Do you Have Courage?

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.  Joshua 1:7

I don’t know about you but I love reading the Word of God. Out of all the gifts that God has given I believe his Word stands in a league of its own.  For example, the Word of God gives an individual hope who may feel hopeless. The Word of God gives an individual peace in the midst of a storm. The Word of God gives an individual assurance, but most of all the Word of God gives an individual courage.

Our scripture this morning centers on Joshua who has taken over the task of leading God’s people into the Promised Land. God understood that Joshua was going to be tested on every side. For instance, by the people he was leading, by the enemies that lie ahead, and even himself. However, God did not leave him alone. He encouraged him with these words found in this chapter that bears his name. Well, Chaplain Army I understand the many things you face on a daily basis, but all I want to know is “Do you Have Courage”.  

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your Word. Help us to have Courage. In Your Name I Pray Amen.

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Road
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I Think I Can

SACRED SIX: POSITIVIY MESSAGE

I THINK I CAN

As stakeholders throughout our footprint are immersing ourselves in the Sacred Six concept of Positivity this month, I am reminded of the childhood story, “The Little Engine That Could.”  As innocent children hearing the delightful tale, our minds were filled with happy and fun things we could do.

As adults, earnestly laboring daily to serve the life needs of others, the thoughts of what we can do have changed. Some for the better and others, not so much. This is a great time to relive the animation of the little train engine as we provide help and hope to others when sometimes we need it ourselves.

As you remember, the little engine had a task to complete. A very difficult task, heavy and seemingly unimaginable for her. She solicited help from others, who from the outside seemed capable and well-abled to provide the assistance she needed. They declined, citing excuses as to why they could not pitch in and help. Sound familiar? But, she did not stop, she did not walk away to sing the lull-a-bye of pity and self-defeat. Quite the contrary! She realigned herself to the obviously insurmountable task of pulling the heavy load up a steep mountain. She looked deep within herself and relied on every internal mechanism that was already built-in by her Creator and she said, “I—think I can”.

She did not say it just once, because once was not enough. “I think I can” became her mantra! Each time she said, “I think I can” she was reinvigorated to go just a little bit further. Until, she came to the top of her mountain. She realized something…it was time for a new song to celebrate a victory won! On the other side of the mountain, she began to triumphantly sing, “I thought I could—I thought I could…”

Positivity in the mind, the heart and words can give you a new song. Which are you singing now? What will you sing by the end of the day?

Pastor Kimberly Massey, BACM

Regional Spiritual Director

Peninsula Care & Southern Pines

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Showing Respect

SACRED SIX: RESPECT MESSAGE

Showing RESPECT

I had the awesome privilege of conducting the funeral service for one of our resident’s/elder’s this week. She was 106 years old. I had attended her birthday party back in December. She was alert and active up until a few weeks ago. Last Thursday (May 25) she transitioned from planet Earth to God’s forever Heaven. On Tuesday, May 30, we held a great celebration of life.

The service was held in a small town. As I was driving to the funeral service I thought, “there won’t be many people at the service.” Was I wrong! The chapel was full. People from all across the community had come to pay their respects. The resident had made a real impact on many people. It became obvious that her daughter and grandson are continuing the legacy left by a mother and grandmother.

When the service at the chapel concluded most people went to their cars and joined the procession to the graveside. The local police department provided an escort to the cemetery. While traveling in the processional I noticed cars stopping and even men getting out of their vehicles and removing their hats. It was an intentional expression of respect. Respect for the death of an individual, and for the family and friends that were grieving. The whole experience reminded me that people deserve respect. Even if we don’t know them or their stories we can show respect.

Make a difference! Show Respect!!

 Dr. Scott Payne, Regional Spirituality Director

6025 Primacy Parkway

Memphis, Tennessee 38119

901-512-7260

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The Way to Build

It shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:14-15 NRSV

The way has been prepared. Obstacles and obstructions have been removed. The long-awaited bridge to a major road in our city is opening. The black drapes covering the exit signed have been removed and the barriers blocking the entrance will be removed. This bridge has been in the planning stages, the erecting stages, the testing stages, the signage stages, the newscasts, and now, the opening awaits us. Two major roads will finally connect after years of exiting and navigating surface streets between them.

Anecdotes from history remind us that when a town or city wanted to build a cathedral, they started by planting trees. It might take one hundred years and several generations to erect a cathedral or ornate place of worship. The faith to plant trees by the elders of the community was realized by their children and grandchildren seeing the edifice completed with the wood that began as seeds and seedlings.

God revives the humble and contrite. Let us pay attention to what is reviving in us. Creative ideas may be divinely-inspired ideas. Let us listen to our inner voice of creativity; it might be from God! When we think and have ideas such as “Wouldn’t it be nice if _____[fill in the blank] happened?”, are we ready to dream about it, cast a vision with a friend, consult an expert, make plans, or plant trees?  How will we prepare the way for greater things? Hopefully, we will prepare with grace and humility.

Prayer: God, You are the One who gives grace to the humble. We thank you for creative ideas, for plans to build, for dreams to be realized, for inspired thoughts to come to fruition. Give us wisdom to prepare the way, to navigate obstacles, remove obstructions, and live long enough to see some of this legacy You are inspiring. Amen.

Chaplain Nancy Penton

Signature HealthCARE of Buckhead
54 Peachtree Park Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 351-6041

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We Can Do It!

