Sitting On The Circle of The Earth

“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” Isaiah 40:22

Recently, our administrator used an illustration of each of us “sitting” on top of the facility and looking down at it from a higher level and being able to get a better view of ourselves. As she spoke of her role, our roles, and the importance of really seeing ourselves as we were, it gave me some thoughts with regards to God looking down on us.

When I think of God looking down upon us, I remember his statement in Psalm 139 “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and also Matthew 6:26 when the Lord says “Are ye not much better than they?” (referencing the birds) The fact is, we are valuable to him, and yes, we are wonderfully made – we are his prized possession, he loves us!

Prayer: “I thank you for the comfort of knowing that we are never alone!”

Ronnie Case – Director of Spirituality
The Bridge at South Pittsburg
201 East 10 Street
South Pittsburg, TN 37380
(423) 837-7981
chaplain.southpittsburg@signaturehealthcarellc.com

Team Building

SACRED SIX: TEAMWORK
Team Building
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Building a good team is key to the success of any enterprise. Jesus chose twelve unique individuals to build His world-changing enterprise. He intentionally chose several who had similar backgrounds—Peter, James, and John were fisherman. Matthew and Simon the Zealot came from opposing political views. Matthew came from an industry considered corrupt—he was a tax collector. It is clear Jesus chose those who had a skill set first, then changed the character of the individual. He mentored each one.
A good team needs to have team members with different viewpoints as well as those who are specialists in a particular area. It is noteworthy that Jesus chose someone expertise in handling money. Taking a team of twelve around the country required money and the ability to manage it. I’m sure Jesus spent a great deal of time with Matthew mentoring him on the proper use of money. He had to reshape his thinking about money.
Once the team was formed Jesus spent time molding His team into a cohesive unit to operate in unity. He corrected them when correction was needed. He taught them what it meant to love one another. He washed their feet. He taught and modeled servant leadership. Before you put a team together sit down and make a list of the skills you want represented on your team. Then recruit and invest spiritually into your team. Who knows, your team might just change the world, too!
“Reprinted by permission from the author. Os Hillman is an international speaker and author of 15 books on workplace calling. To learn more, visit http://www.MarketplaceLeaders.org”
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Feeling Like Picasso

SACRED SIX: POSITIVITY MESSAGE

Feeling Like Picasso

“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118: 24

One day I’m gonna wake up, stand tall, put my hands on my hips and face the day like a Patton in North Africa.

One morning, I’m gonna spring out of bed and smile in the in the teeth of disaster.

Any day now, I’m gonna laugh at slights until my lungs are emptied.

I feel like that day could be any day now. Don’t you?

Today is my canvas . . . and I feel like Picasso.

Larry Limbaugh, Chaplain
Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center
2970 Scarlet Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 671-8030
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Spilling Through My Fingers

SACRED SIX: INTEGRITY MESSAGE

Spilling Through My Fingers

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand . . . ? Isaiah 40:12

After I clumsily knocked over my glass on the restaurant counter, the spilled beverage began to cascade over the edge and onto the floor. Out of sheer embarrassment, I tried to catch the waterfall with cupped hands. My efforts were largely unsuccessful; most of my beverage rushed through my fingers. In the end, my upturned palms held little more than a meager tablespoon each, while my feet stood in puddles.
My life feels similar on many days. I find myself scrambling to solve problems, oversee details, and control circumstances. No matter how hard I try, my feeble hands are incapable of managing all the pieces and parts. Something invariably slips through my fingers and pools on the floor at my feet, leaving me feeling overwhelmed. No amount of contorting my hands or squeezing my fingers more tightly together makes me able to handle it all.
Help me, Lord, to trust my needs and concerns into Your perfect care.

Yet God can. Isaiah tells us that God can measure the globe’s waters—all the oceans and rivers and rain—in the hollow of His hands (40:12). Only His hands are large enough to hold them all. We needn’t try to hold more than the tablespoon He’s designed our hands to carry. When we feel overwhelmed, we can entrust our cares and concerns into His capable hands.

Help me, Lord, to stop trying to hold everything in my hands, but instead to trust my needs and concerns into Your perfect care.

