As caregiver for my mom, I’ve learned to count it all joy in spite of the challenges that arose when my mom took ill in 2014. I shared in a previous blog post that she had a stroke which impaired her memory and language skills, followed by two incidences of congestive heart failure where the doctor had to shock her irregular heart beat into its right rhythm (cardioversion). The hospitalizations, various therapies and adjustments took its toll on the both of us and created times, then and now when the stress feels like it is consuming my head, rippling through my body and oozing out my ears, causing my attitude to be short and my tone sharp. But God … God encourages me through it all, helps me to keep a proper perspective, and increases my joy through the process.
When I experienced a low spirit, tear-jerking moment on May 30, 2015, I was asked to write a “Joy” themed poem to share the next day at the Women’s Choir Program. But God led me to share in a different way and this is my testimony…
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.