The Assurance of Things Hoped For

The Assurance of Things Hoped For

Bible Verse:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

My Story

Early in our marriage, we only owned one car. My spouse rode to work with a friend. Her friend was glad to get the money my wife gave her each week. The cash helped with the price of gasoline.

After I finished graduate school, we moved halfway across America to a new job. We only owned one car. My work required me to use it to visit the many hospitals in the greater metro area. My wife decided she would stay home with our two preschool age sons.

Not having a second car left my wife stranded at home with the young children. She could only go shopping in the evenings. She couldn’t do routine life maintenance activities like doctor’s appointments or attending an exercise class with either juggling our schedules and car usage or getting help from a friend.

One day, I suggested we consider getting a second car. Yes, the increased cost of insurance, fuel and maintenance, not to mention the purchase price, would be expensive.

“We need to pray about purchasing get the car. God’s leadership can tell us if we should go in debt for a new car or try to see what we could afford with our small savings,” I said.

She agreed. So we prayed and waited.

The very next Sunday at church, a HAM radio friend of mine (we were both FCC licensed amateur radio operators) approached me. He was a deacon in our church, a bachelor, and twenty years older than me.

“Jim,” he said. “I’ve ordered a new car. The dealer said it’ll take forty-five to sixty days before it arrives.”

“Great,” I replied. I hadn’t connected the dots of our prayer for a car and this conversation.

“I was wondering if you’d like my old car. It’s low mileage, doesn’t have much wear with me not being married. Besides, I’ve seen your wife buying groceries in the evening when I do my shopping.”

I listened intently.

His next words were, “God, impressed on me to offer you my old car. I don’t need two.”

I hesitated.

He continued, “The dealer offered little for it as a trade in as it’s ten years old. The mileage is low. It has new tires, and I had the oil changed. I thought maybe you’d like a second car. You can give me ten dollars a Sunday for the next two years. I’ll even pay for the title transfer to help.”

Only God. 

“I need to check with my wife,” I said.

“Let me know,” he replied.

“Thank you,” I added.

My wife agreed. 

God was meeting our needs. God provided us with a second car.


Who wrote Hebrews 11:1 and when was it written?

The author of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament of the Bible is unknown. Many scholars attribute the book to the apostle Paul because of an internal reference to “our brother Timothy” in Hebrews 13:23. Some scholars have disputed this attribution since the second century and there is no decisive evidence for the authorship.

The exact date of the Book of Hebrews is unknown. The last half of the first century is the date most scholars assign to its writing. 

What is the context of Hebrews 11:1?

The context of Hebrews 11:1 is the broader theme of faith. This theme runs throughout the Book of Hebrews.

The author of Hebrews is writing to a group of Jewish Christians who are facing persecution and considering abandoning their faith in Jesus Christ. He is encouraging them to hold fast to their faith and to trust in Jesus. A reminder that Jesus is the ultimate high priest and mediator between God and humanity runs throughout the Book of Hebrews.

In chapter 11, the author provides examples of men and women from the Old Testament who showed great faith in God. These examples include Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab. The author highlights how each of these individuals showed their faith in God by acting in obedience to Him, even when it was difficult or unpopular.

What does Hebrews 11:1 mean?

The verse itself emphasizes that faith is not just a feeling or a hope, but a conviction of things that are not seen. It is a trust in the promises of God, even when we cannot see them with our physical eyes. Faith gives us assurance that the things we hope for will come to pass, even if we do not see them in the present moment.

What does “faith” mean?

Faith in biblical terms refers to a firm belief or trust in God, His promises, and His word as revealed in the Bible. 

It involves a confident assurance in God’s character and a reliance on His power and grace. We often describe faith as the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), showing that it involves a confident trust in things that are not understood or experienced in the present.

In the Bible, we often link faith to obedience and action, as manifested in one’s trust in God. 

“Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

James 2:17 

This means that faith manifests itself by actions that show one’s trust in God and willingness to obey His commands.

Faith in biblical terms is a foundational concept. It underlies the Christian worldview. Faith informs the way believers understand and approach their relationship with God.

What does “the substance of things hoped for,” mean?

“The substance of things hoped for” refers to the assurance or confidence that believers have in the promises of God, even though they have not yet seen their fulfillment.

It is the substance or foundation of their hope, which gives them confidence and motivates them to persevere in their faith.

What does “the evidence of things not seen,” mean?

Faith is the conviction or belief in something that is not apparent or observable. It involves trusting in the existence or reality of something that is unproven or not seen with the naked eye. Faith is the assurance or confidence in the truth of something, even if not visible.

Hebrews 11:1 means that faith is the proof of things that are not visible or tangible. It is the confident trust in the promises of God, even though we cannot see Him or understand how or if those promises will happen. Faith is the foundation of our hope in God, and it gives us the strength to endure trials and challenges regardless of potential reward.

What is the difference in biblical translations of Hebrews 11:1 (KJV, NIV & ESV)

  • Hebrews 11:1 KJV biblical translation says:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

  • Hebrews 11:1 NIV biblical translation says:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV

  • Hebrews 11:1 ESV biblical translation says:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV

How does Hebrews 11:1 give encouragement?

This verse gives encouragement by reminding us we can have faith in things that we cannot see or understand.

Here are a few ways that Hebrews 11:1 can give encouragement:

  1. It encourages us to have faith in God. The verse reminds us that even though we cannot see God, we can have confidence in Him and His promises. This can be a significant source of comfort and strength, especially during difficult times.
  2. It encourages us to have hope. The verse speaks of our “hope for” things, which suggests that we can have confidence that good things are possible in the future. This can be a powerful source of encouragement when we are feeling hopeless or discouraged.
  3. It encourages us to trust in the unseen. The verse speaks of “assurance about what we do not see,” which suggests that we can trust in things that are not apparent to us. This can encourage when we are struggling to understand what is happening in our lives or in the world.

How can I apply Hebrews 11:1 to my life?

This verse speaks to the power of faith, which can apply to our daily lives in various ways. Here are some ways to apply this verse:

  1. Believe in your dreams: If you have a dream or goal that seems impossible or unrealistic, have faith that your dream are possible. Faith in yourself and your abilities can help you overcome obstacles and achieve what you set out to do.
  2. Trust in God: Hebrews 11:1 also speaks to having faith in God, even when we can’t see the result. Trusting in God’s plan for your life and having faith that He will guide you in the right direction can give you peace and help you navigate difficult situations.
  3. Overcome fear and doubt: Fear and doubt can hold us back from reaching our full potential. Having faith can help us overcome these negative emotions and take risks that lead to personal growth and success.
  4. Focus on the positive: Hebrews 11:1 speaks to the assurance of things hoped for. By focusing on the positive and having faith that good things will come, we can cultivate a positive outlook and attract positive experiences into our lives.

Applying Hebrews 11:1 to your life involves having faith in yourself, trusting in God, overcoming fear and doubt, and focusing on the positive.

A model or example prayer using Hebrews 11:1

Dear God,

I come to you in faith, believing that you exist and that you reward those who seek you. Help me hold on to this unwavering faith, even when things are difficult and uncertain. May my faith be foundational to my life, giving me the courage and strength to overcome any obstacle that comes my way. Help me trust in your plan for my life, even when I can’t see the way ahead. Thank you for the assurance that faith provides and the hope that it brings.

 In Jesus’ name,


This prayer acknowledges the truth of Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” It asks God to help the person praying to have this kind of faith, even in challenging times. The prayer also expresses gratitude for the hope and assurance that faith provides.


Now, we understand it is impossible to please God without faith, because faith plays an important role in the life of a believer. Things around you will change if you have faith in God. 

