Tenderhearted in Need with Sarah Forgrave
Are you a caregiver who needs hope?
This podcast is about being tenderhearted in need with Sarah Forgrave. Sarah has a new book out called Prayers of Hope for Caregivers … just a book I needed!
I have been a caregiver every day of my adult life. I had my oldest son when I was seventeen and had three kids by the time I was twenty-two. My grandma moved in with us twenty years ago, and then we adopted seven more kids. When Prayers of Hope for Caregivers landed on my desk, I looked at it and knew that I needed it.
Who is Sarah?
Sarah Forgrave is also the author of Prayers for Hope and Healing. She previously worked as a CPA in corporate America for eight years before health complications from pregnancy changed the course of her life. She lives in the midwest with her husband and two children.
I loved chatting with Sarah, and I know you’re going to love this episode! Sarah shares tips about how caregivers can be strengthened in their role.
Walk It Out Scripture
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
How you can help someone who is in a caregiving role:
1. Help with physical needs: providing a meal or helping with their family and childcare. Ask, ” Can I get you something while I’m at the grocery store?”
2. Financial needs: Give a gift of money or a gift card to help with extra expenses.
3. Emotional needs: Offer to be present in the waiting room. Sending a note … even a text or video message.
4. Spiritual needs: pray on a video message and let your friend know what you are praying for, not just what you prayed. Offer a hope-filled book like Prayers of Hope for Caregivers.
How to help yourself in you’re in a caregiving role:
1. Take a minute or two to check in with yourself. Ask, “How am I doing?” Get your thoughts out of your head and put them on paper.
2. Realize you have the same needs too: physical needs, financial needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs. Take these needs to God and others.
3. Have an answer ready for people when they ask how they can help.
Read Sarah’s blog post here: What to Say When Someone Asks How Can I Help?
Another great blog post from Sarah’s blog: Practical Ways to Pray for a Caregiver
I know you are going to enjoy my conversation with Sarah! You can listen above or on iTunes or on your favorite podcast streaming device.
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- Prayers of Hope for Caregivers
- Prayers for Hope and Healing
- Psalm 139:13-14
- The Grumble Free Year
- What to say when Someone Asks for Help
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
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