Need Guidance?

Bible Verse:

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:5 KJV

My Story:

Growing up, I was always a bit of a perfectionist. That’s a nice way to say I was a control freak. I liked structure and order. Planning out every aspect of my life and felling anxious when things didn’t go according to plan was the norm. 

I believed that if I worked hard enough and made the right choices, I could achieve anything I set my mind to. Often my self-talk included, “if you believe it, you can achieve it.” While this mindset served me well, it also caused me to become prideful and self-reliant. 

Not liking to ask for help, I often handled problems on my own. I made these choices because, as a military brat, I became self-reliant. Asking for or needing help seemed weak to me.

In college, a solid group of like-minded and motivated friends surrounded me. I worked hard toward my future. My career path was clear. 

Four years later, I earned a bachelor’s degree and the US Army commissioned me as an officer and selected me for active duty. Like my father, I saw the military as my career choice. 

I did well. Promotions and increases in responsibility followed in record time. Excellence and high performance characterized anything I lead or was associated with. I was on the fast-track.

I held command and leadership positions with increasing responsibility. By age twenty-four I was over one-hundred and seventy-five men and women and managed a twenty-five million dollar budget. 

My peers respected me. Colonels and generals sought my analysis of situations.

About this time, I felt like my career wasn’t as fulfilling. Life and work were out of balance. 

As I sat in my office, I looked at the wall behind my desk. 

Degrees and awards covered my wall as a monument to me. 

Life has to be more than collecting pats on the back, I thought. 

I opened my Bible and stumbled upon Psalm 25:5. 

The words “lead me in your truth and teach me” jumped out at me. I realized I had been trying to do everything on my own without seeking God’s guidance. I took a step back and ask God to show me the path He had for me.

Over the next few months, I began to pray and read the Bible more regularly. I also sought mentors who could provide guidance and wisdom. The US Army wanted me to stay. I was told a White House Fellowship and stars were in my future. “Stay the course,” I was told.

As I did these things, I felt God leading me in a new direction. I requested release from active duty to attend seminary. I switched my major to religious education, paid the price in preparation by earning advanced degrees, and became involved in leading the educational ministry of a church.

It wasn’t a straightforward process. I was not yet a Bible scholar. Yes, sometimes I felt like giving up. But I clung to the promise in Psalm 25:5 that God would teach me and lead me in His truth. And I saw the pieces of my life falling into place.

Now, several years later, I can look back and see how much God has done in my life. He has brought amazing people into my life, given me opportunities I never would have imagined, allowed me to influence thousands of people through my writing, and taught me so much about myself and about Him. 

And through it all, I have learned to trust in His plan for my life, even when it makes little sense to me. 

Psalm 25:5 has become a guiding principle for me, reminding me that God is the ultimate source of wisdom and guidance. It has taught me to seek Him first, and trust that He will lead me in the right direction. And He has done just that.

Who wrote Psalm 25:5 and when was it written?

Biblical scholars attribute Psalm 25 to David. The Bible doesn’t give us the historical background for this Psalm.

We can assume David wrote it during a time of serious trouble. In the Psalm, he references the sins of his youth. Because of this reference, we can assume David wrote later in life.

What is the context of Psalm 25:5?

Psalm 25 is a prayer of trust and guidance in God. It is a psalm of David, and it is uncertain what specific context David wrote it. Scholars think David wrote it during a time of distress and trouble, when he was fleeing from Saul.

Psalm 25:5 reads: “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

David is asking God to guide him in the truth and to teach him. He acknowledges God as his Savior and places his hope in Him throughout the day. David is seeking direction and wisdom from God, recognizing that only God can show him the way to go.

Psalm 25 is a prayer of trust and submission to God, and verse 5 emphasizes how important it is to seek God’s guidance and truth in one’s life.

What is the meaning of Psalm 25:5?

This verse is a prayer to God for guidance and wisdom. God is being asked to lead him in the right direction and teach him the truth. The psalmist acknowledges God as his Savior and places his hope in God all day long.

