Spring always wins the tug-of-war. Let's explore the gift of renewed hope wrapped in spring blooms.

A newsletter for caregivers - past, present, and future.

Hello Friend,

We are covering a lot today, but the main thing is spring!

Are you looking forward to spring? Me too, but March made it seem impossible. Am I right, or am I right? 

Just when you think spring is here—DAH, DAH, DAH (scary music)—winter pulled us back in! 

Okay, that's a bit dramatic, but that's what it feels like when you see spring flowers starting to peek out from under the mulch on a sunny day, and then your phone notifies you of a looming winter storm. 

It'll be okay. Nature is just working out the last bits of winter before letting go. But, no matter how hard winter tries holding on, we know spring always wins the tug-of-war. Once it does, this unpredictable weather will settle down (a little) and we'll see spring in full bloom, along with the renewed hope it represents.

Can you see how God illustrates hope through creation? 

Our unchanging hope

Caregiving, just like springtime weather, is also unpredictable. On any given day, your plans can change in ways you didn't see coming.

  • Your loved one suddenly needs medical attention.
  • An unforeseen work issue forces you to arrange backup caregiving on the fly.
  • You become ill and land in bed for a day or two. What then?

I'm sorry to tell you this, friend, but God will not be driving you to the hospital, arranging an emergency caregiver so you can stay at work, or miraculously rescuing you from the flu (although, He could). Instead, He stands with you, equipping you in and through each unexpected caregiving event. He gives us hope. 

There is good news in this uncertain caregiving scenario--God is predictable. He doesn't change (James 1:17). His character remains faithful and dependable. We can count on Him always, cry out to Him anytime, and trust Him in all circumstances. He is with you.

Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

You can remember that because God strengthened you last time, you are better prepared for next time something changes.

Here's something to get you started

If you feel like life is one long winter lately, it's time to shake things up. Why not choose to let spring flowers remind you of God’s faithfulness?

Here's how--Try taking a walk in your neighborhood. Make it a point to look for spring flowers along the way. (If you don’t see them today, keep taking walks until you do.) And when you do, stop to enjoy the moment, remember the gift of hope that spring represents, and say thank you.

I'd love to hear how it goes.

New on My Concrete Dove 

Spring Blooms Introduce a Renewed Hope for Caregivers--Click the button to read this short devotional on the blog. (And remember, we probably all know at least one caregiver.)

FREE Download --Click here Since you're already subscribed, you get the good stuff delivered--3 coloring pages + 1 more with reflection questions) complimenting the devotional.

Hey there! I have news...

My friend, Michele Bowman, of the Confident Christian Women podcast, invited me to share some of my caregiving experience with her listeners. We had a great conversation. Michele is inspiring and her mission is to expose the lies women believe. You can find us on your favorite listening app and learn about Michele on Instagram @confidentchristianwomen.

I'd be honored if listened to the podcast! Here's a linc to the episodewhich aired on March 15th with the title Being a Caregiver Doesn't Have to Be a Burden

By the way...

 In this season of renewal, try to remember hope is just a thought away. 

Take care of yourself,

Making your caregiving life just a little bit easier. 

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