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  1. I am truly enjoying reading the Psalms and tuning in for the videos. It’s been a ray of sunshine during bleak times. I know from personal experience that the Lord draws close and counsels those who fear (revere Him, stand in awe of Him, obey Him) Him. I don’t know of anyone who couldn’t use some secret counsel right now…tune in.
    Bev xx

  2. Thank you Elise for sharing some of your journey with us today! I will add your family to my prayers each week as you care for your loved ones. Thank you for your attitude of grace and willingness to serve unconditionally-even if you don’t feel like it that day. God bless you and give you His strength and Peace.

  3. Elise, my heart ❤ goes out to you! What a wonderful service you and your hubby are performing! Not many will follow this path of love. I’m going to add your name to my morning prayers, too. May you continue to “confuse” people through your display of God’s grace in your lives. A living testimony. (You know,it’s okay to show some chunks in your armor. Maybe some friends and family will step I to your world with helping hands. Don’t deprive them of the chance to “confuse” as well.

  4. IThis too! I woke up early after 12 hours on my laptop yesterday working from home and could have easily pulled the “Sympathetic blanket” down on my achy back. This so encouraged me and reminded me where my thoughts need to go – to Christ alone. I too want to confuse people! I have seen people mesmerized by God’s joy and peace in someone and almost confused. Only God can do that. I immediately feel less achy and energized today! Thank you God and thank you for this post to get me where I need to be today.

  5. This was so lovely. So much to learn from you. Thank you very much for writing this. I needed to read it.

  6. Oh my. What a story, Elise. I greatly appreciate your intent each day to confuse people. You are no doubt confusing a lot of people, just by your commitment to care for your father-in-law. Another statement also caught my attention: “May you embrace the peace that passes understanding as you wait for more of Him. Most of us would have ended that sentence with “waiting for circumstances to change.” But waiting for more of HIM–His presence, His character, His strength, wisdom, and direction is what we really need to wait for. Thank you, Elise!

  7. Thank you everyone for giving me this golden opportunity to read, listen and share in yr experience. To my sis Elise, pls note that, “faithful is He that called us”, He will appear marvelously to you in that situation. He will turn things around for you. He is yr strength. Always say this first thing in the morning “Holy Spirit, this day, equip me with the widom, knowledge and strength that is required of me to be a wonderful mother, darling wife and a virtuous woman to the people outside my home. Be my light and direction” . You will realize how the day went by without struggling and getting tired. Jesus will walk it through with you. God bless you. Kemi George (Nigeria).

  8. Elise,

    Oh I can so relate to caring for aging parents. Both my parents had dementia & various health issues. I never knew what t expect. Each day was a new adventure. it’s in times like these that we need more of Jesus. We need hope to see us through those long days of cleaning, doctor’s or hospital ER visits. More of Him is definitely what we need in trying times. The tempter is always there telling us to quit. Don’t bother going on with the day you’re tired. Our hope is in the living Lord & only He can give us the strength we need to carry on, endure & walk this valley. Prayer & patience are learned through these trials. For me my faith & trust muscles were strengthened. Praying for you & your family as you walk this path with your father in law.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. Thank you for doing what you are doing — your reward will come — and you will not have regrets — how we need more loving family members like dear you.