Winter is for Waiting

While we’re waiting for spring to plant our flowers and gardens, now is the time to be pulling out seed catalogs and fixing and cleaning the tools for spring planting. If you’re in the habit of doing this, then chances are you’ve already got some perennials in the ground waiting for spring to pop up and color the world.

Spring is beautiful, and an obvious reprieve from winter; yet winter is necessary too. Here we can take a lesson from the flowers. They live as Matthew 6:28 says, And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin”. Flowers don’t worry about if they’ll bloom next spring, they leave that up to their Creator and become content in their current season.  A dormant season that offers rest to help it bloom as bright and as long as it’s expected to.

Waiting is so essential to our development that we can’t afford to see it as a delay to our plans, but rather as a place God wants for us.

We all have our different waiting games: pregnant mothers, a job promotion request, battling cancer, finding medical cures, paper jams in the copier, 5 o ‘clock traffic . . . . Yet as Matthew 6:8 says, God knows what we need and when we need it; however He knows we have a greater need to see Him as our Provider. Our Creator knows our healthy development is dependent upon waiting seasons that build in us faith, courage, strength, endurance, patience, and holiness.

Let’s be like be beautiful flower bulbs and be dependent upon our Creator to build in us what we will need in the next season to bloom beautiful and strong!



Going for Gold: Where it Really Counts

Clear your schedules, set your DRVs-it’s WINTER OLYMPICS!!!

From February 9th to the 25th, pretty much the entire month of February, the world will be holding its collective breath to see who takes home the 102 medals to be gotten. This will be the second time, first in 1988, South Korea will be the hosting country. Yes, this is a special time for not only South Korea but also for the athletes-some of whom weren’t even born when the Olympics were first held in South Korea. Meet the youngest of the American athletes, 17 year old snowboarder Chloe Kim who is predicted to win gold for Team USA. 

This is a great time for athletes, nations, and the world. Some would say, “a defining moment”. What a heavy statement. Just reading it gives an impression of the pressure weighing on these athlete’s shoulders. 

During February, we will all see the rise and fall of many athletes’ careers, goals, and dreams. It’s an amazing moment and journey to watch. (Personally, I always feel the pressure to work out more.) The real takeaway is hearing how some of the athletes handle their wins and losses. In defeat some will despair, while others remain hopeful. In victory some will boast, while others will boast of their Creator who makes all things possible. Those are the testimonies that inspire and change us all, not into Olympian skiers but into unshakable Christ followers. 

Our culture tells us to find ourselves in our careers, relationships, social media, you fill in the blank as you’ve felt it. In response to all of that Ephesians 1:5 tells us where to really find ourselves. In Jesus. That’s whose we are. Psalm 139 tells us He has created us, and not cookie cutter style either, but snowflake rare, we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We were made to glorify our creator in all we do. God tells us He has a great idea for our lives, plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future, says Jeremiah 29:11.

I’m excited to see how God will use and speak through the Christian athletes competing this season. I’ll never forget 2016 Rio Olympian swimmer Steele Johnson. In all of his interviews he gave God such credit! In his own words, 

“I’m here to love and serve Christ. My identity is rooted in Christ, not in the flips we’re doing.” 

Steele is living proof that circumstances did not define him, but God, who said, “I’ve got so much more in store for you, Steele” when he was 12 and nearly died. The story takes another turn when in his Olympic debut in Rio he didn’t get gold. Not a success story in the world’s eyes, but then again who wants to live for the short and shallow attention of the world when the God of this universe gives us His unending attention, love, and listening ear, and He calls us precious and says our lives are beautiful works in progress?  Steele’s story is a story that we can claim this year, the story of the freedom found in defining ourselves as God’s child. 

At the end of the day, it isn’t about gold medals, financial success, or social status. It is about living a life that brings glory to our Heavenly Father, and that lays up treasures in Heaven where neither moths nor rust, nor thieves can destroy. That kind of gold makes a positive, lasting impact on earth and in the Kingdom. 

