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Thank You, God, For Her

In the spring of 1995, I was just winding down from a period in my life when I had severely tested the boundaries between right and wrong. I look back on those days and wonder how I survived, much less became the somewhat decent man I am. I credit God for both, but he has a co-star in the latter; He sent a beautiful lady—an angel, I believe—to show me what love is all about.

I wrote the following, rather clumsy, amateurish poem a few days before the first anniversary of the day I met Sherry, and today, almost 24 years after that first meeting, the words I wrote are truer than ever. Except that is, I can truly say I no longer worry about her, because I know God will always bring her home safely to me; and I no longer have to hope it’s her, because now, I know it’s her.

Sherry will be home soon, and at the end of what’s been more than three of the most trying weeks of our lives, I know when she walks through that door I’ll say, “Thank you, God, for her.”  

God, I Hope That’s Her

 I remember when we met

It seems like only yesterday

You walked into my life

I knew I wanted you to stay

 

And it still makes me smile

Every time I picture you

As you walked up to me

In that pretty dress of blue

 

I spent my whole life searching

And wondering where you were

And the first time that I saw you

I whispered, “God, I hope that’s her

 

grin-big-earsOur love grew so fast

We couldn’t stand to be apart

We were meant to be together

We knew it from the start

 

I wanted to be with you

Every minute of every day

Every time you left me

I wanted you to stay

 

I thought about you all the time

And I wondered where you were

Every time the phone would ring

I whispered, “God, I hope that’s her

 

I promise that I’ll love you

For the rest of my life

I want you with me always

I’m so happy you’re my wife

 

Now, when you’re not at home

And it starts getting late

I sometimes start to worry

I walk the floor and wait

 

I tell myself, when you get home

I’ll ask you where you were

And every time I hear a car

I whisper, “God, I hope that’s her

 

Copyright © 1996 C. Mashburn

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Special Delivery

For much of my life, I fought against a world I perceived to be unfair, and I had no peace within my soul. And, it was not on one sudden day I learned how to be at peace. Nor did I suddenly devise a battle plan to defeat my foes. God delivered me from my enemies—many of them imaginary—and He delivered His peace unto my soul. That’s not to say I am now in a constant state of peace. But I am learning to let go of things more readily than I once did. Nowadays, I am quick to turn to Him for relief from the battles—whether they be perceived or real—of this world. Peace is an addicting thing, and the more I have of it, the more of it I want. And the best part is, it is always available for the asking.

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He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many against me. Psalms 55:18

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Who Said That?

It was a beautiful, sunny day in east Texas yesterday, and this poem I wrote several years back came to mind. Some days it’s cold, some days it’s hot, but some days are just right. More and more, I’m learning to enjoy them all. 

The Sun on My Face

 

I stood there

Head tilted back

Eyes closed

The sun on my face

 

The sound

Of a twelve string

Began to play

A tune I didn’t know

 

walking with jesusI smiled

And God smiled back

It doesn’t get

Any better than this

 

As I continued my walk

I wondered

Did He say that

Or did I

 

Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

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JUST A BOY – A childhood memoir

JUST A MAN – A book of encouragement

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Ready, Set, GO!

When we waste our days—sometimes years—doing harm to ourselves and others, there is no do-over. But! There is “start over”. No matter how many times we fail, we can always turn to God and begin anew. He never gives up on us, and no matter how terrifying the things are that want to lure us back to their den, we can walk away and do so without fear of them.

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Whatever demons might be chasing you:

“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and I will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8

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And I’m So Glad

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Still…

I’m writing another book. It’s about love. And this morning, as I discussed what I’ve written so far with Sherry, an old country song slipped into my mind; “Still”, by Bill Anderson. As lines from the song began to drift through my mind, I told Sherry I felt as though God was singing them to me. Of course, I went straight to the internet and found the song, and as I listened to it, I cried. I cried because I can’t understand how God could still love me after all these years and all I’ve done. But He does.

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Still, by Bill Anderson. <— Click here to listen to the song

Just A Man <— My newest book of encouragement

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Everybody Knows That

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT

THEY JUST DON’T KNOW IT… YET

 

PROLOGUE

It has been said that we only use a fraction of the brainpower available to us, and I contend the saying could apply to heart power as well. Heart, that is, as it applies to love. I’ve known this—or should I say, thought this—for several years but it was, in a small way, confirmed recently in a book I read written by a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander. The book is called, PROOF of HEAVEN ~ A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. In the book, Dr. Alexander tells about his journey into the afterlife—heaven—as his earthly body lay in a hospital bed where, paraphrasing, he was brain dead while in a week-long coma.

Naturally, the scientific community came out in full force to contradict his experience. No surprise there. But millions of others grabbed onto it as “gospel” truth and proof that their hopes and beliefs in a beneficent and loving God had been once again confirmed. And this time, by a man of science.

I fell into the latter group and, yes, I wanted to believe but I began reading with an “okay, we’ll see” attitude. The book was indeed interesting, with just the right amount of medical jargon to give me an idea of the situation without going beyond my ability to comprehend. I read it in one setting, and as Dr. Alexander alternated between the story of his time in the hospital (related to him by family, friends, doctors, and others) and his time in the afterworld, I was intrigued. Mostly, I was surprised. The more he talked about the afterlife, the more I began to think, I knew that.

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And so do you.

To be continued…

Yes, I’m writing another book. And in it I will answer the question, “How do you know?” I’ll also explain why I believe we already know things we’re not sure we know. Hint: it has to do with what we sometimes refer to as common sense and extrasensory perception. I believe the two things are closely related, and both have everything to do with God.

Please visit my website: CHARLESLMASHBURN.COM, where you will find links to my two newest books and all my writings.

Just A Boy ~ A childhood memoir (On sale at Amazon for $12.13!)

Just A Man ~ My new book of encouragement

 

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