Do You Need a Break Today? 

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  Mark 6:31

  1. Which sentence describes you?                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * I am a caregiver                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * I am not a caregiver

Most people have been a caregiver, will become one, or are one right now.  There are approximately sixty-five million caregivers in the United States today.  You are NOT alone.

2. Which sentence describes you as a caregiver? 

* I am exhausted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   * I am refreshed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     * I have nothing to do

Each day can by physically demanding and mentally overwhelming.  Whether you are a hands-on or long-distance caregiver, whether your loved one lives with you or in a special care facility, care-giving is a treadmill life that just keeps going with no time to stop and get off.  Would you agree?

3. Have you ever needed a respite?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Yes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~ No

Respite is defined as a temporary rest of relief. Caregivers don’t think they need a break.  Some ask, “What would people think if I asked for help?”

Plain and simple, if you DO NOT take care of yourself, you will not be bale to take care of your loved one.  This is not a sign of inadequacy but of being smart when you ask for help.  Whether you take a five-minute walk or an hour – long trip to the grocery store, even a short break will help you refresh.  Respites are energy boosters both physically and mentally!

Daily sitting at the feet of your Savior, who gave His life that you may have abundant life, is where real respite happens.

In these be-still-and-know-that-I-am-God moments of respite, we become portable sanctuary.  Here we find hope and contentment, wisdom and boldness to do what is right even when it hurts.  Time with Jesus is not running from the world, it is running to your Savior, who will restore your body and soul!   Jesus’ disciples were caregivers comforting others.  Jesus knew His disciples needed a break.  He knows this about you too.  Listen to His voice:  “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”(Mark 6:31NIV).  Will you?

4. What kind of respite will you begin today? 

~ Make the five minutes you take for a cup of coffee a time for prayer.

~ Before getting out of bed, read a few verses of scripture to start your day with Jesus

~ Read some devotions, or the bible to your clients or take turns and have them read to you.

~ While your client is napping/resting use that time wisely to rest too!

 

*** Be Refreshed in His presence!