In His Image

May 11, 2016

In the quiet

I felt your arms around me.

I smiled.

I sighed.

I knew your breath,

So close to me,

Was filling my lungs

And giving me strength

To grow . . . to go on.

I was you.

You were me.

By Martha L Shaw – © 5- 30-2014


Tears of Joy

October 7, 2015

If you look very closely

At the raindrop

Resting on a blade of grass,

You just might discover

The sun’s return reflected there!

By Martha L Shaw ©10-7-2015


Nourish the Soul Quote For Today

April 3, 2013


Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.

– William Shakespeare –

A Child’s Trusting Heart

March 21, 2013

The other day, at my part-time job, I was in a great deal of pain.  My job is very physical and I was working hard at smiling and reflecting Him but the pain threatened to bring tears.  I wrestled with this and was washing the floor by the drink station at work.  adjacent to this area is the door to the playground.  I suddenly realized a small boy of perhaps three years of age was outside, but not playing.  Instead, he was watching me mop the floor.  He opened the door and peering at the mop, asked “what are doing?” I responded “washing the floor.”  Keeping it simple, I wondered what he’d say next.  He then asked me why and I explained that someone had an “oops” and spilled something.  He came into the restaurant having lost sight of his mama.  He suddenly looked scared.  I saw her behind me ordering their lunch and pointed to her.  I then warned him to walk carefully as the floor might be a little slippery.  He stood very still then walked in a rather amusing way.  It was like a movie in slow motion.  lol  I saw the look of fear on his face, and said “do you want to hold my hand?”  He looked relieved and took it.  He reached his mom, reassured, he turned back to return to the playground.  This time he walked right up to me and extended his hand, knowing I’d take hold and walk him safely to the door.  He smiled and ran to the colorful slide.

I never did learn the small boy’s name.  I did, though, learn much from him.  Trust replaces fear with joy.  It really is that simple.

February 2, 2013

Please check out this post and blog! She is inviting us to share a testimony in this blog post in the comment section and I have done so. Please praise Jesus with us and allow us to praise Him for your own testimony. Surely there is some sweet blessing you’d care to share?

Season of Singing

January 16, 2013
black and white rose in sepia
“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”   Song of Songs 2:11-13

Not Invited to the Party?

January 5, 2013

Me either.

Life’s a funny thing though.  Sometimes, the invitations we do not receive tear at our hearts so.  Oh, we cry, we grumble, we do carry on.

You don’t?  I admit I have.  Funny thing though.  Sometimes the invite I didn’t get wasn’t withheld for any of the reasons the voice in my gut tells me.  You know that voice that lies to you?  It is in there.  I can assure of that.

Know what else?  Some of those invites I didn’t get were for parties I know deep in my soul that I wasn’t really excited to attend, but my ego was reacting to more lies:  “they should want me” or “even if I didn’t want to go, they still should have asked me” or “everyone but me . . . ”


The trouble with lies like these is that if we listen to them and believe them they eat at our guts and make us miserable and TAKE OUR FOCUS OFF WHAT’S REAL.

That’s not all.  When we focus on the gift the Lord didn’t give us, or the invite we didn’t receive, we dead bolt our hearts so that we cannot accept the special gift He has JUST for us and which is more than we can ever conceive it to be!

So, what to do when you’re feeling left out of the fun?  Pray for those who are at the “other” party.  Pray for those who have never been to a party, and be thankful for the party the Lord has in store for you at the right time!  Tell Him how much you love the blessing of time together, just you and Him.

Oh, how He loves!!

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