Tears Are Normal

3 Tears Are Normal 3.1 My Story “I removed the tumor. The tests also showed it has spread to her lymph nodes. I removed thirty-four of them,” said the surgical oncologist. I stared at her. She was slowly becoming out of focus as I became teary-eyed. I knew the initial diagnosis of Stage 3 Melanoma… Continue reading Tears Are Normal

Charlie’s Bells

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jackson Smith lived in the pale yellow house with the whitewashed picket fence on Second Street. When he first arrived in town, he had already accepted a new position with the First State Bank. He brought with him a small inheritance from his favorite aunt, so he had not… Continue reading Charlie’s Bells

How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

2 How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord 2. 1 My Story One of the first thoughts I had when my wife received the diagnosis that she had stage three Melanoma was how am I going to care for her and love her unconditionally until she dies. I knew the Melanoma was going… Continue reading How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

It’s Okay to be Afraid

1 It’s Okay to be Afraid 1.1 My Story My eyes locked on to the bloody spot on the lower left front of my wife Benita’s blouse. “What’s going on? What’s with the blood?” I asked pointing to the half-dollar sized strain. My heart was aching. It looked terrible, scary. I knew this couldn’t be… Continue reading It’s Okay to be Afraid

Keep On Hanging On

Hang On Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness understands the value of hanging on to God. You will get to the point in caregiving that only with God’s help can you make it through the next few minutes or day. You are exhausted mentally, physically, and spiritually. All you… Continue reading Keep On Hanging On

Thanks for the Memory

The Value of Giving Thanks  Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness understands the value of giving thanks for what you have. When you care for a person with a chronic illness, too often you focus on the negative and the bad. Instead of focusing on the adversity of the… Continue reading Thanks for the Memory

Do Not Lose Heart

Not Losing Heart Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness is not losing heart. Your maintaining a positive attitude helps you to provide the best care. To keep an optimistic attitude, it is helpful to maintain our outlook from an eternal perspective. In today’s verse, God is pointing out we… Continue reading Do Not Lose Heart

The Influence of a Writing Mentor

Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. While writing groups can serve as a mentor, the right personal mentor will help improve your writing by giving you guidance each step of the way. Let me share an example of the influence of a mentor. In… Continue reading The Influence of a Writing Mentor

God’s Comfort

God’s Comfort is Available to You Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness is understanding God’s comfort is available for you.  Have you ever been overwhelmed by your thoughts of how you will be able to handle or manage your loved one’s chronic illness? Have the “what ifs” overtaken you?… Continue reading God’s Comfort

Slow Down and Know God

Slow Down and Know God Part of learning to care for a person with a chronic illness is slowing down and knowing God. As we live with the daily challenges of caring for a person with an ongoing disease, it is essential that we get adequate rest. This respite is both physical and spiritual. Today’s… Continue reading Slow Down and Know God