November 10, 2018
“Remind yourself every day you get up
and everywhere you go,
‘I am in the presence of God.’”
May 11, 2018
I strode through the forest
or so I began
seeking silence . . .
My thirsty soul knew I would find you there,
but I stopped and stood still among the greens,
the light filtering through the branches.
I was surprised by the very loudness of it all.
For I never realized
one could not hear the music,
the loving whispers in my soul,
my own silent hallelujahs,
without quiet surrounding me!
My senses stirred as never before
as I tasted your wine
and basked in the aroma
that is you.
My empty hands knew
that yours held mine
and the beauty .. .
your Light drew me in
as never before.
I am you – you are me,
we are one!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2018
April 27, 2017
When I was very small I had a green blanket on my bed. To anyone but me, it was nothing special at all. After I had it for a while, it was full of holes, but Mama knew not to replace it. As I tried to sleep at night, I would suck my fingers on one hand and hold my green blanket with the other, all the while rubbing the fuzz with my fingers.
Poor Mama must have constantly swept my bedroom floor of all the fuzz and my special blanket was surely less warm than it had been . . . to Mama. Not to me, for my heart was reminded of how much I was loved and how safe I was simply by being wrapped in it.
The blanket was not magic and Mama, though neither she nor I could truly know my heart, left it with me until I outgrew it. I know now, but not then, that there is just one source for the love I felt and that God is the source. He was also the one who knew my heart then as now. I am older now and do not need the blanket, but the little girl I was still lives inside me and she STILL feels blanketed in Abba’s love.
February 2, 2016
As a child my earthly father was always there loving me and when I cried out, he came quickly. Now I am grown but my needs have grown as well so I often need to call out to Abba and He is always there when I do . . . and when I do not. He knows my every need.
How amazing is that love?
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me
May 19, 2015
The man I love has caloused hands
from working so hard.
His shoes are filthy
because he’s always on his feet.
His smells sour . . .
the factory has no fans.
He doesn’t buy me roses
and drives a rusty car,
but he got that stranger something to eat.
I couldn’t go to boarding school,
but he pushed me on the swing
and told me stories when I could not sleep.
I want to be just like my Daddy.
By Martha L Shaw – © 5-19-2015