October 17, 2018

Just as a mother bird broods 

to protect her young . . .

giving them warmth,


covered with her love,

and when the time comes

sets them free

to do as they were created to do . . .

so, too, does our Creator God

love and protect us

in the shelter of His wings.

We may not see Him,

but His love, power, and grace

are with us always.

By Martha L Shaw – ©2018







June 29, 2018

We trampled on the dandylions,

wishing they were gone!

Then, someone saw them anew . . .

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and such a fine wine was born!

by Martha L Shaw © 2018


April 20, 2018

To repeat another’s words

rather than my own

is the same

as wearing a borrowed hat,

or chasing someone else’s dream.

In order to change the world

for the better

I must be authentic

to do my part.

I am a unique creation of the Most High!

His plan .. . His gifts . . .are best.

By Martha L Shaw – ©  2018


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CASUAL? You? I Laugh!

August 5, 2017

You say you love me.

You say you are casual,

not judging,

yet your list of rules to live by forbids me to be me!

In sadness I tried to be

somebody else,

but in relief and joy


seemingly alone

yet never unaccompanied.









Grace – It’s That Simple!

July 6, 2012

We are a world of performers.  We have a need to excel, to “one up” everyone else, to drive harder, and longer, to strive higher.  What does it get us?  Not much, if you think about it.  Afterall, if it got us whatever it is we seek, wouldn’t we let up now and then?  But we don’t. 

Text, email, phone buzzes, “Taxi!” and late again.  Overtime becomes the norm . . . rest?  That’s for others, those lazy underachievers.  Ever stop and look at those who rest, who “drive” more slowly than we do?  Look closely.  They’ve got something we don’t.  They radiate something.  What is it?  How much harder must we work to get it?  Yet, they’re laid back . . .

Genesis 1:28

]8 God blessed them and said to them,“Be fruitful and increase in number;fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Read the above again.  Check out the sequence of the words.  God blessed them . . . it came first.  Oh, He had work for them to do, yes.  But first He loved them.  Grace . . . unmerited favor.  Love they never earned . . . we never earned.  Success?  Failure?  Accepted?  Rejected?  Words . . .  just words.  His love is ours regardless of our efforts . . . it was ours before our birth and we will never lose it.  No, it cannot be taken from us. 
What is it we are really driving ourselves crazy to achieve?  In resting in God’s grace, we have it all! 

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