Category Archives: Hope

Cold Days, Free Days, Thankful Days

Many of us in Chicago have been given two free days. Schools are not in session, so I’m not working, and my husband is, at this moment, in a Zoom meeting in the dining room since no one has left … Continue reading

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Spring and Hope

It is my confident hope that spring will one day arrive in Chicago. I have faith that even though I am wearing a wool sweater and boots today and my back yard looks like this… …that in a few weeks it will look like this. … Continue reading

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Hope: An Anchor

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A dropped anchor keeps a boat firmly in its location even when the water is churned up and weather conditions are on a rampage. Metaphorically it has come to signify stability and security. The word ‘anchor’ is used only five … Continue reading

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When Your Life is Shipwrecked

This photo was taken on the island of Malta in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. There really is a St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church on Malta and  Paul really did survive a shipwreck somewhere on the shores of the island. Why Visit … Continue reading

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Four Things You Can Always Expect from God

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We have a way of shaping expectations in our minds. But this way, the responsibility is on us, and we can become unsettled, even angry, if they fail to become reality. My 7-year-old grandson is famous for this. Recently, when … Continue reading

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Hope More; Expect Less

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What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family … Continue reading

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Two Qualities of the Early Church That We Should Pursue Today

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The church, made up of Jesus’ followers, is his body on earth. It has been brilliant and influential at times, weak at other points in history, and increasingly divided over the years. Amazingly, the imperfect church is still God’s designated witness, his hands … Continue reading

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Dare to Hope

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Have you ever stifled your hopes to avoid disappointment?  Me too. A lifetime of being a Chicago Cubs fan has taught me not to get my hopes up.  When I was a kid I watched or listened to every game possible, … Continue reading

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Easter Hope

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Last weekend my husband and I attended my uncle’s funeral.  He will be mightily missed, but my cousins and I had a lovely time remembering and reconnecting. Tuesday morning we all woke up to news of another devastating terror attack in … Continue reading

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How Strong is Your Vocabulary?

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How strong is your vocabulary?  (Click here to find out.)  A robust vocabulary can be an advantage in life, or at least it is in Scrabble or Words with Friends.  Some people enrich their words by doing crossword puzzles, others by learning a … Continue reading

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