August 14, 2016

Lord, you offer us

a foretaste of heaven

as we stumble through this world.

Let us taste its sweetness today

as we walk

side by side with you.

By Martha L Shaw ©2016




August 5, 2016

I, like most of you, have been thinking a lot about the sad and frightening news stories of late.  They seem to grow in number.  I love children and the ones I listen to give me hope for the future.  This is my second tiny teacher post in two days . . . perhaps a series is coming!


I recall this conversation, but not the source. . . still, it needs sharing!

CHILD:  Daddy, what’s sin?

(Daddy explains)

CHILD:  Then why would people choose to sin?

DADDY:  I guess some people crave sin like others crave rhubarb pie!

CHILD:  I don’t like rhubarb pie!

DADDY:  Me either!



August 4, 2016

We often shake out heads and mutter “oh, the world today . . . ”  or the other phrase, “these kids today . . . ”  I think,and the Bible urges, that we MUST be like the children to positively change the world . . .

Grandma read a book to her littlest granddaughter, then this conversation started:

Child: Grandma. I’m beige.
Grandma: I guess so.
Child: You’re beige too.
Grandma: Yep
Child: Grandpa is dark beige.
Grandma: Yep. People come in all different colors.
Child: Like bears. Right?
Grandma: Right.
Child: But they’re still all bears.
Grandma: Yes they are.


Thanks, Grandma Gerrie!

Message From A Child On Peace

July 25, 2016

The following quote HAS to shared.  In the enlightened times where we still hear of cruel political figures and both random and mass shootings often from misdirected CHILDREN, let this and our faith in the Lord give us joy and hope!


Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

– Anne Frank –

take wing


What Children Teach Us

December 19, 2013

We teach children how to measure and how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. – Harold Kushner 


Jesus told us we must be like children.  There is much to learn from them.

My New Series “Like A Child” Reflections of Him

July 16, 2013

Psalm 8:1-5

King James Version (KJV)

8 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.


What does faith look like?  Do you seek to see His face?  Do you desire an image of love of and for the Lord in a powerful way?  It looks like a child . . .

by Martha L Shaw © 7-15-2013

Jesus Hugged Me Twice Today!

June 24, 2013

Today was the first day of our church VBS and I was eager to participate yet apprehensive about starting the day since the challenges in my life seem large and the solution hasn’t been revealed yet.  Will I be able to . . . oh, what about my . . . but I got up, did my morning routine and set off.  “I hope I can . . . ”

I didn’t see anyone when I got out of the car on this cloudy day.  I went about doing the things I needed to do.  We all have much to do in the minutes before 100 or so children excited arrived.  As I continued along, I saw a sweet little girl who lives far away but comes to visit family around here periodically and she has always touched my heart.  As soon as we spied each other, she came rushing close and gave me a big hug.  Clouds?  What clouds?

The first day of VBS went well, and the bumps along the way were smoothed.  Later, one of the slightly older children, an eager “helper” was with some older kids who were also helping.  I stood behind the church pew where she sat with the other kids and suddenly she stood up and leaned over the pew and gave me such a loving hug. I’m so glad she’s not “too old” to hug!

As we, the adults leading the VBS met to discuss the morning’s events , we were asked for any Jesus moments anyone wished to share from the children in the classes.  One teacher spoke up that she’d been talking about prayer and said “well, shall we pray?”  One wee one quickly spoke up saying “I will!” and led the prayer aloud in her classroom.”  Wow!  Jesus hugged lots of us today!

Another teacher spoke up next.  She mentioned a little girl, a cancer patient, in her class.  She’s very young, has no hair, and clearly is going through some very scary and rather “grown up” things despite her tender age.  She became sad during class at one point and began to cry and ask for her Mama.  A student in the class, little boy I believe we were told, got right up and got her a doll to hug.  Other children also drew close to this sweet little girl with such big scary challenges, and they were quick to  comfort her in their own ways.  Wow, Jesus was busy today!

Thinking about my swollen and sore foot and some other challenges in my life which I’m living with, I’m recalling the Jesus moments from this morning and thinking of His love . . . His healing and amazing love.


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