August 1973 - Midwest, USA "When I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3 KJV). Vera, the other nursing assistant, was working with me that night at the nursing home, and we had just finished our lunch at 3 a.m. We relaxed in the patient lounge for a few minutes to rest our… Continue reading One Scary Night – Nursing Assistant
Summer - 1973 - Midwest, USA "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction." James 1:27 My sister, Marsha, asked the director of the nursing home, where we both worked this summer, for permission to have a Bible study for the patients on… Continue reading Nursing Home Ministry
June 1973 - Midwest, USA My sister, Marsha, graduated from nursing school and I graduated from high school on exactly the same day and time. Since I didn't want to split up the family, I volunteered to skip my high school graduation. Marsha let me wear her white high school mortarboard and gown for the… Continue reading Night Shift Nursing Assistant
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV). From my journal. March 1973, Midwest, USA - High School Senior Ever since last year when the Lord gave me peace about becoming a nurse, I have struggled in… Continue reading Which Nursing School?
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