Commitment to works also in the realm of the invisible and of the impossible because there will be no glory for God if it is possible. Human possibilities end where faith begins. Testing of faith in God occurs in times of trials and calamities to see if the faith we claim we have is authentic. Have faith in God and trust in His words. He is not a liar.

Today’s article is from the forthcoming book: “Hope: How to Have Hope During Times of Hardship | The Bible Speaks to Life Issues, Book Three” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D. from Poetry and Prayer Press (c) 2023

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Why Should I Visit Talkeetna, Alaska?

Dr. Jim Kepler in Talkeetna, Alaska in August 2022.

Why Should I Visit Talkeetna, Alaska?

Talkeetna, Alaska is a small town located about 110 miles north of Anchorage. It’s known for its stunning scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities, and is a popular destination for travelers interested in hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider visiting Talkeetna:

Stunning scenery: 

  • Talkeetna is located in the heart of the beautiful Alaskan wilderness, and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and rivers.
  • It’s a great place to go hiking, biking, or just enjoy the scenery.

Moose art in front of old cabin in Talkeetna, Alaska

Outdoor recreation: 

  • Talkeetna is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many opportunities for hiking, fishing, and other activities.
  • There are several nearby state parks and nature preserves to explore, as well as rivers and lakes for fishing.

Park adjacent to lake in Talkeetna, Alaska

Wildlife viewing: 

  • Talkeetna is also a great place to see Alaskan wildlife.
  • The area is home to many different species of birds and animals, including bald eagles, moose, and bears.

Nagley’s Store and West Rib Pub & Cafe in Talkeetna, Alaska

Unique culture: 

  • In addition to its natural beauty, Talkeetna also has a unique local culture.
  • The town is home to many artists and craftspeople, and there are several galleries and shops featuring their work.

Popular Culture:

  • The town of Cicely from the 1990 television series Northern Exposure has been said that it could be patterned after Talkeetna by a journalist, but it has not been confirmed by any cast member. Northern Exposure filming actually took place in Roslyn, Washington.
  • The town of Talkeetna was mentioned in Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. In season 2 episode 16, the host travels to the Roadhouse, a restaurant in Talkeetna, to sample their unique breakfast dishes. Also featured is West Rib Pub & Cafe.
  • Talkeetna features heavily in Railroad Alaska on Discovery Channel. The show has three seasons and deals with the lives of people who work the railway, and off-the-grid residents who depend on the railroad for supplies and access to medical facilities.
  • The town was most notably featured in the family classic Snow Dogs.

Alaska Railroad at terminal in Talkeetna, Alaska


  • Overall, Talkeetna is a great destination for travelers interested in outdoor adventure and beautiful scenery.
  • It’s a unique and fascinating place to visit, and offers many opportunities for exploration and discovery.



Sources: My visit to Talkeetna, Alaska in August 2022 and from the section on popular culture was adapted from the section “In Popular Culture” from Wikipedia.,_Alaska.
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What To Do When Visiting Denali National Park Alaska


Denali National Park Alaska

What To Do When Visiting Denali National Park Alaska in the Summer

In August of 2022 I visited Denali National Park in Alaska.

Denali National Park in Alaska can be accessed by several methods. Some people visit through private travel. Others arrive in Alaska by driving the 1,387 mile long Alaska Highway which starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia in Canada and ends in Delta Junction, Alaska. Others fly into Fairbanks or Anchorage and drive or take the train. Many, like me, arrive via a cruise ship and then travel from the coast via the Alaska Railroad to Denali.

Denali National Park Princess Lodge is approximately 120 miles south of Fairbanks and 240 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska.

I stayed at the Denali Princess Lodge in Alaska. The Denali Princess Lodge is located in Denali National Park, which is known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Here are some ideas of things you can do while you’re staying at the Lodge:

I stayed on the ground floor of this building.


