July 2013

July Devotional

JAM_0830Waiting on God

Today’s society is impatient.  Immediate gratification of our wants is expected.  The pace of our lifestyle is accelerated by modern “improvements”.  We cook with microwave ovens, eat fast food, watch on-demand movies, and communicate with smartphones.  Sometimes we expect our petitions to God to be immediately answered in the same manner.

Waiting on God is hard.  Often, caregivers and family members are waiting on God for answers to difficult decisions, for healing, and for answers to why things have happened.

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,

I say, ‘You are my God.’

My times are in Your hand”  Psalms 31:14-15

How do we keep on trusting God when we are waiting?

Remember that God wants to bless us.  He loves us and has shown us His grace.  Sometimes He wants to bless us with strengthened faith, trust and dependence on Him.  Sometimes our faith grows best during times of waiting on Him.

Remember that He has provided in the past.  In the middle of a situation, we need to look back and see the Lord’s hand in our lives and how He has always been with us in past situations.

Remember that He always hears our prayers.  He always knows what we are going through, and we can always trust in His love and compassion for us.

Remember that God’s time is not our time.  God has a plan for each of us, and we need to trust in God’s timing.

“But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.”       Isaiah 40:31


John Dennison


Lakeshore Senior Communities



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One of the Original Sweethearts of Country

Ruth Poe Weir, a resident of Heartland, shares a photo of her and her sister playing at The Grand Ole Opry.

In Nashville, you really can’t go anywhere without running into a country music star.  At Heartland, our Nashville star is Ruth Poe Weir.  Recently we spent some time with Ruth to learn more about her Grand Ole Opry career.

Ruth and her sister Nelle were known on the Grand Ole Opry as The Poe Sisters from 1944-46.  In addition to the Opry, they also traveled as part of the Ernest Tubb & The Texas Troubadours touring group 1944-45.  They were hired by George D. Hay, founder of “The Grand Ole Opry”, on June 17, 1944. Ruth played mandolin and sang lead, while Nelle sang harmony and played guitar.

When we heard that Ruth played the mandolin, we asked her if she had met Bill Monroe. Not only did Ruth meet Bill Monroe, but Ruth played one of Bill Monroe’s famous Gibson mandolins that Monroe loaned her during her time on the Opry.

The two young sisters were known for harmonizing and playing in a style similar to the style popularized by The Carter Family.  Ruth’s sister Nelle told a journalist, “Our idols were the Delmore Bothers, and we tried to sing like them.  The Solemn Old Judge, George Hay, said we were the ‘female Delmore Brothers.’ I can’t say what kind of music we sang – some bluegrass, some country.”   Their repertoire included a number of Delmore Brothers songs, but they also performed material associated with the Carter Family, the Blue Sky Boys, Roy Acuff, and others.

The two Big Creek, Mississippi, girls started their careers after they went North to work at a GE plant in Bridgeport, CT. They appeared on a local radio show, toured with entertainers on the weekends and appeared at the Stage Door Canteen, in New York City.

The two sisters never cut a record.  During  the time The Poe Sisters were performing, commercial recordings were not being made due to shellac and other material shortages caused by World War II.  Their career came to an end when both sisters married and retired from music.  Their music careers have been honored with inductions into the George D. Hay Music Hall of Fame and the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ruth is still a favorite.  Ruth has lived at Heartland for two years.  Here at Heartland, she always has a smile and kind word for those around her.  She talks to her sister Nelle in Mountain View, Arkansas often.

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Celebrating the New Courtyard at The Meadows

Eagle Scout Clayton Whitfield and family who were on hand to celebrate the new courtyard at The Meadows

Eagle Scout Clayton Whitfield and members of his family who were on hand to celebrate the new courtyard at The Meadows

Residents at the Meadows are enjoying their newly refurbished courtyard.  The courtyard, which is surrounded by resident rooms and common areas, is a visual centerpiece for Meadows residents.

The new courtyard was made possible by Clayton Whitfield as part of his requirements for Eagle Scout.  For several weekends during the winter, residents at The Meadows watched as a group of people worked to make repairs and improvements to the area.  Planters were rebuilt, landscaping was improved and the gazebo was enhanced, making a tremendous impact to the beauty of the courtyard.

On Sunday, June 23, The Meadows honored Clayton for his project by hosting an Open House and Garden Tour showcasing the Courtyard in all its summer beauty.  Residents of The Meadows, along with Clayton’s family and friends, enjoyed seeing the results of his hard work.  Lakeshore Senior Communities President, John Dennison, presented Clayton with a plaque in appreciation for his efforts.

“Throughout Lakeshore’s sixty year history, the Lord has blessed us with many families and volunteers that have taken a personal interest in our mission to care for the elderly.  Clayton Whitfield continues to carry on his family’s legacy of supporting Lakeshore.  His grandparents, Marian & Don Whitfield and Neil & Glenda Anderson, as well as other family members, have spent countless hours volunteering at Lakeshore to brighten the days of our residents.  I commend and congratulate Clayton on his hard work and perseverance in his qualifications for Eagle Scout”, said Dennison.

Residents and their families, as well as staff, enjoy the courtyard throughout the year and appreciate the thoughtfulness and hard work of those who worked so diligently allowing them to enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation.


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Respite Care



It is important that caregivers take time to care for themselves as they do for their loved ones.  However, that can often be challenging, as they can’t leave their loved one unattended.  That is where respite care comes in.  Respite care is a support service for primary caregivers that gives them the ability to take time for themselves, whether that be time to run errands, visit a support group or even go on a short vacation.

The first step in getting respite care for your loved one is to determine what kind of needs you need to be met.  Is it an afternoon off? Is it a family vacation? Is it someone to drive your loved one somewhere? Once you have determined what needs you have, you can determine the type of care you need.  There is both in-home and out-of-home respite care.

In-home Care.  In-home care can range from simple companionship and stimulation to skills such as meal preparations, personal care, and skilled medical assistance.  To find companionship for your loved one, seek out community groups, faith-based groups, neighbors, and family members to come spend time with your loved one in short intervals, so you can have some relief.

Out-of-home care.  Out-of-home care is often for adults who can no longer manage on their own and need full time care.  Out-of-home care centers can range from day centers for adults to residential programs to retreats, all giving the caregiver a break for an extended period of time.

It is important as you are looking at respite care to look at what kind of care is covered by either your health insurance or by Medicare.  Also look at your area agency on aging (AAA), such as the Greater Nashville Regional Agency on Aging, for additional resources on respite care, such as providers and matching services.  For additional information on respite care and questions to ask potential respite caregivers, read the following:

Lastly, make sure that as a caregiver, you use respite care regularly to ensure that you are receiving the breaks and support that you need.  Respite care is not as effective if only used sparingly.


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