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On any given week I live in multiple worlds:

My nine year old's world of NERF guns

My 14 year old's world of go-carts

My 18 year old's world of college decisions

My grandkids' world of Fisher Price little people....

And my parents' world of assisted living!

Honestly, I would not trade any of those worlds. It is an honor to grow with the people you love through the seasons of life.

But here is my question today:

How many of you are also juggling multiple worlds?

IN PARTICULAR....

How many of you are providing elder care to a loved one?

 

Click here to take my 2 minute poll.

Thanks!

 

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Lisa Dad Cinderella

Isn't it amazing how life's seasons change? It seems like just yesterday when my sister and I were little girls posing with our Mickey ears in front of Cinderella's castle.

This week Hannah, Rebekah and I have the immense pleasure of traveling with my dad to relive some of those fond memories.

Even as we sat on the plane, bought our Disney passes and hit the Goofy parking lot, I know what my dad was thinking. He wished that his beloved Sandra could be in our traveling crew.

It is hard when life changes. But in each precious decade of our family's journey, we find beauty and hope and joy.

Sandra Josiah 10298647_250972238426366_6292899561379082036_oToday my mom will be enjoying some time with my other children back home. Hopefully she is sharing some laughs and making some quiet memories.

She has made such a graceful adjustment to her new health limitations.  I am so proud of her.

Yet even when she knew she was not up to a trip, she wanted my dad to have a chance to travel. That is evidence of real love.

So here we are. Father and daughter sometimes easily and sometimes clumsily forging a working relationship that will allow us both to enjoy these precious years.

Today in a world that devalues life and shuns weakness, we each have the opportunity to decide what we are going to do with caring for our aging parents. TEarl beach Floridahe New Testament gives us a clue as it reminds us of the commandment with a promise.

Honor your mother and father...that it may go well with you and you may live long upon the earth.  Ephesians 6:2-3 

I don't see an age limit to that command. Do you? So even as the years roll by and we see with greater clarity our own parents' strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, I encourage you to make room in your heart for a spirit of honor.

Sometimes I hear of the most difficult family stories where a parent was not honorable to a child and the family is left struggling with brokenness. (Such was not the case in my home, so I do not know this pain.)

But no matter what your story, God has a way for you to resolve devastating problems through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.....even if some relationships are no longer safe to be reconciled. Look for His answers. Seek out His grace and mercy. Do all that the Lord directs.

Here is a powerful resource that I believe can help:  The Tribute and the Promise : How Honoring Your Parents Will Bring a Blessing to Your Life

So right now I am celebrating the joy of caring for the ones who took care of me. And, hey, when it involves a trip to Florida, it is pretty easy to smile!

I am praying today for you and your family relationships with your seniors.

 Blessings, Lisa

Gratefully linked to:
Making your Home Sing Monday
Modest Mondays
Tell Me a True Story
Titus 2sdays
Titus 2 Tuesdays

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Lisa and Mom Renshaw

Parents and grandparents have a remarkable, God-ordained power to influence our lives. 

I am so grateful for my two godly grandmothers.  I hope you saw my post yesterday about my maternal grandmother Ging-gi.  

Here is my second Mother's Day post in honor of Vonda Renshaw.

Tears are flowing here as I celebrate my heritage. Hope you enjoy....

A Proverbs 31 Woman: Mom’s Life as a Tapestry of Beauty

Our family's Christmas celebration was one of those bittersweet life experiences.  Sweet because of our Lord's presence and His awesome gift of life.  Bitter because my 97 year old paternal grandma whom I affectionately named "Mom" was promoted to her first Christmas in heaven just one week before our earthly festivities.  Click here to read more.

 

By Lisa Cherry

Lisa and Ginggi

It doesn't seem possible but we have been together on Frontline Moms and Dads now for 4 years!

I have written about a variety of topics over the years but in honor of Mothers’ Day this week I wanted to share 2 of our all time most popular posts.

They are about two different women who impacted my life tremendously: My two grandmothers.

Today, please meet Wanda Robinson....

Ging-gi: A Faithful Woman Serving a Faithful God

From my grandmother, I learned the true meaning of the word "grit."  She was tenacious.  Vigorous.  Passionate.  And some would say stubborn.  She never wanted to assume the limelight.  In fact, she hated when anyone would even attempt to give her any public recognition or praise. Click here to read more.

Look for another post tomorrow about my other grandmother, Vonda Renshaw.

By Lisa Cherry

Gratefully linked to:
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Essential Fridays

Zoo Adam Kyla I goBy Lisa Cherry

 I get such a kick out of reliving some of my kids’ childhoods through the sweet faces of my grandbabies.

Kyla, Kalyn and Adam's little girl, is so much like Kalyn, I find it to be humorous. Spunky, feisty, smart, and opinionated.....I love that little cutie!

 Daddy Adam sent me this text from the zoo.....

 

 At the zoo. Every exhibit she sees, she says, "I go!" and whines that she can't get in with the animals! Here she is begging to go into the bear cage!

 Awwww.

And when Kalyn asks me if she was like this, I just smile and nod. (and chuckle to myself!)