All Day Lollipop

Sharing Compliments

Remember the big as your face all day lollipops?

Those treats had staying power didn’t they?  My little brother could lick on his lollipop for days and then pop it in the fridge when he went into sugar overload.

Similarly, a well thought out compliment can last for days and have far reaching impact. Why just the other day, someone caught me off guard by paying me a compliment in front of my peers.   In front of my peers!  Well, that was just like extra sawmill gravy spooned up on a hot, flaky biscuit.  I thought that I was about to go to heaven in that moment.   My heart jumped and my spirit soared. I felt like a mouse that had been accidently locked in the Swiss cheese factory overnight.  And what’s more, that compliment lasted for days after being delivered.  It has been weeks and still I smell its perfume.

Prayer: Father thank You for the good things of life and help me to compliment others to help build one another up.

Chaplain Larry Limbaugh
Signature Healthcare of Gainesville


I Need Help!

I Need Help

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelation 3:17

As a chaplain sometimes it’s hard to say we need help. As an executive it’s hard to say we need help. As a Stakeholder it’s hard to say we need help. Excuse me, let me rephrase this statement. I would suggest to you that we neglect to say we need help because for some of us acknowledging this would be perceived as a sign of weakness. For those of you that feel this way let me encourage you with this scripture, Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Amen. This scripture along with the one in Revelation 3 invite us to do two things: 1. Acknowledge the state we’re in as it pertains to our relationship with God, and 2. Recognize that God gives us his strength when we are weak. So Chaplain Army/Signature Revolution, if you need help, Just Ask?

Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us the help we need in times of adversity. Amen

 Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Road


Being Engaged

Matthew 15:8 -Jesus said, “This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” 

There is a program on television, I’m not sure its real title or what station it is on, that focuses on individuals lip syncing songs. Their mouths move to the words, but they are not really singing it. Where I come from, we used to call that “lip service.” Lip service, from what I recall, was those who mouthed the words that they were going to do something, but never really did a thing.

Does anyone, other than me, see “lip service” happening a lot in our world today? “I’ll help out,” yet you never see that individual present. “I’ll make sure that such and such is done,” yet when you go back to see if something is accomplished, it isn’t yet. “I think this needs to be done,” yet that individual is willing to give their opinion but does nothing to change.   

Jesus, I think, in our text today shares his views about “lip service.” HE DOESN’T LIKE IT! At Signature we have a word that we use. It is ENGAGEMENT. When I hear that word, I think of what Jesus said to the people in Matthew’s gospel. Engagement is not lip service. Engagement is actively and willing putting our “heart” into it. So when you look at what you do, whether you are stakeholder, manager, resident, or family member remember Jesus’ words and ask yourself, “Am I just offering lip service, or am I engaged?” 

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




Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. Ecclesiastes 4:9

I was one of those naughty little kids who liked to play on the railroad tracks not far from our house in Windsor, MO. Of course, it was in the late ’60s, so nobody worried about their kids then like they do now. We would see who could walk the farthest on the track like on a balance beam by counting the number of ties we crossed. None of my friends or I could make it more than five or six ties.

Had we known the story Zig Ziglar used to tell, we would have done better. Even though railroad rails are rounded on the top and difficult to walk on, if two people walk on opposite sides at the same time with their hands joined, they balance each other. Walking that way, they can walk the rails as far as they want to go.

Isn’t that a great illustration of partnership? Going through life alone is difficult if not impossible. However, if you find a person you can rely on who also relies on you to go in a common direction, the partnership between the two of you will take you both as far as you want to go.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

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

Give Me That!

Sacred Six: Patience

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” – (Galatians 6:9) KJV

I read the story about a father who wanted to reward his sons with a gift. The father told the boys to be careful with what they wanted and basically take their time with selection. As the boys excitedly went into the store they saw some small inexpensive gifts and indicated to the dad that this would be good.

