January 16, 2021: My Sole Desire
“Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come” (Ps. 71:18, KJV).
I believe that life experiences impact what favorite Bible verse we choose; then, the Bible verse, in turn, impacts our lives going forward.
When I first became my mother’s caregiver, it was recommended that I read Psalm 71. I see my life in these verses, particularly verse 18. I see the steps on which God brought me to where I am today—a place where my sole desire is to share Christ with those around me.
Where I am in life is not where I imagined. Previously, having position and possessions, I felt I should be doing more for the Lord. Now, God has given me the responsibility to be the full-time caregiver for my 81-year-old mother who has dementia. I left everything and moved to Florida to live with her. When I could no longer care for her and also work, my mom and I moved in with my sister in Maryland.
It is only in a situation like this that I would find myself without a job; however, it frees me to focus on working for the Lord. He brought me to a church where I am doing Bible work. I count it a huge blessing that my mother’s condition does not prevent her from going out with me. She attends Bible studies and even canvasses with me. Often, having her with me is actually an asset!
Father God, please empower me to continue to be used by You. Amen.
Mirlene Andre is a member of the Light Bearers Mission Company in Maryland.
January 12: Boldly I Come
January 13: Only Jesus
January 14: Perspective > Problem
January 15: The Spirit's Doing
January 16: My Sole Desire
January 17: Lessons From a Kayak Fiasco
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