We can interpret the verse as a call to God for help and guidance in times of difficulty. The passage recognizes God’s sovereignty and power, and affirms of faith in God’s ability to provide direction and guidance in life.

What does “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,” from Psalm 25:5 mean?

Biblical scholars can read the phrase “Lead me in thy truth” as a request for God to guide the psalmist in the paths of righteousness and to show him the way of truth.

The phrase “teach me” suggests that the psalmist desires to learn and understand God’s teachings and wisdom. Together, these phrases show the psalmist’s trust in God as a faithful and knowledgeable guide in life.

This verse is a prayer of humility and dependence on God, seeking divine guidance and instruction in the ways of truth and righteousness.

What does “for thou art the God of my salvation;” from Psalm 25:5 mean?

“God of my salvation” means that God is the one who provides salvation or deliverance from troubles and difficulties. David recognizes that salvation comes from God alone, and that he must wait on God’s guidance and wisdom all day long.

The verse expresses the psalmist’s dependence on God and his faith that God will guide and teach him in the right way, and save him from his troubles.

What does “on thee do I wait all the day.” from Psalm 25:5 mean?

The phrase “on thee do I wait all the day” means that the psalmist is placing his trust and hope in God, and is waiting for God’s guidance and help throughout the day. The psalmist recognizes that God is the source of his salvation and that he needs God’s wisdom and guidance to navigate his life.

In a broader sense, we can see this verse as a call to faith and trust in God. It encourages believers to turn to God for guidance and protection, and to place their faith in Him throughout the day.

What is the difference in biblical translations of Psalm 25:5 (KJV, NIV & ESV)

• Psalm 25:5 KJV biblical translation says:

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psalm 25:5 KJV

• Psalm 25:5 NIV biblical translation says:

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:5 NIV

• Psalm 25:5 ESV biblical translation says:

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25:5 ESV

How does Psalm 25:5 give encouragement?

Psalm 25:5 says, “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

This verse can provide encouragement to those who are seeking guidance and direction in their lives. The psalmist acknowledges that God is the God of his salvation and that he is waiting for God’s guidance all day long. This shows a deep trust and reliance on God to provide wisdom and understanding.

The verse highlights why learning from God’s truth has importance. The psalmist recognizes the need to be taught by God and to be led by His truth. This can encourage believers to seek God’s truth through studying the Bible and prayer, trusting that God will provide the wisdom and understanding they need.

Overall, Psalm 25:5 encourages believers to trust in God for guidance and to seek His truth as they navigate life’s challenges.

How can I apply Psalm 25:5 to my life?

Psalm 25:5 says, “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” This verse reminds us that God is the source of truth and salvation, and that we can trust Him to guide us on the right path. Here are some ways you can apply this verse to your life:

  • Seek God’s guidance: When faced with tough decisions or uncertain situations, ask God to lead you in His truth. Pray for wisdom and discernment, and trust that God will show you the right way.
  • Learn from God’s word: The Bible is God’s word and contains the truth that we need to live our lives. Study the scriptures and ask God to teach you through His word.
  • Trust in God’s salvation: Remember that God has already saved us through Jesus Christ. We can trust in His love and grace, knowing that He will never abandon us.
  • Wait on God: Sometimes, we may not receive immediate answers to our prayers or guidance from God. But we can wait, trusting that God will reveal His truth in His timing.

Overall, Psalm 25:5 encourages us to seek God’s guidance and trust in His truth and salvation. By doing so, we can live a life that is pleasing to God and experience His blessings and peace.

A model or example prayer using Psalm 25:5

Dear God,

I come before you with a humble and contrite heart, seeking your guidance and wisdom. Your word in Psalm 25:5 reminds me to trust in you and to seek your ways always.

Lord, I trust in you with all my heart, and I ask that you show me your ways and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; on you, I wait all the day long.

Help me recognize and follow your will for my life, even when it may not be the easiest path to take. Strengthen my faith and give me the courage to obey you, knowing that your ways are always perfect.