Take a Scenic Bus Tour Through the Park

Denali National Park is vast and remote, and the best way to explore it is by taking a guided bus tour. These tours offer breathtaking views of the park’s mountains, forests, and wildlife, and are a great way to learn about the history and ecology of the area.

I’m standing with Mount Denali hidden by clouds behind me. The area is all tundra.

Go Hiking or Backpacking

Denali National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging climb, there is a trail for you in Denali.

Visit the Park’s Visitor Center

The park’s Visitor Center is a great place to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of Denali. It also offers a variety of educational programs and activities for visitors of all ages.

Look for Wildlife

Denali National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. Keep an eye out for these animals as you explore the park, and be sure to follow the park’s safety guidelines to avoid any encounters.

Tour one of my tours we did not visit one area because of the sighting of a grizzly bear.

Go Rafting or Kayaking

The park’s rivers and streams are perfect for rafting and kayaking, and there are a variety of guided trips available to suit all levels of experience.

Visit the Kantishna Roadhouse

The Kantishna Roadhouse is a historic lodge located deep in the heart of the park. It offers a variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, and gold panning, and is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

Enjoy the Night Sky

Denali National Park is known for its dark skies, and there are many opportunities to stargaze and admire the night sky. There are a variety of guided stargazing programs available, or you can simply lay on the ground and enjoy the view on your own.

Take a Scenic Flight Over the Park

If money isn’t an issue, you can take a scenic fight over the park. You’ll get spectacular views of the mountains and wildlife from above.

Visit the Murie Science and Learning Center

The Murie Science and Learning Center offers educational programs and exhibits about the park’s ecology and wildlife.

Denali National Park Museum

A visit to the Denali National Park Museum features displays on the park’s natural and cultural history.

See the Sled Dog Kennels

You can visit the sled dog kennels and learn about the role of sled dogs in the park’s history. The kennels also have a webcam which allows views from anywhere in the world.

Tour guides giving talk on dog sleds and sled patrols in winter months.


I recommend a visit to Denali National Park. Of all the places I’ve ever visited, Denali is my favorite destination.


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Happy Valentine’s Day

Quest for the Perfect Place to Write

Dr. Jim Kepler at The University of Texas at Dallas Starbucks.

Morning Writing

Hello to my awesome friends and acquaintances. It’s Friday morning. The Starbucks on the northside of  The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)campus is where you’ll find me this cloudy morning. The coffeeshop is located at 800 Synergy Boulevard. I’ve been looking for  a less crowded location for morning writing.


I had an epiphany when I saw the parking lot full and cars snakes around the drive through at my usual Starbucks. No, I didn’t see a diety but I did have a sudden insight. College students don’t like to get up early. Maybe the Starbucks on the UTD would be less crowded. 

The miles drive to this location was worth the drive. As five of the nine indoor table are empty. There’s a group of four ladies who look like they’re in their forties in on corner of the store visiting and having coffee. All in all, yea for me; I think this location may work. 

A Study Carrel

The recent ice storm and cold weather found me very unproductive in my writing. For decades I’ve written my first drafts and did my creative work while sipping coffee or tea at a coffee shop. My creative hours and highest productivity is between 6:00 AM and 11:00 AM. These are the hours I write a first draft, write something new. During afternoons I have no problem editing, creating memes, or researching. Even decades ago when in university and seminary, I wrote my papers and did my homework in a study carrel I booked (or had assigned in graduate school) in the school’s library. 

My table at the coffeehouse serves the same function. The distractions of being at home don’t exist. I focused get my writing or research completed with a laser focus.

So, it’s time to get to writing.

Trimmed My Beard

Today’s selfie shows my trimmed beard. An inch of whiskers were cut off. I also am using a new beard soap and using beard oil on it daily. The whiskers were about as soft as steel wool. The oil makes them softer, shinier, and maybe causes the to look a little darker, at least in photos.

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What are Different Types of Journaling?

What are Different Types of Journaling?

