Saturday, April 5, 2014

Not My Problem?


Romans 12:10-15 reads: 
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, 
continuing steadfastly in prayer; 
distributing to the needs of the saints, 
given to hospitality. 
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

There is so much physical and mental suffering out there. Some people are grieving the loss of a loved one due to disease or accidental death. So many causes to support and people to care about and pray about. Sometimes we miss that suffering and just concentrate on our own family and our own issues. We want to be happy after all. Why care about . . .
  • Cancer research is a big one. Wear pink. Many times cancer research gets big bucks because people with Alzheimer's often die of other causes. Nonetheless, let's support both cancer and Alzheimer's research. 
  • Problems with asbestos. Heather send me an email to feature asbestos problems HERE.
  • Mental and physical abuse by others. Human trafficking. Horrible scars. 
  • Loneliness.  
which can lead to

  • Depression. See HERE for what you can do. 
  • Autism. This can be a hard one for families. 

  • Whooping cough. Saw this poster at the right at the mall telling us to get vaccinated. Praying for some children who have whooping cough now.
  • Addictions of various sorts. I teach a class about once a month for DUI offenders and we discuss those substance addictions. 
We saw the movie "God Is Not Dead" Thursday night. A lead character has a mother with Alzheimer's in that movie. That mother didn't remember her son and daughter. In the movie the daughter was attentive, but the son wasn't. The mother loved chicken and would request it every night. My hubby is getting like that--favorite foods. I asked him about the scenes with the mother in the movie and her poor memory. He didn't remember that scene. The next morning he didn't remember the movie.

Yes, I mainly write about dementia issues here, but LORD forgive me for not caring and reaching out to others with other needs.

I do know that my husband's faith shows when his memory doesn't and he cares about issues that he sees in the moment and we can pray together in the moment. You should have heard his prayer Monday at the restaurant when we took Kenny out for his birthday. It was as if he never had vascular dementia or Alzheimer's. As Sally and I learned in an Alzheimer's workshop yesterday, the soul doesn't get Alzheimer's.

Let's remember that our ALZHEIMER'S caregiving is not the only issue out there. Above all, let's heed the call of the LORD on our lives before we get Alzheimer's or some other dementia when we cannot heed His call.



  1. Great article as always! Sorry I missed you this week!

    1. Rena,
      So happy to have you as a new social media friend. Still hope to meet you in person some day because you are just a state away. It's so great that you can be a caregiver for your mother. You sound like she has enriched your life.
      Hugs and prayers,

  2. I love that the soul doesn't have Alzheimer's. I remember reading on another blog a long time ago that the daughter was writing about her father with Alzheimer's who used to be a preacher. He was in a nursing home and would preach perfectly the word of God yet couldn't remember what he ate for breakfast that morning. I found comfort in that even if our memory may fail if we get Alzheimer's, God's promise of always being with us doesn't fail.


    1. Yes indeed, Betty. What a wonderful example you share to illustrate the point above about the soul doesn't get Alzheimer's. My husband doesn't remember enough of the day to thank God for what happened, and so often lets me pray when we go to bed.

      During the movie I mentioned, my husband was very touched and engaged. When he used to put DVDs on himself, he would watch the same movie again and again. I need myself to remember to put on some of his favorite movies on DVD again (and again)!

      Betty, since you are in California, I have less chance of meeting you, but love our exchanges on each other's blogs. You are quite a gal!


  3. Very good reminder! It is so easy to stay focused on our own struggles. Serving others helps to get our focus off of ourselves.

    1. Thanks, Georgene.

      Praying for your medical test in the future, your husband's pains, Rena's mom and for Rena's test on Tuesday.