How to Have Real Direction For Your Life

How to Have Real Direction For Your Life 10.1 My Story I was always amazed at the child-like faith my wife showed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Her faith reminded me of a bumper sticker frequently seen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It just stated, “God said it, I believe it, and that… Continue reading How to Have Real Direction For Your Life

The Source of Real Peace

The Source of Real Peace 9.1 My Story I thought I was Superman. I believed I could handle anything that would come my way in caring for my wife as she battled Melanoma cancer. I was wrong. Over Mother’s Day Weekend in May 2016, my wife started an eleven-month treatment with prescription chemotherapy medications. In… Continue reading The Source of Real Peace

How to Use Your Remaining Time

How to Use Your Remaining Time 8.1 My Story “How long …” I asked the question doctors dread to hear. How long will my wife live?  I had spoken those words to the physician when my mother had her kidney transplant. I also said those two words when I took my ninety-years old father to… Continue reading How to Use Your Remaining Time

The Therapeutic Value of Romantic Comedies

The Therapeutic Value of Romantic Comedies 7.1 My Story There is nothing funny about a spouse having a chronic or terminal illness. There indeed isn’t anything comical about caring for them and all the nuisances involved with the daily routine. Over the years, I had heard time and time again that opposites attract. My experience… Continue reading The Therapeutic Value of Romantic Comedies

Any Delay Could Be Life Threatening

Any Delay Could Be Life Threatening 6.1 My Story “I need your decision on starting radiation treatment. What have decided?” asked the surgical oncologist. “Not today. I can’t make a decision today,” said my wife with angst in her voice. It was apparent she was overwhelmed with everything. “Any delay could be life-threatening at the… Continue reading Any Delay Could Be Life Threatening

You Have Permission to Cry

You Have Permission to Cry 3.1 My Story “I removed the tumor. The tests also showed it has spread to your wife’s lymph nodes. I removed thirty-four lymph nodes,” said the surgical oncologist. I stared at the doctor. She was slowly becoming out of focus as I became teary-eyed. I knew the initial diagnosis of… Continue reading You Have Permission to Cry

How to be Courageous

How to be Courageous 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 to kill her unless God intervened. I… Continue reading How to be Courageous

What’s With The Bloody Spot?

What’s With The Bloody Spot? 1.1 My Story “What’s going on? What’s with the bloody spot?” I asked, pointing to the half-dollar sized strain on the lower left front of my wife Benita’s blouse. My heart was aching. It looked terrible, scary. I knew this couldn’t be good. Miss Benita gazed down toward the damp… Continue reading What’s With The Bloody Spot?

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

Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

Hello there. Welcome to jimmiekepler.com, the blog of a writer, poet, and polymath named Jimmie Aaron Kepler. This is Jim Kepler. On my blog, I communicate about how I write, my writing process, and how I manage to do it while maintaining a life. From time to time I’ll interview other authors on the same… Continue reading Hold On Tight To Your Dreams