By: Ethel Chadwick
I have a challenge for you. The next time someone asks you to repeat something, take a deep breath, slowly exhale, and calmly answer as if it were the first time. Having a mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease has made me painfully aware that there are times in everyone’s life when we forget something.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not living in a constant state of fear that I will get Alzheimer’s. It’s just that I am more sensitive to memory – or lack of it. I have friends of all ages that often forget things. I try NEVER to say “but I already told you that!” No one likes being reminded that they forgot something. This is where we need to ask the Lord for grace.
Try real hard not to get annoyed, irritated or impatient when someone forgets something. One way to express Yeshua’s love is to show grace and compassion. I know it’s not easy, especially if you are dealing with a dementia patient. That requires a whole new set of skills and triple the amount of patience.
Maybe the root of the problem is that we are not operating in the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. May Abba Father help us to be kind and show grace to others!
By Ethel Chadwick
I wonder what's going on inside your head. Remember that game " Knock Knock, Who's There?" What if I were to tell you that with God's help you can be in control of your thoughts. You can decide to dwell on good stuff or crummy stuff.
Years ago I finally understood what the scripture means when it says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). If we fill our heads with God's Word and dwell on His goodness, we are less likely to be upset, fearful, anxious, or angry. When I was younger, the thought came to me that either we control our thoughts or they control us. It wasn't until I became a believer in Yeshua many years later that I understood that we can control what goes on inside that head of ours and be set free from our spiritual bondage.
So if you want to be happier, sleep better at night and be less anxious, then remember to fill your head with the Word of God and be reminded that you are loved, accepted, approved, and most of all special in God's eyes. He rejoices over you with singing! That's all for now, be at peace and shalom!