College Freshman - May 1974 "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary..." (Isaiah 40:29-30 KJV). "Pam, Can you please see me after class?" asked my statistics professor. I nervously approached Professor L. who had shared at the beginning… Continue reading Sleeping in Statistics Class
College Freshman - September 1973 " When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 " ...and that Rock was Christ." I Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) I entered my nursing adviser's office and sat down. "Mrs. M, I signed up for pre-medicine chemistry rather than pre-nursing chemistry this… Continue reading University Begins – Overwhelmed in Chemistry Class
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). 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 deciding which nursing… Continue reading Which Nursing School?
January 1, 1991 - Caribbean Sea 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1- "HAPPY NEW YEAR" blared the loudspeaker. I shot out of bed and stood in the middle of the pitch black room with my heart racing. Where was I? What was happening? Oh yes. I signed up to work as a dialysis nurse on this nine-story ship for the… Continue reading Dialysis Nurse on the High Seas