Whom Shall I Fear?

Giving God Your Fears

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes turning your worries and fears over to God.

Wondering, worrying and becoming fearful of what the future holds or what others think of you as you confront your chronic illness is a place you just can’t live!
 You must remember the Scriptures and remind your heart the Lord God alone is your light and your 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 Verse Means:

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

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Thank you, Lord, for being my light and my salvation. Because of this, whom shall I fear?
  • Thank you, Lord, for being the strength of our life. Because of this, of whom shall, I be afraid?
  • When confronted with a chronic illness, my heart shall not fear. In Christ Jesus, I will be confident.

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Jesus Will Help You Live Again

Jesus Will Help You Live Again

Back during the newlywed days, we lived life for the now
And during pillow talk shared our future hopes and dreams.
Love filled our talks about tomorrows, no idea of the griefs and sorrows
A destiny in the ensuing decades would someday bring.

Without Jesus as Savior
How do people face tomorrow
With the tears, they’ll be crying
Because their spouse is dying.
Jesus will mend your broken heart and will help you live again.

In empty rooms, you feel the gloom
Where love and laughter once filled the day.
Photo albums chronicle where you’ve been
Tell the story of the life together lived.

Without Jesus as Savior
How do people face tomorrow
With the tears, they’ll be crying
Because their spouse is dying.
Jesus will mend your broken heart and will help you live again.


Written by Jimmie Aaron Kepler
March 22, 2018
I wrote this with my wife in the hospital awaiting movement to hospice care. My heart is still breaking. My tears still flowing. I know Jesus will mend my broken heart and help me live again.

God Protects and Cares For You

God Is Your Harbor

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes determining how to accept that God protects and cares for you. He is your harbor against the storms of illness and disease.

As you deal daily with your chronic illness, you can use a place of refuge, a safe place. The location of shelter for the Christian is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 32:7-8 (KJV), “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'”

What the Verse Means:

God protects and cares for you.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Thank you, Lord, for you are my hiding place.
  • I am grateful that you protect me from trouble, hold my hand, and even carry me once misfortune has befallen me.
  • You surround me with songs of victory.
  • Thank you, Lord, for guiding me along the best pathway for my life. You advise and watch over me. I am grateful for your watch care.

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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Summary of Book:

The Rising Tide is military historical fiction and the first novel of a continuing series by Jeff Shaara based on certain theaters of World War II. It covers the North African Campaign from its position in late May to Rommel’s defeat. It also covers Operation Husky in Italy.
The main characters are two men from history, Erwin Rommel and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and two fictional young soldiers, Jack Logan and Sergeant Jesse Adams. Jack Logan was a tank gunner who was eventually taken as a prisoner of war by the Axis but then freed by Allied forces. Sergeant Jesse Adams was a paratrooper with the 505 PIR of the 82nd Airborne. He is selected by Colonel Jim Gavin when Gavin is promoted to Brigadier General to go with Gavin to go to England/Scotland to lead in the preparations for Operation Overlord (the D-day invasion).
 
This excellent book tells a well-known story in a new way. Jeff Shaara composes a very interest account of the battles in Sicily, Italy, and France forward from both an infantryman’s view and that of the leaders. 
 
My edition of the book is 576 pages long book. The book started slow. It went through the war planning and diplomatic issues showing the interactions of the military personnel from the many countries who make up the allies.

North Africa and Sicily

The action in North Africa showed the difficulties of the soldiers dealing with the weather, inexperienced leadership, and tanks that fired shells that simply bounced off the German tanks. 
 
As the reader, you get to jump into Sicily with the paratroopers. Jeff Shaara brings the reader into the battle. You experience many tense moments when things go wrong. The resourcefulness of the men in the field and how they learn to work together shines through in this part of the book. 

Italy

Operation Husky with the battle for Italy receives minimal coverage. This section felt rushed through and is adjunct to the rest of the book. 
 
I found the book an interesting read. It brought the events of the North African, and Mediterranean Campaign to life in a good and different way.

 

With God, Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible:

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes accepting that with God anything is possible.

