PHILIPPIANS 4:11 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

I Timothy 6:8 "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."


This weeks devotion is late being posted because my mom had a stroke last week.

Seems the whole last year I have spent taking care of children. I have four of the most beautiful grandchildren in the world. If you don't believe me, Click Here! I love all four of them to pieces but sometimes it seems I am taking care of a child all the time. Seems for the last 6 years I have been changing diapers, potty training, feeding, rocking, drying tears, yelling, praising, bathing, dressing, picking up a child at school or taking one to the doctor and the list goes on. Please don't get me wrong, I volunteered for most of this work because I love spending time with my grandchildren. They are so smart, they never cease to amaze me! But, I've been complaining lately saying things like, "I want my life back." Or, "I'm so tired of kids." See, I am also a music teacher and have children for lessons in the afternoon. Seems like a child was under my care 12-15 hours a day! I wanted to stop babysitting on a regular basis. Be careful what you wish for!
(Or maybe I should say, "Be careful what you complain about!")

I was finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I had one grandson in school, my two granddaughters in daycare and my one remaining grandson whom I kept every day would be going to school in August. I love my five-year old grandson so much, he has almost spent as much time at my house as he has his own, but I was looking forward to him going to school and had my life all planned out for the next year. Then God showed me how much worse things could be.

I have never had to do much for the elderly in our family. Oh, I occassionally had to take one of our parents to the doctor or shopping but nothing too time comsuming. My mother had a stroke on Wednesday and I haven't rested since. I've come home from the hospital for about 5 hours sleep each night and then right back to her side. She has lost the use of her left arm and is very confused about where she is. I was able to get her into a Rehabilitation Hospital yesterday but they informed me that she would probably have to come live with me when she gets out.


As my husband and I were leaving the hospital Sunday night I layed my head on his arm in the elevator and said, "I want my kids back!" See, this experience has taught me something that I would like to pass along to all of you. No matter how stressful your life seems to be, it could always be a little worse. No matter how much you would like your situation to change, it could always change for the worse. Taking care of a sweet, beautiful child is so much easier and so much more fun than taking care of a 77 year old stroke victim. My mother is not an easy person to live with at the best of times but now she is impossible to satisfy. I am anticipating that my life will never be the same now. But, on the other hand, I'm thinking things could be worse. Someone else in our family could also become sick, or, God forbid, I could have a stroke myself!

We never know what tomorrow is going to bring so, if at all possible, we need to thank God for what we have today. Looking at the bright side, Mom lost the use of her left arm, not ther right and, too, she can still walk. With time and therapy she may be able to live on her own again with some supervision. It could have been much worse! What ever is going on in your life today, it could always be much worse!



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