Whom Shall I Fear?


Wondering, worrying and becoming fearful of what the future holds or what others think of us as we confront our chronic illness is a place we just can’t live! We must remember the Scriptures and remind our hearts the Lord God alone is our light and our salvation!

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 27: 1-3 (KJV) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”

What the Verses Mean:

With God on our side as Believers in Jesus Christ, we can defeat fear and have confidence.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Thank you, Lord, for being our light and our salvation. Because of this, whom shall we fear?
  2. Thank you, Lord, for being the strength of our life. Because of this, of whom shall we be afraid?
  3. When confronted with bad things like a chronic illness, our heart shall not fear. In Christ Jesus, we will be confident.

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Dead on the Floor

Janis Joplin seated 1970

Dead on the Floor

“Tricky Dick” was the U.S. President
In America, a first-class stamp cost just six cents
Richard Nixon froze both the prices and our pay
We still loved going to concerts to see our favorite bands play
The Vietnam War was on the evening news for all to see
Marcus Welby, M.D. was the number one show on United States TV
Over in London, Jimi Hendrix overdosed
On Monika Dannemann’s sleeping pills two weeks before.
And in Los Angeles, John Cook found Janis Joplin dead on the floor.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler
© 2011

Originally published in “Writing After Fifty.”

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We Have An Inheritance


When faced with a chronic illness we realize our normal has changed. We have the new normal of the daily medicines, therapy, and sometimes chemo. A once envisioned future evaporates. We wonder what the tomorrow holds. The good news is that as Believers in Christ Jesus, we do have an inheritance. Cancer, heart disease, a stroke, high blood pressure, glaucoma, COPD or any disease/illness cannot take that future bequest away from you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

1 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”

What the Verses Mean:

As Christians, we have an inheritance through Jesus Christ.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. We bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. We thank our Heavenly Father for His abundant mercies that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a Living Hope, even as we battle a chronic illness like Miss Benita’s cancer.
  3. We praise You for the inheritance we have in Jesus Christ. The inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled and does not fade away. It does not disappear when we get a chronic illness.

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Leave the Results to God


Following doctors orders on diet, rest, exercise can seem futile when we don’t see the results we expect. When living with a chronic illness we feel we cannot do anything for God. Today’s verse sheds light on these thoughts.

Today’s Bible Verse:

1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV), “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

What the Verse Means:

Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, help us to be steadfast in our trust and reliance on You.
  2. Lord God, help us to be immovable in her faith as we cling to You in our battle against our chronic illness.
  3. Jehovah, help her to always be abounding in the work of the Lord as long as she has breath and after she has breathed her last let her legacy continue to point others to Jesus.
  4. Thank you for reminding us that our labors on Your behalf are not in vain.

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Don’t Lose Hope


When faced with a chronic illness a daily challenge is to not lose hope. As Believers in Jesus Christ, we always have hope because of Jesus.

Today’s Bible Verse:

John 11:40 (KJV), “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?”

What the Verse Means:

It is not okay to lose hope.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Father, we see from today’s verse that even with a chronic illness we are not to lose hope.
  2. We confess our hope is in Jesus Christ.
  3. Help us to listen for and to Your voice.
  4. Help us to believe and see the glory of God.

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Two Ways God Helps Us


As a Believer in Jesus Christ faces a chronic illness they may feel alone. God has made provisions for this feeling of being alone. His Holy Spirit prays for us. He has given us His church. The church is here to minister to us.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Romans 8:26-28 (KJV), “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

What the Verses Mean:

God gives His Spirit and His church to help us as we deal with a chronic illness.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit and church to help us as we face the challenges of our chronic illness.
  2. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that makes intercession for us.
  3. Thank You that Your spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God.

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Count It All Joy


Dealing with a chronic illness includes tests and challenges coming at you from all sides.

Today’s Bible Verse:

James 1:2-4 (KJV), “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

What the Verses Mean:

The verse tells us that we will face tests and challenges. These test and challenges force you to live your faith or to fail to live your faith. We shouldn’t run from or try to get out of the situation you are facing. Allow God to develop and grow you in your faith. Your testimony will be to his honor and glory.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Pray that as you or your loved one faces challenges from all sides that they will maintain an attitude of joy. This is especially true as you face the continuing challenges of cancer and its treatments. This includes both the financial burden of the bills and the billing and insurance issues.
  2. Pray that you would be prepared through your in Christ when the trails of various kinds confront you.
  3. Pray that you would be steadfast in your trust in Lord. Why? This is where the steadfastness will have its full effect.

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A Baker’s Dozen

I was listening to the Shipping & Handling Podcast today. The podcast is hosted by two literary agents who talk books, fandom, writing, and beyond. The hosts? The hosts are Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary Inc. & Jennifer Udden of Barry Goldblatt Literary.