When faced with a chronic disease you may feel surviving day to day is impossible to do over the course of the struggle.

The Bible teaches that with God, anything is possible.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Luke 18:27 (KJV), “And he said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’”

What the Verse Means:

What is impossible from man’s point of view is possible with God.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

• I praise God that He is a God of possibilities.
• I praise God that while beating chronic illnesses like Melanoma cancer and neuroendocrine carcinoid may be impossible for man, it is possible to God.
• God is Jehovah Rapha, that is the God that heals.


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This is an excerpt from: “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill.”

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Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

505th PIR

Phil Nordyke’s “Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) in World War II” is excellent. It is a must-read for any student of World War II.

Mr. Nordyke does a great job as he takes us with the 505th PIR from its beginnings and training in the United States, through its deployment to North Africa, and through its campaigns in Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Holland, the Bulge, and Germany before returning home.

Record Four Combat Jumps

The book takes its title from the 505 PIR’s record four combat jumps in Sicily, Salerno/Naples, Ste Mere Eglise/Normandy, and Nijmegen/Holland. Stars representing participation in combat jumps had been worn unofficially on parachute wings during and after World War II. FYI – this practice did not gain official sanction until after the 1983 invasion of Grenada, Operation Urgent Fury.

Sicily and The Secrets of Ultra

I found it a book that that demanded I read every word on every page. Be prepared for some very graphic descriptions of the training and combat. You’ll feel the heat of North Africa. I was disappointed as I read the Hermann Goring Fallschrim Panzer and 15th Panzer Grenadier Divisions were on Sicily, that General Bradley knew it, and because of secrecy of Ultra they did not pass this information on to the attacking forces! “This was a cruel deception of our own forces, but necessary in order to protect the secrets of Ultra.”

Excellent Job of Using Primary Sources

Mr. Nordyke does an excellent job of using primary sources. At first, I was a little confused when I encountered an incident that was described from multiple people’s points of view, but quickly saw the value in seeing the way more than one person viewed/remembered an incident. It helped paint a more complete picture. Pages 300 – 301 and the actions of Private Camille E. Gagne’s response to the killing of First Lieutenant John Dodd is one example. The coverage giving to the 505th’s role in Nijmegen Holland is very detailed and had me feeling I was there.

The Battle of the Bulge

The 505th PIR’s involvement didn’t stop after its fourth jump into Nijmegen/Holland. They played a key role being deployed by truck into Belgium’s Ardennes Forest as the 82 Airborne Divisions helped stop Hitler’s in The Battle of the Bulge in freezing December 1944 and January 1945.

The book has exception maps and an amazing index. This book should be required reading for active duty members wearing jump wings. It is a must addition to any military historian’s library and would be an excellent addition to all university and community libraries.

Starting High School

Grace Slick today at age 78
Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane 1967
Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane 1967

 


Starting High School

In San Francisco, it’s the summer of love,
Long haired hippies, peace signs, and doves.
In Vietnam, the soldiers are dying,
Back home their families are crying,
And Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.

Jim wants to “Light My Fire,”
While Grace’s rabbit only flies higher.
The evening news shows the war isn’t cool,
This week I started high school,
And “All You Need Is Love” is what The Beatles say.

Written by Jimmie Aaron Kepler
Schertz, Texas, August 1967


The photos are of Grace Slick. She is an alumna of Finch College where she majored in art. She is an accomplished artist. The artwork is hers.


Note: This is the oldest poem I have written by me. It was in notebooks and papers my mother gave me a few months before she passed away in 2014. Aren’t parents great about keeping things and then later in life returning them?

I wrote this poem as a freshman at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. Samuel Clemens High School was two miles outside the main gate at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Impressing my English teacher was challenging. The assignment was to write a paper on “What I did on my summer vacation.” Instead, I wrote about what was happening in popular culture. Instead of prose, I wrote a poem. I failed to follow the rules. She called me a “beatnik hippy poet weirdo.” I viewed her insult as a compliment! I gave in, complied with her orders and wrote five pages of drivel avoiding a grade of “F” on the assignment. I wrote about hitchhiking to the west coast.