I’m Forgiven

July 15, 2014

If we truly accepted our own imperfection, I mean TRULY, and lived with gratitude knowing how loved and forgiven we are, surely we would be less judgmental and more accepting, forgiving, and loving of one another?



July 29, 2013


On a day when light is filtered

Through clouds and sudden showers,

I gaze at the neglected garden

And wonder if Eden looked this way

After the fall?

Pondering this,

Thoughts of forgiveness

Appeared in the midst of

Sin’s glare . .  .

A lily among the tangled growth.

Beauty restored.

By Martha L Shaw –© 7-29-2013  Words and image


Quote of the Day On Forgiveness

April 7, 2013

Forgive another and I’m set free!  Really?  It’s true and this quote expresses it so well!


When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself.

- Lewis B. Smedes, in ‘Forgive and Forget’ -

Nailed – A Holy Week Acrostic Poem

March 26, 2013


No sin left unforgiven

At the last day

If you but ask.

Let Him fill you with His grace . . .

Eternal life Him.

Do you love me?” I do.

By Martha L Shaw ©3-26-2013

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Love and Forgiveness – A Poem and Prayer

February 28, 2013


Forgive me Lord . . .

For the many times I’ve been so caught up

in the new problems of the day

that I never even thanked you,

nor even at first noticed

the answered prayers of yesterday.

I am truly thankful for your love,

Your patience,

Your provision,

And your constant presence.

Teach me to reflect your love in my suffering

Just as you did when you suffered

So much more than I can ever comprehend

Out of your immeasurable love for me.  Amen

By Martha L Shaw – © 2-28-2013


Ashes. An Acrostic Poem For Lent

February 13, 2013

An ashen heap,

So full of memories burned and gone

However, not truly forgotten, but then:

Enter upon the scene Jesus Christ

Sin forgiven as ashes swept away and treasure redefined!


By Martha L Shaw – ©2-13-2013


A Hard Lesson To Learn

December 6, 2012

I have come to know that this quote is true.  I will admit it was a difficult one to grasp but whether what I needed to forgive was from long ago and between myself and someone long gone from my life or more recent, I must say that holding the lack of forgiveness in my heart truly did cause the wound to become larger and more infected yet releasing this wound and forgiving resulted in immediate healing in me.  Please pray on this.  Forgiveness is life-giving!  Forgiving is an amazing gift to give yourself!  Release it to Jesus who died for all of us!

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There is a hard law. When an injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive. – Alan Paton -

A Quote For Thursday On Forgiveness

September 27, 2012

Gosh, don’t we get mad at ourselves when we fail?  I sure do.  Makes me feel just dreadful.  Sometimes I want to just run off and hide.  My poor choice seems to follow me.  I just can’t let go of it.  But when we ask, we are forgiven.  We can let it haunt us and be miserable, but if God has forgiven us and we keep letting our sin plague us, we’re not accepting His forgiveness.  Let’s not do that!

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” 1 John 2:1NIV

About Forgiveness

September 12, 2012

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. – Paul Boese -


Enlarge the future?  How’s that?  Truth is, when someone hurts me and a relationship ends, the other person may go away but the hurt doesn’t.  It lodges itself in my heart and takes up valuable real estate.  No matter how often I tell myself the other person does not “deserve” to be forgiven, I have to wonder who’s suffering from my lack of forgiveness.  Truth is, the offender is likely living an easier life than I am and may have forgotten all about that hurt that’s still lodged in my heart.  If I forgive that person, whether directly, or prayerfully between myself and the Lord, I’m the one who is set free!  That real estate the hurt took up is now free and Jesus can fill it with Himself!  Talk about an enlarged future!!!

Good Morning Tuesday Bible Verse!

July 24, 2012

Well Good Morning!  The Lord is speaking His love to me in so many ways and He seems especially to be revealing the freedom which comes from forgiveness and our forgiving those who hurt us.  Friends, I know how hard it is, especially when we know there’s no mistaking it.  They sought to hurt us, but by releasing them in our prayers to God by our forgiveness, we are able to love the sinner and we are actually setting ourselves free in Him!  We have been set free to love and serve the Lord.  It’s AMAZING!  It is our own self-imposed bondage which so often holds us back.  Let’s say yes to His love and the freedom He won for us out of that great love, shall we?

John 8:36

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


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