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Better Than A Thousand Days

This is the picture of my boys that I carry in my heart.

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"

My pizza crew! One day with my sons is better than a thousand days anywhere else.

I have pictures of my sons when they were youngsters, taken at the pizza place I managed for awhile.

They’re wearing the funny hats shirts, and aprons I had to wear to work, and grinning ear-to-ear, quite obviously thrilled to be at work with Dad.

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The Sound Of Music

Joy… can you define it? Do you have it?
Me… I struggle with the concept of it.
Am I the only one?

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"

pd13  quoteWhen God becomes the focal point of our lives, the world will become a different place, and the hills will literally be alive with the sound of music, as all creation claps its hands and shouts for joy.

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Keep On Smilin’

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done.

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’ve been there; weak and worn out, beat down, with no hope of things getting better. Yes, there have been times when I felt I had nothing to look forward to and no prospects for the future.

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Walking Among the Wolves

I am neither sheep nor wolf. I am His, and I am not afraid.

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"

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To venture forth into a dangerous world filled with those who do not know God and in some cases despise Him, is a daunting undertaking. But, if we keep our hearts and minds focused on the Lord, allowing Him to fill us with His Spirit, we can walk among the wolves without fear.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16

 

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Do Unto Others

Love others as you would have them love you. It IS that simple

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"

The world we live in has become a very selfish place, and seems to be getting worse rapidly. Unfortunately, there will always be givers and there will always be takers. But, it seems to me the core of the problem is that we try to make everything about material things, when what we should most be sharing and generous with is love and kindness. God loves us unconditionally and wants us to share His blessings of love, joy, and peace with our fellow man. Love others as you would have them love you. It’s that simple. Gray days - quote

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

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When the World Says, “BOO!”

Most times I am bold, confident and certain. Sometimes, I am confused and afraid.

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"

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When we have faith in God, we are completely confident He loves us unconditionally and will never stop loving us, we are boldly certain He loves us and will never stop loving us, and we have no doubt He loves us and will never stop loving us.

The thing is, faith is easy to have and maintain when things are going our way, but when things begin to go badly, our faith often begins to slip away. The world jumps out and says, “Boo!” and our first reaction is to scream and tremble.

Much like the disciples in the boat; when the storm began to rage and they were afraid, they turned to Jesus. Their faith was not as strong as it could’ve been, but it was strong enough to know where their rescue was.

We aren’t perfect, but when we encounter the storms of life, we can…

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I’ve Seen This Movie

Yes. I was young then

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 exercise every day, and walking is a big part of my daily routine. So it’s not surprising my mind often returns to the scene and thoughts I describe in the poem below. I’m still healthy and strong, but I see—and feel—my body sliding down the slope. I don’t like it. No, I don’t like it at all. I’ve seen this movie before, but…

I Was Young Then

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