With one life to live for Christ, and no ways to rewind time, how can we go for gold in 2018? As we strive to live our lives to the fullest for His glory, let’s not let the jeering crowds be weights, whether they be our own family or frenemies on social media. We are runners for Team Heaven, pressing on towards the goal to hear the words, “Well done, though good and faithful servant.”

God bless and much love and success,









Start With 'Why!'

How exciting!!! Time for New Year’s Resolutions, what to write, what to write.  You’ll find no pressure here to make an impressive, yet unrealistic, list. In past years of kept and unkept goals, I’ve discovered the ones that I stick to are the ones I really believe in. To be scientific about it, let’s call it the ‘why’ factor. What should first be considered in goal making is the ‘why’.  All successful goals are found in discovering why.

Our goals should be unique to ourselves. Growing up in a small town, I hold dearly to the sense of community helping community. Last year, I dipped my toe in the water of community service, doing some outreaches for police officers and serving meals at a rescue mission. It’s given me confidence as to how I can do more this year.

So if I were to give any New Year’s Resolution advice it would be to set realistic, accomplishable goals. But I will say that any goal, if not done for the ‘why’ often becomes easy to leave behind. In fact, researchers studying West Point students, discovered cadets who had strong internal motivation like wanting to serve because of a love for country, or to be a good officer fared better than their fellow classmates who had instrumental goals, like make money and getting free tuition.

The ‘why’ for anything can be found in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­1 Corinthians 10:31 which says to do all things to the glory of God.  Glorifying God is of the highest importance and is where we can find enduring motivation, not just a fleeting endeavor.

Not only is God ‘why’ we set the goals we do, He also gives us the strength to accomplish those goals. One of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:13, tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

My friend, whatever God lays on your heart to accomplish this year, He will be your best accountability partner, coach, friend, and well of strength, love, and grace!

The Greatest Gift Ever Given

Gift giving is one of the most fun and at the same time, most challenging parts of Christmas! We try to find a gift they need, want, that fits their lifestyle or personality. We try to make money and bending over backwards of no obligation when it comes to giving from the heart to the ones we love.

Love is a powerful thing. It can’t be earned, only given. Love doesn’t take life, it gives life-even its own.

The greatest gift ever given, the gift of love.

John 3:16 records this gift of love, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting.”

Love that cost a life, took years to make possible, money can’t buy it and no amount of groveling can earn it. It’s a free gift. Jesus, born a humble birth, to die a sinner’s death, He lived a humble life, teaching the cursed world how to love and forgive, showing them how to live in peace, healing their broken, and raising their dead. Jesus is peace and goodwill to all. His followers wrote down His words to be passed along to you and me. Eventually, Jesus’ journey lead Him to the cross, to die for the sins of the world past, present, and to come. What is love? It’s the ultimate sacrifice of the innocent for the offender. Genesis 3:15 says Jesus is coming to save the world from death. In Luke 24:46 Jesus defeats death, and now the gift of salvation is available for all who chose to accept it. Jesus eagerly waits to see our happy faces and freed hearts the day we open His free gift of salvation. It took years to get, and cost His life, but that was ok He knew it was the one gift we needed-the gift of salvation, the greatest gift ever given came from his heart to the ones He loves-you and me.

As you give gifts this season, make sure you’ve received the greatest gift ever given, the love of God.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy New Year!

Send Us Your Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there are just so many things that we're thankful for. Since Psalm 26:7 says to proclaim our thanksgiving and tell all of God's wondrous works, Hope 945 wants to hear from YOU!

We would like our listeners to use their smartphones to record themselves saying their first name and town, and one of the things they are thankful for this year, and emailing the recording to, because we want to play those thankful thoughts on the air, on the Thanksgiving Day! We would like to hear from everyone, and fill the airways with thankfulness.

Of course, the real question is "Louie, how do I do that?"

Well, thanks to cell phone technology, it's easier than ever!

All you have to do is open up the camera on your smart phone, the one you normally take pictures with, and switch it to video mode. No matter what kind of smart phone you have, all camera apps have this function, and you can switch to video mode by either tapping the word "video" or the video camera icon, OR, if you have an iPhone, by swiping from left to right across the bottom of the screen. Presto! Now you're ready to record.

