New Book Release! 30 Days of Hope When Caring for Aging Parents

I met Kathy Howard several years ago in a writing group.  She has since then published several bible studies/books.  Her latest book, 30 Days of Hope When Caring for Aging Parents just released and I wanted to share it with you.

Kathy’s parents are both elderly and her world has now changed over to caring for her parents full-time.  I know so many people are in that time of life to where the roles have changed a bit in the parent department.  If you are in that season now or you want to be prepared for the future, this book will be a great resource for you.

Kathy shared an excerpt of what you will find in 30 Days of Hope….

                                                 Can I Parent and Honor My Parents?

Due to Mom’s worsening dementia, she could not stay alone while my father was hospitalized. Each day we drove to the hospital to spend the bulk of the day with Dad and then I took her home for the night.

During the drive one morning, I saw Mom rummaging in her purse in my peripheral vision. At a stoplight I glanced over in time to see her touch a mascara wand to her lips.

“What ‘cha doin’ Mom?” I asked casually.

“I need a little color on my lips,” was her reply.

Seriously, what do you do with this? I could let her walk into the hospital with black lips, setting her up for possible embarrassment. I could stop her with a quick rebuke. Or I could ask God to help me do the right thing, the right way. I quickly asked God for wisdom and words.

“Mom, I’ve got some lipstick in my purse that would look great on you. Want to try it?”

Mom dropped the mascara in her purse and used my lipstick. Her feelings were spared and she was satisfied. I’d like to tell you every encounter is similar, but sadly it’s not. Too often I react from my own resources instead of God’s.

As our parents age, as illness takes it toll, they require increasingly more help. As the parent becomes more like a child, the child must take on the parenting role.

God’s Word teaches that honoring and caring for our parents is our God-given responsibility and pleases Him (1 Timothy 5:40). But is it possible to both care for and honor our parents?

We can do what’s best for our parents with kindness and respect. But we must first make sure my heart is right with God.

More than once I’ve caught myself trying to do the right thing in the wrong way. My impatience and selfishness fostered harsh words. I’ve learned that the end result isn’t all that matters. The words and actions we use to get there should comfort, encourage, and strengthen our parents.

Honoring our parents while caring for them is not child’s play. But God stands by to supply everything we need to do the right thing, the right way.

Think about some of your recent interactions with your parent. In what ways, if any, could you have improved on the outcome?

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That was just a sample of the wisdom filled chapters that make up this great resource, 30 Days of Hope When Caring For Aging Parents.

Kathy has generously offered to give away a book to one of my readers who leaves a comment on this post.  I would love to hear if you are going through this season and what your biggest struggle/blessing is.  If you aren’t going through the season of caring for your parents, you may know someone who is and would be blessed by this book. *We will draw a name from the list of comments on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. (central)

Be sure to visit Kathy’s website.  She has some great articles that I know you will love!

Do You Have a Desire To Be Holy?

As a new Christian, a new world opened up to me.  Attending Church and Sunday School became a normal for my family and I.  We were at the church every time the doors were open, as they say.  As I became convicted of various things in my life, my desire to walk as close to my Heavenly Father as possible grew stronger each day.  I was 14 and my life consisted mainly of taking care of my two younger brother’s and keeping up with housework and helping my single mom out any way I could.  I loved church life!  I was very shy, so I listened and watched more than anything.  School was something I had to do, it really wasn’t my favorite place to be, but I managed.  I tried to live my life in a way that I thought was pleasing to the Lord.  I made many mistakes (as I do now) and many times I would have someone say things to me in a negative way about being too holy.  I began to associate the word holy as someone like a “Miss Goody Two Shoes.”  At that time, I wasn’t familiar with this passage in God’s Word:

but, as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”I Peter 1:15

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I wish I would have had a Bible Study back then like the one my friend, Kathy Howard wrote recently, Embraced by Holiness: The Path to God’s Daily Presence.

If you are looking for an easy to understand Bible Study on the subject of Holiness, this is it!  It is a 6-week study and you can do it on your own like I did, or use in a group setting.

I love Kathy’s practical easy to apply stories and her use of scriptures along with personal thought evaluations throughout the study!

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Read more about Kathy Howard here!

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