It Began Like Every Other Day . . . But Then

December 12, 2014


A simple peasant girl

Answered yes

To a question

Which surely shocked her

And the world was changed


Thanks, Mary.

By Martha L Shaw – ©12-23-2013

Baby Steps

December 11, 2014

I’m sitting at your feet.

Or I was,

But you took a couple steps and turned.

You looked back at me

Where I remained

And you seemed to beckon me,

But surely you cannot think that I . . .

I rolled over,

Crawled a little,

But not getting anywhere, I sat.

I twisted, turned, pushed,

Then shaking I got to my feet

Only to land sitting again.

Leaning my head back,

I saw your face.

I saw such love in it,

And tried again.

I wobbled to my feet and stared at them,

Uncertain what they’d do!

I dared not take my eyes off them for a moment,

But still I took a shaky step

Thinking I would surely fall.

I reached up

“Abba!” I cried

And you were right there

Lifting me up.

As you hold me close,

I cannot tell my tears of joy

From  yours.

By Martha L Shaw – © 12-11-2014

I’ve NEVER Been That Popular, But . . .

December 11, 2014

“The only route in life to true joy, as I view it, is following Christ. It may not make you popular, but do you place more value in popularity over the joy of Christ?”

Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

“15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ” – From Thoughts Over Morning Coffee Martha L Shaw

morning coffee


December 10, 2014

The hour is early

But sleep escapes me

So I rise.

The coffee brews

In my still dark house

Aroma of morning.

Glancing out the window

I see only the moon . . .

No stars of night

I hear the soft song

Of an early rising bird

A new day is dawning.

By Martha L Shaw – © 12-10-2014


What they didn’t know…

December 9, 2014

Martha L Shaw:

“But they did not know that I healed them.” These few words from Hosea say so much. Read on . . . let my brother in Christ give you hope.

Originally posted on Another Red Letter Day:


It’s getting close to Christmas, and so like a good Christian I am mucking around in the Christmas story a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I love these passages. The incarnation is a huge deal!

Anyway, I’ve come across this reference and thought I’d dig around this a bit.

“OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.” – Matthew 2:15

I wanted to go back to the original prophecy. Now we know that God called His son Israel out of Egypt, and this idea is floated a few times in the scripture. But this quotes actually comes from  to Hosea, and this passage moved me.

When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.
The more they called them,
The more they went from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals
And burning incense to idols.
Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,

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Defining Surrender

December 9, 2014

One of the definitions of surrender is “to deliver up.” Note, this does not present, to me anyway, an image of falling down. I see a clear correlation here with our death to self and rise with Christ. – From Thoughts Over Morning Coffee Martha L Shaw

morning coffee

Locust and Wild Honey Diet!

December 8, 2014

An oddly dressed dude in the outskirts of town, a on peculiar diet, preaching an unexpected and surprising message . . .  THESE DAYS such an event would go viral on Twitter but back in Jesus day, would you think this would draw much attention?  No newspaper, cell phone, internet . . . but John the Baptist drew crowds by crying in the wilderness and while existing on bugs and wild honey . . . and think of the bee stings . . . and countless folks heard him speak of the one coming after him.  That being said, don’t you think solving your challenges and mine is easy for God if we let Him? . – From Thoughts Over Morning Coffee Martha L Shaw

morning coffee


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