Thank you, Lord, for your loving-kindness and faithfulness. I trust in you and I put my hope in your unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.



God’s guidance is available for our life. It begins by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

To receive the guidance of God’s truth, we need to ask Him to share and teach us. After asking, we wait for His answer.

Today’s article is from the forthcoming book: “Hope: How to Have Hope During Times of Hardship | The Bible Speaks to Life Issues, Book Three” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D. form Poetry and Prayer Press (c) 2023

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What Does the Bible Say About Hope?


What Does the Bible Say About Hope?

We can experience hope because of God and in God. God gives hope to the hopeless.

He shines His light in the darkness. He heals the broken hearted and the broken world. Hope exists because of His redemption.

The Book of Psalms are full of hope. The Psalms point to a celebration of hope we have in the Lord God.

Psalms strengthen our faith. They can lighten our heart and heartache. They can also give us hope for the future and a clear vision of the hope we have in the Lord.

Here are ten Psalms that share the hope we have in the Lord.

Psalm 27:13-14 KJV – The Lord’s Goodness

 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 KJV

Psalm 37:1-6 KJV – Trust in the Lord

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Psalm 33:18-19 KJV – The Eye of the Lord

 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 13:5-6 KJV – Trusted in Thy Mercy

But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 51:10-12 KJV – Create, Renew, and Restore

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Psalm 34:17-20 KJV – The Lord Hears, Delivers, Saves, & Keeps

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken

Psalm 121:1-2 KJV – From Where Do I Get Help?

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:7-8 KJV – Who Will Protect Us From Evil?

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 62:5-6 KJV – Who is My Rock?

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

Psalm 42:5 KJV – Praise God For His Help

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Man or woman’s ultimate hope comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? If you died tonight, would you go to heaven?

Here’s how can know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and be sure heaven is your eternal home. Click the link to read my personal story of accepting Jesus – Jimmie’s Story.

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How To Select a Suitcase or Luggage

Packing a Suitcase is An Art

Who knew packing a suitcase was an art? Not me. 

Too often a man doesn’t realize or appreciate all his wife or significant other does for him. It took my wife dying for me to come to this realization. She always packed the bags for our vacations and for my business trips. She never complained that we were still using the same luggage we’d received as a wedding present all those years ago.

Old, outdated suitcases, a laundry basket, tote bags, and even grocery sacks jammed full of my belongings filled my car as I drove halfway across the United States to attend a writer’s conference.

Hassle and major pain describes unloading the car each evening as I checked into my hotel. The only benefit from my packing was all the steps I walked as I made four or five trips from my car to the room each night. At the conference center, I repeated the scene as I carried my baggage to the room.

To my horror, once in the room I couldn’t find simple things like pain medication or even my socks without rifling through a suitcase, bag, tote, and even plastic sack. I promised myself I would never repeat this nightmare.

I asked the counsel of a couple of experienced traveller friends. With their help, I learned how to get the right bags and how to organize them for a trip. The cross-country trip a few years ago was the first of many. I’ve traveled to a resort out of the country, taken a couple of cruises, and made a few trips across the USA. I’ve learned the right suitcases and bags are important.

How To Select a Suitcase or Luggage

Size and Weight: 

  • One of the most important factors to consider when selecting a suitcase for traveling is the size and weight of the suitcase.
  • Airline weight restrictions vary, but most airlines have a weight limit of 50 pounds for checked baggage, so it’s important to choose a suitcase that is lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • I have one bag to carry-on, one for my computer, and then I check a larger bag.
  • If you have more bags, you’ll get charged extra baggage fees.
  • You should opt for a carryon luggage as large as 22 (length) x 14 (width) x 9 (height) inches.
  • A checked bag no larger than 62” (the total linear dimensions of length + width + height), including wheels and handle, which is standard for most US airlines.


