You Are My Reason

My hope–my greatest source of joy–is that my simple words encourage others.

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12

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I Press On

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13

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My Mother’s Faith

For most of her life, my mother prayed that her sons and daughter would be taught be still coverby the Lord and ultimately serve Him. And for many years, I have held to the words Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13: Brothers, I do not consider myself having taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

I’m convinced my mother’s faith, along with mine, combined to bring us both to a place of peace. As our love for God continues to grow, we continue to dwell in His peace. I encourage you to never give up. No matter what your circumstance, always know God has a plan for your life, and He will not forsake you or leave you.

All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace. Isaiah 54:13

Amazon is currently selling hard cover copies of my first book of encouragements, “BE STILL“, for the ridiculously low price of $9.07. If you don’t have a copy, now’s the time to get one! The hardcover would make a great gift for someone else or a keepsake for you!

My second book of encouragements, “JUST A MAN“, is also available on Amazon.

You can check out all my books at my website, CHARLESLMASHBURN.COM

 

 

 

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At the End of the Day

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Who’d A Thunk It?

IMG_20171016_150100797_HDRDay number 25,202 started like most of the last 1000 or so; about three cups of coffee and some sweet cakes—always have to have something sweet with my coffee—been doing that every morning for about 35 or so years. That said, I then read our morning devotional, and Sherry and I talked about God and our many blessings for a bit. We’ve been doing that for almost 24 years now. After that, I did a four-minute plank, then Mom called and we talked about God, which is mostly what we talk about in our weekly chats. And then, I put on my shoes and was about to walk out the door and take a quick five-mile walk, when son, Bill called. We talked for a good while—we always do—but I had to smile after we hung up. I told Sherry I knew it was my birthday, because Bill let me talk quite a bit. We laughed, because she knows when Bill calls, he usually does most of the talking. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I love to listen to him and get the low down on what him and his boys are up to. When Trevor and Nathan were playing football in high school, Bill would call on Saturday or Sunday and literally give me a play by play of Friday night’s game. Being so far away was hard—never getting to see the boys play ball—but Bill’s account of the games took away some of the pain. So, anyway, after we talked, I went for that five-mile walk, then came back and fixed me and Sherry a PB&J on some of my grilled homemade jalapeno bread. (Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.) Now—it’s straight up noon—I’m going to run to the store, then come back and mow & trim the yard. Probably take it easy the rest of the day, then go out for a celebratory dinner this evening. Early evening, of course. I mean, after all, I’m 25,202.5 days old, ya know. Who’d a thunk I’d last this long?

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The Last Grain of Sand

There are times when time seems to stand still, and others when it seems to move much too fast. It does neither.

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

This is a brand new story–hot off the press–and I apologize that it isn’t much of a Thanksgiving kind of tale. It’s a bit on the darker side of things, and you can thank the folks at Bluebell Books for that, because it was their prompt that inspired it. Actually, they’re not to blame at all. I doubt too many will come up with a story or poem like the one you’re about to read, based on the innocent picture they provided. Enough of my babbling! Read the story! It’s good!

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Waiting…

crepes 6-19 5 quoteSometimes, it seems wicked men flourish while good men suffer and perish; evil runs rampant, and good cannot be found. That’s when we must remember God is, indeed, in charge. At times, it seems God has abandoned us, but this is never the case. He’s always with us, and if we simply stay focused on Him, we’ll be at peace and know He is surely working His will in all things. Even though I’ve gained some understanding, I haven’t scratched the surface. With each morsel of knowledge God gives me, my hunger grows, and like a baby bird waits with open mouth and cries out to its mother for food, I wait with open heart and cry out to the for more knowledge of God and His love.

 

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