Bible Quote For A Monday!

August 26, 2012

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”        Romans 12:4-5 NIV


I can’t speak for anyone else, but wow have I wasted time in my life wishing I could be gifted like other people and that usually resulted in a nice pity party on all I saw lacking in me.  Sound familiar?  I think many of us can admit to ourselves we’ve done some of that at some point, but if we live authentic lives in Christ, we are filled with grace and our lives are full of the gifts He has chosen specifically for the amazing life in Him that we were created for.  He doesn’t see us as “if I only” or “why couldn’t I” or anything of the sort.  He sees us as His beautiful children.  We are children of the King of Kings and all we have to do is say yes to His love and He takes it from there.  The body of
Christ!  I am so excited to be a part of it!






August 26, 2012

I used to love this song and haven’t heard it in ages! Check it out!

Magic Seeds!

August 26, 2012

Many of us at some point or another seek to “find ourselves” and for me this meant finding the Lord and in so doing discovering my authentic self.  I can recall praying often and yet not having learned yet to hear or truly see.  I looked for Him everywhere, yet found Him deep within me . . . a seed planted in my heart before I was born.  When I looked deep within myself and opened the door to that sacred place, life began anew! 

Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.
                                                                                                                        Shigenori Kameoka

My Cathedral

August 25, 2012

My cathedral is never locked . . .

it has no doors . . .

there are no walls . . .

yet . . .

it inspires me with its beauty . . .

its songs touch my heart . . .

melodies of praise and wonder . . .

awaken me each and every day . . . .

The hand which built it . . .

loves me very much!

by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 8-20-12

A New Door – Reflecting On The Cross Series

August 24, 2012


My life, while containing a huge question mark in one way, has been rich with blessings which provide me with the assurance of my Savior’s love and fill me with hope in Him. 

For some time now, as some of you know, I’ve been praying and prayed for in the need for provision and my desire to be His minister in a new vocation which He clearly has prepared for me.  His timing is not our own yet we know it is perfect.  Many times it has been revealed to me in my own spirit from HIm and through others praying for me that a new door will be opening.  I believe that as we grow in Him and surrender to His will we find many new doors along the way as we grow ready for more and more work . . . I am excited to serve in the ways He leads me.  Yes, fear comes but with His hand holding me, I can walk in fear and not be held back by it. 

As I stood in my dining room the other day, I saw the doors to my sunroom and thought of them in a new way.  Yes, it did remind me of the “door” or “doors” the Lord is leading me to and through, but also of a puzzle to be solved.  We’ve all seen those puzzles in which we are to count how many squares we see . . .  well as we follow Christ, the puzzle pieces that are our life come together in beautiful ways as we are blessed to serve Him. 

Now, a puzzle for you.  No, I’m not asking you to count the “squares” as those familiar puzzles ask.  I’m asking you to count the crosses!  When our Lord died on the cross, we were awarded Eternal live.  The doors to Eternity with Him were flung open!  So, ponder that and look at these doors. How many crosses do you see? 



August 24, 2012

If the sky is dark and the rain is falling where you are, perhaps this will lift your spirits! God’s work and this artist’s photography cannot fail to bless!

Gwirrel's Garden

This is going to be a short post… mainly because I don’t actually really have anything to show you!

I don’t think I’ve taken any photos this week, because of three reasons really a) it’s been quite dull b) I’ve been staying out of the garden after having acquired lots of little bites; even places where no bug ought to go! And c) I’ve been battling with some weird cold, type hayfever, type throat infection and haven’t really been able to go outside as I get out of breath, start choking and it just isn’t very good. Yesterday afternoon at work I began to struggle talking and it felt like my voice was going to go, however this morning it hadn’t but I was still struggling and felt bad. I decided to call the docs at work this morning and book myself in.

So yes, antibiotics it is and apparently…

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When I Grow Up . . .

August 24, 2012

I want to be just like him:

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

Don’t you?

I was at a meeting at church the other night and we were discussing the best way to approach life, friendship, our place and purpose . . . examples were given from monastic life.  Think about it.  The monks spend all day and every day doing their thing in the same place and with the same folks.  Who best to seek such wisdom from?  If they don’t know how to get along, they are in TROUBLE.  The first and most important point made was to give folks the benefit of the doubt . . . we could go far in this world if we did that.  Sounds like the compassion of Christ to me. 


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