  • I lost a wheel on a large suitcase on my first trip. It made moving the item almost impossible.
  • I learned that cheaper isn’t better.
  • It’s important to choose a durable suitcase that can withstand the rigors of travel.
  • Search for suitcases made from strong materials like polycarbonate or ballistic nylon, which are less likely to get damaged during transit.


  • Packing a suitcase can be a hassle, so it’s important to choose one with organizational features like compartments and pockets to help keep everything in its place.
  • I’ll write a follow-up article on how to pack your suitcase.

Wheel and Handle: 

  • Remember my lost wheel? It made moving the large bag a hassle.
  • I failed to consider the mobility of my suitcase.
  • Considering mobility is important.
  • Look for four-wheeled suitcases as they are more stable, easier to move and you can pull it beside you instead of carrying it.
  • Also, telescoping handles for easy carrying.


  • Make sure that the suitcase has a secure lock, so that your belongings will stay safe while in transit.
  • Make sure you know your lock combinations as security check points may want to inspect the bag’s contents.

Water Resistance: 

  • A visit to a place with a high chance of rain or humidity requires special consideration.
  • You’ll want to choose a suitcase that is made from water-resistant materials to help keep your belongings dry.
  • This helped on a cruise – tour I took to Alaska.
  • My luggage sat in the pouring rain at Whittier, Alaska, for a half-hour when being transferred from the ship to the train.

Brand Reputation: 

  • It’s a good idea to choose a suitcase from a reputable brand that has a track record of producing high-quality and durable products.
  • Ask your friends who travel what they recommend.

Overall, these are the most important aspects that you need to keep in mind when choosing a suitcase for your travel. It will depend on your specific travel needs and budget to decide which one is the best for you.

Once you have your bags and suitcase. You’ll need to pack them Next, I’ll share one great way to pack and organize your suitcase and bags.

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You Shall Hear of Wars

Memorial Day 2021

Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of the U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam by David Hackworth

Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of the U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam by Col. (Retired) David H. Hackworth and his wife Eilhys England. The book is about David Hackworth. It is memoir about his time in Viet-Nam in the spring of 1969. He embodies both the best and the worst of US Army officers. He is a hard-charging, mission-oriented, and motivational officer. He demands excellence from the men under his command. He suffers the hardships they do. He is also quite egotistical and hubris can describe his self-confidence that borders on attitude of self love.

The book is about the U.S. Army’s 9th Division (my old unit ), 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry (I was in 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry), Vietnam. This book is about Hackworth’s transformation of a what he viewed as a combat-ineffective battalion of draftees that he lead into a solid American fighting unit. The story is a good case study of leadership. The descriptions of combat operations contained in the book are some of the best I have read since “We Were Soldier Once … and Young”.

I highly recommend the book to those interested in military history or Vietnam War history. David Hackworth relates a narrative about himself. It is a good story of the men in the 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry that deserves to be read. Read in November 2005.

“The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863 by Shelby Foote

“The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863” is an extended excerpt on the Vicksburg Campaign from Shelby Foote’s absolutely superb three volume narrative history of the Civil War. The Vicksburg Campaign is a gripping story in its own right, the central impressive thread of which is Union General U.S. Grant’s struggle to capture the grand Confederate fortress on the Mississippi.

Grant, stubborn and reticent, will try a variety of methods to close with and subdue the Confederate forces defending Vicksburg. His initial approaches fail. When Grant takes the great risk of cutting loose from his own supply lines to cross the Mississippi river and place his own army between two Confederate forces that he is finally able to place the city under siege. The Vicksburg campaign marks the coming of age of Grant as a mature senior leader, the kind of general who can plan, fight and win campaigns at the operational and strategic level. His success at Vicksburg will lead directly to his summons by Lincoln to lead all Union armies.

This book is highly readable. I recommended it to the student of the Civil War. I also recommend it to the casual reader looking for an absolutely page-turning account of the Civil War meant to be read as literature. Read and reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler.

