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The Narrow Way

“The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.” Proverbs 13:3 HCSB

I’ve really been struggling lately in how to handle a certain situation. It’s one of those “darned if you do-darned if you don’t,” type situations. One, if I’m not careful, my heart full of emotion could lead my mouth in a direction to a point of no return. So, I’ve prayed. And prayed. And prayed. As soon as I read today’s verse, I knew I’d received my answer but I didn’t like it.

“Wait a minute, Lord, but you don’t understand. I need to…” You see, even though I’d been praying for the Lord’s guidance, I’d really kind of already made up my mind how I was going to handle the situation. This is where disciplined obedience comes into play. Am I going to heed God’s warning through scripture or ignore it? I think my prayer for today is now, “God give me your strength to carry out your will.”

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Maybe you are right there with me this morning….wanting to go your own way instead of HIS. The Lord never said HIS way was going to be easy….

Matthew 7:13-14(NKJV)

The Narrow Way

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Have a Tight-Lip Friday! Avoid destruction and remain in HIS footsteps which will lead us through that narrow gate. Pray for me as I will you.

Melanie Kern

Kind Words

Sacred Six: Compassion Message

 Kind Words

“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

Proverbs 17:28 NIV

Have you ever allowed your mouth to run on your emotions rather than your head and heart controlling your tongue? I have just recently. The Lord knows me so well.

I emailed another teacher for the first time ever about a homework assignment which was given to my son over the weekend. After four hours into the assignment,  which contained incorrect websites he was to use to complete the project, I could feel the anger building up. Rather than stopping to pray about it, asking God how to handle the situation, I sent the email. In my mind I justified everything….”I’m being respectful and tactful with my words. I’m talking one teacher to another. I’m advocating for my son. She needs to know about the time constraints and mistakes on the assignment.”

While all those things may be true, the guilt, in whether or not I handled the situation appropriately, is still there. Here’s my point….had I actually calmed down enough to pray about it with my son ahead of time (a valuable teaching opportunity wasted), we both would have known without a shadow of a doubt if I’d handled it correctly or not.

Was I a fool or amongst the wise? I’m fairly certain after reading today’s verse…I was a fool. It didn’t appear by accident….it was God’s way of communicating with me. HE was telling me to learn to bite my tongue and I would’ve looked smart and not foolish amongst those involved in this particular situation.

Thank you, Lord, for always pointing me back to you.

Have a Thoughtful Thursday and think carefully about your words but better yet, PRAY about them before we use them!

 Only by HIS grace,

 Melanie Kern

Daily D on Positivity: Promises Just For You

20For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

This morning I want to share with you some promises found in the word of God that will help you not only in your facilities, but in your life. I pray that you apply these wonderful promises and share them with individuals that you encounter. Blessings.

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 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 whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:6-7

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. Numbers 13:31

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Jere 1:6-8

For verily I say unto you that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23

If ye shall ask any thing I my name, I will do it. John 14:14

The grass withereth; and the flower fadeth, but the word of God shall last forever. Isaiah 40:8

Trust in the Lord will all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Chaplain Robert Lee White III

Signature Healthcare at Tower Road

Marietta, Ga 30060


Here to Help

Matthew 8:5 – “When Jesus entered Capernaum; a centurion came to him, asking for help.”

As some of you know I am a fan of the old black and white versions of the Andy Griffith Show. I get a great chuckle out of Barney and when I think of the typecasting that was done for that program they couldn’t have found a better person than Don Knotts to play the part.

One of my favorites, because I have many, is the cave in episode where Helen and Andy go into a cave. There is a landslide and Helen and Andy, in the mind of Barney and the others, are trapped inside. The part of recall the most is when Barney is standing out in front of the cave and has his bullhorn. He states over and over again, “Now is the time for all men to come together and help their neighbor.”

 Doesn’t that sound like some good advice for all of us today? Throughout the Scriptures we read of Jesus coming to help of individuals. It doesn’t matter if they are young or old, male or female, Gentile or Jew, or rich or poor, Jesus is there to help. As stakeholders, I would hope that all of us have that same mindset. God has given us the responsibility of those that we work with and work for. May we be willing to step up to the plate and help.

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

There is more than one way to do morning staff devotions.

Of course prayer and scripture reading are the old tried and true ways, but what about a change up once and a while?:

A song.  |Why just last week the entire Leadership Staff sang the , “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to emphasize perseverance,

Meditation.  Why not just sit in silence and breath deeper that usual for about a minute?

Circle Fun.  Turn to the Leader on your right and tell them something good about themselves.

Stand Up Comedy.  I did two minutes of “Someone Walks into a Bar” jokes.  The Leaders laughed, faintly. See pics of Chaplain doing Stand Up  “A horse trots into a bar and the barkeeper says, “Why the long face?”

Exercise. March in place for a minute, better yet, turn on the music and dance like you are back in high school; love God with all your strength!

