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Sundowning

 

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Revelation 21: 23-25 “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

 

About five years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Not long after that, we started noticing that she often became confused and suffered from anxiety in the late afternoon and evening.

We were told that this state of confusion, which also may include aggression or ignoring directions, pacing, or wandering is called “Sundowning.”

It is not a disease, but instead a group of symptoms common among people with dementia.

I thought about Mom, yesterday, as I was reading in Revelation about the Holy City, to be established one day here on earth.

Since there will be no night there, Sundowner’s Syndrome will be a thing of the past. In fact, so will anxiety, sadness or any of the emotional or physical ailments we experience in this life.

In the New Jerusalem,  “…all things will be new.”

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Is Your Heart Troubled?

 

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                                          John 14:1a- “Let not your hearts be troubled…”

 

One of the talk shows I watch regularly ends with this encouragement from the scriptures: “Let not your hearts be troubled.” 

The need for solace and peace is abundantly clear as each day’s news is presented and analyzed.

Couple that with our own personal problems and no wonder more people suffer from anxiety.

A mound of bills to pay, family relationships falling apart, health issues.

So how do we find true peace in these uncertain times?

First, rely on the Holy Spirit to bring us peace…the deep peace within that knows God is in control; not the peace that we feel we can create ourselves because that peace doesn’t last.

Second, rely on the encouragement of the scriptures and other believers. Renew our thoughts and minds, speaking the words aloud in moments of apprehension.

Thirdly, pray right away when the need arises. And keep praying throughout the day. Pour out your fears to Jesus. Lay your burdens at his feet. And, once you feel your anxieties lift, resist the desire to take them back up again and worry about them. 

Claim victory over them in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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