Things My Mother Taught Me

As I reflect on Mother’s Day this past week, I also reflect on the ways my mother shaped me into the person I am today.

While both she and my father taught me the importance of going to church, she led by example the importance of being deeply spiritual; and the two are not necessarily dependent on the other. She taught me at an early age how to play piano and to love a diversity of music. In the 1960s and ’70s it was common to hear classical music, jazz, Montovani Strings, or pop playing in our home in the evenings. Not so common to hear a TV, which my father called the “one-eyed monster.” He was a prophet of sorts.

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Driving Experience

The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.
Proverbs 14:28 (MSG)

In golf, the driver is the club you use at the beginning of each hole to drive the ball as close as possible to your objective. In your computer, everything that functions like a printer, mouse, keyboard, etc., does so because of a little program called a driver. When you get onto a bus or take a cab, Uber, Lyft, things like that, you rely on a driver to get you there.

When you get into your own car to go anywhere, you become the driver. You don’t actually make the car go because all you do is steer the wheels and press the accelerator. Fuel and a lot of engineering go into actually making the car move forward. You also don’t press the accelerator once at the beginning and expect to get where you’re going. You work that accelerator even when pulling into the parking lot. You, as the driver, provide all the direction that is needed to move forward and get where you intend to go.

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Don’t Distress–DE-Stress


We all have stressful things happening in life. Sometimes it seems like too much. What do you do? We can’t always reduce the number of stressors that impact us every day, but we can change how we deal with them. Chaplain Mark shares some thoughts in this video to help you use your stress as a part of spiritual journey and make it work for you instead of against you. Give it a look and see if this will help you be less stressed out.

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SHC of Warren Hosts Interfaith National Day of Prayer

Signature HealthCARE of Warren hosted an event on Thursday, May 5, to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Signature HealthCARE of Warren is operated by Signature HealthCARE, a for-profit health care provider that believes in and promotes prayer, and the Power of the Ask. Now in the sixth year, the National Day of Prayer (NDOP) is the largest company-wide event held on the first Thursday in May. A national healthcare movement, representatives from any and all faiths and walks of government life encapsulate a singular theme, “The Signature Nation-A Movement: ‘Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.’”

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Motivational Devotional: What Do You Know?

So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
Mark 10:42-44 (NRSV)

How much have you invested in your education? I know personally I still owe the government quite a bit of money for the two degrees I’ve gotten. I’ve invested eight years in graduate school and still the things I use on a daily basis to achieve my objectives are the simple things my parents taught me. I could have saved a whole lot of money.

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Ash Wednesday Continues Efforts to Meet Spiritual Needs

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Signature Healthcare of Warren held an Ash Wednesday service today led by Mark Mills, chaplain, our director of spirituality. Early in the day, volunteers from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church came through the facility to distribute ashes in the sign of the cross to all who wished to receive them. Chaplain Mark had ashes again available for those present at the service.

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“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

– Psalm 55:22 (NRSV)

My mother taught me to play piano beginning at age four. After I learned the basics, she started teaching me to use the pedals, one of which is the sustain pedal. It’s the one that makes the strings sustain until the pedal is released. If the pianist keeps the pedal pressed throughout an entire song, the notes blend into all the other notes and it makes a big mess. Sustain is something that can’t be sustained all the time.

If we don’t understand this principle that also applies to life in general, we can get frustrated. Projects, relationships, and even meaningful moments have a sustain period much like sustaining piano notes for a measure or two. Even if the pedal is pressed indefinitely, the strings eventually stop vibrating and the keys have to be played again. There is a cycle. Melodies are played and the sustain pedal is pressed and released repeatedly. When things in life aren’t sustaining, it’s time to go to work playing the song again.

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Mentors – Motivational Devotional

He established a decree in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children …
Psalm 78:5-6 (NRSV)

Where did you learn to do what you do? Going beyond what we know from schools and colleges, beyond the professional skills we have, we know to do things that can’t be taught in school. Two people can practice the same skill, but how it gets done, the manner in which it is carried out with people, is unique to each of us. So, where did you learn THAT part of what you do?

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