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Love We Can’t Even Imagine

true loveWhen it comes to God’s peace, joy, and love, we can choose to wander in the valley or ascend to the highest peak. When we turn away from worldly things and meditate on God’s word, we will find Him, and we will know peace and joy beyond our wildest dreams and true love we can’t even imagine. And we will share it with others.  Because… that’s what God wants us to do.

 

But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17

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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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The Good Times

just us kids 2We weren’t poor when I was a kid. We didn’t have a lot, but we always had enough. There were bad times and good times, but we were happy for the most part. I give Mom credit for that. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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Unlimited Patience

The more we understand the depth of God’s love, the more we will begin to be as patient and merciful with others as He is with us. In the natural, we can’t imagine how that’s possible, but we need to remind ourselves, with God, all things are possible.

How can this be

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 1Timothy 1:16

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