April 11, 2019

I closed my eyes,

listened to the music,

and knew it came from You!

My drab day brightened

as the gray mist washed away

by the waves of color

drifted about my heart and soul.

Anxiety was quickly forgotten.

Hope’s brightness easily replaced it

like a love song . . .

while violyn kissed piano

and my soul drifted joyfully

in a dance that will never end.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019




And Jesus Said . . .

May 26, 2017


They pointed and shook their heads.

“Not a grain of common sense,” they said.

Still she moved ahead.

“What is she thinking?”

She followed the path.

They called her names,

but it did not sway her.

Throwing things at her did nothing

to change her mind.




threats. . .

loss of friends,

still she answered the same way.

“Follow me!” He’d invited.

Eagerly, she did.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016

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Writing Challenge: Turn It Around

February 4, 2013

A fellow blogger invited us to share our testimony recently.  Live and Laugh With Jesus posted this challenge here.

This has made me think . . . it’s Monday as I write this and on various sites I’ve seen laments about “woe is me” as a new week starts.  Oh, I know those feelings.  Here’s the challenge!

if I let Him, the Lord will ALWAYS turn it around for me.  I’m still finding that I should let Him do this more often than I do, but life is a learning journey.  That being said, I’d like you to accept this challenge and in the comment section of this post, please share a time when you encountered Him in this way and let us rejoice in how He took “ho-hum” and turned it around for you!

Sharing these moments can bring hope to others.  Won’t you share with us?  If you would like, you are welcome to write this on your own blog and post a link in the comments section below.  I’ll edit this post and add a list of your links.  You are also welcome to share in the comment if you prefer.

Thanks for being His disciple!

No One Can Come To Me . . .

August 16, 2012

  In John 6 we read that Jesus said “no one can come to me unless the Father draws him” and at first glance this can be startling.  Perhaps it never startled you, but it did me.  However, after meditating on it and just being with Him, I came to find that words which sounded as though they were excluding were actually giving me life, ETERNAL life!

We are perhaps, at this moment (well, I am) singing a familiar song in our hearts.  This song brings tears to my eyes and sends my heart and soul soaring! For, you see, we were drawn in.  We love Him because He first loved us!  How amazing is it that with all my flaws and constant mistakes . . .  my hurts, my weakness, my stumbling, He chose me for His own?  Life is amazing not because I got it right, but because He transforms it, transforms me, and most of all draws me close and loves me!

Saint of the Day February 24

February 23, 2012

On February 24th we celebrate the feast of St Matthias!   The book of Acts tells us that he became the 12th diciple replacing Judas Iscariot, chosen by the 11.  

“23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. ”  Acts 1:23-26



Saint of the Day – February 23

February 23, 2012

Today, February 23 is the feast day of St Polycarp of Smyrna, a martyr burned at the stake.  A Christian in the early church, he was bishop of Smyrna in the second century AD.  His objective was to imitate Christ in his life and did it well. 

It is written that the fire failed to touch him and thus he was then stabbed as well.  He is believed to have been a disciple of the Apostle John. 


Weeding and Fertilizing Get Results

January 6, 2012
A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      – Luis Barragan
This quote is about gardening but it also speaks so clearly about our relationship with the Lord.  We were created in the image of God and He sees us as His beautiful and much loved children, yet as we choose to follow His path, He must prepare us for what is to come.  The garden the quote speaks of did not start out reflecting serenity and joy.  It first required a rake, a shovel, lots of fertilizing, pruning, and weeding.  It had to be shaped and fed.  It needed time to rest and time to grow.  After much patience and in due season, its beauty indeed came to be seen and reflected the gardner’s love. 

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