Be Joyful


Be Joyful

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:12 NIV

In my daughter’s first grade class there is a little boy confined to a wheelchair. When I read today’s Verse I thought of him and others I know who for the rest of their lives will never have full body capabilities like me. How can one possibly remain patient in their affliction when it’s never ending?

I’ve had one of those weeks where I just don’t feel good at all. I’m tired, grumpy, and small problems have turned into mountains to climb in my mind where I’ve had zero patience. I’ve complained, cried, and wanted so badly just to stay in bed today.

Don’t you just love how the Lord works? HE sent me this verse planting images in my head of my daughter’s classmate zooming down the hallways of our school in his motorized wheelchair. When the hallways are cleared he likes to push his controls forward and drive as if it were a race car in the Indy 500. Rumor has it….he’s kept a secret from his classmates and is going to perform the popular kid dance, “Whip and Nae-Nae” during our weekly brain break today. Of course he’ll have to have someone lift him from the chair and place a walker in front of him to do so.

Dear Lord,
I love our relationship. You know exactly what I need to hear to get me going. I’ll get out of bed today with a determination and perspective I haven’t had all week. I will be more joyful, hopeful, and patient. I will pray for others who live with lifetime physical afflictions and be grateful when both my feet hit the floor this morning. You are my Rock! Amen.

God has been there all week ready to listen but I’ve chosen to wallow instead of talking to HIM about it. I’m grateful HE grabs my attention through HIS word!

What has HE been after you about this week? HE’ll speak to you just as HE did me this morning either through HIS word or through circumstances. All we have to do is slow down, be patient, open our eyes, and ears and be willing to accept what HE’s saying to us.

By HIS merciful hand,
Melanie Kern

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Give Me This Mountain


Give Me This Mountain

“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day… It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said” Joshua 14:12 (NKJV).
How I love this spirit of conquest! Caleb is 85 years old, an age when most want a vine-covered cottage in Paradise Valley with a Cracker Barrel chair on the porch, yet he understands God’s promise does not contain an expiration date! He also understands the Power of the Ask.
He says, “Joshua, I remember God said to me 45 years ago this inheritance would be mine. I’m hale and hearty; the fire still burns in my soul. I know there are mountains. I know the enemy is in walled cities and they are giants. I’m not denying reality, but I’m affirming God’s power. Therefore, give me this mountain.”
I see some mountains on my horizon: a State Survey, an increase in Census and a disruptive renovation are in my line of sight. Other mountains I do not yet see lie just around the bend. I am asking Jehovah is Salvation for conquest in these, and other endeavors.
A myriad of mountains require scaling: positive clinical outcomes, embodying the Sacred Six, and issues of atmosphere, engagement and empowerment – to name a few. What mountains lie before you?
God, all power, all strength, all knowledge, all wisdom and all glory reside in You! We confess we inherently do not possess what it takes to achieve victory. That’s why we ask You for the victory You already have provided. We climb those mountains, scale those walls and face those giants holding on to the blessed assurance You go before us to make our way prosperous and grant us good success (cf. Joshua 1:8). We ask this in Your Great Name.

Harry Mullins, Chaplain
Signature HealthCARE of Chillicothe
60 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 772-5900


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Two Things are True

“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12

Two things are true.
If you ever climb into the Administrator Marie Griffin’s sedan for a lift to a Signature meeting, first of all you get a cake donut, and secondly you are a captive to her leadership tapes.
The tapes are really good, inspiring one to great leadership; the donut, well, it may have been a day old.
And I have found one more thing that is true about leadership.
There is a little, utilized Leader who can show us the way through added responsibilities, negativity, and increasing demands at work. Lately, I have been talking to Jesus long and hard about people and changes at work, and what have I found?
Well, work progresses more smoothly. Added work tasks aren’t onerous; they even turn out to be joys. And the compliments, my lands O’ Goshen, are coming out of the woodwork. Dragon-like enemies shrink to Teddy bears. And what’s more, I can’t wait to get to work to mix it up with friends, knowing that the Cosmic CEO has my back and is pulling all the strings in my favor, sans doughnut.

Larry Limbaugh
Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

I do so love the exquisite taste of my own medicine.