Kirsten Holmberg, Our Daily Bread®, © 2017 by Our Daily Bread Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. www.odb.org

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Understanding the Source of Anger

Understanding the Source of Anger
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” – Proverbs 29:11

The workplace can be a pressure-packed world. The demands that are often put on us can bring out things that we never knew were there. Sometimes we begin to think that the source of that pressure is to blame for our response to the pressure. It could be an event, a spouse, a boss, a client, a child, or even a driver who cuts us off in traffic.

I recall responding to a close friend one time, “If you had not done that, I would never have responded that way.” Later I learned that this response had little truth to it. We all choose to get angry. No one else is to blame for our anger.

“The circumstances of life, the events of life, and the people around me in life, do not make me the way I am, but reveal the way I am” [Dr. Sam Peeples].

This simple quote has had a profound impact on how I view my anger now. Anger only reveals what is inside of me. I can’t blame anyone but me for my response to a situation. I have learned that anger is only the symptom of something else that is going on inside of me. This quote now resides on my refrigerator door as a daily reminder of the truth about my response to life’s situations.

It has been said that anger is like the warning panel on the dash of your car. It is the light that tells us something is going on under the hood and we need to find out what is the source of the problem. I discovered that the source of anger is often unmet expectations or personal rights. We believe we are entitled to a particular outcome to a situation. When this doesn’t happen, it triggers something in us. At the core of this is fear, often a fear of failure or rejection, fear of what others think, fear of the unknown.

If you struggle with anger, ask God to reveal the source of that anger. Ask Him to heal you of any fears that may be the root of your anger. Ask God to help you take responsibility for your response to difficult situations.

“Reprinted by permission from the author. Os Hillman is an international speaker and author of 15 books on workplace calling. To learn more, visit http://www.MarketplaceLeaders.org”
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Patience

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE MESSAGE

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 27:14 NIV

“Patience is a virtue.” “You have the patience of JOB.” “You are all heart.” “You are so strong.” Have you ever had anyone make those comments to or about you? Where do you think those characteristics come from? Why do you think some people appear to have more strength, heart, and patience than others? Some may claim such person’s traits are learned behaviors while others claim they are innate. I would have to agree with latter group’s beliefs on this subject.

Psalm 139:14 (KJV) says,

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Yes, God made us unique giving us separate talents but we need to knoweth right well within our souls we were knitted together in HIS image. We are HIS reflection.

If HE made us in HIS own image, for HIS purpose, don’t you think HE would give us HIS strength, HIS heart, and HIS patience? The only characteristic that sets us apart from truly believing those things is our faith.

Circumstances beyond our control occur and what we each encounter may set us apart in our experiences. These things may cause an appearance of differences for some people to have the patience of JOB, the strength of Samson, and the heart of David; but what did each of those people have in common? Christ was their center; their source of strength, their spring from which they drew water. HE gave them life.

Where does your strength from? Do you feel capable in handling your circumstances alone? Have you lost heart and the will the fight? Are you making flippant decisions selling yourself short of what God has to offer just because your too impatient to wait on HIM?

Be steadfast in your faith. Stand firm and hold on. Believe deep within your soul that you have everything it takes to get through whatever life has thrown at you. Be patient. HE isn’t on our time schedule; we are on HIS. Trust HIM with all your heart to breathe life back into you. With HIM you will overcome those weaknesses that have seemingly taken over.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

By HIS merciful hand,
Melanie Kern

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Another Chance to Win

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE MESSAGE
Another Chance to Win

Recently, we were at a well-known restaurant that has a Checker game set up for those that are waiting for a table. My son and I sat down and began to play this long time favorite pass time. After the first few moves, it became evident that we were trying to out think each other. The pauses, and resting the finger on the game pieces as we were making sure we didn’t miss anything, it was a friendly competition.

We are both competitive and perfectionist, so the thought that either of us would make a dumb move was more than we could take. When I made one of the crazy moves, I was shocked at how I didn’t see that I was setting up his next play to take one of my pieces! The slow smile on his face and the emphasis that he made with his next move, was triumphant! He was just waiting for me to trip up. Even though I had thought each play out, I still made mistakes that cost me the game.

That’s life! I know the game. I try to be strategic, plan, be prepared for others mistakes, all the while, I’m convinced that I have my game pieces all lined up. And then… And then… I make a mistake, a thoughtless word, I assume something, someone sets me up and I feel like a big dummy! I should have seen it coming… but I didn’t.

