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Never Give Up

A fierce battle between good and evil is raging all around us, and it sometimes seems we’re barreling headlong toward sure destruction. Too often, we get so wrapped up in what’s going on around us, we forget God is in charge. We find ourselves deep in the battle, fighting, and straining against evil, and we begin to feel defeated and beat down. people prayingThat’s when we need to read a verse, listen to a good word, or simply pray, and remember God is with us. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

We must continue to fight the battle, never be dismayed, and never give up, no matter how bad things might appear. God will strengthen us and help us, and if the battles we fight are just, He will uphold us with His righteous hand.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

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One of His

I’m about half finished writing a new book of encouragements I plan to publish sometime this year. I’d already decided to title the book, “One of His”, and as I finished writing the following entry this morning, I said, “And, there it is.” I plan to put the following on the back of the book jacket:

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I have tested the presence of God; I have ignored it, denied it, and tried to pretend He wasn’t there. And yet, all the while, I could feel His presence. There have been times in my life when, even though I did not deserve it, He has shown Himself to me in wondrous ways. In spite of me, in spite of my failure to love Him, in spite of my walking arm-in-arm with demons of all type, He stayed with me; His love never wavering; His arms ever reaching to hold me. He would allow nothing to separate me from Him. I am convinced… I am One of His.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

 

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Sometimes We Cry

This morning, I came across this poem I wrote several years ago, and I couldn’t decide if I should re-post it. I wrote it on a day I was feeling like I wasn’t worthy of God’s love, much less anyone else’s. We all have those days, and sometimes they come down on us hard. I truly wish we could’ve known then what we know now, but… we don’t get a do-over. We do, however, get a start-over.

The reason I hesitate to post things like this, is because I want to encourage others—I feel it’s my job now—and, on the surface this doesn’t seem encouraging. But on the other hand, it is, because it encourages me—and you, I hope—to forgive ourselves our mistakes and misdeeds. God does.

I Cried a Lot Today

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Enjoy the Ride

merry go roundSometimes it feels as though life is overwhelming us, and we’re clinging to the cold steel bar of a merry-go-round spinning way too fast. It sometimes feels like victory is nothing more than surviving the ride but, to use one of my favorite terms, we shouldn’t intend to merely survive, we should intend to thrive.

God is the handle we must hang onto. Amazingly, when we cling to Him, the ride begins to slow, and the things that once whirred past in a blur begin to come into focus. The ride is once again fun and something to be enjoyed, rather than survived. Accept God’s love! Enjoy this awesome ride!

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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Drop and Roll

This time of year, I’m reluctant to let go of the celebration of our Savior’s birth. I want to cling to it, and revel in it, enjoying the sheer wonder of all it means to us. I’m overcome with amazement and joy at the thought of what God has done for us, and how much He loves us.

me and Dockers (2)Our little dog, Dockers, used to roll in the grass with great abandon and joy. She’d walk out into the yard, sniff around, select the perfect, then literally flop down, roll onto her back and scoot around, using her back feet to propel herself. She’d have a big upside down doggie grin on, obviously enjoying herself tremendously. And when she was finished, she’d pop back to her feet and look at me as if to say, “You should try it, dude! It’s awesome!”

This is how we should celebrate life; just drop down and roll, reveling in the good things God has given us, praising Him and thanking Him for all we have, no matter how much or how little that might be. In the overall scheme of things, most of us have plenty.

God is with us! He loves us! He will never forsake us!

Drop and roll!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

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Angels and Such

pennies from heavenIn 1998, I wrote a poem, Pennies From Heaven, about how angels toss pennies down from heaven to cheer us up, or just to show us they’re thinking of us. Of course, it’s not real. Or is it?

Maybe angels don’t put pennies in our path, but I think it’s okay to imagine they do. If something—anything—gives us hope and encourages us to keep going in a tough time, then perhaps it’s God’s way of giving us the nudge we need to get through the storms we find ourselves in. Or, even when things are okay, maybe it’s just a little something to strengthen our faith and remind us He’s there.

 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Pennies from Heaven

 

 I found a penny today

Just laying on the ground

But it’s not just a penny

This little coin I’ve found

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Found pennies come from heaven

That’s what my Grandpa told me

He said, “Angels toss them down”

Oh, how I loved that story

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He said when an angel misses you

They toss a penny down

Sometimes just to cheer you up

To make a smile out of a frown

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So don’t pass by that penny

When you’re feeling blue

It may be a Penny from Heaven

That an Angel’s tossed to you

Copyright © 1998 C Mashburn

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This Glorious Morn

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born.

nativity

When you see nativity scenes, does the reality of the one small piece of the scene—the baby—ever hit you so hard you fall to your knees? On Christmas morning, do you feel a sense of wonder? Are you filled with awe, knowing Jesus came to save me and you? Do you understand He came because God loves us with a love we can’t begin to fathom?

Behold your King! For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

 

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