Worry doesn’t prevent disaster, it prevents prayer!
I heard it said this week, “You can’t worry while you praise.” That little sentence hit me like a ton of bricks. I’ve been very busy planning, and scheduling, and listing, and doing, and worrying. I hate to admit that!
Life is changing constantly for all of us. My life is changing drastically because of Momma’s advancing Alzheimer’s. She is no longer in “mid-stage Alzheimer’s,” she is in full-blown “advanced-stage Alzheimer’s.” We also signed her up forhospice care. If you take those events, and my tendency to need to plan out every detail, throw them in a bowl and stir briskly, you have a picture of Carol worrying.
What if upcoming plans for Momma backfire?
What if she resists the care of hospice employees?
What if she declines even more?
What if she falls?
What if she continues to lose weight?
What if she gets another UTI?
What if she forgets me?
Folks, I do not have the answers to any of those questions. Like you, I must trust the God of all creation to handle each of my life situations to his glory. What I must also do is stop spending my time worrying, and I must turn that time into praising him. After all, he calmed the seas with a few small words. I’m thinking my life situation isn’t such a challenge.
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. Through her not-for profit company, Senior Life Journeys, she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia. She also wrote the best seller If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? It tells of the amazing miracle that caused her to lose 100 pounds. You can follow her blog—Something to Ponder—at www.seniorlifejourneys.com.