Nurses: A Peculiar Breed/Celebrating Nurses Week

Hey everyone just incase you are not aware May 8-12th is a special week in the health care industry. It’s Nurses Week!So I write this post in honor of nurses here in the US and worldwide

Nurses are a peculiar breed, we eat and sleep at odd times of the day and night (depending on the shift). We talk about body parts and things excreted from the body while we eat our lunch, the grosser the better. Our sense of humor is a little different to most people and friends and family shouldn’t expect sympathy from us when they complain about aches and pains (we have seen far worse)….like the doctor said, ” Take two Tylenol and call me in the morning.”

We get excited over a juicy vein; I was at a July 4th celebration a few years back, a band that my neighbor knew from her younger days was playing and she wanted to get closer to see her old idol. We moved right in front of the stage, I don’t know the name of the band but I do know the lead guitarist played exceptional well. While my neighbor swooned over her idol, I couldn’t help but notice the awesome veins in his arms as he skillfully played. You would have to have poor eye sight not to stick those veins in one go.

Nurses learn to hide their emotions. When a patient is suffering they don’t need a nurse falling apart sobbing over them. They need a nurse who is level headed and takes action. I use to think I lacked compassion until I learned that compassion is not a feeling (empathy). Compassion is seeing a need and taking action to help that need.

That is exactly what nurses do. They see a need related to their patient, whether it be a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual and they find a way to help them. They are the patient’s advocate, they speak up for the patient and help connect them with the appropriate team member.

The Good Samaritan (read Luke 10:30-35) was compassionate, he saw a need and did what was in his power to help. He gave first aid to the victim on the side of the road, then took him to the Inn where he paid the Innkeeper to take care of the man until his return. My guess is the Innkeeper was too busy looking after his customers to tend to a sick person, so I wonder who he would of hired to nurse the gentleman back to health? Someone with nursing skills?

If you know a nurse (other than me), please take a moment out of your busy schedule to send them a note expressing your appreciation of their service.

Do you have a LPN or RN as a family member or friend? Perhaps you have been a patient and a particular nurse stood out to you? Would love to hear from you in the comments.

We can all be compassionate, see a need and go into action.


Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance







All it Took was a Text Message

Feeling overwhelmed? I was recently. Everything in life was fine, then wham! Out of the blue my emotions went from happy to verbal outrage all in the time it takes to read a text.

I had been looking forward to celebrating my friend’s birthday for several weeks. Along with several other people in the writing group we had planned to honor her during our group meeting, which was the actual day of her birthday and it was St. Valentines Day, what better day to express love to a friend and fellow writer.

My friend is a cat lover and a collector of heart shaped objects. After a fruitless search through the selection of greeting cards at a local store I decided on making my own, not that I’m wonderful in the hand-made card department but at least it would be made with love.

The weekend before the Tuesday we were to meet I set about making the card. Having once been interested in scrapbooking I still had the tools and pretty paper in my home. The card looked pretty when finished with a Hallmark heart shaped gift tag taking center stage. I wrote words from my heart to hers, hopefully conveying the respect and admirations I held for her. There was no way I was going to miss this celebration.

Or so I thought!

I heard my phone ding as I drove to church Monday evening where I was studying Lysa TerKeurst book Uninvited with some other women. The phone would have to wait until I got to the parking lot. Once parked I picked up my phone and there was a message from my daughter asking if I could look after my nineteen month old grand-daughter  on Tuesday. ALL DAY! Apparently she had a temperature in daycare so could not return for twenty four hours.


I stared at the text while my mouth screamed NOooooooo! Wednesday, Thursday or Friday yes, but Tuesday, celebration of my friend Tuesday. Why couldn’t she have her one off temp another day? Of course I was going to help my full time working daughter out and take care of my sweet grand-daughter, family comes before birthday celebrations, right?

Knowing the right thing to do did not help with the feeling that the rug had just been pulled out from under me. One minute I was invited, the next I became uninvited through circumstances. I was in a huff, not with my daughter or grand-daughter but with life itself.

Two hours! Why couldn’t I be guaranteed just two hours once a month to do something for myself. I know you know what I’m talking about.  As mothers and grand-mothers we get pulled in every direction always putting family first. My mind continued to race even as we sang the worship song. Somewhere during the song I sensed a quietening of my emotions as I focused my thoughts towards the Lord.

As the teaching video played and Lysa talked about the goodness of God my raging emotions continued to calm. Was I suddenly happy about the situation? No, but I was experiencing peace as He was quieted me with His love and He continued to do so right through Tuesday. My grand-daughter and I had a wonderful day together.

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

I will probably have to wait until I get to heaven to know why of all the days in the month my grand-daughter had to have a temperature on the Monday before celebration Tuesday. This however I do know, when my flesh is throwing a wobbly over anything no matter how big or small the deal, if I take it to the Lord and place it at His feet fixing my thoughts on Him and His truth. His love will quiet me.

Let His love quiet you today as you focus your thoughts on Him.

Until next week


Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

Feel free to share this post with a friend or two, we all have those moments when our plans get squashed and our emotions throw us off course.



Umbrella of Love

20160107_105251    Early December I received a coupon in the mail from a major retailer, it was worth ten dollars and no further purchase was needed in order to use the coupon. The store in question is in a shopping center a little way out of town, not somewhere I visit often. Still, I put the coupon in my purse knowing I would probably visit the area before the expiry date on the coupon.

Just a few days later I received an invitation to attend a birthday luncheon in honor of a friend. Most of us enjoy a celebration and I’m no different. I quickly responded to the organizer of the gathering with a “Yes. Count me in.”

I take too long deciding what to eat when presented with a new menu. When possible I go online and view what is offered beforehand.  I’m glad I did, I knew the restaurant was in the same shopping center as the store who sent me the ten dollar coupon. What I didn’t realize was they were right next door to each other.

About sixteen women ages ranging from late twenties to early seventies gathered to celebrate the birthday girl . After rearranging tables and chairs into one large dinning table, we took our seats. I ordered my predetermined online choice of chicken and salad and I was not disappointed.

When eating was done it was time for the birthday girl to open presents, and as she did each giver in turn described what the birthday girl meant to them. I listened as each one told stories of how she had been there for them, prayed with them, accepted them. It was truly a beautiful part of the celebration.

The celebration came to an end and we each went our separate way. Now you know I went straight next door to spend my ten dollar coupon. I browsed through their various displays of clothes, jewelry and purses all beautifully arranged according to their color. Oh my, it did look quiet charming, so much to choose from. I wandered to the far end of the store and that is when I saw the polka dot umbrella. Intrigued I picked it up and opened it, wanting to test the coverage it gave.

It was then as I held the umbrella over me I thought about how my friend, the birthday girl, had covered the ladies with comfort, prayer and words of wisdom when needed. In essence she formed an umbrella of love, when they were exposed to a storm.

Sometimes it’s just raining and sometimes the storm is fierce but either way, how wonderful not to have to face it alone. How comforting to know we can turn to sisters-in-the-Lord who will pray with us and for us during the hard times.

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that are my disciples-when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13 Message Bible


I want to be an umbrella of God’s love. How about you?