The Sun on My Face

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“All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. Psalm 66:4

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Going Home

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

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The Thrill of Victory

The thrill of victory! I’m in!

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"

ww lake 9 quoteWhen I was a teenager, I would often watch Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoon. It always began with a short film clip showing someone being victorious, and someone else in the agonizing throes of defeat.

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Are You Finished?

The picture evokes an image of the river we travel as we wander this life. I find it fitting that the river winds its way to the sunset.

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"

ww lake 12 quoteI’m a very happy guy, and my main goal these days is to try to encourage others to be happy. Yes, there is evil and suffering in this world, and if we focus on it, we are very likely to develop a keen sense of hopelessness.

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Please Help If You Can

ear tuck quote 2“They” give it a name—preferably, one that has a cool sounding acronym—and, BAM (Bowel Associated Madness), it’s a disease and they have a pill and/or treatment for it. Both–pill and treatment–are usually quite expensive, but, hey, you’ve got health insurance, right? If you don’t have health insurance, the IRS (most hated acronym ever) would like to talk to you.

I saw one—a disease I’d never heard of—this morning, and decided to announce one of my own: AHS. And, I am sad to inform you, my dear wife is showing symptoms (too many to list) and is obviously suffering (I do NOT use that word lightly) from Annoying Husband Syndrome.

I’ll be setting up one of those donation site thingy’s (DSTs) later today. Please… help if you can.

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Not For Sale

Peace and joy are my most prized possessions.

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"

Sherry's garden 009 quoteWhat we all want most is to be happy, and, to me, happiness is inner peace and joy. I firmly believe the key to peace is being content no matter what our circumstances.God has a plan for each of us, but in our lives there will be rain and sunshine, darkness and light, good and bad. Even though we might have everything by the world’s standards, and want for nothing, we will suffer disappointments, pain, and loss. Even the most faithful servants of God are tested and tried. Our number one hope should be to spend eternity with God. End of story.

For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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First Kiss

a first kissOne of my favorite childhood games was spin the bottle. I was petrified every time we played it, but I still loved it! I’m not sure my first kiss was from Lisa, but it’s the memory of that spinning bottle, and the fear coursing through my young brain and body this little ditty is about. The names, the faces, the places… pick your own, and go back when. That’s what I did. Enjoy!

Forever Changed

Bottle spinning, is but a blur

There on the basement floor

All eyes upon it as it slows

Not knowing what’s in store

 

Was Lisa who set it to spinning

Young goddess with golden hair

Every boy prays, let it stop on me

So a kiss with her I might share

 

Slower still the pop bottle spins

A last taunting turn then points

My eyes grow wide, I can’t move

Fear has frozen my young joints

 

Panic takes over my mind then

I’m horrified down to my core

Why am I here, what will I do

I’ve never kissed a girl before

 

From the circle I jump and shout

No way, I just can’t do it

Lisa gives a wink that says

Calm down, boy, I’ll get you through it

 

Young lips meet mine a trembling

My life then forever is changed

Fate’s hand upon the bottle spun

My world at once rearranged

 

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