In All Things

July 31, 2013

I hear it . . .thumb_cartoon_weather_set_showers

Thunder’s roll

I see the skies of black and gray.

The same hand that painted these

Holds the brush that brings about

The rainbow

In the wake of storms . . .

The hand that gave me eyes to see,

Ears to hear,

A heart to love.

I give you thanks.

-By Martha L Shaw – © 7-31-2013

Choose To Live!

July 31, 2013

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.– Oscar  Wilde –

in the pink

Wilde has it right!  Jesus desires us to live LARGE and in Him and with Him this is simple.  Rejoice and surrender and  leave the direction to Him.  

It’s vacation season as I write this.  When I was small it was so much fun, but as an adult all the fuss and bother of planning rather spoiled things.  Life is that way in all things if we fly solo, but we weren’t meant to!

The sky’s the limit!  Choose Jesus!

Just as our child-selves enjoyed the life our parents planned and lead us through, so too can we as children of the Beloved Jesus, our personal Lord and Savior, have joy and TRULY live IN HIM.  Why choose to merely exist when in Him we live???  

Believe and Receive!

July 31, 2013

Yes, as this quotation shows, life – eternal life – really can be THAT simple!  Why do we make it more difficult?


Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 NIV


July 30, 2013


Whisked away.

Thoughts of you  . . .

Thoughts of me  . . .


By Martha L Shaw –©  7-30-2013


Lighten Up! – A Quote For Tuesday

July 30, 2013

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14,16 NIV

Wow, what a day yesterday was!  So much going on in my life!  How about you?  Ever feel like “all at once” and wonder “how am I going to . . . ” fill in the blanks.  Some good, some “I can’t fix this” and some “Lord, what’s up with this?”

Know what?  He’s in it!  It sure is too heavy to carry . . . alone!  Hey, I wasn’t meant to do that!!!  Jesus wants me to lighten up!  Hey, in more ways than one!  I only need to carry my part and the heavier part is HIS – so I’m working hard on handing things over.  Guess what?  The more He and I work closely together, the lighter I feel!  Know what else?  His radiance reflects on me and through me onto those in darkness!

Isn’t that our purpose?  To reflect Him in all we do?  The good stuff is easy to smile about.  The things in life that are held together with DUCT TAPE?  NO problem!  We will be just fine – Jesus has it covered!  In all things, let your light shine, people!

Lead on, Lord!  I’m ready!

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Speedy Strawberry-Mango “Jam”

July 29, 2013

Ah, quick “jam” and “preserves” in small quantities and without spending money on fussy equipment? Natural and not loaded with chemicals? Not cups and cups of granulated sugar? Here’s a new recipe for my collection!!!!

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Okay, I had a plan for the pound of strawberries I bought yesterday.  They were relatively inexpensive ($2) and I looked for the container with the best ones visible…not an easy job, FYI.  Since I also purchased a pint of blueberries, I knew the strawberries were not going to be used on cereal.

Today, I really wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Well, we have lots of peanut butter in the house, but we’re sadly lacking in the other department.  It popped into my head to use the strawberries to make a kinda “jam-like” mixture.  Originally, they were going to be used in smoothies…so…close.

Once I started buzzing the strawberries, I realized they are just a bit too juicy to be considered … well … jam.  So, I tossed them with about a tablespoon of honey, and then cut up a humungous mango.  Ran that thru the buzzer (hand…

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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


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