Seasons Do Change

February 27, 2014

As the choir sang

In my personal sanctuary

I heard the last bits of the rains of yesterday

Drip from the roof deck above.

Tiny bits of pollen in the air

Caused an itch

Or the occasional twitch,

But brought as well a reminder

Of the coming of spring.

It won’t be long, now.

By Martha L Shaw – ©2-27-14


Change Not – A Micropoem

January 19, 2014

I cannot change

my circumstances,

but my circumstances do not

have to change me!

by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 1-19-2014

Change Lifts The Spirit

October 30, 2013

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Change Is GREAT!

October 30, 2013

When you change

the way you look at things,

the things you look at change.

 – Max Planck

Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land

July 17, 2013


What’s your favorite part about visiting a new place — the food? The architecture? The people watching?


What a thought-provoking topic!  My immediate reaction was, quite likely, not what most would expect.    You see, my life, my lifestyle, my home, my finances, my vocation, my faith, and ultimately my heart has changed greatly in the fairly recent past.  Change is good.  Change is growth.  Change can be scary, especially when one no longer fits the mold of familiarity that friends and family have grown accustomed to.  Suddenly, this land I’ve been in for so long has become a strange land.  Suddenly, I am a stranger to myself . . . or expressed more clearly, I have become my true self.  What do I like best?  Well, the food . . . I’m eating a mostly vegetarian diet and that’s good.  People watching is fun but sometimes frustrating.  People expect me to be the easily molded one I allowed myself to be in the past .  . . architecture!  That might be it!  My favorite, that is!

hammerWhat is architecture?  When I think of that word, I envision two things.  First, I see a framework from which a structure grows, and secondly I see changes made to change a weak structure into a strong one. Yes!  In this strange land, I find the study of architecture the most profoundly interesting.  The nucleus of what is Martha Shaw is unchanged yet fear, conformity, and being downright and entirely too sensible has led to so much external remodeling and redecorating that what I was originally meant to be . . . my purpose and the plan for my life which was set in place long before I was born . . . was not visible until fairly recently.  The Great Architect is still doing a good work in me and the project is far from finished.  It might take an eternity!  That’s fine with me!

See also:

  1. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | flow of my soul
  2. Daily Prompt: Strange in a Strange Land « Mama Bear Musings
  3. Kashmir Art and Crafts | njoy every moment
  4. A Stranger in a strange land… | The Rider
  5. A Texan’s Safari in Ukraine. | luvsiesous
  6. Daily Prompt Wednesday July 17 2013 | it writes itself
  7. I like to take a seat and let it all sink in. | thoughtsofrkh
  8. It Can’t Fit the Frame: Romans 11:33 | The Photo Faith Challenge
  9. Stranger in a stranger land: living in America. | thewordpressghost
  10. Fish Guts (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  11. Stranger in a Strange Land | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. Stranger in a strange land | Nanuschka’s Blog
  13. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Retired2Travel
  14. Daily Prompt: Stranger In A Strange Land | suzie81’s Blog
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land | Beats of Pieces
  16. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | A Stormy Girl
  17. I’d Like to be the Foreigner | Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | likereadingontrains
  18. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Being a Huntress
  19. Local Cuisine | My [redacted] Journey
  20. Exploration and Life Stories | downtownnokomis
  21. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  22. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | That Chick Piggy
  23. Stranger in a Strange Land | bheehappy
  24. A New Beginning | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  25. Leveling Up [Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land] | unknowinglee
  26. THE SHOCK OF THE NEW | Standing Ovation, Seated
  27. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land? | Under the Monkey Tree
  28. Getting to know you | I’m alive and that’s a lot
  29. Being a stranger | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  30. Pequeño – Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Babsje Heron
  31. A Day in the Life
  32. Seeking sanctuary. | My thoughts on a page.
  33. Specifically | Spunky Wayfarer
  34. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | The corner of my imagination
  35. Strangers on a Plane | A Day in the Life
  36. As a Newcomer | clarior e tenebris
  37. Stranger In A Strange Land | Tony’s Texts
  38. Departing, Arriving and in between | A beetle with earrings
  39. Stranger in a strange land: people watching | pencil pilot
  40. Traveling to Become Somebody Other Than Me | Iam Who Iam
  42. Strangers in a Strange Land | 20somethingsabroad

Change Is Coming???

July 17, 2013
We fear change. Yet, it is not, I believe, the change that we fear but instead the anticipation of the unknown and unexpected taking us over and beyond our control. Change, however, can only truly take hold of us through God’s grace. When we allow His love to freely take us, the change is AMAZING and we are left in awe and wonder at the immeasurable love He has for us!

Change of Heart

July 15, 2013

The last few drops of rain

Falling on my upturned face

Cooled and refreshed me,

Yet still I smiled at the

awakening sun!


By Martha L Shaw © 7-15-2013


You Make Me Feel . . .

May 13, 2013

It’s Monday.  Life is full of Mondays.  I notice the blue shirt you’re wearing and note that it is a great shade of blue.  You haven’t said a word to me yet and I cannot read your heart from your facial expression.  As you approach me, I smile and wonder what’s up.

Tomorrow, next week, next year, twenty years from now . . .  I will not remember the shirt or the fact that it was Monday.  I will not even remember exactly what you say to me.  What will I remember?

I will remember how you made me feel.  That is what will make a lasting impression on me.  It will linger . . . stay with me.  I won’t dwell on it, but the truth is, it really will lurk in a space inside me for a long time.  It might change my day or my life.


Something to consider before we speak to one another.  Words have power to take life or to give it.  You decide . . .

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

March 1, 2013

Love this challenge!  Getting lost in the details means, to me, an invitation to slow down a bit and appreciate God’s creation at a deeper level than I normally would in this rush and hurry world.

Hope of Spring

Copyright 3-1-2013 - Martha L Shaw

Copyright 3-1-2013 – Martha L Shaw

Hope of Spring

My heart,

Still chilled from the long hard winter,

Fluttered just a bit

At the sight of

A simple, tiny flower

Poking its pretty face

Above the cold ground

By the rocks and trees

In the woods nearby.


I realize the coldness in my heart,

Like the snow,

Has begun to melt.

By Martha L Shaw © 3-1-2013

Division Versus Unity – Daily Prompt: Ready, Set, Go!

January 24, 2013

Seems to be – especially lately – that where ever I turn I hear angry voices and see fingers pointed.  I hear of daily reports of shootings somewhere in the nation, of new strife somewhere in the world, but also of this happening right in our own homes, schools, shopping malls, and churches.  Everyone seems to state a desire for “change” but like a game of “rock, paper, scissors,” it seems everyone wants to win. 

When are we going to learn to stop, to listen, to negotiate, to care?

So many amazing things have been accomplished in our world and in our backyards.  How?  Because someone was not afraid to be the one to stop, to think, to listen, and to begin anew.  Someone has to be the pioneer of change.  Are we so fearful, so selfish, so blind, and so full of conceit that we’d rather shoot or be shot than admit that this isn’t working?  Do we have eyes that see?  Do we have ears that hear?  Do we have hearts anymore?

Division = Death  . . . Unity = New Life . . . Make a Choice!

by Martha L Shaw

Copyright 1-24-2013

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