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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Have Mercy!

As caregivers to an aging relative, my mom and I find ourselves weary and burdened often. The last 90 days have been the worse as we spent most days at the hospital. It was not the physical drain that works on us - it continues to be the emotional drain. The drain that comes when you "care for" someone. Wondering what is going to happen? Trying to keep our attitudes good, we began to thank God every day for what He was doing with this situation. When it seemed there were no plans in place - God provided. When there was no help - God provided. When there was no where to go - God provided. When no one else understood - God provided.

Day 35 in the hospital I was mad about our lack of help from all sources so I knew I better start writing and praying. This brought me back to trust. It always comes back to trust. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote. "I continue to say out loud, "I trust you, God. I know You are going to work this out." But it sure is hard to remember that when the hospital, social workers and VA are sharing nothing but negative information. By worldly standards, this is hopeless. Luke 1: 37, "For nothing will be impossible with God." I know Your ways are not my ways. I just want You to show off. We have prayed for this person to have peace and comfort. We have discussed salvation and know their final home will be in Heaven.

I am thankful for our dear friends that care to ask about this situation, showing that they care. Galatians 6: 2, "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

As I answered a friend recently I told her I am amazed at how God has been working things out - even when I did not feel like anything was being done. God’s mercies are new every morning because each day only has enough mercy in it for that day. I was just looking at the whole picture and panicking! God knew what troubles we were having each day and he sent mercies for each day. God see's every day’s troubles and He appoints every day’s mercies for his children. Matthew 6: 34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I was burdened down by "tomorrow's" load today! I only had enough resources for today and today's troubles were going to use them up! God wants me to remember that today's mercies are for today's troubles. Tomorrow's mercies are for tomorrow''s troubles. In the morning the mercies will start again. Exodus 6: 19, "Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” The manna in the wilderness was given one day at a time. It could not be stored. It is the same way we must depend on God's mercy. We do not receive the strength today to bear tomorrow's troubles. Our mercies we receive today are for today's troubles. Jeremiah 17: 7, "But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him." Trust God to provide what you need, when you need and how you will receive!

"When we put our problems in God's Hands, He puts His peace in our hearts."


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