From my journal... High School Junior, USA, 1972 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go" (Psalm 32:8 KJV). The past year I asked God to show me what career He wants me to pursue. Before I became a Christian, I considered oceanography or landscape architecture because I enjoy… Continue reading Should I Become a Nurse?
Midwest, USA - April 2, 1969 - 13 years old Dear Angie, As you can see by the cover, this is supposed to be an autograph album, but I am going to use it as a diary. Friday, President Eisenhower died at the age of 78, so on Monday we missed school in honor… Continue reading The Diary of a Young Girl
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:10 (KJV). March 1972 - High School Junior My sister, Marsha, decided God wanted her to become a nurse rather than a veterinarian so she switched from the university to a nearby… Continue reading Putting God First
Saturday, January 16, 1971 - USA I gazed out the window of our small stone home in the country and saw the postman drive away. "I'll get the mail, Mom." I put on my winter coat, hat, and mittens to brave the bitter cold. I ran down the gravel driveway, scooped the letters from the… Continue reading Life Changing Letter
From my journal Home Care Nurse Practitioner, New England, February This winter has had record snowstorms one after another. I have not seen the bare ground since the snow started in November. But today is a crisp clear day with brilliant blue skies. With no storms predicted and the roads cleared from the last storm,… Continue reading Buried in Snow
The following is a tribute to my sister who led me to Christ, became my first Bible teacher, and was my best friend. On February 4, 2016, the Cedarville University nursing students who Marsha Swinehart, RN taught, presented a plaque to the School of Nursing in honor of Marsha's life. Dr. Rachel Parrill, Marsha's colleague,… Continue reading Tribute to My Sister
Five years ago, the Lord took my sister, Marsha, home to heaven a few months after she retired from a full-time nursing career of over four decades. She led me to Christ when I was in high school (See Life Changing Letter) and became my first Bible teacher. Since our birthdays were one day apart, we… Continue reading God Comforts the Broken Hearted
From my journal Home Care Nurse Practitioner - November 1, 2011 Over the weekend twenty inches of heavy wet snow fell in a matter of hours taking down many leaf-covered trees. Nearly a million people lost power including my home and the Veteran's clinic where I worked. Monday morning I put on my down coat,… Continue reading Freak October Snow Storm
From my journal Hospice Visiting Nurse - February, New England, USA This morning, the thermometer on my deck read a bone-chilling -5 degrees F (-21 C). I wished I could stay home, but my patients needed me. I pressed the remote car starter on my key ring to melt the thick ice off my windshield… Continue reading Do Nurses Cry?
The Sandwich Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever," (John 14:16 KJV). The emergency room stretcher made my backache. I tried to find a more comfortable position. The gentle beep of my heartbeat from the cardiac monitor made me drowsy in the darkened… Continue reading The Sandwich