December 21, 2017

It is NOT miraculous

that God loves us.

The miracle is our realization of His love

and our eagerness

to return and to share it!

By Martha L Shaw – ©2017

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September 23, 2016

Why do we persist

in holding so tightly

to yesterday?

Whether good or not,

it is recorded but closed to change!

To waste time

and energy

on yesterday,

to create a burden of tomorrow .. .


The Divine is in the here and now!

Embrace  it!


By Martha L Shaw ©2016


Some Disciples Have Floppy Ears

November 6, 2015

The Lord has blessed my life with the most adorable disciple! Beany barked this morning and I assumed a neighbor kitty was in the yard, but no. He was sitting in our prayer chair wagging his tail!

Rays of Light

September 19, 2015

I can hold the light

shine, share, and warm you with it

and it never fades

By Martha L Shaw ©9-18-2015


Wednesday Reflection On Faith

September 16, 2015

The mirror provides a true and

faithful representation of what or whom

is in close relationship with it.            – Martha L Shaw

reflecting on the cross

By Martha L Shaw ©9-14-2015 WORDS AND PHOTO

Use Me

September 16, 2015

The clouds had gathered

then I allowed the sun to shine

and new life sprouted

By Martha L Shaw ©9-14-2015



September 7, 2015

I reach out

with shaking hands

and eyes that see only dimly,

but your hand grips my own

and together

we rise to face the new day


By Martha L Shaw ©9-5-2015

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The Servant’s Prayer

February 9, 2015


I cried out to you and you answered me.  You called me your own and as I sat at your feet you lovingly showed me the way to go.  You allow me to serve you but oh how my heart aches with desire for you and how I long to go still deeper in you, and to serve you more.  Lord, show me the way.  Amen


By Martha L Shaw – ©  1-4-2015


Daughter of a Saint

November 11, 2014

Who are the saints in your life? Since the question came up at church it has been on my heart. One surely is my Daddy. I cannot recall a single time when he ever quoted a single Bible verse, yet he was one of the first and strongest spiritual leaders in my life. Fancy words and poignant quotes have their place, but it is how we live our life – especially when we think NOBODY’S looking – that really has the power to change the world.

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Soar! Like A Chicken???

October 29, 2014


The Parable of the Talents

    14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 but the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

   19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

   21 “His master replied, ‘well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

   22 “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

   23 “His master replied, ‘well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

   24 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

   26 “His master replied, ‘you wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

   28 “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 for everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  – Matthew 25:14-30

chicken flying

There is a story from an unidentified source about an eagle which happened to hatch among chickens.  He was raised with the chickens and having only this experience to build his life on, he for all intents and purposes became a chicken himself.  He pecked like a chicken, clucked like a chicken, and moved about like a chicken.  One day, he saw an eagle soar high above him in the sky and as he noted the wonderful beast looked like him; his brothers said “don’t get any ideas.  You could never do that.  You are just a common chicken.”

I laughed when I heard a version of this familiar tale and yet also conceded that we, as humans, are much like the eagle who lived the life of a chicken.  We tend to stick to the pecking order we’re in.  We tend to go along with the expectations of those around us even when it is opposed to our true nature.  We often do not take the risk of faith and live the life our hearts and souls yearn for.  We are eagles who cluck like chickens.

Consider, for a moment, a different variation on the same story.  Consider a chicken that looks up and yearns to soar like an eagle.  He takes a risk or a leap of faith if you will.  He seeks communion with other eagles.  He learns.  He soars.

In either story one can ask “Is it a chicken or is it an eagle” and yet it doesn’t matter.  The real point of the story –or both stories – is that as Christians, we have a choice.  We can live in this world as this world dictates, or we can realize we are in this world but of the Kingdom.  Christ lives in us.  We can do all things through Him.  Not only that, we are His disciples and as such are called to bring His light, His power, His love, to those who do not yet know Him.

We are the chicken in the last illustration and we were made for more than pecking.  We were made to soar!  True, like the eagle in my first illustration, we will be ridiculed by the other chickens which will peck at us and tell us all that they are certain we cannot do.  They will mock us, but we know Christ is within us and we were made for more!  This is an amazing gift and as we learn to focus on His gifts to us, we will find that through Him we truly can soar!

Fix your eyes on Christ, my brothers and sisters, and spread your wings!

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves”. – 1 Peter 2:15-16


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