Sacred Six: Positivity Message

Numbers 13:30 –
“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

For the month of June, the Sacred Six that is highlighted is “Positivity.” There is no one, in my opinion that shows positivity more than Caleb. If you recall the event, Moses sends some spies to go see the land of Canaan. As the men return to give their report, Caleb and Joshua are the only two who come back and report that they positively believe that God will guide the people of Israel to overtake the land of Canaan. However, the others, around 11 or so, come back and state that there is no earthly way that the people of Israel can overtake the people of Canaan because, “they are stronger than we are…”

How often have any one of us looked at a situation and have said, “God, there is no way I can do this or that.” And yet, God reminds us day after day that He is with us, that He will provide for us, and that He will protect us and grant us strength to handle any situation we may face. For you see, as the angel told Mary, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

So lift up your positivity. YOU CAN DO IT! There is nothing out there that can stop you as a stakeholder except when you tell yourself, “I Can’t.”

Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck
Signature HealthCARE of Coshocton
100 S. Whitewoman Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
(740) 622-1220

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Receiving Bad News

Receiving Bad News
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the sea. . . Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD. . .” (2 Chron 20:2-3).
Have you ever had someone bring you really bad news? It was so bad that when you heard it your stomach immediately became upset. You went into a crisis mode. I once received a letter that brought such fear upon me I could hardly stand up.
This was the situation for King Jehoshaphat. He had just been informed that his country was going to be attacked by an army much larger than his. However, instead of panicking, he immediately turned to the Lord by calling for a time of a fasting and prayer. The people from every town in Judah responded.
King Jehoshaphat prayed and reminded God of His promise to Israel. Then he asked God for strategy. “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” At the end of his prayer it says they waited on God’s answer. It came through the prophet, Jahaziel son of Zechariah. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s'” (2 Chron 20:15-16).
God supernaturally wiped out their enemies that day. They didn’t even have to fight. God caused the enemy to fight themselves. However, the one thing they did do that began the ambush was when they began to praise God on the battlefield. “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated” (2 Chron 20:22-23).
Jehoshaphat immediately did four things in response to bad news. He called for prayer, he called for fasting, he asked for God’s strategy, and he began his battle by praising God in the midst of the battle.
Maybe you’ve just gotten some bad news. If so, follow the example of Jehoshaphat. Pray. Fast. Ask. Praise.

“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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Greatness

SACRED SIX: TEAMWORK MESSAGE

Greatness

Mark 9:35 in The Message reads, “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

Do you get up in the mornings saying to yourself, “I am great?” If any of us do, we probably wouldn’t admit it publicly. We seem to think that proclaiming our “not so greatness” is somehow more honorable.

How about this idea. Try getting up in the morning saying, “I am going to help everybody else to be great today.” If you see someone struggling, offer to help them do it on their own. Encourage. If you need help, think of who, by helping you, would be greater because they learned or achieved something.

The more you help others on your team to be great members of the team, you will find hidden in all that your own greatness.

UCLA coach John Wooden used to say that a player who makes a team great is better than a great player.

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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Exceeding Expectations

Exceeding Expectations
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“She said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard'” (1 Kings 10:6-8).
“I’m shocked,” said the woman on the phone. “I’ve just seen your picture. I was expecting a grey haired old man. You are too young to have the wisdom that I read in your messages.”
When people meet you, or experience your work life skills, would they say that you far exceeded their expectations? Do you undersell and over produce, or oversell and under produce? Solomon’s wisdom far exceeded any man’s wisdom and it was evident to others. When people come in contact with you do they come away with a sense of greater appreciation of you after meeting you?
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Prov 22:29). Whenever we exceed the expectations of man, we bring glory to our Heavenly Father and He often elevates us among men.
Bezalel was a man who designed the ark of the covenant for Moses because God handpicked him to design it because of his exceptional skill. Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others” (Ex 35:30-35).
If there were a Kingdom project to be done would God recommend you for the job? God calls you and me to live our lives and do our work with excellence.

“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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Receiving Advice

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:20-21

No one likes discipline….babies cry, teenagers rebel, and adults ignore. No matter what our age being reprimanded never feels good in the moment. However, in the end if we know it’s being doled out through love it’s easier to accept it’s for our own good.

God’s love is unconditional, unfailing, and never-ending. HE has purpose in HIS creations. Therefore, even though it’s human nature to feel we are the ones in control of our lives God will be the first to swiftly remind us HE is the one in charge. As the comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, would say in regards to disciplining children, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out!”

It’s imperative we listen to the advice of our Father. When must understand free will is a privilege not a right and when we step outside the boundaries of HIS plans for our life HE will lovingly step in to put us back on the path HE desires.

Are we kicking and screaming like a baby blind to HIS reasons for discipline? Are we in constant rebellion or just plain ignoring what our Creator is telling us?

Let’s relinquish those perfectly laid out plans for our futures and seek to follow HIS plans instead. Our thoughts, bodies, and spirits belong to HIM.

Will you be counted amongst the wise?

In Him,
Melanie Kern

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Awakening

SACRED SIX: POSITIVITY MESSAGE

AWAKENING

He is like dawn’s first light, like bright sun blazing on a cloudless morning, glistening on grassland that flourishes after a rain shower.
2 Samuel 23:4 (ISV)

Do you remember mornings when you could jump out of bed, dress, and be ready to go in minutes without having your head in a fog? I remember younger days when mornings brought a new sense of adventure because of child-like wonder. After the thunderstorms that washed the world clean last night, the light of God’s Spirit blazes hope and renewal on our morning.

Having responsibilities and goals as adults does not mean that we have to wake up every morning with the weight of the world on our shoulders. While we may have to endure the physical effects of getting older, we can wake up thankful for the morning and the fact we are able to greet it.

The sun came up this morning like every other day, but this day has never been before. Events today will be similar to others, but we each have the power to choose what we will do with them. Every day, including today, can be an awakening spiritually, as well as physically. Look for the miracles embedded into the mundane. Flourish today in the light of God.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483
(330)-372-2251
chaplain.warren@signaturehealthcarellc.com

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