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Dead Cell Phones Help No One

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.—MATTHEW 11:28 (NIV)

“Mom, may I borrow your phone?” yells Sophie from the other room. I hear this request so often from my two daughters that I want to scream. The problem is they never return my phone, and when I finally locate it, the battery is dead. I have to wait for it to recharge to be able to use it.

I have been a primary caregiver for sick loved ones several times in my life, most recently with my sister Melissa’s battle with colon cancer. I wanted to make sure she had the best care possible, and she also needed help with doctors’ appointments, groceries, bills, and housework. Of course, life doesn’t stop when someone is sick, so at the same time, I was trying to manage my own family and full-time job. Sometimes it was a struggle to find the time to rest, and not to get totally burned out.

Being a caregiver is like being that cell phone battery my kids keep draining. A dead cell phone is of no use to anyone. Make sure you give yourself time to recharge.

Lord, please help me remember to rest and recharge so I can best help my loved one.

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