Not too long ago, I encouraged someone to experiment with calling on the Lord for help when he was in need. He said back to me, “You know I don’t believe in that stuff, but okay, I will try it. But just so you know, if it doesn’t work, I will throw the whole idea into the trash.”

“Okay, fair enough.” I said to him.

Then he asked me, “Hey, how is that book you are writing coming along?” He knew I had been attempting to write for about five years and he had been after me about it for some time now. Then he added this stinger, “What are you, lazy?”

My only response to him was the simple truth. “Well, I haven’t started yet.” I told him.

“Well, why don’t you ask the Lord for help?” was his quick response.

Touché, my friend, touché’!

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh
Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center
2970 Scarlet Road
Winter Park, FL 32792

Finding Purpose

John the Baptist was the Greatest
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman

“I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt 11:11-12).

John the Baptist did no miracles. Elijah performed miracle after miracle. Daniel interpreted dreams for kings and he and his friends impacted an entire nation. Jeremiah and Isaiah were two of Israel’s greatest prophetic voices. Jesus built his church through the twelve disciples. But Jesus made a profound declaration about this man who performed no miracles – He is the greatest among all the prophets.
Why did Jesus make such a claim? Because he did one very important thing – he fulfilled his purpose on earth in every way.
The disciples asked John the Baptist, “Are you the one we have been waiting for? John responded quickly, “No.” Then he made a profound statement: “A man can receive only what God gives him” (John 3:27). He had a complete understanding of why he was placed on earth.
Jesus proclaimed John the Baptist was the greatest because he (John) knew and fulfilled his purpose. The angel Gabriel described John’s purpose to his father: “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
His purpose was absolutely necessary to be achieved in order to prepare the way for Jesus. Do you know why God made you? Are you fulfilling the destiny He has planned for you since the foundation of the earth?
Understanding your work life purpose is key to receiving your inheritance. Paul said no matter what kind of work you do, if God has called you to do it, you will receive an inheritance for doing it. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col 3:23-25).
“Reprinted by permission from the author. Os Hillman is an international speaker and author of 15 books on workplace calling. To learn more, visit”

Give Thanks


Give Thanks

In one of her books, Corrie Ten Boom shares a moment when she was at the concentration camp in barracks number 28. The barracks was infested with fleas. It was almost unbearable, Corrie Ten Boom writes. But one night, the women came together, as they normally did, and Corrie remembers reading a verse from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which reads, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Corrie’s sister, who happened to be in the same concentration camp with her said after Corrie had read that verse, “God wants us to thank him for the fleas.” “No way!” Corrie said, “That’s taking religion just a little bit too far. And I am not going to thank God for these infernal fleas.” After a while, the nightly Bible studies that were being led by Corrie and her sister attracted more and more women. Corrie writes how she wondered if they would eventually get caught. She asked one of the women, “Why don’t the Nazis come in and check on us?” The woman responded, “It’s because of the fleas. They won’t come near this place for that reason.” And then Corrie remembered her conversation with her sister and simply said, “God, thank you for the fleas.”

Sometimes we take things for granted. In fact, sometimes we wonder how we could ever give thanks for anything. And yet, God is always blessing and will continue to bless each and everyone of us. It is true the blessing may not be huge. It is true the blessing may not be grand. In fact, it is true the blessing may be something we don’t think we should have (like fleas). And yet, God knows what we need. And he is willing and always able to grant it to us. So let’s be able to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

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


He is My Refuge

“I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 NIV

This verse appearing this morning isn’t a coincidence for me. Just a few hours ago, I had been awakened by a startling noise. I jumped out of bed with my trusty baseball bat in hand carefully checking the inside perimeters of my home. A neighborhood dog began to bark confirming he’d heard the same noise I had. My heart began racing as I walked over to the window and peered out into the darkness and watched for any signs of a lurking perpetrator.

Even though several minutes passed and I’d found nothing, I still felt uneasy. Yet, I finally resolved to pray and leave the “so-called thief in the night” in God’s hands, and go back to bed….The place I should’ve started before tiptoeing around asking for God’s help.

Have you ever felt uneasy about a similar situation? Have you ever gone into a battle without calling on the Lord first? Are you walking through the circumstances in your life playing “Mr. or Mrs. Fix It”? How much smoother do you think our lives would function if we stopped trying to fix things on our own and immediately ran to our house of defense?

