Loving When It's HardThursday, June 26, 2014
For months now, her confusion has been increasing. She can “fake” it pretty well, but when it comes to things like taking her medication, knowing what time of day it is or getting to meals or activities on time, she is having trouble. In fact, last week she had a dangerous episode with her medication that could have ended really badly. In addition, she has come to rely on me for things that I am not equipped to handle. We are both frustrated and her attitude toward me now, as I have had to change from daughter to parent, is poor…and painful.
Loving someone isn’t always easy. But, God tells us to love others just as He has loved us.
So, as I move forward in this situation I am remembering that to love someone I should do what is in the person’s best interest. When my children were little, I made sure they were safe and weren’t engaging in any activities where they could harm themselves. When I wasn’t with them, I made sure that they were in good hands! It is the same now, as I seek to do what is best for my mom. I want to keep her safe and make sure she doesn’t do anything that could harm her. I also want her to have as full a life as possible in this season. As I make the necessary arrangements for her to be in an assisted living home, I am relying on God for my strength. I know I cannot do this on my own. Thankfully, I know He is right beside me guiding me forward as I seek to love her when it is hard.
In His grip,