Christ came that we might have life—abundant, full to overflowing life.
This did not stop when we embarked on our dementia journey. Life continues through it.
The sun shines, the flowers bloom, the robin returns, the grass grows. In the midst of our struggles to care for our loved one with dementia, we live.
How do we turn the corner to living with the constant troubles and battles?
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
When we offer the sacrifice of praise, lifting our hearts in thanksgiving to our creator, we submit to His will and His way. The way of hope, life and peace comes from Him.
We ask for wisdom in how to answer our loved one when she is distressed; seek His guidance for ideas to help her dress or take a bath. With God’s help, we reach past the dementia to our loved one—touching her soul; giving and receiving love.
And in the midst of the day’s journey, we stop to admire a furry caterpillar crossing the side walk, watch the children play soccer in a field, gaze at the dancing leaves swinging in the breeze, and feel the warmth of the sun on our face.
When we can push aside the cares, the weight of schedules, and busy tasks to be with our loved one, we will live the journey with her. We focus on the moment and where she is. We enter her world, as much as possible, being with her in it.
Let us not miss the life in the journey. It holds hidden joys and moments of love.
Welcome to the blog page for Biblical Dementia Caregiving. It is a resource to come alongside as you walk the dementia journey with your loved one. My name is Dorothy Gable and I wish to help, encourage and share the lessons we learned caring for my mother with dementia. For more of my story, please see the About page in this website.