What If

October 22, 2014

what if


Thoughts Over Morning Coffee

October 21, 2014

“Small children tend to grab life by the fistful. How sad that we grow into adults who recoil.” – from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee – Martha L Shaw

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With A Grateful Heart

October 20, 2014

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16

stained glass window

Lord, your love for me is beyond measure

and mine for you grows every day!

The warmth of your embrace

makes me forget my troubles for a time.

 Help me to grow stronger in You

so that I may be the servant you created me to be!

Amen

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By Martha L Shaw © 10-20-2014


Six Word Saturday

October 18, 2014

Ah, Saturday!  Unexpected company, unexpected joy!

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Trills and Thrills

October 17, 2014

I feel your touch,

Your breath warms my heart.

Your closeness

Says more to me

Than words ever could

For only in the silence,

Do we truly hear the music!

By Martha L Shaw © 10-17-2014


Are You Blessed? A Challenge!

October 16, 2014

I was just given the following task and I am sharing it with you.  Please take a moment to answer the challenge and if you like, share you response by linking this post to your blog and let us read it!

The task:

Look around you right now. Really look. Take a few deep breaths and notice the beauty in the ordinary.  Share what you discover!

My response:

It is a lovely October day here in SC. I have my home office windows open to the cool air and sounds of my childhood . . . kids coming home from school and having fun, dogs barking happily, birds singing, men at work renovating their homes with power tools . . . the sounds and scents of cut lumber and mowed lawns brings Dad, my childhood home, my playmates back to me . . . it is like music and perfume to me. Blessings known by all the senses.

How about you?  A colored leaf? A puppy’s kiss?  A broken cookie?  What?


More Than Enough!

October 16, 2014
My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?”  
Psalm 119:81-83

Are you seeking  the Lord’s promise, His comfort?  I am.   Comfort presents a soothing image like this perhaps:

bedroom comfort

 The sun is streaming through my bedroom window, the sounds of birds are singing and children at play outside while rushing off to school  .  . . the afghans, quilts, pillows and things I’ve created provide comfort.  I am, at this moment designing something of that sort to provide comfort to someone I love.  I know my gift will be appreciated.

Still, it will not be quite enough.  We cannot, in our humanness, provide “enough.”  As I read what the Psalmist writes “when will you comfort me” I am convicted.  For, like him I know the Lord’s promises, know they are real, know they are mine, and know they bring me more than enough  . . . as only He can.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1-3 My heart is troubled.  But I am working on that because He loves me.  Just as the throw I design and make for the one I love will provide warmth and comfort, so then will the Lord provide in much greater ways than my love can do.  So, I will stitch, I will pray, I will listen, and I will wait.  I already know how my story ends, for He already won for me the victory!  

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