26 encouraging Bible verses for caregivers
Caregiving is a privilege, but it can be very stressful. Bible verses for caregivers can help us refocus on God and the peace he promises us. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we can turn to Scripture for help.
I think of reading the Bible as a respite – my little oasis in the day. Reading scripture slows down my frantic, stressed-out thinking. I can actually feel the peace and relaxation relaxing my mind and body.
I hope the following verses can do the same for you.
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Daily encouragement for caregivers
Worry seems to be a common theme among caregivers. You worry for your loved ones and you worry about the toll on your own mind, body, and spirit.
In my own life as a caregiver, I realized that I was waiting for the “bad thing” to happen every single day. My shoulders and neck would become tense first thing in the morning, and by evening that tension had turned into a headache.
I worried about things like:
- Will mom eat well today? Will she keep losing weight?
- Will mom or dad fall today?
- How will I have time to cook today?
- Are they bored? Should I entertain them more?
- And so many more worries
Once I realized that my list seemed to be endless, I knew I had to do something. My time with God was eaten up by my “To Do” list that was driven by the “List of Endless Worries.”
I started to tackle my worries through prayer and another list – “Encouraging Bible Verses.”
Here are a few to get you started.
My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Scriptures for when you are anxious or afraid
God’s word is full of verses that encourage and strengthen us, but we can also find many Bible verses that tell us not to be afraid or worried. I think it’s one thing to read it, but entirely another thing to put that into action!
We’re supposed to be anxious for nothing and instead seek God in prayer and cast our cares on him. Again, easier said than done.
I have to be intentional about casting my cares, and reading or praying scripture really helps. I select Bible verses to remind me not to worry, and then I write them on a note and stick them around my house. Here’s my go-to list of Bible verses about worry, fear, and anxiety.
Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
Yes, I will help you.
Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes,
though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
the godly run to him and are safe.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Psalms for caregivers
I will lift up my eyes to the hills.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.
Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Bible verses for exhausted caregivers
I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs.
Every day ends in the same place—lying in bed, covered in tears,
my pillow wet with sorrow.
My eyes burn, devoured with grief;
they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.
… The Eternal God hears my simple prayers;
He receives my request.
Psalm 6: 6-7, 9 (The Voice)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Blessed are the caregivers
At the time I’m writing this article, there are more than 144 million posts on Instagram with the hashtag #blessed. Many of those postings are about the good things that are happening in our lives. But is that what a blessing from God means – that we’re going to receive good things?
Certainly, a blessing bestows God’s favor. But I wanted to know more about what the Bible says about blessings from God?
One of the most well known stories in the Bible is about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In that sermon, Jesus gives us a list of who is blessed. As a caregiver, we can grasp on to these beatitudes as promises from God.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 5: 1-10)
The Beatitudes teach us that blessings are more about us becoming good (more Christ-like) rather than amassing the outward signs of society’s good life.
What else does the word of God say about his blessings? God’s blessings are given to those who love him (Romans 8:28) and those who keep his commandments (Deuteronomy 11:27-28).
God blesses those who obey him (Genesis 22:18; Psalm 84:11; Psalm 119:1-2) and those who trust in him (Jeremiah 17:7; Proverbs 3:5-6). He also blesses those who are righteous (Isaiah 32:17; 2 Corinthians 9:10), and those who are meek (Psalm 37:11).
Finally, God promises to bless us with many good things, including long life (Proverbs 3:2; Psalm 91:16), spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), wisdom (Proverbs 2:6), and forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15).
So, what does all this mean for caregivers?
First, know that as a caregiver, you are loved by God. You are also favored by him. In the midst of our daily struggles as a caregiver, it can become difficult to see how God’s plan for our lives is being fulfilled.
Through the scriptures, we can be reassured and strengthened.
Is there a prayer for caregivers?
Praying the scriptures is a comforting yet powerful addition to your prayer life. You can find Bible verses for caregivers that offer the perfect words for every situation.
I’m a caregiver for my parents who are both in their mid-80s, and they suffer from multiple health issues. Seeing what they go through on a daily basis not only makes me worry about their future, but mine as well. In fact, it’s my go-to worry, so to speak!
God’s word is a wonderful place to turn for short prayers that we can utter throughout our day. Here are some examples of how you can pray the scriptures:
Instead of worrying about the future, pray: Father in Heaven, you have declared that your plans for my life are meant to prosper me and not to cause harm. Your plans offer hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
When you’re overwhelmed with worry: Father God, I’m overcome with anxiety and I have so many worries, but I know your comfort will lift me up. (Psalm 94:19) God, I cast my cares to you! (1 Peter 5:7)
Let us know one of your prayers from scripture! You can leave it in the comment section at the end of the article. In the meantime, here is one of the oldest prayers for the aging (see below).
Aurelius Augustinus or Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the early church fathers and is considered one of the greatest Christian thinkers. His writings have been relied upon by Catholics and Protestants.
His prayer, below, reminds us of where we turn for strength:
O Lord our God,
under the shadow of Thy wings let us hope.
Thou wilt support us,
both when little and even to gray hairs.
When our strength is of Thee,
it is strength;
but, when our own,
it is feebleness.
We return unto Thee, O Lord,
that from their weariness
our soul may rise towards Thee,
leaning on the thing which Thou has created,
and passing on to Thyself,
who hast wonderfully made them;
for with Thee is refreshment
and true strength.
Final thoughts on Bible verses for caregivers
I hope one or more of these verses can be the oasis in your day. Let us know your favorite Bible verses for caregivers and we can add it to our list! Write it in the comments below.
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