Be Still and Know That I am God by Charles L. Mashburn
Every once in awhile, God has a plan for people he wants to bring into your life, and the day we met Charlie and Sherry Mashburn was one of them. (They are, of course, born 'n raised Texans!)
Charlie is a very unassuming, humble man who loves to laugh and be around people. But we soon discovered there's a whole 'nother side to him, and that's his spiritual side.
"Be Still...and know that I am God" was written by Charlie and the picture on the front of this book is his mom, taken in their backyard. It began as a tribute to his mother and it's turned into a beautiful reading of 365 devotionals to help give you a solid and positive foundation to start your day. If you're like us, you need a little help to keep you on the right track.
He's autographed his book for you - and here's a preview of one of Charlie's daily devotionals:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10
I know sometimes it is hard to get hold of the idea that God is with us. Sometimes when life seems so mundane or when things aren't going well, we tend to wonder, "Okay, God, where are you? Why am I feeling so down today? Why am I dismayed?" I wonder those things myself many times, but I have found that is when I need to just be still. And by being still, I don't mean I need to sit, lay or stand motionless, I mean I need to keep doing the best I can at life in general and know God is working out the details. One of the things that always disturbs me is when I have gone through a period of depression or aggravation, and at the end of it—the other side, I like to call it—I realize how much time, sometimes days, I have spent in an unhappy state of mind. I am dismayed! Dismayed at the moments, hours or days I cannot get back. We don't get a mulligan or do-over in life. When the time or day has passed, it is done. One of these days, I'm going to get to the point where, when every time something comes against me, I can forge onward, telling myself as I go, God is with me, and He will strengthen me and help me out. I'm not there yet, but I'm headed that way! Anybody want to come along?