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What Do You Want From Me?

What do you wantIn the last several years, when times were tough—those times when I questioned not only my faith in God, but his faith in me—I would often ask Him, “What do you want from me?” It seemed I was getting nowhere fast and doing nothing for Him… or me. Of course, He never answered. Or did He?

But these days I’ve come to the realization that I had things backward those times when I asked God, “What do you want from me?”. I have a good life. I’m not rich, and far from famous, and some parts of my life could be better, but all-in-all I have no reason to complain. God has blessed me with so much, and yet I have the nerve—too often—to complain. It dawned on me recently that God, who’s given me so much and continues to bless me with peace, joy and love—more abundantly than I ever have, or will, deserve—Is the one who should be asking me, “What do you want from me?”.

 

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It Could’ve Gotten Ugly

Kind, as defined by Webster: showing a gentle and considerate nature. God is most definitely gentle and considerate in His dealings with us. Another definition of the word kind more aptly fits God: forbearing. Forbearing is defined as: refraining from the enforcement of something that is due.

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Thankfully, we love and serve a kind, gentle, considerate, and forbearing God. And when we love Him, His love will dwell in our hearts, and His kindness will show in our actions.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4

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Drifting

Maybe it’s a good thing—this new way we’re living. Actually, we’re not even sure it’s a new thing. Maybe, like my grandpa used to say, it’s the same thing only different. It’s kind of like riding a makeshift raft down a slow-moving river. Bumping into the shore now and then, sometimes spinning slowly, then finding the middle of the stream and moving on. We’re not sure where the stream will carry us to, but we trust it will be a good place. Our faith is strong—most of the time—but we admit it fades now and then. We explain away the dimming of our faith by saying it’s merely wondering. Wondering what lies ahead, not afraid of it really, just curious. That’s what we say—but only to ourselves; in our thoughts. But when the raft bumps hard on the shore or spins ‘round too many times, it’s hard not to grab onto the edge and even harder not to shout out. But…

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They were there when this journey began. Too many to count lined the shore, wishing us safe travels, telling us it would all be good—whatever it was—and wherever we landed. “We’ll pray!” they shouted as the current pulled us down the stream. And I’m sure they did. But they’re gone now. Or maybe it’s us. Maybe we’re the ones that left, and maybe we want it this way. We’ve always loved to travel, leaving the past and moving on to the next thing. And the next. Taking no one with us, but promising to stay in touch, which we seldom did.

Well… at least the current is slow. And… we don’t have to worry about daylight savings time.

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Nothing or No One

Nothing, or no one, can separate us from Christ. When we give our life to Jesus, we are forever joined with Him. We might wander away from Him at times, but we cannot be separated from His love. Whether we recognize it or not, once He’s there in our heart, soul, and spirit, He’s there.

Consider this: even though we may think we have strayed far from Jesus, it is only in our own mind we have done so. And those times we feel unworthy of His love, that too, is only in our mind.

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35

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March On

March weather in east Texas is almost as unpredictable as a writer’s mood. It can go from hot to cold quicker than a fleeting thought. When I opened the plantation shutters to let some light in this morning, the cold air rushed past the slats like I’d turned on the A/C. I thought maybe I should close them, but figured, what the hell, let the heater run. Next week the windows will be open, and the gas bill will even out by the end of the month. The older I get, the less these things seem to matter. It’s almost always the same temperature in the house, and there’s nothing going on outside that can’t wait for a better day.

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Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Philippians 4:11
 

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This… Is How

This… Is How

 

She told me it was okay

To not be okay

And so

I told her things I’d told no one

 

She listened

She spoke softly

Saying only good things

With compassion that was real

 

When the conversation was over

She said she was always there

I could talk to her any time

I hardly know her

 

So, I asked her why…

Why would she want to talk to me

She said

Because you need someone to talk to

 

This…

People who care

This… is how God

Can be everywhere

 

 Copyright © C Mashburn 2019

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Next, Please!

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I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

 

 

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