October 20, 2018

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An update from  Jane and Fr Bob Continued prayers please!

He had quadruple bypass surgery but is responsive so that’s good news. They are still keeping him sedated so he can get his rest. He will remain on the heart pump and ventilator for a bit longer because every time they lower the pump his heart rate plummets. Drs are watching progress to see if they will need to go back in and insert a pace maker. He has a long road to recover but he’s a fighter. Mom is holding up well just missing her “Bobby” not being home”




April 18, 2019

I awakened early,

and all seemed still asleep.

A cup of tea,

a wicker chair,

a sunporch just for me. . .

but I was not alone,

you, too, were there.

I hungered for your music,

heard when we’re alone.

You never disappoint!

I sipped and listened to the gentle breeze

the creaking of the porch door,

the singing of a bird high in the tree.

Soon I heard the tinkling of tiny tear drops

of moving water in the rivulet nearby

and they mirrored myown

tears of thankfulness and joy.

Soon the day would grow busy

and the gentle sounds of your gifts,

your voice,

would be lost in the confusion

and distress.

But in the din I will close my eyes

for just a moment

so that once more

I can hear your music.

It is well.

By Martha L Shaw – ©  2018

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April 13, 2019

Read …Recite …Relationship


It should mean something.

It does, doesn’t it?

When we’re finished, we sing and leave!

But . . .

I don’t need to read the book,

I can easily recite.

That counts, right?

Even if I forget the words?

Does it mean something?

How will He know what I said

if I don’t . . .

I’d rather have

A relationship with Him

using my own words

from my heart.

It matters to me

and to Him.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019

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April 12, 2019

The word and action have many directions and definitions.


  1. GET GOING WITH Computer, paper and pen, alarm clock for reminder to eat and sleep but ——–Write the book
  2. Pause and think about it, THEN GET GOING WITH Computer, paper and pen, alarm clock for reminder to eat and sleep but ——–Write the book when you find time




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April 12, 2019

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

– Louisa May Alcott –





April 11, 2019

I closed my eyes,

listened to the music,

and knew it came from You!

My drab day brightened

as the gray mist washed away

by the waves of color

drifted about my heart and soul.

Anxiety was quickly forgotten.

Hope’s brightness easily replaced it

like a love song . . .

while violyn kissed piano

and my soul drifted joyfully

in a dance that will never end.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019





April 9, 2019



My mind was full of noise;

and manufactured worry that would not go away!

So despite my hesitation

I chose to sit a while.

I knew it was a lovely day

but couldn’t take it in.

I worried that I needed to . . .

oh, if only!

YES, BUT . . .Oh, but I can’t!

oh, but everybody else . . .

“Child. . . ”

“CHILD!!!!” still louder,

Seeing noone,

I was certain of trouble,

but then I heard

“I AM!

my gaze was toward the ripples

I simply did not see

as my anxiety grew.

“Child, I AM called you here to spend an hour with me!

Lay aside your worries!  Give them to me!”

I felt His embrace and finaly I knew!

I gazed at the small waves

gently flowing by

and the droplets were like my tears


“Now lay those worries down and leave them for me! . . .

Trust them to me, then sit quietly and know the

strength and intimacy of my love for you!

It is living in your heart,

as am I!”

A gente kiss and I closed my eyes

and knew!

He will ALWAYS give me

everything I need!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019

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Quitting May Be Hard To Do

April 8, 2019

A must read! This has and will change my life!

Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

Quitting is hard. It puts us in a place of uncertainty and vulnerability. It forces us to trust God. As I look back at the times I’ve left something, the new pursuit blessed my life in immeasurableways Part of being a faithful servant has been trusting God with all of me—my family, oursfinancial provision, and the work he has assigned to my hands. In my professional life, times that I accepted a new position , I truly thought that my life and my identity were intimately wrapped up in whatIdid– my title , job, or income. It has taken me a long time totreat myself with thand meaning other than my job. I had to come to terms with my identity as a for of for who created me and knows what path I am to travel. I must admit this has not…

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