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I’m Gettin’ Closer!

getting closerWhen my buddies and I play golf, I often razz them when they hit a poor shot that doesn’t go very far by saying, “You’re getting closer!” I know they all just love my wit and sense of humor. But the thing is…  when one of us hits a poor shot, it’s usually due to the fact we’re not paying attention to the basics—the fundamentals of the game—like keeping our eye on the ball and swinging the club the way we know we should. The funny thing about golf is, when the game is finished, we tend to forget those bad shots and choose to remember the shots we hit well. It’s those good shots that cause us to want to come back and play again. We golfers are mostly eternal optimists, always believing one day we’ll get it right.


I often seem to have the same problem when it comes to loving God. I seem to hit way more bad shots than good ones and my game isn’t always what it should be, if you know what I mean. I’m certainly not in a place now where God totally dominates my thoughts, but I believe every day I get much closer to being there than I’ve ever been. And, I can see the difference it makes in my life—especially when it comes to peace. And the thing is, the more peace I have, the more peace I want. It is really quite addictive.

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.   Romans 8:6

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Always Have A Plan “B”! ~ October 16

I’ve heard it said, “Don’t let your circumstances control you; control your circumstances.” My simple take on this is we should learn to roll with the punches and react to adversity with a plan B, plan C, or whatever it takes to continue on our course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turn On Your Light!

Everything we say and do is seen by those around us, and we should hope our actions are an example to others. Most of us would prefer not to be placed in the spotlight, but here’s the good news: we can’t mess up. Confused? Don’t be. It’s all very simple.

When we focus on God, sin begins to fade from our lives. We won’t be perfect, but we will be going the right direction. Our light—our city on the hill—might not glow as brightly as we’d like for it to at first, but it will keep getting brighter.

Turn your light on and watch it grow brighter as you grow closer to God.

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You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

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Our Legacy

Judge Billy Meck was my Sunday school teacher when I was ten. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but he left a lasting impression on me. I remember him as one of the kindest, perpetually happy men I’ve ever encountered. I want to be kind and always happy like Billy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nothing To Do?

I was up early this morning—long before the sun—and had lots of plans for things to do indoors on this unusually cold day. Saw a new cookie recipe on Facebook I wanted to try, and we’re running low on strawberry, apricot, and blackberry jam, so I need to get some more made while I can still get fruit. Ran into some roadblocks right away though; didn’t have all the ingredients for the cookies, and the store wasn’t going to be open for a while. So, I just stared out the window and waited for the rest of the world to wake up. If you know me, you know that ain’t true. Y’all have a great day!

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He Just Walked on By

This really did happen. It’s a funny story (click the link at the bottom to see the actual story and sequels to it). If it doesn’t make you laugh, maybe it’ll start your day with a smile at least. Enjoy!

He Just Walked on By

 I was walking the dog

Pretty much minding my own business

And here comes this kid

Walking down the sidewalk toward me

Pulling a shoe



This young fella was probably ten or eleven years old

Normal looking, nice-looking kid

He had a rope tied to a shoe

And was dragging the shoe along behind him

The shoe was flopping and bouncing around

And it was, to say the least, a comical sight


I smiled at him and said

As if I saw such sights every day

“Walkin’ your shoe?”

“Yep,” was all he said cartoon boy

No smile; no look of disdain

Don’t be a smart-ass old man

No sir, he just walked on by


I had to laugh

It was, after all, something I might have done

When I was his age

Hell… I might’ve even done it now

If I’d thought of it first

 Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

There are stories about the kid and his shoe! Click here for the first one "When Does Weird Cross the Line", then click the links at the bottom of that story to see the sequels.

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Flags, Flowers, and Reflections

I am in awe of the sacrifices the men and women of our military have made and continue to make for us. I count each and every one of them among my greatest blessings.

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Are You Ready For Some Sunshine?!?!

It’s been raining steady for two straight days, and I’m ready for some sunshine (and golf)! Someone visited this old post on my blog this morning, and it seemed to fit, so I’m posting it again. Y’all have a great day, ah’ight?

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I’ll Be Your Hero, But Only If…

It’s not her birthday, nor is it our anniversary, and so, what better day to tell the world how special she is, and how blessed I am to have her in my life.
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Are We Done Here?

I’ve always been fascinated by how many songs have been written, and wondered how people could keep coming up with new ways to put the notes and words together to make new songs. It seems like they’d run out at some point. Read the rest of this entry »

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