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Caring for Parents is Not Simple, but It is Doable

“Taking care of parents can sometimes be more difficult than taking care of babies, toddlers, or teenagers.” That is a statement Tammy made recently, as through tears she was explaining a little about the road we were walking and how our emotions were so raw. Maybe you know the feeling?

Your parents are your parents. Nobody else is what they are to you, nor will they ever be. You’ve known your parents longer than anyone else, you’ve loved them longer than anyone else, and they’ve loved and supported you longer than anyone else. When roles change, it’s complicated!

What do you do when you can’t fix their hurt or turn back the clock to the way things were? What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

We’ve been there, taking care of our dads in their last days, and now walking with our moms as they’re getting older. In our new book, Parenting Your Parents, we talk about things that have helped us, and things we hope will encourage you. Things like:

Psalm 23 assures us that if the Lord Jesus is our Shepherd, we have everything we need. If Jesus is your Shepherd, you have everything you need! He will help you lie down when you need rest. He will restore your soul when your heart is broken and relationships are complicated. He will lead you when you don’t know what to do. He will comfort you through the darkest valleys. And, His goodness and mercy will be yours every day of your life! These are His promises and you can take Him at His word!

If you are walking this road of caring for a parent, or if you know someone who is, our new book is available now at

I hope you have a great week and I look forward to picking up in our series on marriage, divorce, and singleness from 1 Corinthians 7 this Sunday!


Chapter 1. You Are Not Alone

[*] The MetLife Mature Market Institute, National Alliance for Caregiving, Center for Long Term Care Research and Policy, New York Medical College. “The MetLife Study of Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers: Double Jeopardy for Baby Boomers Caring for Their Parents.” 2011. Web. 15 August 2017. Page 2.
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