The father told the boys that they needed to look at some other places and make sure this is what they wanted. After some other shopping the boys went into a sporting store and saw some basketballs, bats, gloves and some other items and decided this was what they wanted. Again the father told the boys to make sure that this is what they wanted and maybe they should look a little more before making their final decision.

A little while later the dad took the boys into a bicycle shop and back in the rear of the store there were two identical 10 speed bicycles! As the boys stood there looking at the bicycles, not saying a word due to the cost of the bicycles the dad spoke up and said, “Is this what you want?” The boys excitedly said yes, both finding it difficult to believe that they would be getting  a gift so expensive!

The moral of the story is, “the dad wanted to bless his sons with something really nice, but they were willing to settle for less!”

I wonder how many times we have settled for less than the best simply because we failed to listen to the Holy Spirit and to wait on God?

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31) KJV

Prayer: “Lord help us to patiently wait upon you!”

 Rev. Ronnie Case- Chaplain

Director of Spirituality

The Bridge at So.Pittsburg





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I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philppians 4:12-13

As I reflect on these words by the Apostle Paul so many things come to my mind, for instance, I remember when money was funny, when some bills would be paid and others had to wait till the next pay check, and lastly when food was low. These are just some of the things that I would like to mention at this time. So what does this scripture mean for Signature Healthcare? When the census is low! God will provide. When the morale in our facility is not where it needs to be. God will work things out. Chaplain Army/Signature Revolution, God wants you to understand that no matter what you face in life and in your facilities he will be there to help you. NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION MAY BE. When you have a lot or you have a little. He is teaching us patience. So my brothers and sisters when you feel the itch to complain about your situation think about this quote.

It might take a year, it might take a day, but what’s meant to be will always find its way. Prayer: Lord, help us to remain faithful and be patient when everything around is challenging. Amen

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Road

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Ever Thought About Being a Blacksmith?

Being an Encourager

 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NIV

Have you ever thought of yourself as being a blacksmith? What types of tools would you need if you were?

“The blacksmith’s essential equipment consists of a forge, or furnace, in which smelted iron is heated so that it can be worked easily; an anvil, a heavy, firmly secured, steel-surfaced block upon which the piece of iron is worked; tongs to hold the iron on the anvil; and hammers, chisels, and other implements to cut, shape, flatten, or weld the iron into the desired object.”

We are all standing in the fire with swelling temperatures that would melt any piece of metal. But do we want to be just any type of metal held next to the flame or do we want to be molded into a beautifully shaped steel surface design that will stand the test of time?

God has given each of us talents essential to use when we are being held over the fiery pit. We must never be selfish with those skills. God has equipped each of us with a purpose. When we tear one another down instead of building one another up we are being mockers of those specially designed gifts God has given.

Will we keep our craftsmanship hidden? Will we chisel away all the good in one another until we’ve become flattened or weld one another into who God designed us to be?

The fire we stand over will either melt us or shape us. Let’s mold and sharpen one another until we’ve built up an army of God’s soldiers!

Have a Welding Wednesday!

Only by HIS design,
Melanie Kern


Real Compassion


II Corinthians 1: 3-4 NIV reads
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

 As an only child I don’t have a lot of family, my dad was orphaned at the age of 12 and I lost both my grandparents while in high school.  Outside of my parents, I have 2 Aunt’s and an Uncle and 5 five first cousins, but the family that I do have I am extremely close too.One of my cousins is named Kim, she served our country faithfully as an RN in the Air Force for 20 plus years with several years as a cardiac nurse.  I went out for her retirement ceremony in San Antonio and really felt compelled to ask her to be by my side during my surgery but didn’t want to ask her while we were celebrating her retirement.  But on my last day of my visit I asked her, “Would you please consider being by my side during surgery to comfort my family and let them know everything was going to be ok…” it took her all of three seconds to say yes. 

The day of my open heart surgery things went according to plan, until I got into recovery where my family was sitting and kept seeing all these units of blood go back.  My mom was worried and was praying so hard, my wife was worried, the Case Manager did her best to try to alleviate the fears of my family, but my cousin Kim knew something was wrong and confronted her, where she informed her, “Yes, the surgeon was concerned, we have given him 6 units of blood and he’s considering taking him back to surgery.” 

