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Caregiving has revealed how poor & needy I truly am. At the beginning, I and others like me, are often energized and enthusiastic to do our well for the person we love or are committed to. But with time & other factors, become to realize how finite we are. How. impossible it will be to do this job without GOD's help to encourage us and give us strength...along with a community of others around us. #poorandneedy #caregivers

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Today’s Five Minute Friday word needy (from 2018) is most appropriate for caregivers. I can’t think of a group who can identify with this word more! We may start off full of energy and hopeful that we are going to be the ones to give the love and care our loved one so needs. But at some point, we run out of energy. It may be physical energy or emotional.

It may be a combination. It may be that we just had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into! We forgot about some of the family dynamics in our extended family that weren’t as healthy as we thought. We didn’t take into account our own grief over the gradual loss of our spouse/loved one right in front of our eyes…and the toll it was going to take on us.

We didn’t realize our own children were going to hit some rough patches during this process that had nothing to do with caregiving itself.   stop It wasn’t long before we came to the end of our own resources. Often it happened sooner than we anticipated. Some of us held it together until the initial emergency was over, but soon after, saw ourselves falling apart as the day-to-day of caregiving was tearing us apart.

At some point, we became aware of our need before GOD

In those moments that we stood, sat or laid before GOD in the dark and cried before him, our prayers sounded more like David’s below...probably less eloquent. Mine often sounded like, “Oh GOD, Help!” It was a quick way of expressing to Him my neediness. My prayers often sounded like, 'Oh GOD, Help!' They weren't as eloquent as David's. Click To Tweet Yes, GOD, I am poor and needy. My personal resources have run out. If you don’t show up, all is lost!

When I look at photos that show up under that category of poor, needy, they are repulsive! I don’t like them at all! I don’t want to be considered to be in that group. But that’s what I am. I don’t have the resources to do this with a little help on my own. I am in the poor and needy category when it comes to GOD and the rescue I need from him to live out the gospel in my everyday life. Add the neediness I have as a caregiver and my neediness is exposed to an even greater degree!

I come to a realization that GOD’s resources are vast!

His promise to all those who are in Christ is that He will provide all we need for life and Godliness. That is an amazing promise! But in order to access that promise, we must acknowledge our need. Not just long ago, when we came to Him initially for salvation, but today and each day, as I come to him to acknowledge my poverty and needy spirit. One day at a time. To recognize that despite my outward facade, I don’t have it all together and I desperately need His rescue! Yes, GOD, I am poor and needy. My personal resources have run out. You are going to have to show up! Click To Tweet In fact, that is the purpose of so much of GOD’s intervention in our lives! To show us just how poor we truly are…and how much we need Him!


Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Lord, make haste to help me! May all who seek you     rejoice and be glad in you!

May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 70:1,4-5

Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall, like heat in a dry place. Isaiah 25:1,4-5a
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. Isaiah 41:17-18


Action Step: Where do you see poverty and need in your life? Are you in a life stage or circumstance that seems to be showing your need more?
Is there anything in the verses above that are encouraging to you? That move you to action? That cause you to be thankful for the complete work of salvation Christ did for you on the cross including His perfect obedience of every part of the Law for you?


Stop to thank Him for His gracious gift of salvation given to you. During this time of Lent, it is good to pause and reflect on what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplished. What a time to appreciate Him for what He did for you.