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Run For Cover!

chickenWhen danger or inclement weather is near, baby chicks run to the shelter of their mother’s protective wings, where she keeps them safe from harm. A mother hen would never consider leaving her chicks unprotected, and God, too, is faithful to cover us, provide us refuge, and be our shield and fortress.

God is faithful to protect and shield us, but He can’t do so if we don’t let Him. Too many times, we retreat within our problems, trying to solve them on our own. Like baby chicks when a storm gathers, we should run to Him at the first sign of trouble.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4

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Plan? What Plan?

When you set out to build something—a house, for instance—you will achieve the best results if you have a set of plans to guide you as you build. Architects and engineers put their knowledge into the plans so the house can be constructed soundly and beautifully. Likewise, if we follow God’s plan we will help to build His house. But in either case, if you deviate from the plan, you probably won’t like the results.

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Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

1 Peter 1:8

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The Simple Truth

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A Gypsy Rock

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Slip Sliding Away

mount-hood-moonYears ago, while driving from Tacoma to Phoenix on a cold, clear winter night, I was passing Mount Hood, as a full moon rose over the mountain’s peak. I gazed out the driver’s-side window, awed by the spectacle, and as I basked in the beauty of it something suddenly dawned on me; I was looking at the mountain and moon through the windshield of my pickup.

Unknowingly, while gawking at the awesome scene, I’d come upon a patch of black ice, and was spinning out of control counterclockwise.

There I was, believing I was gliding down the highway, and suddenly—due to not focusing on what was important—I found myself slip sliding away.

At times, when we fail to stay focused on God, we will be distracted by things of this world, and suddenly realize we’re going the wrong direction, out of control, and headed for trouble.

Miraculously, without any action by me, the pickup went full circle and was facing the right direction just as I reached the end of the patch of ice.

I pulled over at the next roadside rest area and attempted to calm my nerves. I even tried to sleep, but my eyes were stuck wide-open, so after I stopped shaking, I continued my journey.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

 

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Equal

If there were no night and day

No darkness and light

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no top and bottom

No rich and poor

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no good and evil

No right and wrong

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no love and hate

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If there were no joy and sadness

Only a constant of one or the other

… or something in between

If all these things were so

There would be no time or fate

No emotions or feelings

No wants or desires

No choices or mistakes

Nothing to fear and nothing to hide

Everything and everyone would be… equal

 

Copyright © C Mashburn 2017

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When the World Says, “BOO!”

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When we have faith in God, we are completely confident He loves us unconditionally and will never stop loving us, we are boldly certain He loves us and will never stop loving us, and we have no doubt He loves us and will never stop loving us.

The thing is, faith is easy to have and maintain when things are going our way, but when things begin to go badly, our faith often begins to slip away. The world jumps out and says, “Boo!” and our first reaction is to scream and tremble.

Much like the disciples in the boat; when the storm began to rage and they were afraid, they turned to Jesus. Their faith was not as strong as it could’ve been, but it was strong enough to know where their rescue was.

We aren’t perfect, but when we encounter the storms of life, we can turn to Jesus with complete confidence, knowing with bold certainty, and without a doubt, He is with us and will see us through the storm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  Mark 4:40

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