US Army Infantryman in Vietnam 1965 – 73 by Kevin L. Lyles and Gordon L. Rottman

US Army Infantryman in Vietnam 1965 – 73 by Kevin L. Lyles and Gordon L. Rottman tells the compelling story of the average United States Army infantryman in Vietnam. Beginning with conscription, enlistment, Basic Training, and Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces Induction Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana (the infamous “Tigerland”), it goes on to explore the day-to-day realities of service in Vietnam, from routine tasks at the firebase to search-and-destroy missions, rocket attacks, and firefights in the field. Weaponry, clothing, and equipment are all described and shown in detailed color plates. A vivid picture of the unique culture and experiences of these soldiers emerges – from their vernacular to the prospect of returning to an indifferent, if not hostile, homeland. The contents include: chronology, conscription, training, appearance, equipment, barracks life, on campaign, experience in battle, belief and belonging, aftermath, museums and collections, glossary, and a good bibliography Read by Jimmie A. Kepler.

Viet-Nam 1968-1969: A Battalion Surgeon’s Journal by Byron E. Holley, M.D.

Viet-Nam 1968-1969: A Battalion Surgeon’s Journal by Byron E. Holley, M.D. is gritty, gutsy, and grueling. It is the true story of a surgeon’s experience on the bloody battlefields of Vietnam. Holley spent the longest years of his young life as an infantry surgeon, living like a swamp rat in the Mekong Delta. In a land torn by generations of bloodshed, he witnessed firsthand the heartbreaking courage of the men who fought and died in a terrible war. Read and reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler.

Eight Stars to Victory: A History of the Veteran U.S. Ninth Infantry Division by Joseph B. Mittelman

Eight Stars to Victory: A History of the Veteran U.S. Ninth Infantry Division by Joseph B. Mittelman was written for and published by the Ninth Division Association in 1948. The book tells of how eight battle stars were won. It covers from the shores of North Africa, in 1942, to the banks of the Elbe, in 1945. Over 50,000 men served in the Ninth Infantry Division during World War II. The division had nearly 25,000 casualties including 4,747 killed in action. The copy of the book I read was found through the Dallas Public Library.

The book is 408 pages and begins by telling the story of the activation of the division and its participation in World War I.

Next the author goes into extensive detail about the division’s reactivation in 1940 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Stories are shared of living in tents and not having enough hot water.

We learn how in late 1942 the Ninth Infantry Division was split between the Eastern and Western Task Forces and of the division’s role in the invasion of North Africa. Part of the Ninth Infantry Division made a beach landing in French Morocco. The other part of the division landed in Algeria.

The division’s role in the Sicilian campaign is examined next. We learn of their involvement in the fighting in the mountainous heart of the island along the central route toward Messina. After Messina was taken and Sicily fell, the Ninth Infantry Division remained on Sicily. It did not move to the Italian mainland. The division’s next destination was England.

The author then informs of the Ninth Division’s time in England. He tells of the city of London, English pubs, and Constable Lane. He shares about training and planning for the invasion. We learn that although the division had heavy amphibious experience they entered the continent on D-Day + 4 at Utah Beach. The Old Reliables were involved in the campaign on the Cotentin peninsula and the assault on Cherbourg. They fought in the battles in the hedgerows. In early August the division assisted in the final breakout by American forces. They were involved in halting of the Mortain counter-offensive. They entered Belgium on September 2nd. They were involved in battle of the Huertgen Forest.

Next the Ninth Division went on to the Battle of the Bulge. They held the northern shoulder of the front. They captured Roer dams. The Ninth Infantry Division was among the first across the Rhine River and instrumental in the capturing of the Remagen bridgehead. From here we move to the final stages of the war with the battle of the Ruhr pocket and the division plunging eastward to the banks of the Elbe as the German army crumbled.

The book concludes with the Ninth Division’s role as Occupation forces and the deactivation of the division at the beginning of 1947.

The book has numerous maps, photos, and coverage of each campaign that earned the division its eight battle stars. The book falls between a divisional souvenir and a hard hitting historical research. It is what it is. It will disappoint the serious scholar. Reviewed by Jimmie A. Kepler.