The Fact is…

We don’t have to look any further than Facebook to find someone passing judgement on someone else. I know; I’m as guilty as anyone, but I’m working on it. The thing I always wonder: Do we know all the facts? Most of the time, the answer to that question is, “No, we don’t.” We look at what we hear, and/or read, and without giving another thought to the accuracy of the report, we outwardly and often vehemently condemn people. A couple of sayings come to mind: Judge not, lest you be judged. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.

A person will reap what they sow, and most times, we/they don’t need any help with the plowing. The thing is, we do need help with the growing. We are all a result of the how we are treated by others, and we grow best when we are loved and nurtured, even though at times it seems we’re not worth the fertilizer. Let’s give each other some room to grow.

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Imagine All the Books Ever Written ~ December 9

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The Good Things

Focus on the good stuff!

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"

I am convinced that if we will slow down, stop chasing our tails, and focus on God and all the good things that surround us, we will be able to enjoy our lives more fully. We see things God has done, we experience his love and favor, and hardly break stride as we hurry through our busy day. Too often, we take the remarkable things He does for granted.

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When We Stumble

Though we stumble

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The Living Conduit

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Imagine Love

father and childImagine a child gazing into their father’s sparkling eyes, then watching his lips move as he professes his unconditional love for them. A father would give his children the moon and stars if they were his to give. And likewise, our heavenly Father wants to give us all things good. He wants to give us hope and peace and love. And all he wants in return is for us to love Him and delight in Him.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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A Still Small Voice



When our focus is on God, and we seek Him and love Him, He is faithful to guide us. Some call it our conscience, but I believe it’s the still small voice of God that warns us when we veer from the path.

As we move through life on this earth, we are taunted and teased at every turn, and like Eve in the garden, the serpents invite us to “just have a nibble”. What’s it going to hurt? Who’s going to know? Come on, just a little bite of this delicious sin.

At those times, God will walk behind us and guide us with His unconditional love, keeping us on the path to where He desires us to be: In His loving arms.

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