Updated: Apr 26, 2022
Who said prayer does not work? Does this sound familiar?
I am stressed, frustrated
My loved one screams at me
Mom/Dad accuses me of stealing their things
I don't understand how to deal with the behaviors that are associated with dementia
My family won't help me
I'm trying to balance a full-time job and take care of my loved one
If this sounds like you, I dare you to try prayer. I'm a firm believer that prayer changes things. In all transparency, I've prayed silently many times and watched God openly work things out. Look, it is not easy to provide care for a loved one who is suffering from dementia. If you do not fully understand dementia and how it affects the brain to bring about various behaviors, then you may encounter some problems.
My tip for today is to go to God in prayer. I have been meditating on the scripture, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help; my help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth." (Psalms 121) The Bible also tells us, "Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7) What does this mean? It means that you cannot do this on your own. If this were possible then you would not be stressed, angry, frustrated, tired etc. My Bishop, a wise man always teaches about incorporating God in everything that we do. God is right there waiting to help you. The two scriptures above support this. Pray and ask God for wisdom on how to help your loved one on today, to have a peaceful day, and for more help.
Now when God sends you other help, it could be in the form of a service that will help you or other resources. At the end of the day, you have to take the first step. Be encouraged and we love you. Please share this post with others.
Written by: Tamaria Smith-Gillespie