You either just have to tap the "record" icon to start, and the "stop" icon stop filming. (For some camera apps, you may have to hold down the record button to record.)

Then, just say your first name and town, and something you're thankful for this year! To make sure everyone gets a chance to be on the air, try to keep your video under thirty seconds.

After you're done recording, hit stop, and now your video is in your "Camera Roll," the place on your phone where you can look at all your pictures.

Now you're ready to send it to us!

If you have your email on your phone, most phones will let you email the video right from your camera app! Open your camera roll, tap the video you just took, and when it comes up, tap it again to make sure the menu at the top or bottom is visible. From there, there should be an option to share the photo in an email. The "Share" icon is usually a small box with a swooshy arrow coming out of it. Make sure you tap the "email" option, and send it to

If your camera roll won't let you do that, just open your email app yourself, compose a new message to and either tap the "attachments" icon at the top (It's usually a paperclip) or, on an iPhone, double tap a blank area in the email itself to find the "insert" option. From there, all your have to do is select the short video you just recorded from your pictures, and send it our way!

If you don't have your email on your phone, you just have to connect your phone to your computer like you normally would if you were going to take pictures off of it. 
For most PCs, even if you have an iPhone, an message box will automatically pop up, asking you if you want to import your photos and videos from the phone. Just click "yes," then open up your email on your computer, compose a new email to, and attach your video before sending it!
For a Mac, connect your phone with the cable, and the "Photos" app on your Mac should open automatically. From there, all you have to do is import the pictures you want, open up your email, compose a new email to, and select your thanksgiving video as the attachment!

We look forward to hearing your thankful thoughts soon! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at Hope945 HD2!



When is enough? How much is enough? Enough is not a precise measurement and destination. Because every time we think of what we do not have, what we do have will never be enough. Rather, let's count our blessings, which grows every time we recount. 

Thanksgiving marks, or rather the middle of October marks the holiday season. I was just in the grocery store and saw a Christmas cookie display-it wasn't yet November. To the marketer and to the shopper, enough sales, enough things, aren't enough. The shopping season must start ealier to have time to get all we need. 

But what do we need?

What did the pilgrims need in 1620 when they landed the Mayflower on the coast of Massachusetts? They needed food and shelter. Protection from illness and Native Americans would be a luxury. Even then they'd arrived on the outskirts of winter and there was no food to be harvested and the time window for building was narrow. Had they wasted their time trying to rebuild the cozy homes they'd left in England, they all would have perished in the cold New England winters. They did what they could with what they had and it was enough.

Fast forward to the next year from their landing and we find them in different circumstances. Though half their people had died in the first winter, enough people survived to begin tilling and planting the surrounding land. Enough survived to build more homes, sturdier homes. Enough survived to make it a colony, a founding we still point back to as the small beginnings of a great nation. They held a great feast and celebration to give the Father thanks, that there had been enough.

It was a small beginning, but not insignificant. If they couldn't have endured the cold meager beginning, they would never endure the harder trials of growing a nation. Thanks to a providential Father and Native American friends, they endured. To the thankful person, enough is a lot. Are we Thankful? In the added commercialism of the holidays, let's pause to count our blessings, which grow with each recount. 


Life's Silver Linings

I settled upon the title for this pod cast series in the Psalms because throughout the Psalms and in our own lives, the woes can seem so obvious and the silver linings not so much. But as the writers point out, to every woe there is a silver lining, that God's sovereign plan is working all things together for our good and His glory. May we continue to praise God before, during, and after every trial. I'm excited to share a few personal reflections on life's ups and downs and the hope we can find in the Psalms. Let's begin digging deeper into our relationship with the Father by listening to Life's Silver Linings.



Hope 94.5 HD2, Music for the Heart, emanates from the heart of an evangelist, Percy Crawford, who toiled since the day he trusted Christ with his life to introduce others to his Lord and Savior.  The music we schedule, the comments we make, and the features we air have one purpose - to introduce you to the grace and love of God, our Father, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Spirit, who leads us and guides us daily.  Thank you for joining us as we journey together to grow in the grace and love of our Lord and the hope we have only in Christ.