Accepting God’s Hope

17 Accepting God’s Hope 17. 1 My Story In April 2016, I had a surprise in the interoffice mail at work one Thursday. It came with an apology from the information technology vice president’s executive administrative assistant for not getting the large manila envelope to me sooner. She said there was an interoffice mail for… Continue reading Accepting God’s Hope

Comfort

16 Comfort 16.1 My Story My spouse paid the bills each month. We had a budget and discussed our financial priorities, but she wrote the checks each month and made the electronic payments. We were old school and had a joint checking account. I had a basic understanding of what bills were due each month… Continue reading Comfort

We Are the Lord’s

15 We Are the Lord’s 15.1 My Story I still recall the conversation. Rarely have I hated having such a talk. I am forever glad we had the conversation. “Jimmie, we need to talk,” said Miss Benita. I glanced in her direction. While her natural smile and joyous attitude were on her face, it was… Continue reading We Are the Lord’s

Don’t Go Down Regret Row

14 God is Good 14.1 My Story I remember Sunday, December 3, 2017, well. My wife had not been feeling well for the previous two months. It started in early October when she worked a week of nights doing a stock reset. She worked retail for the big box store headquartered in Arkansas. I recall… Continue reading Don’t Go Down Regret Row

Do Not Lose Heart

13 Do Not Lose Heart 13.1 My Story My wife was excited when the eleven months of taking the prescription chemotherapy medications ended. I was expecting her to do a happy dance and to go celebrating her accomplishment. Instead of a time of rejoicing, it became a solemn watershed. She was tired of the handful… Continue reading Do Not Lose Heart

We Never Lived In the Now

I wrote the below poem several years ago. I wrote it after listening to my parents and their friends discussing their dreams, what they hoped to do “someday.” All the men and women were in their late 70s to early 90s in age as they discussed their bucket lists and the future. If you have… Continue reading We Never Lived In the Now

Summer in Dallas

Howdy, this is Jimmie Kepler. I don’t know where the readers of my blog live, or what their weather is like. I live in Dallas, Texas. Dallas is in the southwestern part of the United States of America. It is summer in Dallas. Long time residences and native Texans refer to this time of year… Continue reading Summer in Dallas

April 6, 1862

152 years ago today the Battle of Shiloh in the US Civil War began. My great-great grandfather Jacob Kepler fought in the Battle of Shiloh. He was a private in the Company C, 53rd Indiana Infantry. He was one of the older soldiers. He was born in 1820. He served in the Army of the… Continue reading April 6, 1862