me, including memories of caregiver stress. 

If I’m not careful, I find myself wallowing in unpleasant memories of those who made their final journey Home in December. 

And just when it those memories hit, I realized my Camellia plant is in bloom!

The fragile blossoms survived November’s freezes and frosts, and the earliest ones are opening.  It starts blooming in December, a glorious reminder of the promise of spring and life renewed even in winter.

 Where Can I Find Encouragement When Dealing With Caregiver Stress During the Holidays?

At just the right time, I was reminded of a promise in Isaiah 43:19

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Nature can be a source of inspiration.  Also inspirational thoughts are a source of encouragement.  You can find them in many places, including books and online.

One of my favorites are Bible verses that uplift and strengthen.  I found a blog post that lists some, and here’s the post -

Bible Verses For Encouragement: 20 Great Scripture Quotes

We all need to be lifted up and encouraged at times and the Bible is a great source for encouragement. The Bible is the living word of God and feeds us through the promises of God found in scripture. I have listed some of my favorite Bible verses for encouragement. These verses have lifted my spirit in times of need and I hope they do the same for you. Please also consider a deeper study of the Bible by looking up these verses and reading the context they come from. I pray these great scripture quotes are encouraging for you today!

Strength Quotes For Encouragement

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Comfort And Encouragement Bible Verses

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalm 9:9 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 23:4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;  your rod and your staff,  they comfort me.

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Peace Scripture Quotes For Encouragement

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Encouragement Through God’s Promises

  •  The Promise of Eternal Life

John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

  •   God’s Faithful

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations

  •  God promises To Guide Us

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

  •  All Scripture Is Inspired From God- The Bible Is The True Word Of God

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

  • God Hears Our Prayers

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Christian Encouragement Quotes

God will not be absent when His people are on trial; he will stand in court as their advocate, to plead on their behalf.  –Charles Haddon Spurgeon

You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are. –Max Lucado

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. –George Mueller

The stars may fall, but God’s promises will stand and be fulfilled. –J. I. Packer

Resources

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

www.biblegateway.com

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Bible Verses For Encouragement: 20 Great Scripture Quotes

Quite a list, and it is no way all inclusive. 

One of my favorite scriptures is, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.

Many times feeling alone and forgotten, that scripture would come to mind as a reminder I was not alone. 

Are you making plans for the holidays to reduce your caregiver stress?

It’s important to think about ways to help reduce your stress.  It can be a simple as getting a break every day.  Reading verses of encouragement, looking for signs of life and beauty around you, just looking outside your caregiving can all help.

You may also need to ask family to help with the holidays.

Reducing caregiver stress is an important part of caring for someone and also for caring for the caregiver.  Now you can start with your FREE Daily Inspirational Thoughts.

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To your healthy and happy caregiving,

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Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”

Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com
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Where Can I Find Encouragement When Dealing With Caregiver Stress During the Holidays?

 

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