Welcome all. I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Journaling is a great way to take a better look at yourself. Let’s call it an exciting journey into self-examination.

Within sight there is a journal, not just any journal but a black leather bound journal, with gold accents and a red ribbon bookmark. It sits on a cherry wood table with a brass edge, situated in the center of a soft white pillow. You pick it up , open it, and wonder what you write on the pages.

Here are some ideas on moving the thoughts in your head onto the pages before you.

Three Types of Journaling

Did you know that three types of journaling are common. Let’s call them journaling, spiritual journaling, and Christian journaling. We’ll look at little deeper into each.

1. Journaling

Journaling is the practice of keeping a written record of one’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can include anything from daily reflections and musings to long-term goals and aspirations. Morning pages would be an example.

A definition of morning pages is you wake up in the morning, get up, and one of the first things you do is write three pages in a kind of stream of consciousness way before doing anything that could clutter your thoughts or creativity.

Six benefits of Journaling

    1. Improved mental clarity and focus: Writing in a journal first thing in the morning can help clear your mind and set the tone for a productive day.
    2. Increased self-awareness: Keeping a journal allows you to reflect on your thoughts and emotions, which can help increase your understanding of yourself.
    3. Better stress management: Journaling can be a therapeutic way to process and release feelings of stress and anxiety.
    4. Greater productivity: Writing down your goals and tasks for the day can help you stay organized and motivated throughout the day.
    5. Better memory retention: Putting your thoughts and experiences on paper can help you remember them more clearly and for a longer period of time.
    6. Personal Growth: journaling can help you track your progress, measure your achievements and identify areas where you need to improve in order to reach your goals.

2. Spiritual Journaling

Spiritual journaling is a specific type of journaling that focuses on one’s spiritual beliefs, practices and experiences. It may include reflections on religious teachings, prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices. That’s why I separated Christian journaling into a third category.

I’m defining spiritual journaling as metaphysical. In society today, metaphysics is practiced as a spiritual path that branches over all others, given that it accepts all spiritual paths as a means to a greater truth. It has evolved as a branch of philosophy that asks questions like “why are we here?” and “what lies beyond what we can sense with our senses.”

Six Benefits of Spiritual Journaling

    1. Greater understanding of your spiritual beliefs and practices: Journaling about your spiritual experiences and beliefs can help you gain a deeper understanding of what you believe and how you can integrate those beliefs into your daily life.
    2. Improved mindfulness and presence: Keeping a spiritual journal can help you stay more present in the moment and mindful of your thoughts and emotions.
    3. Increased self-awareness: Reflecting on your spiritual journey can help you gain a greater understanding of yourself and your place in the world.
    4. Clarity in decision making: Journaling can help you gain a deeper understanding of your values and priorities, which can make decision making easier.
    5. Increased connection to a higher power: Writing about your spiritual experiences can help you feel more connected to a higher power or sense of something greater than yourself.
    6. A sense of peace and inner calm: Reflecting on your spiritual journey and beliefs can bring a sense of peace and inner calm, and can help you find meaning and purpose in your life.

3. Christian Journaling

Christian journaling is a type of spiritual journaling that specifically focuses on the Christian faith. It includes reflections on scripture, prayer, and the application of Christian principles in daily life.

It can also include recording the personal experience of living and growing in faith, the understanding of biblical texts and its application in the daily life, and the testimony of God’s guidance and provision.

Six Benefits of Christian Journaling

    1. Closer Relationship with God: Christian journaling can help you develop a deeper relationship with God through reflection on scripture and prayer, and by recording your thoughts and feelings.
    2. Increased spiritual growth: Journaling can help you track your spiritual journey, measure your growth, and identify areas where you need to improve.
    3. Greater understanding of scripture: Writing down your thoughts and reflections on scripture can help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Bible.
    4. Improved accountability: Keeping a Christian journal can help you hold yourself accountable to your faith and beliefs, and make sure that you’re living in a way that is true to your faith.
    5. Christian faith: Journaling can help you gain a deeper understanding of God’s will for your life and make better decisions.
    6. A deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation for God’s blessings: Reflecting on the blessings in your life and the ways God has been present can increase gratitude and appreciation for God’s love and grace in your life.


