Emotional and Physical Needs - Audra's pick
Over this past year, I had surgery two different times. I’m not the kind of person who wants a lot of company when I don’t feel good, however, receiving a message that someone was praying for me or a Scripture of hope always gave me an emotional boost on even the hardest days. Equally, having the physical need of feeding my family met was irreplaceable as a wife and mom. It gave me the ability to rest and recover, knowing they were taken care of. I had several sweet friends who met one or the other of these needs and truly carried me through that season. I learned so much from them about love and service and I will be forever grateful for each of them.
Quality Time - Laura's pick
My dad was sick for about 4 years. It all started when I was 15. My young self did everything I could to avoid the situation. I didn’t want to face it, so not sitting at the hospital made reality go away for a bit. It’s one of my biggest regrets. He passed when I was 19. I wish I could just sit there at his bedside and talk about everything other than the illness. Just quality time helping the reality for him go away for a bit.
Financial Contribution - Rebecca's pick
Both of my sons have been hospitalized for appendectomies that took a serious turn post-op. What is usually a simple procedure has led to either pneumonia, sepsis, or more in our situations. No mom is ever prepared for that! Our latest one was just last month. We went to our local ER at midnight and within hours my son, Eli, was rushed by ambulance to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where he remained for a few days.
There were SO MANY acts of kindness shown to us during these days. I could make a TOP 10 list! One of the nicest and most practical acts of kindness was when our friend/neighbor, Stephanie, sent a text saying that she had deposited some money into our PayPal account to help with all the little expenses such as vending machines and meals for me. It was so unexpected and I was SO touched by her thoughtfulness!! The first thing that I purchased was a tube of Chapstick because my boy's lips were so chapped from surgery. I've never seen anyone happier to receive a tube of Chapstick! It truly is the little things!! He also purchased a shirt from the gift shop with this money. I am reminded of her kindness every time that he wears it!
Words of Encouragement - Tammy's pick
Because of Jesus, we have hope, joy, and peace in the bleakest of times. Therefore, In times of sickness, there is nothing like an encouraging word, not an empty platitude, but a word fitly spoken to spark hope and infuse joy and to bring peace.
Spirit-directed words are good medicine to a weary soul. Life-giving words such as the
- reading of Bible passages starting in the Psalms,
- singing hymns and praise songs,
- directing their attention to the beauty around them, and
- helping them focus on things they are thankful for.
These words of encouragement are a win-win, a win for the sick and a win for you as the administrator of the words.
When we believe in the promise of eternity with Jesus, we can live out the beauty of Proverbs 17:22 -- A cheerful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones -- during times of sickness.
Prayer - Jennifer’s pick
Throughout this journey, having prayer partners has meant so much to me! Knowing I have people lifting me up during this season and pleading on my behalf has truly kept me feeling good. I have felt the hand of Jesus and I know it’s because I have people praying.