November 29, 2018

Do not accept information from the WRONG source!  This is a blessed time of year as we prepare for the Lord’s birth, but it can be painful and stressful as well.  Why? To name a few:

  1. budget
  2. grief
  3. away from family
  4. illness
  5. loneliness

The evil one always seeks to steal our joy and he does it well!  PLEASE do not let him.  In Christ, you are loved with a love you can NEVER LOSE!  BELIEVE!  It is the best gift ever and one you cannot lose!




November 29, 2018


November 28, 2018


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November 26, 2018

You were always there for me



Protecting me

And yet,

I took you for granted

Until one day.

I looked deep into your eyes

And you looked to my heart

And I gave it to you.


I was reborn!

By Martha L Shaw ©2015

When We Call




November 21, 2018

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts

– Rachel Carson –



November 19, 2018




We begin life finely knit together,

One to another,

No labels,

Many colors,

Plump or delicate,

Uniquely different yet all the same

In likeness to Him.


We mature and our eyes,

Those human orbs,

Deny the truth held in our hearts.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017

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Look to this…

November 19, 2018


Sacred Touches

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**Watercolor images via Pinterest; text added by Natalie

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sudden cold

November 19, 2018

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

sudden cold –
Christmas cactus 
already blooming

Time Of Singing (1997)
Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

Ellen Grace Olinger

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It Is Well!

November 17, 2018

My heartbeat quickened when I heard your voice

Beckoning me to come and see,

And eagerly I stepped out into the night.

The cool air refreshed me

And though I walked hesitantly at first,

I soon hurried on in hopeful anticipation.

We were making progress,

You said.

I, my human sight far weaker

Than your vision for me,

Saw only that home and familiarity

Were no longer in view

And realized the night air had grown cold.

I held my breath,

Saw the darkness and wondered at the hour.

I lost sight of you,

And felt frozen in place

Without a plan,

With legs suddenly as marble,

Stiff and immobile

I wondered what to do,

My eyes tightly shut.

I cried out

And heard your voice,

As though you were standing

Right in front of me

“I’m here” you said, reassuring me.

I opened my eyes and saw you

Standing so close

Your presence warmed me

In body and in soul.

You reached out,

I placed my hand in yours.

“Look!” you said

And I saw more stars than I could count

Studding the night sky.

“I placed each one of them there for you”

You told me.

At that moment, I knew your love

As I had never known it before

And hope swelled within me

Until happy tears fell

And we walked on together.

“It is well” you assured me,

But I already knew.

by Martha L Shaw – Copyright #2012

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