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Did you know many JCN authors are previously unpublished? It's true. Consider Rachel whose article, "Head Up and Eyes Forward" appeared in the 35.1 Student TXT column. We received this note from Rachel:


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to submit my first article. My supervisor is so excited, and she is sharing it with everyone. I know that God will continue to work in ways I cannot imagine, as I continue to seek him. I am humbled and grateful to get to share truth with other nurses. I hope to write more in the future. Rachel Spurlock, BSN, RN


Need more encouragement? I (Cathy) was so impressed with Elaina Mahlan's Called to Teach column in this issue, "Again? Repetition in Teaching and Learning," that I asked her to consider writing on a regular basis. I hope she submits again.


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Jane Hall, former NCF Director, wrote, "I love to pray, but I know many nurses don't know where to start." Here are brief Scripture prayers to use throughout your day.




* Lord, help me to be strong, while bearing with the failings of those who are weak. Let me not seek to please myself. (Romans 15:1)


* Father, I rejoice in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships and in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)


* May I be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and in his mighty power. (2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 6:10)




* Lord, I commit my way to you today. Help me to trust in you to make my righteous reward shine like the dawn, my vindication like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:5-6)


* Father, help me to devote myself, in love, to those in my care today. Show me ways to honor my colleagues. (Romans 12:10)


* Help me, Lord, to willingly suffer the consequences of faithfulness, knowing that you alone promise life as a victor's crown. (Revelation 2:10)




* Heavenly Father, let me know your compassion in my work today and share it with those in my care. (Psalm 103:13; Matthew 14:14)


* Lord, help me to be kind and compassionate to my colleagues, forgiving them, just as, in Christ, you forgave me. (Ephesians 4:32)


* Lord, as your dearly beloved child, I put on your compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience as I begin my work today. (Colossians 3:12)


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