This is when I go to God’s word and read:
Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I have assurance that even in my mistakes, that if I look forward, there’s always another chance to win at the game of life! I can’t wait for the next game of Checkers!

Chaplain Suzanne Priddy
Signature HealthCARE of Spencer County
chaplain.spencer@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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Give me Weakness – Teamwork

Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. – Patrick Lencioni
How easy is it to get caught up in a culture of the strength, confidence, and control? Social media will feed articles similar to the type I like, around the clock news reinforces my perspective and Google can provide an article to support any position.

When I was younger I was I was firm in my position and steadfast in my plans; but I was also restless and frustrated.
Now I find peace by eliminating frustration that comes from unmet expectations. For me it’s learning from, but letting go of yesterday; it’s gone, can’t do anything about it now. Planning for tomorrow, but being flexible with the path of life.

I still have standards, but they are standards on my behavior, because the only control I have is the moment I’m in. How will I react to a real or perceived hurt? Will I try and understand the perspective of someone whose opinion is opposite mine? Will I build people up or tear them down?
I’m VERY far from perfect, but I claim it and like it! It’s freeing to be vulnerable, letting go of me. When I chose to use my perspective (or some would call bias) to ask questions seeking to understand and really learn from another, I find a sense of unity and peace like Tom Brady and the Patriots must have felt during 2nd half of this last super bowl.
A calm that WE can overcome regardless of the healthcare whirlwind.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brene Brown

God thank you for the strength that comes from weakness and vulnerability.

David R. Baumgartner, SPHR, SSGB, CNA
VP Spirituality & Sacred Six

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The Depth and Width of Your Calling

Sacred Six: Patience Message

The Depth and Width of Your Calling
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

“If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.” – 2 Corinthians 1:6
“God must love you a lot! He doesn’t allow someone to go through the kinds of adversity you have experienced unless He has a special calling on your life.” Those were the words said to me by two different mentors at two different times within a three-year period. Later I would learn another related truth from a respected man of God – a man who lives in another country, a man whom God uses throughout the globe. “The depth and width of your faith experiences are directly proportional to your calling.” What were these men of God saying?
They were describing a process of preparation that God takes each of His leaders through when He plans to use them in significant ways. A “faith experience” is an event or “spiritual marker” in your life about which you can say, “That is where I saw God personally moving in my life.” It is an unmistakable event in which God showed Himself personally to you. It was the burning bush for Moses; the crossing of the Red Sea or the Jordan River for the nation of Israel; Jacob’s encounter with the angel. It was the feeding of the 5,000 for the disciples. It was the time when you saw God face to face in your life.
If God has plans of using you in the lives of many others, you can expect that He is going to allow certain faith experiences to come into your life in order to build a foundation that will be solid. That foundation is what you will be able to look back on to keep you faithful to Him in the times of testing. Each of us must have personal faith experiences in which we experience God personally so that we can move in faith to whatever He may call us. Do you need a personal faith experience right now in your life? Pray that God will reveal Himself to you. He delights in doing that.

“Reprinted by permission from the author. Os Hillman is an international speaker and author of 15 books on workplace calling. To learn more, visit http://www.MarketplaceLeaders.org”
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Teamwork

Sacred Six- Teamwork Message
Teamwork

My favorite example of teamwork is an orchestra. There are multiple musical instruments, that by themselves are not necessarily pleasant, but when place with others, can take you to moments of relaxation, passion and fear. The squeaky clarinet of a grade school student, or the screeching strings of a violin, when practiced enough and joined with others can take a single melody to a dramatic crescendo. Movie theaters, orchestra halls, churches, etc. are filled with harmonic measures that were once in the unheard atmosphere but now, because of an orchestra, will be in the auditory history that records time and places.

We need each other. Every part of our team is important. Dietary, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Clinical, Administrative, Therapy, Volunteers… You are the wheels that make our homes run. Our elders depend on each of us and our ability to join together. We are all more effective when we are willing to join forces with others to build a team. Sports, manual labor, music scores, cooking ingredients, medical providers… we all perform better in an atmosphere of harmony and teamwork. Go Team!

Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …

Chaplain Suzanne Priddy
Signature HealthCARE of Spencer County
625 Taylorsville Road
Taylorsville, KY 40071