Bloom Where you are Planted

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Matthew 25:14-17

When I lived in Huntsville, Alabama there was a woman that shared a story with me that left a lasting impression on me and I would like to share it with you at this time. For the sake of privacy the woman’s name is Miss Jones. Miss Jones took a book (Our Daily Bread) out of her purse and said, “Turn to page 25 and read the title back to me.” So I took the (Our Daily Bread) book and read the title. The title was “Bloom where you’re planted.” After reading this beautiful devotional she said these words to me “Go and bloom where God has planted you”.

Our scripture this morning says that a man was going on a journey, but before he left he gave his servants an assignment. What is important to mention is that each person had an assignment whether it was big or small. It was left up to them if they would complete the assignment. Well, we know that two out of the three completed their assignment, but the last one didn’t because his focus was on the wrong thing. What is the point Chaplain White? I’m glad you asked.  It’s simple. Bloom where you’re planted.”

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Rd
Marietta, GA

 

Helping Together

SACRED SIX: TEAMWORK MESSAGE

 Luke 5:18-19 – “And behold, some men were bring on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.”

 When I think of our Sacred Six on Teamwork, I am reminded of the healing of the paralytic. Four friends (we assume four because of the ability to hold a mat/cot) willingly bring their friend to find healing and finding no possible way to bring him through the front door decide to rip open the house’s roof and lower him down. All four had the same goal. All four had the same desire. Their willingness to help their friend who was paralyzed was their focus and their concern. What wasn’t their focus was their own needs or their own feelings or everyone noticing in the house what great guys they were. Instead, they chose to work as a team to help their friend who was first and foremost in their mind.  

 I sometimes wonder if we act like the friends in our working as a team, or do we send a different picture? Can you imagine what that day would have been like if the four friends would have said under their breath, or out loud, to each other, “Well, I know I am carrying my side of the bed, but that person isn’t doing half as much as me.” “Well, if I was in charge of this situation, I’d have done that a heck of a lot differently.” “That guy at the foot of the bed is doing nothing while I’m up here at the front doing everything. I know because I have been keeping my eye on him this whole time.”

 Fortunately for the paralyzed man his friends worked together as a team and he was healed. We too have the responsibility, as a team, to heal our residents’ mind, body and soul. But the only way that can happen is when we place our residents first and foremost in our work instead of ourselves. So as we await a new administrator, and we deal with the stresses of each day, let’s work as a team. I’m sure a lot of healing will happen.

 Chaplain Mark E. Brodbeck

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

World’s Greatest Bargain

 

I love a good bargain! I enjoy perusing thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales. It is always a treat to find an old book, cool shirt or a picture at a fraction of the cost. So today, I want to give you the greatest bargain on earth.

The most valuable thing you can do is the least expensive: Pay Attention.

Pay attention to the world. It’s important that we know what is happening in our country and planet and make good informed decisions. We are citizens of the world and live in a network of mutuality and consideration.

Pay attention to your family and friends. Relationships are the most important thing in our lives. They need nourishing and care. Don’t forget the people who matter most!!

Pay attention at work. Every job requires attentiveness and focus. We should give our fellow workers our undivided attention while in meetings and problem solving.

Pay attention to our patients. Our patients and residents are our purpose! We have a high calling which requires awareness and responsiveness.

Pay attention to yourself. Leaders and caregivers must be in the habit of self-care. We can accomplish the most when we are whole, healthy, and well.

Pay attention to God. Remember our Creator and Redeemer who has loved us into existence and sustains us this very day.

Paying attention is really the greatest bargain on earth!

Laws Rushing, Chaplain

Director of Spiritual Care

chaplain2.bordeaux@signaturehealthllc.com

Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation

Remaining In That Dwelling

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

Psalm 27:4 NIV

Dear Lord,

We ask so many things of you daily. If only we could remember before our feet hit the floor each morning to take time to stare into your temple. I can see you this morning in all your glory as you stand before me. Oh, the beauty, comfort, and peace that comes from watching you as I sit protected within the walls of your house. Lord, I ask, yet one thing today of every person whom you’ve created….may we never lose sight of your existence and the shelter your house provides. Amen.

May we swim in HIS dwelling drowning out the noises of others knocking never opening our door to an opportunity that doesn’t have the Lord’s hand on the doorknob. Amen.

 Have a Temple Monday and remain in that dwelling all the days of our life!

 Basking in HIS Beauty,

Melanie Kern
melmelkern89@gmail.com

 

Seasons of Life

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

 Just as summer is about to fade into the distance and the crisp season of fall approaches, so too, will our troubles and happiest moments.

If you are traveling through a difficult season in your life, I pray for you to hold on knowing a new season is on its way. Sometimes certain seasons last longer than others where we never even notice they are changing but God is still present controlling the winds, rain, snowfall, and sunshine. When you aren’t able to see the sun or feel the warmth on your skin any longer, hold on knowing God is still present in your life managing every minuscule detail in your life.

Deuteronomy 31:6New International Version (NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Listen to Mandisa’s song, “Stronger” for encouragement today. I’m praying for you.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stronger/id785592033?i=785592035

Holding on to HIM,
Melanie Kern
melmelkern89@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Patience

“Strengthened with all might, according to the glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Colossians 1:11

Our Sacred Six focus for the month of August has been patience.  And patience is perhaps the one virtue presented in the Sacred Six that most of us struggle with.  In a society where we expect everything yesterday patience can be a very difficult task.  We live in a microwave generation where we expect instant success: instant gratification, instant wealth, instant career growth, instant change, and the list goes on and on.  I mean we have at the tip of our fingers instant communication: social media, fax, phone, high speed internet, etc.  And when we have to wait the process is never easy.  There are several stages to a dream that has been given to us from God. 

