Devotionals for the Devoted

God's Word for You

Be Still

Abba, Father

Adorning the Sanctuary

Build Your Ark

Jesus Holds the Future

Of Servants, Slaves and Friends

They Know Not What They Do

Go and Make Disciples

Come to the Mountain


Homelessness Happens

God Speaks Today

An Icy Ride

Eighty-three and Just Beginning

A Royal Priesthood

Nowhere Else to Go

Be Converted

Why Do The Heathen Rage?

Preferring The Precepts of Men

Twenty-four to One Hundred and Four

The Passage

The Frog Pond

"Father, don't Forve Them?"



Puddle Jumping

Food for the Crocodile


My Father's Business

I Am with You Always

Seek     Fullness of Joy


Why Worship?

Miracle of the Frozen Pipes

The Power of Prayer

The Army of the Lord

"Happy Easter!"

Sweet, Simple Grace

If You need a Lift

The Father's Heart


The Box

Howdy Stranger!

God's Treasure

A Lively Hope
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – I Peter 1:3

The Apostle Peter begins this verse with praise, “Blessed be” – praise be to God for His abundant mercy and the “lively hope” given to us because of the glorious resurrection of Jesus, our Messiah, from the dead.
    The word in the Greek for lively is zao (dzah-o) which means, “To live, breathe, be among the living, not lifeless, not dead.” In other words, zao is the exact opposite of that which is lifeless or dead.
    The King James translators chose the word “lively” as the English equivalent for the Greek zao. Some translations use the word “living” instead. However, that which is living can be alive, yet motionless, or inactive. The word “lively” suggests something that is alive, yet has movement, and is active.
    We try to imagine the exhilarating joy that Peter and the other apostles experienced when they witnessed their resurrected Lord for the first time and realized that death had been vanquished. Their hope was indeed lively and invigorating, as is our hope in Jesus is today. It is a twirling, dancing, pirouetting, skipping, leaping, celebrating, joyful, exuberant hope that cannot remain motionless or inactive. This hope propels us into the streets to share the Good News with others, joyfully compelling them to join in the dance and partake of the celebration of the gift of eternal life that frees us from the bondage and fear of death.
    Our hope is indeed lively and was never designed to be contained within the walls of a church building. How beautiful upon the mountains are the dancing feet of those who publish peace and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others!

Copyright 2013 by H. D. Shively

Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen. – Matthew 28:20

     A relative and I had to take a short ferry ride across the James River in Virginia. We arrived at the dock and as we drove onto the ferry we decided to turn on the car radio. It happened to be tuned to a classical station and as the ferry slowly drifted away from the dock, a beautiful theme began to play. It was a lovely accompaniment to our short journey.

     I am always a little apprehensive of boat rides in general. I cast a wary glance at the life boat next to our car. I was glad it was there just in case, at the same time I didn’t want to be reminded that there is always the possibility it might be needed.

     I turned my attention back to the water and the sky. The boat churned through the river and a flock of sea birds sailed by making lyrical maneuvers that seemed to match the melody flowing from our radio. We relaxed, enjoying the music and the beautiful scenery.

     We eventually arrived at the other side of the river. As the boat glided into its berth, the familiar first movement of the piece we were listening to that had launched us, repeated as a finale which perfectly coincided with the end of our brief trip as the ferry came to a stop and the music faded into silence.

     We broke out into laughter as we realized the music had been perfectly timed to match the beginning and the end of our ferry ride. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is the music that God has provided that accompanies us along our journey through this life, even in those times when a life boat is necessary. As we glide through our appointed days, we are never alone, and the beginning is as perfectly orchestrated as its end. But when we reach the end of our travels in this world, the music won’t dissolve as we arrive. It swells and grows grander as it accompanies us into our Father’s waiting, loving arms.

Copyright 2015 by H. D. Shively

Your Life is a

It's Impossible to
Leave God Behind

An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth

Forever Young

Serpent in the Sanctuary

Testing the Righteous

Ignoring Lazarus

Driving into the Storm

Twenty Minutes a Day

Praise from the Mouths of Babes

The Secret of His Tabernacle     Comfortable and Dangerous     Beggars

Devoted     David on the Edge     Blessed Are

The Delusions of a Righteous Man

Trying the Reigns of the Heart     Pigs     A Shanty or a Castle?

Been There, Done That     Lost in the Woods

Definition of a Hypocrite

Never Alone     Safe Trees to Sleep In

Mirror     Compassion

The Iraq War and an Ode to Spring

The Martyrdom of Job     Manna     Birth Pangs

Burnt Out in the Boat    John the Baptist

We're All in the Same Little Boat     Peace Be Unto You

A Walk on the Water

Worship at the Well
John 4:20,23

    Y ou were coming to perform a daily chore and I was waiting for you. We spoke and during the course of our conversation you mentioned about having to go to a specific location in order to worship, as if worship could only take place unless it was in some designated area.
     I almost laughed.
     Here God was meeting you during your work day and all you had to do was embrace the moment.
     Where will you go to worship? Didn’t I say that I am with you always? Didn’t I tell you that you are the temple and I would come and make my abode within you?
     Yes, you will worship Me in the temples made with hands, for that pleases Me too; and you will also commune with Me just as readily in the laundromat.

Copyright 2008 by H. D. Shively

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