All of us enjoy getting our order from a busy restaurant quickly. Who does not love it, while you are on public Wi-Fi, watching that download bar on your smart device just zip across the screen without so much as a second thought?
Being a chaplain, father and husband can be exhausting. I cannot tell you the number of times I have come home from work just hoping to survive dinner and bedtime stories and make it to bed.
When we think of receiving blessings we often associate the term with some form of good fortune, whether it is an unexpected pay raise, good health, obedient children or frankly any outcome that we would consider favorable.
As Americans, we love the drama of restoration. We spend evenings watching HGTV or DIY shows, where people perform the home makeover and bring a house back to its former glory.
Shortly after I married my wife I found myself seeking advice from one of my church leaders, and I will never forget what he told me that day.
The challenge to integrate into the lifecycle of a unit is real, but that is what makes serving in the U.S. Army Chaplaincy a joy.
When I was a second grader, I learned and memorized the Ten Commandments in Sunday school. I did not care about some commandments including the seventh: “You shall not murder.” As a little girl, I believed that I did not have a chance to murder.
The boxing great Mike Tyson once said this about his opponents, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth.” I love that quote. I love it because it represents what also happens in life. We all make our plans and then life hits us in the mouth … and there go our plans.
Someone may have told you that God will never give you more than you can handle, or you may have said it yourself.
The first time I used night vision goggles was July 2004 during a field exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Before putting them on, I had my doubts about how much I would be able to see in the pitch black darkness.
It seems like most people who know who Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was have at least one or two favorite quotes by him.
One of the realities of Army life is moving. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes, well it just happens. But every time my Family and I move, I face the same daunting challenge – hanging pictures. Having pictures hung on the walls really makes everything a little more cozy, a little more comf…
The tax return season has come around again. As a proud Oregonian, I pay state income taxes throughout the year and get all of them back on my state tax return.
Officially spring started with the Vernal Equinox, and now we are looking forward to the warmth in the air and long sunny days. As for the Nishimura household, we are expecting to move across the country to Fort Bliss, Texas, during this summer.
Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”
Over the course of my life I have witnessed or have received personal testimonies where people sincerely bargained with God to get them through difficult situations.
Managing a home by oneself can be overwhelming. As a chaplain, I hear from many spouses who face this challenge regularly. Being married to someone serving in the Army guarantees time apart. Trying to work, pay bills, clean a house, get the oil changed, fix the washing machine, shovel snow a…
I remember listening each year to fire-safety teachers explain the importance of a maneuver descriptively called the “stop, drop and roll.” If you find yourself on fire, the best thing you can do is stop running, drop to the ground and roll around to extinguish the flames.
It happens to all of us. Some of us are on the glide path that we choose and things are going well then all of a sudden life comes to a screeching halt.
I ran into the uncommon word – forbearance – the other day, and realized I really was not sure of its full meaning. So, I looked it up.
The advent season begins this Sunday. In many Christian traditions four weeks leading up to Christmas marks a period of preparation for the celebration to come, which is known as advent.
Turkeys and cornucopias and pilgrim hats. Seasoned stuffing hot from the oven. Creamed onions, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Uncles and aunts and cousins to play with.
As I move from duty station to duty station there is a phrase that has caught my attention every time I hear it: “God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”
We talk about death a good deal in the Army, and for obvious reasons. This work can be so incredibly costly. Most of us have lost dear friends in the last 15 years of warfare.
As the pages of the calendar turn, we find ourselves leaving behind the warm sultry days of late summer and begin a journey into the cool refreshing days of fall.
This year the Army Chaplain Corps celebrates its 242nd anniversary. We know about chaplains and chaplain assistants, who throughout history dedicated their lives to the service, truly living the Corps’ motto “For God and Country.”
Not all powerful or not all good. This is the dilemma that must be faced when someone trying to understand God and his hand in our world looks at it from a human perspective
When I was a teenager my high school counselor told me that I would never amount to anything. To be honest, I was not someone who put a lot of effort into school work.
An Uber driver stopped a suicide. He was able to do this because he saw what looked like an issue, asked important questions, and took responsibility for a man at risk of suicide who hailed his car. That is how suicide is prevented. Regular people, every day, taking responsibility for their …
The spouse walks into my office. She tells me that she has found some disturbing images and texts on her husband’s phone. He has been talking with another woman on social media. He has sent and received pictures that really upset her. As she tells her story, she informs me that this is not t…
To be a successful mountain climber, sure-footing helps. Navigation skills, having the correct equipment and supplies, climbing skills and sheer determination also play a major role. Sure-footing gives the climber the confidence to reach the most treacherous heights, in the midst of some of …
Are you looking for a place to connect with God and with others? Then, Chapel Next may just be what you’re looking for.
From the modern or contemporary perspective when it comes to suffering, the question seems to revolve around “Why do people suffer, or why me?”
If I were a betting man, I would bet that every one of you reading this has at least one thing that is weighing on you. Between health, Family and work, there are enough burdens to fill our emotional and mental rucksacks for days on end.
Psalm 147:10-11: “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
When I stopped to think about the anonymous quotation “temper is such a valuable thing, it is a shame to lose it,” I realized that it really rings true.