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Daily Devotional – February 14


EBULLIENT (pronounced i-buhl-yuhnt) means overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm or positivity.

Usage: “In spite of the adversity he faced, no one seemed to be able to stifle his ebullient mood”

Robert Shuller’s daughter was in an accident resulting in a leg amputation. Long after she was fitted with a prosthetic limb she told her father that she wanted to try out for the school baseball team. Understanding the physical demands of the sport, Dr. Shuller tried to think of the kindest thing he could say to discourage his daughter from her decision.

Finally he broke down and said, “How are you going to run?”

“Homerun hitters don’t have to run, Dad.” was her reply.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.


February 14, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Now “ebullient” is a very cool word, but I don’t see how having “hope and peace [through the Spirit’s power]” are paired with this emotion. I doubt that optimism and pessimism are true indicators of spirituality. And I’m not sure about their respective positive correlations to a healthy self-confidence. Sometimes confidence gets a bad rap in Christian circles. But without it no one would speak up or sing above a whisper.

    Piety goes only so far. The same with ebullience: express it too much, and you’re nutty.
    A part of one’s ebullience is due to personality, not the presence of the Spirit. And Jack, having declared this is “Vocabulary Week,” become overly ebullient in his choice of examples. Joy is not always expressed in exuberance. And an “ebullient mood” will wane; “hope and peace” will not.

    [Please note: this comment is about a story concerning the ability to hit a baseball, not about “speaking in tongues.”]

    Comment by helenl | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hi Helen!

    I like ebullient too. 🙂 Maybe a better verse would be: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. But to me, the source of our power, our outlook or enthusiasm for life comes from the Spirit who dwells within us. Do you think, maybe, that our moods would be more “ebullient” knowing that we abound through him?

    Of course, Helen, I would never dare to challenge a wordsmith such as yourself! Maybe you can help me re-write this one.


    Comment by bereans | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  3. I don’t know, Jack. I was thinking of friends who battle depression. We have to be careful we don’t label them less saved. They have problems enough already.

    Comment by helenl | February 14, 2007 | Reply

  4. I’ll drop you a note via email with my thoughts, Helen.

    God bless!


    Comment by bereans | February 14, 2007 | Reply

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