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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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He was an angry, hate-filled man, who could at times be the complete opposite. Unfortunately, the angry side was the dominant one, and when he died—alone and still mad at the world—few wept.

And then there’s me—the guy who professes to be afraid of nothing, yet fears he is too much like the man who raised me–not my father, but whose name I carry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Especially Moms!

be still coverMany of us live our lives searching for our purpose, sometimes thinking surely this isn’t all there is. I’ve come to realize, yes, this is all there is, and… it’s enough. Not only is it enough, but it’s good, and whether we realize it or not, each of us is doing what God put us here to do.

We spend our whole lives wanting and trying to, be somebody. Then, at some point in our life (hopefully) we realize we are somebody and always have been. God created each of us, and He placed each and every person in our path that needed to be there for our benefit or for theirs. I contend we cannot even fathom the lives we’ve touched and the lives that have touched us as we’ve wandered this planet.

Each of us has a purpose and our lives have meaning. You are somebody! Especially you, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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A Pretty Sweet Deal

When my book of daily encouragements, Be Still, came out, my publisher encouraged me to do the whole advertising, book signings, etc., thing, and I did so with great expectations. Visions of grandeur danced in my head, as I bounced merrily on the springboard of what I perceived to be success, fame and fortune.

sweet dealUnfortunately, no one had filled the proverbial pool, and I hit bottom hard and quick. It was painful, but then, gradually, God began to remind me of something I’d lost sight of. I heard His voice–a loving whisper–telling me, “It’s not about you, Charlie.”

No, it’s not about me, it’s about God, it’s about each one of you, and it’s about each and every person I come in contact with for the rest of my days.


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Yep, That Was the Day

We all have defining moments in our lives that we can look back on and say, “Yep, that was the day it all changed for me.” Read the rest of this entry »

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That Was the Day

Many people have a time in their life they can look back on and say, that is the moment that defines me.” I’m no exception, and it’s easy for me to look back in time and say, “Yep. Right then is when my life changed. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Gotta Say It Again!

When I was in high school, Mom worked various jobs; I remember once, she even worked in the lettuce fields, cleaning lettuce. The thing is; I know the only reason Mom worked at all was so we could have all the things we couldn’t have afforded otherwise. You know, letter sweaters, class rings, year books; stuff like that. And then she has the nerve to say she doesn’t think she was that good of a mom. HA! Read the rest of this entry »

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Flashlight Duty

There were times I literally lived in fear of my dad. At the time, it wasn’t fun, and it darn sure wasn’t funny, but now, looking back, some of the things that took place were a bit humorous in a terrifying sort of way. This is one of them: Read the rest of this entry »

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I wanted to post something light-hearted today; thought about spring and how happy everyone is to see it, then thought, “Easter!” A subject that should put a smile on most everyone’s face for a multitude of reasons, many of which you will find in this little ditty I’ve composed. Have a blessed Easter everyone! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Things I Carried

I strongly believe we are products of our surroundings and, unfortunately, when we are young our surroundings cannot be of our own choosing. We are born into the time we are born into, to those we are born to, and if we’re lucky… well, we’re just lucky. The thing is, we don’t have to carry the bad stuff from our past with us, and the sooner we realize this simple truth, the sooner we will become the person we can be. Countless times I have said, “I wish I’d known then, what I know now.” Now… I’m just glad I know it now. Read the rest of this entry »

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