He’s Alive!

I spotted this critter sneaking around the yard this morning, and I got a distinct feeling he was hiding something.

A day early?

A day early?

Easter is a fun time for the kiddos, and a great time for being with family, but lest we forget the reason we celebrate, I’d like to encourage you to ponder the lyrics to one of my favorite songs:


Go ahead drive the nails in My hands,
Laugh at Me where you stand.
Go ahead, and say it isn’t Me,
The day will come when you will see,

‘Cause I’ll rise again.
There’s no pow’r on earth can tie Me down.
Yes, I’ll rise again,
Death can’t keep Me in the ground.

Go ahead mock My name,
My love for you is still the same.
Go ahead and bury Me,
But very soon I will be free.

‘Cause I’ll rise again.
There’s no pow’r on earth can tie Me down.
Yes, I’ll rise again,
Death can’t keep Me in the ground.

Go ahead, and say I’m dead and gone,
But you will see that you were wrong.
Go ahead, and try to hide the Son,
But all will see that I’m the One.

“Cause I’ll come again.
There’s no pow’r on earth can keep me back.
Yes, I’ll come again;
Come to take My people back
Yes I’ll come again;
Come to take My people back

Lyrics from Ray Boltz’s, Rise Again 

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Flags, Flowers, and Reflections

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling out of sorts, maybe even a little depressed or defeated–for no reason? I certainly do. But, I’m getting better at snapping out of it, and usually chastise myself with a, “Are you kidding me?” Read the rest of this entry »

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There’s No Need To Turn Back

If you’re going the right way

If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14

Right in the middle of this verse are two key words, “and turn”. Actually, there are several key words in the verse but those two get my attention this morning, because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how fortunate we are to be able to turn to God when we need Him. But, it struck me recently, that perhaps at some point we won’t have to turn to Him anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re In Good Hands!

Flowered Sunrise

Flowered Sunrise

And no one can change that!

My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:29

Well! There it is! Jesus once again confirms we cannot be taken from Him or our heavenly Father. And the really exciting thing is, we are chosen by God and God doesn’t make mistakes.

I know it’s sometimes hard to believe, but we are chosen by God, and He will never leave us or forsake us. There are times when we wonder if that’s true, but when we focus on God and His word, we will see His hand reaching out to us, always there to pull us out of the world and into the safety of His love.

I always talk about how we can always turn to Him when things overwhelm us, but I had a revelation yesterday that I think is a game-changer. One of these days, our relationship with God will be so strong we won’t have to turn back to Him when something goes wrong, because… we’ll be looking at Him all the time.

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At Veteran's Park, Veteran's Day 2013

At Veteran’s Park, Veteran’s Day 2013

I’ve been talking a lot about blessings recently, and just thought it  appropriate to post this picture of me with my three greatest blessings!

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Peace Is the Key

If we must want something, “peace” is the one thing we should desire above all else. Peace is the key that unlocks the door to joy.


Peace In the Morning. photo: copyright C Mashburn

Peace In the Morning. Photo: copyright C Mashburn

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You Can Run…

But not fast enough!

One of our many blessings!

One of our many blessings!

When our focus is on God and how incredible His love for us is, we cannot outrun, nor can we contain, the blessings He heaps upon us!

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