Dear Lord,
I’m grateful for having you as my safe haven. You are my place of solitude when my mind and the circumstances surrounding me are spinning out of control. Thank you for constantly reminding me my need for you. You are my Rock, my Strength, my Protector, Prince of Peace, and Comforter. Amen.

Let the Lord be your first line of defense to all your problems today. Lay your worries, fears, and circumstances beyond your control at HIS feet.

Melanie Kern





Exodus 2: 11- 4:20

Moses provides a wonderful case study on how God called a leader out of a crowd to perform an assignment. However, he could not have performed his calling if it had not been for the help of “certified assistants” like Aaron as spokesman, Joshua as general and others.

As leaders our tasks would be impossible to perform without the assistance of other very important stakeholders.

One of our residents (after being assisted) was asked by a member of the nursing staff, “Do you know what CNA stands for?” She provided a surprising answer- “Christ’s Navigating Angel.”

How absolutely profound. For residents with faith, recognizing the hands of God working through the efforts of dedicated and faithful nursing assistants fulfills, for them, a promise of loving compassion.

Let us ALL endeavor to be CNA’s – angels in the lives of His children.

Use us dear Lord as your navigating angels, called to perform tasks in your name. Bless our efforts to your glory, we pray. Amen

Chaplain David P. Koenig
Signature HealthCARE of Fort Wayne
6006 Brandy Chase Cove
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 486-3001


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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13(NIV)

It is hard to walk in this world without causing or receiving offense. Sometimes we hurt others with a careless word or even with our facial expressions. Luke 17 says that offenses will come, there is no avoiding them!

It is very easy to develop bitterness toward the offender. If we aren’t careful we will rehearse the offense over and over in our minds and build a mountain of pain. Bitterness and unresolved anger will eat at our peace, raising our blood pressure, and even taking away our sleep. The problem with holding on to the hurt is that it is unhealthy and doesn’t affect the offender. Emmet Fox said, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

So, what should we do when we get our feelings hurt?
1. Forgive – Colossians 3:13
2. Reconcile if possible, if not make a plan to get past the hurt
3. Stop rehearsing the story of hurt internally and externally
4. Ask for God’s help
5. If needed seek professional help

You don’t have to be bitter or be consumed by your feelings of anger and sadness. Pray with God and ask him to break the bonds of bitterness in your life. You will find a happier life!

Dear God, we come to you today and ask you to help us release the hurt and anger we are holding today. We have wasted enough of our energy and peace already. Set us free and give us a brand new start, Amen!

Reverend Charles Thornburg, MAC, BAH, ASM
Development Director-Spirituality Pillar/Urban-Post-Acute Chaplain Director
Signature Healthcare, LLC
12201 Bluegrass Parkway
Louisville, KY 40299


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“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
1 John 3:17-18 (NRSV)

How do things look around you right now? Do you see things exactly as you wish they would be? Everything is perfect? You would be a very unique person if that were true. Do you interact with other people whose circumstances and environment are less than desirable? We see people every day that give us pause to consider how blessed we are, but what do we do to help change their environment into whatever that person would wish it to be? In many cases, it isn’t our responsibility and we would be remiss to poke our noses into everyone else’s business where it doesn’t belong. There are those, however, who are directly in our realm of responsibility whose circumstances and environment are our absolute responsibility. Do we foresee what it can be like or do we complain about what it isn’t?

The difficult aspect of foresight is that those pesky trees get in the way of seeing the forest. We get so engaged in the circumstances of the present and absolutely, correctly seeing that something just isn’t right, that we can’t back up a little to be more objective and foresee what the correct picture ought to be. We collude with the present so the future becomes elusive. What if we could collude with the future, with what we can foresee, and let the present, less desirable circumstances fall away and die a graceful death? What if we take on the courage to foresee an environment of grace, beauty, dignity, and love surrounding each person within our realm of responsibility?

Such a thing isn’t so hard, really. It just requires a willingness to let go the payoff we get from complaining and embrace God’s involvement in creating what we foresee. Steven Covey wrote that humans uniquely possess self-awareness, imagination (“the ability to create in our minds beyond our present reality”), conscience (“a deep inner awareness of right and wrong”), and independent will (“the ability to act based on our self-awareness, free of all other influences”). Use what makes you uniquely human. The good that you foresee is the reality.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Viktor E. Frankl

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483


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