February 18, 2013
Ever have a day when you wake up battle weary? I did today but this quote says what my soul knows is true:
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
February 11, 2013
It has been gray and raining all day and promises to be like this for days. I decided I needed to see another color but gray, so I looked at my garden photographs from years past and thought I’d share a few as many of you are still buried under in lots of snow, or maybe getting tons of rain like me, or may just need to look at what God spoke into being . . . words are powerful! Enjoy!
26 Since you cannot do this very little thing,
why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was
dressed like one of these.
28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today,
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
how much more will he clothe you,
O you of little faith!
Nourished – A Tanka Poem
Rain . . . falling, falling
By my window day and night
Dry, hard ground softened
As gray tones shine with water . . .
Brings to mind Spring’s new flowers!
Poem and pictures by Martha L Shaw © 2-10-2013
February 11, 2013
“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
February 11, 2013
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
February 8, 2013
If I have hope and purpose, I have everything . . .
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Photograph by Martha L Shaw Copyright 4-1-2005
February 7, 2013
A frustrating day
But with you holding me close
I set my sights high.
Lord, I know your love.
I knew it in a friend’s hug
And the setting sun.
For, like you Jesus,
The sun, too, will rise again.
My heart warms with hope.
By Martha L Shaw © 2-7-2013
February 5, 2013
We have all read and heard the scriptural teaching us to pray without ceasing. Can this be done? How to interpret these words has been discussed and will continue to be.
I believe, and continue to learn this, that if I do every large and small thing to the Glory of God then I am praying without ceasing. The task so dreaded or the challenge I cannot imagine nailing well . . . the dirty job I wish was for another and not me . . . surely if Jesus was standing there with me and asked “Do you love me? Clean my toilet” would I not do so?
Yesterday, this came to me over my lunch break at my new part-time job. The job has been frustrating and disappointing. Things have not gone as “they” promised. The reasons, even if I was sure what they are, don’t really matter. But I felt a nudge and recalled a story a Christian friend spoke of in a testimony at a meeting some time back. He is a teacher and goes to class early and takes this time to pray at each empty desk in his classroom. Wow! His relating this humbled me and brought tears to my eyes.
That was some time ago and I’d forgotten it in the highs and lows of my own struggle. So, yesterday as I faced a combination of “ho-hum” and “Lord, HELP!!!!” He reminded me of my friend’s prayers and I knew He wanted me to do likewise. As I prepared a drink for another, He wanted me to pray for this unidentified son or daughter of His. As I mopped the floor, cleared up one mess or another, He wanted me to pray for those who’d find rest in this booth, who’d come for food . . . that they’d find rest in Him, meet Him, be fed by Him . . .
This blew me away! I wondered how many times He had tried to tell me these things as I shook with fear over my own crisis . . . even while He has a solution in hand and has people praying with love for me. This time, I finally heard Him and I’m reminded of the following:
1 Samuel 3:8-10
8 The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord,for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
February 4, 2013
Do you have it easy? Do you smile and sleep well and have none of the struggles that others have? rhetorical question. None of us have a constant easy and challenge free life, but how often do people, even us, look around us and wonder “why can’t I” or “if I could only.”
This quote leaps off the page:
Invisible threads are the strongest ties. Fruedruch Nietzsche
So, does the invisible thread have a name? For me, that thread has many.
- I Am
- King of Kings
- El Shaddai
- El Eloah
There are so many more names. Invisible thread . . . well, in the sense of a suit of clothes, the threads cannot be seen, but He surely is my all in all and much of the reason I write . . . aside from the fact of His giving me a passion to do so . . . is because I know He is my reason for being, my salvation, the source of all my needs, and without Him I could not get through a moment of life, especially during seasons of testing and growth.
I find myself wondering how those who do not know Him manage? So, my prayer is that this invisible thread is not truly invisible at all. When they look at me, my prayer is that they will see this “invisible thread” and seek Him. Amen.
February 1, 2013
The quote below started me because the first time I read it I thought, “no way!” Then, upon a second read through, I thought “Wow, that’s good.”
First, tell me . . . have you ever been lost on the road, failed to stop for directions when you should have, then finally pulled over to look at a map (paper or digital) only to discover that the answer was RIGHT WHERE YOU WERE literally? Did you look up, with new vision, to see the clearly posted sign? Okay, maybe you haven’t but I admit I have done this. Probably more than once. Like me, you may have scratched you head wondering, where was my mind? What was I thinking? How could I have missed this?
The quote which struck me today:
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. – Franz Kafka
So, read this one a couple of times. Do you know what this is SCREAMING to me? It is telling me that since I am a beloved child of God, am of such value that Jesus took human form and died for me, and lives within my very heart and soul . . . all the stress, the challenges, the sleepless nights, the angry and sad tears, and lost and confused “mess” I’ve “had” to live with and likely will continue to live with in varying degrees, was UNNECESSARY. The answer, the gift, the eternal life and love of Jesus, has always been mine. The gift has never been withheld from me. I simply haven’t torn all of the wrappings off and grabbed hold of it as I should. Wow!
February 1, 2013
Is it time to look at things in a new way? This quote may change your life!
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
– Matsuo Basho