Journaling is a general practice, spiritual journaling is a more specific practice that includes reflections on one’s spiritual beliefs and practices, and Christian journaling is a more specific practice within spiritual journaling that focuses on the Christian faith.

Why not try journaling?

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The A, B, C’s of Self-Motivation: A Biblical Perspective

The A, B, C’s of Self-Motivation: A Biblical Perspective

James 2:17 (ESV), “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

What Motivates People To Get Going?


Sometimes it takes a painful experience to get us going.

Luke 15:14 – 18 (ESV), “ And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to[a] one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”

Proverbs 20:30 (ESV), “Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts …”


Sometimes it takes a circumstance to get us going. Examples include needing to lose weight for your health or a poor job evaluation (or rejection if your a writer) to get us to do what we should be doing.

1 Kings 17:2 – 9 (ESV), “And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”


Sometimes our outlook or point of view can change. Something as simple as reading your Bible or hearing a sermon may provide the call to action.

Acts 9:3 – 6 (ESV), “Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

The A, B, C’s of Self-Motivation (Six Steps to Help Get You Going)

A – Assume Responsibility For Your Own Life.

Proverbs 28:13 (ESV), “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

Did you know there are three types of people?


This is a person who never assumes responsibility for their actions or situations. They accuse others to be the root cause of their situation or lack of motivation. They blame it on external situations.


This is a person who attempts to justify their lack of performance, missing a deadline, etc. They will not accept their lack of internal motivation or action. These are the people who say they are writers but never write. The want to have written and do the book tours but don’t put there bottoms in a chair and write.


This is a person that makes a choice to get the job done, get the training, or meet the deadline. The finish the article, finish the manuscript, and follow the writer’s guidelines and deadlines. Editors and publishers find them easy to work with.

B – Believe You Can

Romans 12:2 (ESV), “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Mark 9:23 (ESV), “And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.”

C – Clarify What You Really Want

James 1:8 (ESV), “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Write it down.

Have you ever considered writing a personal mission statement? Do you have a purpose for your life?

D – Don’t Wait For Ideal Circumstances

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (ESV), “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”


Perfectionism equals paralyzes or procrastination.

When I was a full time minister, I had a dear friend pastoring a neighboring church give me some of the best advice I ever received. He said, “Jim, you’re a perfectionist. Only God was perfect. It is impossible to write three perfect sermons a week. You maintain your walk with God, set aside time to prepare each message/lesson, write the sermon/lesson, and present your work. God will bless the faithfulness of your preparation. You never know which phrase, sentence, or point will touch the one life that needs it. Remember, it is God that gives the increase, not you.”

Do you best and trust God for the results.

E – Exercise Your Body

1 Timothy 4:8 (ESV), “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

Fatigue causes procrastination.

“Fatigue makes cowards of us all,” Coach Vince Lombardi

F – Fire Away! Do It Now!

Proverbs 27:1 (ESV), “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Ask God to give you a new perspective.

He just might surprise you and give it to you.

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Need Guidance?

The first step to getting God’s guidance is to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Here’s how can know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and be sure heaven is your eternal home. Click the link to read my personal story of accepting Jesus –My Story.

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Saturday Coffee Sipping

Dr. Jim Kepler at EIland Coffee

Hello my wonderful friends and acquaintances.

The last few days in Dallas were terrible. Last Sunday, January 29, at 7 p.m., the temperature dropped below freezing at DFW airport. On Thursday, February 2, at noon, the temperature got to 33 degrees, the first time in 89 hours where we were above freezing. Burr describes the time in between Sunday night and noon Thursday.


