Hopefully

Hopefully

As I re-read some recent Thursday’s Thirsts, I noticed how many times I used the word hopefully. This can be a somewhat dangerous word, so I thought I might use this week to discuss the word’s usage. Hopefully – there it is again – you will find this worth your consideration.

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

I’m on vacation, so this is a re-write from – believe it or not – ten years ago.  And, since it is being sent out a day earlier than usual – and at the suggestion of a neighbor – it comes under an altered heading.  Afterall, if you are at all like me, I don’t just get thirsty on Thursdays!  So, enjoy and be blessed (hopefully).

Wednesday’s Words

Wednesday’s Words

Yesterday morning, as I began my day reading a devotion from “Portals of Prayer,” the Bible verse topping the page got my attention.  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12.12)  I think these words will continue to ring in my ears for quite some time.  “Christian hope” can be defined as “knowing the what, just not the when.”  We rejoice because we know that eternal life is ours.  We just don’t know when we will see Jesus face to face.  Or another way to put it, we don’t know when the tribulation in which we live will end.  However, since we know that it will end (because of our Christian hope) we can patiently endure it.  And the best and healthiest way to endure is by being – you guessed it – “constant in prayer”.

Holy Cow!

Holy Cow!

“Holy Cow!” is an expression I have used various times over the years to express amazement or delight, but I never thought much about the background of the statement.  In looking it up this week I discovered that the expression was used regularly by sportscasters Phil Rizzuto and Harry Carry.  Some people speculate it references Hinduism.  Others think its Irish Gaelic.  Personally I am more interested in the first half of the expression than the second.

Still Praying

Still Praying

It had been over a year since we had seen them, so it was great to finally get together.  We met at a restaurant about an hour away so that the drive would be similar for both couples.  As you can imagine, there were no lags in the conversation while we were with them – after all, in one way or another, we have been friends since day one.

Fun Times

Fun Times

Fun Times can be packaged in many different ways.  Something can be enjoyable without being amusing.  Pleasure can be found outside the realm of frivolity.  In fact some of the most pleasurable moments are often experienced while serving or even sweating.  Though some may not feel comfortable referring to some of these activities as “fun”, anything that brings a satisfactory smile to the face or warmth to the heart is going to be called “fun” in my book … and I believe our life in Christ is supposed to be fun!

Little Things

Little Things

It seems as though lately I have frequently been more sensitive to little things – perhaps I should really be calling them “little blessings” – in lots of different ways.  Sometimes it is in the narratives I am reading in the Scriptures.  Other times it is in the stories people are telling.  Sometimes it is just in nature or the circumstances surrounding me.

Looking Back

Looking Back

While I have no recollection of ever being worried about things, finances were quite tight for us during the early years of marriage and church work.  Looking back, it is fun piecing together the little stories of God’s provision and grace.  We live in the reality that God’s Word and promises are true:  “The Lord is my shepherd.  I shall not want.” (Psalm 23.1).