Category Archives: Tips on Caring for the Old, Young or in Crisis

Can you identify a treasure?

I just finished reading this article written to single men and women  about how they interact with those of the opposite gender when they are not interested in their attention.

But what struck me is how often that happen between people in general.  You don’t think that person needs you to go out of the way to exhibit kindness, because they “obviously” have it all together.

Or you take “that attitude” as anger or rudeness when it is a desperate attempt to hold it together in the midst of terrible pain.

Or you think that person who is less educated, moneyed or connected than you couldn’t possibly have anything to offer that would help you or enrich your life.

And when you do, you miss a treasure.

Find a treasure this weekend.  And value it

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So much going on?

Even if children with medical, educational or other challenges isn’t what is going on int your life, even if it’s “normal stuff” like bills and repairs and job stress,  this quote can bring you hope and grace

“Ultimately, when there is more than one child with diagnoses in a family, there is more than one way for God’s light to shine through and for His story to be told. We are fools if we miss the unparalleled opportunity to fully rely on Him, allowing His perfect power to be on display in such overwhelming weakness. Multiplying knowledge of His boundless magnificence”

Read the full, wonderful post here.

There are so many references to glorifying God in suffering., but here is one that came to mind.

One Thing I Wish I’d Done Differently

Of course, there is a million and one.

But this one can make a change.  not only in my life, but yours.  And that of those you love.  Do I sound like a Public Service Announcement yet?    I  may be.  But do tune IN for this alert!

Parents, especially of those children with challenges, are fragile people .

Resilient.  Resourceful, Relentless. YES!!

But Fragile.

We fully know that this is about the person of our child, not us.  And many seek to stay firmly planted in the background.

Years of sleeplessness, consuming crisis, and vigilance take their toll.

Then someone, out of the blue, looks us in the eyes and ask “How are you?”

And they really see.  The pain. The fear.  The w-e-a-r-i-n-e-s-s

the months, years, decades with few oases.  and so very many crying to us for water.

This song  was a watershed for me.  I listened.  and cried .  and listened again, when no one was around.  and cried healing tears.  then ordered her book like a runner grasping for Gatorade after a race. –

Dancing with Max, though her journey was different, helped to begin to heal, too.

Then there was the friend who helped me see God’s refreshing with there.  I just hadn’t been reaching for the cup very often, and when I had it was in the manner of the angry, deprived  person snatching what was meant to be freely given.    She led me to Soul Keeping.   She is watching over me, urging me to drink, the right amounts, the right time, the right way.

And I was reminded that it needs to be deliberate.  And consistent.

May you find your Living Water and the true well, whatever your journey.