The good news was the bleeding stopped and they didn’t need to take me back for more surgery but the other good news was also that I had a compassionate advocate that was there for me when my family needed her. The scriptures refer to this in the passage above…that we serve a God that is the “Father of Compassion and All Comfort” and like my cousin Kim, comforts us so much, “so that we can comfort others in others with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Fifteen years ago Kim lost a baby to SIDS, as you can imagine our family rallied around her, but during that time she received the same comfort then that I would later receive from God  during my open heart surgery and she was empowered to pass that love and compassion on to me during my time of need.

Kim literally slept by my bed for two nights, sacrificing time with her boys where she was supposed to be a chaperone for a camp they were attending out of compassion for me.  That was both humbling and overwhelming.


It was such a comfort to me and my family for her to be with me!

Every day, we get serve “those that are in trouble” I wonder are we acting as the Servant Leaders that the “Father of Compassion and Comfort” would have us be?  Do we answer call lights?  Take the time to listen to our patient’s concerns with compassion?  Listen to our staff members concerns?  If not, we are missing out on our blessing of “paying it forward” from the mercy and compassion we receive from our Heavenly Father.

The narrative portion of our Sacred Six of Compassion actually even takes it a little bit farther when it says “I will seek out those in need and help to relieve their suffering”  I wonder how much we could change the culture if we actively searched for someone every day in our buildings to relieve their suffering?  I think it would be “revolutionary” and honor “The Father of Compassion.” 

Prayer: Father today may I be a person of compassion.  Help me to put myself in someone else’s shoes and try to understand what the next person may be going through in life.  Help me to be a blessing to both them and myself by offering compassion. 

Gary S. Cooke
Administrator SHC Jacksonville


“The Cure”


“The Cure”

I think of all the diseases I have encountered since beginning to work in the clinical setting as a chaplain. These illnesses are pitiless and many times terminal.  I continue to be amazed by patients who show such profound courage and faith amidst such trying circumstances every day. My heart breaks when I see patients struggling with AIDS, cancer, COPD, diabetes and so many more debilitating conditions. I count it as a high honor to minister in times of such distress and suffering. I prayerfully turn to God for intercession and wisdom.

Yet, there is a terrible disease which is curable within the walls of the medical facilities we walk and work.

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” -Mother Teresa

One of the worst diseases is to be a no-body and it is totally curable! A person doesn’t have to suffer from this malady ever! We must strive to see deeper than the conditions we treat and remember the person made in God’s image. We are called to care holistically for our residents and to nurture body, mind, and soul. Patch Adams once said, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose–You treat a Person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

The cure is within you.

Chaplain Laws Rushing
Director of Spiritual Care
Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux
Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation





The Process

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

In my short life upon this earth I have come to learn that going through a process is just a way of life. Some of us may despise this term, I feel your pain. I believe that going through a process makes an individual stronger. For instance, the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers adopted this term last season. To make a long story short this NBA team was the worst in the league last season. Meanwhile for the past few years they have received the first pick in the NBA Draft. Last year they received Ben Simmons but he never played due to a foot injury before the season started. The year before that they selected Joel Embid who was sidelined due to injury. However, last year he made a big impact on the court, but suffered an injury which caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Chaplain Army/Signature Revolution, I don’t know what you’re going through in your facilities, but God is putting you through a process that will make you stronger. Don’t get discouraged because God has something in store, just remain patient and faithful.

Lastly, this past draft the Sixers selected Marekelle Fultz and they believe this young man in addition to Simmons and Embid will make the team better and the process they went through worth it.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the process you put us through to make us better servants in your army. Be with my brothers and sisters in their facilities. May they show through their words and actions patience, positivity, integrity, teamwork, compassion, and respect.

Chaplain Robert Lee White III
Signature Healthcare at Tower Road