Little by Little

 Do you ever look back and wonder just how you made it through the day? Maybe one day comes to mind, or a series of days. But sometimes, I look back and wonder how all of this unfolded so slowly and quickly at the same time. Early on, I remember thinking about how I couldn't envision what the future held. I had no idea how quickly or slowly my son was going to recover, if at all. I didn't have a place to call home, nowhere to go, and I couldn't come up with a picture for the future no matter how hard I tried. 

Each day just unfolded in front of me little by little. Then, for this little 3-year window, I cared for my son and my aging aunt. It was both a joy and a challenge to be sandwiched between two generations as a caregiver. Again, I had no idea how it would unfold. 

I learned to just take a day little by little, one step, one action, one thing at a time. Any more than that and I'm on immediate overwhelm and ready to sit in the recliner, sip my coffee, and stare at the wall. Lol. (I know you relate, at least on some level!) Isn't that the key to how we learn to trust God? 

I wish I could say that I woke up one morning, declared I was going to trust Him and then I never had to worry about a thing after that. But I'd be lying, first off. Secondly, something new pops up every single day. Now I look at these daily challenges as opportunities to learn how to roll it over on Him and trust Him for one more day - a little bit at a time.

But you know what? I find myself at the end of the busy caregiving day, having trusted Him to get me there. And as I reflect on the day, I realize His breath was in every moment, I just had to stop and listen for it along the way. 

I think of our Bible heroes, who did the same thing, even though scriptures don't always lay it out that way. Joseph had to trust God day by day as he sat in the prison cell for years and the hours drug by. Daniel trusted God all night in the lion's den, besides living the bulk of his life as a captive. You know he trusted God one breath at a time. So many others we read about did the same thing - trusting God little by little to get through each day. It encourages us to do the same.

Today, on this super busy day, I will trust Him one breath at a time. Like you, I've got a long "to-do" list of things I hope to accomplish before day's end. But whether I get every detail done or not - I know that He's walking through this day with me. He's keeping my weary soul and breathing life into it. So, I'll take a deep breath and wait for Him as I trust Him for one more day a little at a time. Will you join me?


Book of the Week!

Affirmations for Caregiver

  • Are you a caregiver?
  • Do you know a caregiver?
  • Do you need a little encouragement?
  • What does God think about you?

Grab a copy of the Affirmations for Caregivers! This devotional journal gives a scripture and an affirmation for every day. It follows up the truth with soul-searching questions and space to write out your personal answers. What a great way to give it to God and trust Him for another day!

Whether you see yourself as a caregiver or not, this affirmation journal will help change your perspective as you give it all to the One who gave you all. Grab a copy and dive in! It's designed to take about 5-10 minutes a day to reflect, think deeply, and lean into His heart a little closer.

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