 First, we are given a dream.  Secondly, we have a delay period.  This delay period is the trying of our patience.  The delay is the most difficult time because we don’t like to wait.  However, if we have patience and do the work it will bring us to our third stage which is difficulty.  This is another time of testing of our patience.  During this stage our character is being built.  During the difficulty sometimes we feel like we are in a dead-end situation.  But if you just hold on and don’t give up and keep on persevering you are almost there.  Which brings us to our final step and that is deliverance.  Deliverance is on the way through the act of patience.

 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

 Prayer: Father today may I be full of patience.  May I persevere and be determined to not quit but to make it to the deliverance. 

 Dwayne Lowe
Spirituality Pillar
Regional Spirituality Director
ndlowe@signaturehealthcarellc.com

 

Perseverance

SACRED SIX: PATIENCE/TEAMWORK MESSAGE

Perseverance

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4

For those of you who don’t know I just moved into my first house. Praise the Lord! It has been a wonderful experience unpacking boxes and getting the house fixed up. My mother in law came from Michigan and helped us out for two weeks so that was great. In addition, to this we had a gentlemen come to cut our grass and he did a great job. Well, two weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of cutting the grass for the first time.

Unfortunately, it had been about four weeks since the last time the grass was cut because of rain. To my surprise the grass was extremely thick and my lawn mower kept cutting off. As a result, I wanted to call a lawn mower service. However, my wife wanted us to cut the grass together. To make a long story short it took me four days to cut the grass because I wanted a lawn mower service to do the job because of the shape that our grass was in, but my wife was persistent. I learned a very valuable lesson from my wife and it was this. You don’t have to call someone to do a job that you can do with someone else that is willing to help.

So Chaplain Army/Signature Revolution, I say the same to you. You don’t have to take the easy way out to get something done. If someone offers to assist you in some task don’t be afraid to extend your hand and say, “Ok, let’s do this together.  Teamwork is a part of our Sacred Six.

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Rd
Marietta, GA

 

Vacuum

SACRED SIX: POSITIVITY MESSAGE

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 15:7 (NRSV)

 The principle of a vacuum cleaner is that the motor and fan inside create a vacuum within the machine and then the air outside rushes in to fill it. We tend to focus on whether it is picking up dirt or not, so when it isn’t picking up as well as it should, we check the bag. We empty the bag so that it will suck up more dirt. The focus is on dirt coming in and dirt going out. It’s not that we have a fascination with dirt. We just need to use these things so that the dirt isn’t in our living space and we can get rid of it.

 So if you were to choose, would you say your life is more like the clean living space or the vacuum? If we focus on only having what we need in life and letting the rest go, it will be that way. If we focus on constantly dealing with the dirt that accumulates in life, we will be more like the vacuum. If we collect all the dirt not only in our own lives but the dirt on everyone else, our lives will be more like the bag.

 I don’t think anyone intentionally wants to carry around an emotional, mental, or spiritual bag of dirt, but life is consciousness and our consciousness is filled with whatever we focus on. If we want our minds and spirits to be like the clean room, we have to create a vacuum by being willing to wait on what we really want. That means we have to let go of all the things we don’t want while intentionally not letting that vacuum get filled with life’s dirt. Sometimes, the reason prayers are not answered is because we are praying for what we want while filling our lives with the dirt we don’t want.

 Allow yourself to empty the bag, release what you don’t want from your life, and allow that vacuum to be filled by the blessings of the universe. Allow your life to be the clean space you want because you certainly deserve it.

 Dr. Wayne Dyer said, You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.

 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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Eternal Task

Every routine task is eternal.

We are called to everyday life to apply the art of a craftsman.  Love is a high art, requiring sacrifice, and skill won through tedium and boredom. 

Everything is a portal into heaven.  Picking up trash, typing a simple devotion, smiling at an unhappy face, greeting your wife with pleasantness as you return home from a tough day, schlepping the garbage to the curb, making time for the lonely.  Each life act executed with grace and kindness opens wide the door of a generous and beautiful heaven.

Because, everything is eternal.

Our lives are our body of work.

Prayer:  Father help me today to stay focused on the task that leads to great rewards.

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh
Signature Healthcare of Gainesville
chaplain.gainesville@signaturehealthcarellc.com 

 

You Better

SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE

“You better!” Compassion Message

One of the great things about working in the long term care setting is the opportunity to learn from our elders. Just think of all the experience and wisdom one is potentially surrounded by in Signature facilities! The other day, I got to visit with one of my favorite elders who is 100 years old. She always responds that she is “blessed and highly favored.”

I told her, “I love you.” She then gave me some sage advice! She replied: “You better! If you don’t love me, it will keep you out of Heaven!”

I thought about it for a minute and said, “You are right!” We are all called to love!  What we mean by love is more than just affection, companionship or attractiveness. Love is unconditionally desiring the good of another and living according to that value. This value is ultimately derived in God himself and is to be directed to all humanity (no matter what and even to our enemies).

So remember when someone is difficult to love, “You better! If you don’t love them, it will keep you out of Heaven!”

Chaplain Laws Rushing
Director of Spiritual Care
chaplain2.bordeaux@signaturehealthllc.com
Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation