NCFI Cares: Hope in Thankfulness

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Like love and faith our hope grows and blossoms (1 Corinthians 13:13). One of the ways we can nurture hope in our lives is through thankfulness.  Identifying the simplest things in our lives and thanking our Father God for them fosters hope, even when we are buried beneath the trials of life. This is also true for our patients struggling with illnesses and diseases.  When we struggle to find something to be thankful for, we can pause and thank the Creator for our existence and the necessities of air and water for life. No matter what our situation or our patient’s circumstances there is always something to be thankful for.

An excellent passage for thankfulness is Psalm 136. Famous for its repetitive refrain “his steadfast love endures forever” or “his loving kindness endures forever,” the psalm states “Give thanks to the Lord for…he is good…God of gods…does great wonders, etc. The psalm continues with a history lesson of the Israelite s relationship with God. This is our Lord, who has and continues to write a historical narrative in our lives.  We discover the sustained hope when we remember how the Lord has worked in our past (Lam 3:21).

 

Take time this week and read Psalm 136 and “Give thanks to the Lord for __________________ filling in the blank with how the Lord has demonstrated his “steadfast love” in recently in your life.

p.s. Want to discover how to encourage hope for your patients?  Check out three articles from the Journal of Christian Nursing. Importance of Hope; When Hope is Lost Part 1 & Part 2.  

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NCFI Cares: Job Well Done!

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“Before God the Father, we remember your work of faith, labor of love and your steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3). These are the words of Apostle Paul to the believers in Thessalonica. Paul commended his brothers and sisters for their faithfulness to the gospel message. Paul says, “Job well done!”  Not only did Paul say, “Good job.” He also made the proclamation before God, “God as my witness, the Thessalonians are great Christians!” In his letter, Paul recognized the believers’ commitment to living out the teachings of Christ Jesus. The believers faithfully served one another and Christ through acts of grace and charity (James 2:14-19; Matt 25:35-59).

As Christian nurses committed to serving Jesus Christ, NCFI leaders, staff, and fellow nurses commend you. We know of your work of faith in staying strong in Christ. Your labor of love to patients and families, as well as to your fellow colleagues. We also recognize the steadfastness of your hope. A hope that developed from yesterday, provides strength for today, and guides you in confidence for tomorrow.  We remember you in our hearts and prayers, and confess you to our God that you are great Christian Nurses! Job well done!

Take a moment and tell a colleague–Good Job

Goodbye nurses4him.org

In 2008, the Lord answered my prayer: to find a way to encourage Christian nurses in living out their Christian faith in their professional life.  nurses4him.org was the ministry I designed in response to the need. Since that time, Christian nursing organizations/ministries have moved to online and Christian nurses can now be encouraged and grow in their faith through websites, blog, and social media connections.

As I was praying and reflecting on personal changes in my life I have sensed a time of transition.  Thus, I have closed my nurses4him.org website and am transitioning my writing projects to a broad-ranged format as www.carriedameron.com while continuing to partner with Journal of Christian Nursing, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Nurses Christian Fellowship International.

I am currently in the process of importing my blog topics from the past few years into this new blog and will work on re-releasing previous posts from the archives! I am also looking forward to creating new topics and discussions that impact the larger audience.

What I can’t figure out what to do with is the logo/brand! My husband and I worked many hours to design a specific logo that communicated my vision of encouraging Christian nurses.

I am excited about what God is doing my life and look forward to still connecting and encouraging Christian nurses to live out their purpose for Christ through passion while being enveloped by prayer!

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Colossians Prayer for Nursing

    Nurses’ Coffee Break Series: Colossians Prayer came out of a desire to pray for the profession of nursing and Christian nurses. As I prayed about the challenges of Christian nursing, this heart-felt prayer of Paul to the believers in Colossae became an answer to my prayer for nursing. I pray the words encourage your faith in Jesus Christ and inspire your nursing practice. For only through our Lord’s love and grace, we can walk the path he assigned to each of us in nursing.

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and
 to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and
 increasing in the knowledge of God;
strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
for the attaining of steadfastness and patience;
joyously giving thanks to the Father,
who qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints of light.”

(Colossians 1:9-12 NAS


Follow the link for more information on Nurses Coffee Break Series: Colossians Prayer: A devotional prayer book for nurses using Colossians 1:9-12