They mentioned when being interviewed for a job as a literary agent they were asked what were the last ten books you read. The question got me thinking. I came up with the last twelve books I read. I read a few of the concurrently. I recommend them all.

  1. Once They Wore the Gray by Johnny D. Boggs – Western
  2. Arkadian Skies: Fallen Empire, Book 6 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  3. Midair by Kodi Scheer – Literary fiction
  4. Cleon Moon: Fallen Empire, Book 5 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  5. Relic of Sorrows: Fallen Empire, Book 4 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  6. Starseers: Fallen Empire, Book 3 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  7. How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More by Joanna Penn – Non-fiction (Reference on Business of writing)
  8. Honor’s Flight: Fallen Empire, Book 2 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  9. Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print by Joanna Penn-  Non-fiction (Reference on Business of writing)
  10. Business For Authors. How To Be An Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn – Non-fiction (Reference on Business of writing)
  11. Star Nomad: Fallen Empire, Book 1 by Lindsay Buroker – Science-fiction
  12. The Age of Daredevils by Michael Clarkson – Non-fiction (history)
  13. Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Ansen Dibell – Non-fiction (Reference on Business of writing)

You can leave in the comments the last books you’ve read. I have read these since January 2017.

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Learning to Defer


As we live with a chronic illness we learn many lessons. One lesson is learning to defer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Isaiah 40:29 (KJV), “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

What the Verse Means:

As Believers in Jesus Chris, we experience his presence and power during our daily living. When we are tired, he provides us with the power we need for the daily challenges. When we are weak, Christ Jesus increases our strength where we have what is needed.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, help Miss Benita to modify her activities to fit your needs and get the rest she needs.
  2. Lord, help Miss Benita to count on God’s strength to replace her weakness.
  3. We pray for your favor for her with her customers and bosses as she works on Wednesday. Help her to have the strength she needs for the day.

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Relic of Sorrows: Fallen Empire, Book 4 by Lindsay Buroker


This book, number 4 in the series, pulls together much of what we’d guessed at in the previous three books. Relic of Sorrows also adds some new twists in the plot. From the three previous books, we know pretty much everything important about Alisa.

We’ve learned she is ethical and empathetic. She is very courageous when she needs courage. She is also a typical girl.

She allows herself to be tempted by people and circumstances and often gives in to them. She is a habitual eavesdropper, and though conflicted about this. She seems to have no desire to stop. She is embarrassed when caught.

She wants to keep Leonidas’ good opinion of her. She tries to be manipulative but isn’t good at it. She displays snarkiness but thinks she is charming because of it.

Despite all these character defects, she is sweet, and it’s easy to see why the various men are drawn to her.

Leonidas is upstanding, capable of friendship, ethical, brave, protective, very smart, introspective, and maybe even as a Cyborg, capable of love. Alisa and the others in the group have learned things about him. They have grown to value him, and his opinions.

We learn, in this book, one of his great secrets, which, because of all the foreshadowing was done, is not much of a secret when he finally reveals it to Alisa.

The two also finally get together, as much as they can. Alisa is also pursued by Abelardus, who manages to throw several curves at her, and causes discord between her and Leo. Because of the secret (which Alisa didn’t know), we learn about Alisa. We are aware why he is doing this. This banter results in some fairly enjoyable scenes between the two of them. Enjoyable to the reader, at any rate.

We learn what the orb is that Alejandro has carried with him throughout the various voyages, and get finally to see it in action. The circumstances are, actually, surprising, and open up a whole avenue of further plotlines.

It’s hard to describe these scenes without including lots and lots of spoilers. Let me just say, the book and series are worth reading.

In this book, none of the other crew members or passengers get much time, and we don’t learn much more about them. It’s the plot that is primarily advanced in this installment.

We’ve gotten beyond all the searching for the relic, which is now found, and because of Alisa’s ingenuity, is in the possession of this group, instead of all the other powerful people who have been looking for it.

The book ends here, and we can only surmise that as soon as the Alliance discovers that they have been duped, they will come storming after them.

There has been no action on the search for Jelena this time, but Leo has agreed to stay with Alisa and work for her while she searches for her daughter.

There is plenty of action and excitement in this book. The value in this one is in the background information we gain, and in the movement of the plot.

The next book is going to be fantastic. It will include the search for Jelena, a search for Torian, (the Emperor’s missing son), possibly the kidnapping of Dr. Tiang, (the researcher newly introduced into the story, who is knowledgeable about cyborg workings), and the conspiracy which is beginning to form between Abelardus and Alejandro to either force, or convince Alisa to use her newly found power to aid them in their ultimate mission.