From Surviving to Thriving

Anxiety and exhaustion can plague us when our resources are in high demand. Using Psalm 139 to guide our reflections, we will explore grounding practices that nurture our wellbeing in the midst of the many caregiving roles we fulfill over on my collaborative devotional project Some Comfort and Joy.

In our series introduction, Gwen writes:

“I’ve heard that the key to aging well is to have a daughter living nearby,” a colleague commented when he heard my parents were moving next door to me.  I think the words were shared with the sentiment of how good it will, hopefully, be for my parents to be living next door as they age…

I have to say though that the comment landed with a bit of weight on my shoulders.  Will I actually be able to make a difference in my parents’ aging process?  What if they don’t like living next door to me and my family? 

Similarly, in my career as an educator I have heard teachers with years of experience comment on how important the mother is in the happiness and success of their children.  “As long as they have a mother who is stable, they’ll be alright.  It’s the children who don’t . . .”

The pressure to perform isn’t always easy to shed when we arrive home or as we take care of loved ones. How do we find peace in our familial and caregiving roles, whatever they are?  

Over the next ten weeks, Gwen Lantz and I will be sharing reflections (Comfort posts on Mondays) and practices (Joys posts on Thursdays) that help us move from surviving to thriving in our caregiving roles– whether as a parent, for a parent or aging family member, or in supporting those in our communities.

Particularly for those who appreciated the recent three part series focused on Caregiving support here at Around the Table, this companion project will help you integrate life-giving practices that can sustain you in this season of life.

Subscribe at Some Comfort and Joy to follow along and never miss a post in our new series.

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

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