I was homebound during these hours. Thursday we warmed into the forties and Friday found low fifties as daytime high temperatures. Both nights found below freezing temperatures and roads again icy in the early morning hours. Yucky, yes yucky, is a noble word to describe the past week.

Eiland Coffee

This Saturday morning finds me at Eiland Coffee, an Indy coffee house on Custer Road in Richardson, Texas for morning coffee and writing. I needed a better atmosphere for my morning writing and reading than the national chain coffeehouse provides.

Eiland Coffee is the place for a cozy atmosphere. After a quiet, homebound week, the thought of a coffeehouse with the hustle and bustle of cars snaked around the building and people dashing between the autos to pick up their mobile orders and almost tripping over each other made me shutter. A smile, plenty of seating, world-class coffee, and a great playlist of coffee house light jazz on their music system adds to the atmosphere.

My MacBook and coffee at Eiland Coffee

Morning Pages

My hopes for the weekend are to do my morning pages. What are morning pages?

Morning pages are a stream-of-consciousness journaling habit done every morning. The idea is to wake up, open your morning journal, and write three pages of longhand of any thoughts that come out of your head. I incorporate morning pages into my daily routine before my Bible reading and journaling time.

Walking or lack of it

The ice covered week stopped my daily walking for exercise. I couldn’t risk a fall by going outside. Impassible roads made going to the mall to walk out of the question. Later today I’ll walk somewhere. My heart lets me know when I don’t keep up my enough steps a day.

House Cleaning

Another hope is to have the house cleaned. The housekeeper descended on the house this morning. She wasn’t able to make her usual day because of the inclement weather. I need the house clean as tonight I’m entertaining a three friends.

Fun and Fellowship

A last hope is for an evening of fun and fellowship. Add the guests to a time of food, fun, and catching up and you have the formula for a successful night. Dinner tonight is genuine Chicago deep dish pizzas. We ordered nine pizzas from she-who-can’t-be-named-on-the-Internet’s favorite pizzeria in Chicago.

They were supposed to be delivered yesterday but are weather delayed. The pizzas come in refrigerated packaging (not frozen) and need cooked. They are a little pricy but great.

I hope you have a great day planned. My coffee is great. I’m drinking a 12 ounce Americano this morning.

Take care.

The North Texas Ice Storm of 2023

The North Texas Ice Storm 2023

Sunday evening January 29, 2023 at 7 PM is the last time the temperature was above freezing. It’s 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2023. Too many hours have past with the temperature too cold. – Click on the picture, it’s a 44 second video with my commentary.

Freezing Rain

Freezing rain has fallen for 48 jours. The local weather men and women tells us that freezing rain occurs when the layer of freezing air is so thin that the raindrops do not have enough time to freeze before reaching the ground. Instead, the water freezes on contact with the surface, creating a coating of ice on whatever the raindrops contact.

I have between one and two inches of ice on the ground. Yuck! It’s as if the yard, drive, sidewalks, and paved areas are and ice rink and the Zamboni has driven over it making it slicker.

What’s a Zamboni?

A Zamboni is a mechanical ice resurfacer. It works by scraping the ice surface and collecting the snow (which is later discarded). Next, it “cleans” the ice, by putting down water which flushes the grooves deep in the ice, loosening any dirt or debris. The excess water and dirt is then collected. The ice becomes shiny and very smooth as well as slippery. It’s great for ice skating or playing ice hockey. It’s nearly impossible to walk on in shoes.

Coffee and Tea

As I hunker down inside again today I’ll enjoy a pour over coffee. The kettle is calling me even now. Later, I’ll have my green tea.

For Christmas I received an Ember temperature control travel mug. It’s a stylish mug designed to keep hot beverages hot. It allows you to control the coffee or teas temperature. Fully charged it will keep your coffee the exact temperature you desire for three hours. It will do it longer, if on the charging stand. It’s revolutionized my coffee and tea drinking as I now always have my drink at the perfect temperature.

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