Offer to sit with your friend’s loved one for a few hours so she has a break. If you’re not able to do so, or if specialized care is needed, offer to research respite care for your friend. Various organizations offer hourly care, adult day care, and overnight stays.
Ephesians 5:1-2 directs us to follow God’s example and walk in the way of love, like Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
With my Mom’s care, a friend told me about an adult day care at her local church. It seemed like a good fit since my Mom had been a pastor’s wife and the setting was in a church. It helped to fill her days with activity and relieved us of some of the seemingly endless hours of care.
Scripture urges us to be like-minded, sympathetic, and to love one another by being compassionate and humble (1 Peter 3:8). Although each caregiving situation is unique, we can reach out to a friend through prayer, listening, laughter, kind words, no horror stories, enduring friendship, parental support, a little TLC, everyday help, and facilitating respite care.
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Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.