September 24, 2013

There it was

On the table in the hall.

A beautifully wrapped package

With a bow

And a tag.

The dust on the top and sides

Betrayed the fact that

It lay unopened for a very long time.

Sad really,

As the contents surely would have been

A blessing to the recipient

Just at its use

Would have blessed the giver.

By Martha L Shaw – © 9-24-2013


Love and Forgiveness – A Poem and Prayer

February 28, 2013


Forgive me Lord . . .

For the many times I’ve been so caught up

in the new problems of the day

that I never even thanked you,

nor even at first noticed

the answered prayers of yesterday.

I am truly thankful for your love,

Your patience,

Your provision,

And your constant presence.

Teach me to reflect your love in my suffering

Just as you did when you suffered

So much more than I can ever comprehend

Out of your immeasurable love for me.  Amen

By Martha L Shaw – © 2-28-2013


My Cross – My Answered Prayer

September 19, 2012


I woke up feeling sad the other day.  Much of my life feels and truly is better than it has ever been, but there are one or two challenges which weigh me down no matter how I try to surrender them . . . since I keep picking them back up.  So, I was laying in bed praying for stronger faith and praying for the ability to feel the peace of Christ which I know lives deep within me.  My eyes were closed.  It was early in the morning and still dark out.  As I felt peace in my soul and my body, I opened my eyes and as I simply gazed up at the bedroom ceiling, there before my eyes was a cross.  What I saw was a simple shape formed from what clearly were two pieces of rough wood.  I closed my eyes and opened them again wondering how this could be?  My ceiling is simply white and the sun wasn’t up yet.  I hadn’t turned on any lights.  There was nothing reflecting light in my eyes and causing a shadow or any kind.  I looked around the room wondering how this vision could appear this way.  Then I realized it could only do so because the Lord caused it.  It was the answer to my prayer.  It was clearly a reminded I could see as well as feel of His love.  I got up and faced the day.

Last night I had trouble getting to sleep.  My human weakness seems to loom large in my mind and sleep wouldn’t come.  So, I was in my bed trying not to “think” and trying to focus on my prayers and trying to think of something or someone aside from myself.  I was distracted by worry.  I closed my eyes and seeked Him . . . I couldn’t hear His voice.  I opened my eyes and there once again was the exact same vision of a cross before my eyes.  EXACTLY THE SAME even though the light conditions were different, my position was different.  No way to explain it away in a logical human way.  He was with me and He did answer my prayer once again.  His love was and is the only answer needed. 


Ooo! A New Poem!

July 16, 2012

This poem is what an answered prayer felt like earlier today.  It’s what Jesus’ love feels like . . . it’s totally what seeking the Holy Spirit to guide me feels like . . . envision big smile!  His love is AMAZING!


Hmmm . . .

Decision made!

I’m going to do something;

Something crazy!


Interesting . . .

Having decided,

Excitement has set in

And as I begin

There is a feeling of



My body and my soul

Are one

As I feel light

And lifted up

And free.


Nothing at all

May come of it . . .

And yet perhaps,

Something already has.

Maybe that is

Quite enough!



I may be in for

Something more!

Fastening my seatbelt,

Preparing . . .

Might be turbulence . . .

Oh!  Oh, wow!

Ahhhhh . . .


 Written by Martha L Shaw and protected by Copyright July 16, 2012

Get What You Deserve!

February 23, 2012

Short and sweet post!  Can I let you in on a secret?  Okay it’s not a secret really, but that line usually makes people pay attention who might not otherwise.

Here it is!  Many think that prayer answered is directly related to our receiving what we deserve.  Honey, let me tell you our God loves us FAR too much to give us what we deserve!  He gave us HIS SON.

Praise Him and lift His name on high!

Prayer Power – A Testimony

August 13, 2011


Testimony to the power of prayer and to immediate answer. I woke up this morning from a good night’s sleep . . .to an intense feeling of fear and panic. My first reaction was to listen to the voices inside which told me of how “hopeless” my situation was . . . I truly do face an uncertain future. However, I’ve seldom felt panic about it. This morning I knew I needed the voices of evil quieted… so I went to the computer to email a friend who usually is up early and who would lift me up in prayer. I couldn’t do it. I heard the voice of God clearly telling me to turn it over to Him. I felt His peace in my heart, soul, and body immediately after I prayed for Him to reveal His peace to me. I don’t have the answers to my situation.  I do know who holds me and the answers in His hand.

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