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Dreams and Memories

On Father’s Day several years ago, Sherry gave me a card which on the front read, “I love this life we’ve built together.” We have indeed built a life together that is wonderful, and along the way we’ve added many rooms, each built to hold the dreams and memories of that season in our lives together. The end result is not a house of brick and mortar, it is a beautiful mansion filled with peace and love. And… we’re always adding on.

But, as grand as this place is…

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In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

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Life In A Bobsled

Sometimes I find myself in a rut; so steeped in routine that each morning I feel like I’m in a bobsled race, tucked into the sled—my life—speeding around the same course day after day, every turn familiar; every straightaway zipping by too quickly.

But I’m learning to remind myself each morning that God is with me in truth and love, and His grace, mercy and peace are mine for the asking.

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Maybe it is the same old sled and the same old ride, but you control the brakes. So slow down and watch for sudden blessings. You never know what’s around the next curve.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s son, will be with us in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

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Suddenly!

Mom inspired this poem, and she said it was on her heart today, and wanted me to re-post it. I’m happy to to do so, because… that’s my job!

SUDDENLY

 

Oft’ times our prayers seem to go unanswered

We start thinking, maybe God doesn’t care

We wait, ever patient, stand on our faith

I’ve been known to stand on an ear

 

No answer comes, we grumble and groan

Quite certain that He doesn’t love us

We try to outguess Him, figure Him out

As He smiles down from high above us

 

He shakes His head, goes on with His work

Surely chuckles about our impatience

For He’ll not let us down, in spite of our frowns

And complaints about His expedience

 

In due time, He would tell us, should we but hear

Good things come to those who wait

For the want that you want, if it’s worth the wanting

Is still good whether early or late

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Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn

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What Do You Want From Me?

Too many times—too much of the time—we wander through our days, feeling only the pain, seeing only the bad things, when there is so much beauty, and so much to be thankful for. Even I, as positive about life as I’ve become, find myself grumbling and blind at times. Forgive me.

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If I Got What I Deserved…

My past is full of ignorance, foolishness, and mistakes, and I’m not out of the woods yet. But I’ve found a well-beaten path, and I’m going to follow it wherever it leads me.

Finding the path didn’t happen all of a sudden, and trying to follow is not the easiest thing to do, but it seems to get easier every day. It all just seemed to happen gradually, and one thing seems to lead to the next.

As God pours His grace on me, I am continuously amazed that He never gives me more than I can handle. I think He knows most of us could not comprehend His goodness and love if it were doled out to us in doses too large for us to handle, so He pours it over us a little at a time, allowing our faith and love to grow at a pace we can handle.

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Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.1Timothy 1:14

 

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Hear the Whisper

A high school baseball player had just caught the final called strike in the championship game. Asked what it was like when he caught the last pitch, the young catcher said things were totally silent from the time the pitcher went into his windup until the time the ball smacked into his mitt. In reality, the stadium crowd was going crazy; the place was a madhouse!

 

We’ve seen moments like this in movies; the last out, the big catch, the winning run. We may have even been in situations where time seemed to pause, and the world fell silent for a few moments. Was it like that when Jesus calmed the sea? Did those in the boat live a few moments in silent, awed glory with Jesus?

 

When that final pitch was thrown, nothing else in the world was important to the catcher. The world consisted of the ball being delivered to his mitt. Likewise, in the midst of the storm, the disciples were focused on Jesus; He was their world, and without Him they were lost. We can live many moments like this with Jesus, if we’re focused on Him.

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He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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Would you play football without pads and helmet? Not hardly! The toughest men would not consider something so foolish! Even with all the protective gear they sometimes get hurt. Read the rest of this entry »

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