A close friend of mine is suffering from dementia and it throws me off a bit when I speak with her. It’s hard for her to grab words sometimes and on rare occasions forgets who I am even though I see her at least every other day. Other days she is quick as a whip and has a better memory then I do! Her husband tells me sad stories of her slow decline and it brings a tear to my eyes. She had packed a suitcase in the bedroom of her house, turned and told her husband that she was ready to go home. Sometimes she will call us late at night looking for her husband when he is just in the other room. I thank God every time she calls us because it let’s us know that she still remembers to call us in times of need. This morning God impressed me to stop by and say hi. Her and her husband had just started to do their Bible study and asked if I would stay and listen. I agreed and as I listened to her reading out of Revelations she didn’t miss a beat. I thanked God again for her memory of Him and that she needed to be in His word to find her strength. There’s so much to be thankful for each and every day but it’s up to us to see these things. Give thanks to God today for everything in your life.

Even with dementia my friends heart and mind is focused on Jesus Christ and his return. She has been blessed with God’s peace just as it is written.

“And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NCV‬‬

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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