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Hope Rises...or Does It Come Down?

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#1  This is not a blog about those Holy Spirit questions I had mentioned last time. #2  But I'm sure I'll mention the Holy Spirit at some point anyway...

Hope Rises... Or does it come down?...
Or is it always within us???  (...the thing with feathers???  per Emily Dickinson)
I like this poem by Alexander Hope...I mean, Pope:


Hope springs eternal in the human breast;Man never is, but always to be blessed:The soul, uneasy and confined from home,Rests and expatiates in a life to come.– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

"The soul, uneasy and confined from home" makes me start singing this oldie I grew up listening to on my mom's record player:



IT'S SO TRUE THOUGH!  This world is not my home.  I'm thankful for hope in something better, something eternal, something that comes from....wait for it...
THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!  (Insert cheers and applause here.)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you…

Bojangles and the Holy Spirit

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#1 I love Bojangles...it's my favorite. #2 I love my husband, but he says Bojangles can NOT be my favorite. #3 That's why I was eating there alone today.
It was a Sunday (today, in fact). We had just left First Baptist Church where we watched my niece get baptized. IV had to go to work and I was about to head north to pick up our kids from their Nana and Poppy. It was a little early, so I asked IV if he wanted to eat a quick lunch before we went our separate ways. He declined because he knew they would be having food at the station that afternoon.  I said, "Okay," and headed for Bojangles...just for spite. ;)
While I was waiting in the drive through the song I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons came on the radio. I felt a small stir of the Spirit within me...a little random, so I started to pray (which is what I recommend doing if this ever happens to you).
Me: Lord, what do I need to wait for? ...I'm waiting on the closing on our new home, and I realize it may …

Run Free

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Recently, IV and I were walking back after spending some good, quality time in the fields watching for deer.  It was getting cold quickly since the sun had set. IV was carrying my gun, because he's nice like that, and I was ready to break into a jog in order to get inside to the warm fire a little quicker. However, as soon as I started to trot I remembered that even though I wasn't carrying any extra weight, IV was still carrying two guns, so I slowed my pace back down.  That's when this verse popped into my mind: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2) Since I had handed over my weight to someone else I w…