Larry Limbaugh, Chaplain
Signature Gainesville

Blessing of the Hands 2017

Building Bridges in the Communities We Serve

January has been a very fruitful month for networking here in the Spirituality Department. This month I have attended several University of Kentucky County Extension meetings from different facets of the organization here in Casey County to build bridges within our community. I am delighted to say that the results have been wildly successful. As a result, I have had the honor of being asked to serve as a Family and Consumer Sciences Council Member as a Signature Representative and representative of the elderly and aging population of Casey County. Photos from last year’s first and highly successful trellis garden sparked great interest and gave us a fair amount of credibility amongst the members of this agricultural county. Already the extension office has blessed us by involving us in the planning phase of forthcoming special projects from the Homemakers Club this spring. They include providing participation and sweets for our Spirituality Department Valentines Tea, making royal robes for our Valentines King and Queen Valentines Party, bringing birdhouses to assemble and paint, and making personalized wheelchair and walker caddies for our residents. A Petting Zoo Day is also in the works when the weather breaks as we link with the Casey County 4-H Department to continue our intergenerational connections. Because of this new networking opportunity, our home has also been invited to participate in collaborative community service efforts with the Community Garden Share Program, Seed Exchange, Community Safety Program, Community CPR Training and Grandparents Day. At each of these events, we have the opportunity to show off our “wares” and give back to the community. Many of these events will be taking place here at our home in Liberty. here at It’s all so exciting! The Revolution continues!
Dominic R. Gordon,
Chaplain Signature HealthCARE of Liberty

“Multiplying Spiritual Leadership” by Brian Morphonios, Regional Spirituality Director

Ever since the first disciples began to spread the good news of the gospel there has been a need for more laborers in the spiritual fields of life. This certainly continues to be the case in healthcare chaplaincy. There are so many needs and so few hours in the day. How can a small group of spiritual leaders called Chaplains/Spiritual Directors make an impact with so many needs among our residents, their families, our stakeholders, and their families as well? It may seem overwhelming, mostly because it is exactly that!

The answer to this quandary is as old as the church itself. We cannot meet the need by adding more ministers – we must MULTIPLY them instead! The multiplication happens when we cease to rely on professionals to get the job done, but instead utilize the expertise of the professionals (in our case the Chaplain/Spiritual Director team) to train an army of every day folks who can pray, encourage, and share the message of hope with the thousands who are in need of care.
One Chaplain/Spiritual Director is limited in how many lives he or she can touch in a single day. But if that chaplain can train and release a dozen or more others into the work, suddenly there is a flood of care and hope that is spread throughout our resident and stakeholder family.

This is the “new” strategy for our spirituality pillar. Obviously it’s really not “new” at all. It’s really a return to what has always worked in every community around the globe. Things may look a bit different in the short term. Chaplains/Spiritual Directors will be doing far more training of stakeholders than ever before. This will initially seem to reduce the touch our Chaplains/Spiritual Directors have among our residents, but the goal is to train and release an army of spiritual caregivers from among our talented and gifted stakeholders. Once this army gets engaged in meeting needs – anything from sharing a word of kindness and hope, to quick prayers at the bedside, to encouraging a fellow stakeholder – the whole organization will be deeply affected with spiritual growth and a culture of joyful hope. Volunteers from the community will also be trained and released to join the army – people already highly gifted from our area churches, synagogues, and other communities of faith.

Multiplying disciples – that’s the strategy for the Signature Army. It’s a vision big enough to include everyone who longs to be a part of spreading hope, joy, and care into the lives of those around us. Come and join this revolution of spirituality!

Comfort in the Middle Ground

I recently read a reflection about being comfortable in the middle ground between old and new.
When I look back over the last year and life in general, this reflection gives me comfort because life is always in the middle ground. Getting out of normalcy into unknown open space may feel like suffering, because it is letting go of what we are used to experiencing. If we aren’t willing to let go of yesterday, it becomes hard to enter new sacred space.
Because of circumstances in our personal lives, 2017 has brought much change to many stakeholders, residents/elders, and families who have found themselves in unfamiliar territory. Unprecedented changes to our industry has introduced challenges to the Signature family that have caused major disruption to our work flow as well as our personal lives.
The question is, “Am I going to find comfort in the disruption?”
Come back for more on this topic – finding middle ground between old and new.

“Spiritual Reflection”



“Spiritual Reflection”

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has suffering. Buddha

There is only one God and he is God to all.  We should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, and a Christian become a better Christian.  Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Recently Mother Teresa was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  How does someone become a Saint?  Aren’t those people from a long time ago who lived in a different time/culture than we do today?  What can I learn by her example?

The answer is simple, she loved people.  She didn’t ask people about their faith or perspective before she served.  She looked for people in need, serving the poorest of the poor or providing services to people with AIDS when others were afraid.

It would be easy to think “oh that is Mother Teresa she is one in a million”.  The reality is when we look around there are saints everywhere.  CNA’s and nurses that day in and day out provide compassionate care.  Members of the environmental and dietary teams that provide consistent humble service.  Leaders that patiently and positively grow stakeholders to find purpose in their work.  Home office team members that work behind the scenes to keep the revolution moving.  One such saint is Stacy Smith a nurse aide at the Memphis facility; click here and see her story.

In today’s whirlwind environment it would be easy to think I have no power or influence, but everyone can be the hands and feet of God and when we look around many stakeholders are doing that.  The challenge is can we join together as one team; loving those around us.

Mother Teresa had high expectations of Sisters of Charity and she built a movement with one simple reference “God doesn’t ask us to do great things.  He asks us to do small things with great love.”

God today give me the patience to look for an opportunity where I can lovingly be your arms, legs or voice where compassion and love are needed.

 David R. Baumgartner, SPHR, SHRM-SP, SSGB, CNA
VP of Spirituality and Sacred Six


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