Well-known Christian writer Cecil Murphey offers practical advice and spiritual guidance to those who care for both school-age children and aging parents at the same time. He provides reflections and stories from his counseling experience to illuminate some of the challenges facing those who respond to the physical and emotional needs of these widely differing age groups. Each devotional begins with a descriptive snapshot of a difficult or trying moment common to caregivers, and ends with a prayer and an appropriate biblical passage.
"Some days caregivers' spirits feel drained and their energy lags . . . and yet they persevere. They have doubts about their competence, their purpose, and their limitations. And yet they persevere. They feel cut off from the rest of the world and unappreciated. And yet they persevere. They have refused to listen to easy answers about 'putting him somewhere.' They endure the financial hardships, the lack of social companionship. On bad days they long for freedom-just to come and go from the house at will. Sometimes they cry and there is no one to hear . . . yet they persevere. They do it because they have chosen to care. That choice has made the difference. It becomes their badge of courage and the strength that takes them over the bad times."
-From My Parents, My Children
About the Author:
Cecil Murphey is the author of articles in Writer's Digest, Christianity Today, Charisma, Ministry, These Days, and other periodicals. He is the author of the Dictionary of Christian Marriage, Dictionary of Biblical Literacy, and Gifted Hands.