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I’m Learning

There are times when the noise and the haste of this world we live in drag me down, and it is at those times I remember what peace there may be in silence. But I often allow the silence to become a hiding place. I sometimes see my withdrawal as a good thing, but at other times I see it is not a good way to deal with the confusion and chaos of this life. When I pull away and retreat within myself, I tend to feign affection, and become cynical about love. 

But I am learning. I’m learning to nurture strength of spirit to shield myself in in the times of calamity, disappointment and sometimes sudden misfortune. I’m also learning to not distress myself with dark imaginings, which has been my habit for too many years. I have come to realize that many of my fears are born of fatigue and loneliness; fatigue the more prevalent of the two. But the loneliness—I cannot deny it—is there. And, again, it is something I have—sometimes unaware—chosen to be.

And so, I continue to learn. I’m learning to be gentle with myself and learning that though it is sometimes not clear to me, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. I strive to be at peace with God and have peace in my soul. For within the noisy confusion of life, with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, there remains a beautiful world. And so, I will choose to be cheerful. I will strive to be happy.

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A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. … Psalm 23: 1-6

Please note: This writing was inspired by the poem “Desiderata”, which was written by Max Ehrmann. You can read his poem it in my previous post:

Desiderata

You can also listen to a beautiful recording of the poem by Les Crane, by clicking here:

Desiderata ~ Les Crane

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Be Still

Just A Man

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Let Tomorrow Wait

The key to peace and happiness is in how we deal with troubles and trials. If we truly trust God, we will face life and its challenges fearlessly, knowing He’s with us and will get us through every situation. But sometimes we miss a lot of the good stuff because we’re too focused on the bad stuff.

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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

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All Roads Lead Home

We should enjoy our lives no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, and we should, if possible, work at something that brings us happiness. Yes, “There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under heaven.” But as they say, “All roads lead home,” and “Home is where the heart is.” When our heart is with God, our home with Him awaits us.

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So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? Ecclesiastes 3:22

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Let’s Dance!

dancingThere’s a saying, Dance like nobody’s watching, and I believe that’s the kind of dancing God wants us to do: a frolicking, twirling, abandoned celebration of joy and happiness. The jitterbug was such a dance. Though it was sometimes choreographed, it usually had no set movements, and it was simply a time to get out on the dance floor and have a ball.

When you feel like dancing, dance. (And don’t pay any attention to the other folks in the grocery store or wherever you happen to be.) Dance like nobody’s watching!

And a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4

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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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Goodtime Charlie’s Got the Blues?

I’ve sung the blues and it wasn’t much fun, and I don’t intend to spend the rest of my time here on earth being sad. Read the rest of this entry »

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