Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw On Peace

April 17, 2015

Our prayer NEVER needs to be “give me peace” because the peace that passes understanding is WITHIN us. Our prayer needs to focus on putting out the trash that blocks us from experiencing it! – from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw

morning coffee


April 15, 2015


As darkness covers the daylight

A stillness in the air

Whispers of the coming storm.

The birds,

Unmoved by its message,

Do not alight from the branch.

Again the sun will rise.

By Martha L Shaw – © 4-15-2015

Half Baked

April 13, 2015

reflecting on the cross

Sometimes, looking in the mirror discourages me. I so yearn to be more and do more, but all I see reflected back at me from my mirror is the same old me.  “When, Lord?” I wonder as I walk away.  I think of the Sunday sermon and all the amazing folks in the Bible who served God and our priest had reminded us of their human brokenness and my initial response was “But I’m not a murderer like Paul or . . . ”

As I often do when my heart is troubled, I took to the kitchen and taking the pan from the oven, I hardly looked at the contents.  Instead, I poked a tester into it to see if the inside was ready to serve.  A Light lit up in my heart.

The Lord lives INSIDE where He is hard at work on me.  When I am ready to serve in the ways He chooses,He will lead me on! How reassuring!   Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”  Matthew 25:34


April 13, 2015

They insist a storm is coming

yet here I stand

smiling in the sun . . .

By Martha L Shaw – © 4-11-2015


Wounded But Not Stopped – Quote To Inspire

April 8, 2015

The scars of others should teach us caution. – St. Jerome

I cannot completely agree with this quote.  Caution can lead to fear which can shut us down . . . and I think that often the scars of others can bless and inspire us to carry the Light to others.

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John 20:27

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.
Stop doubting and believe.”

Visions of Hope

April 7, 2015

Rain ceases – birds sing – flowers bloom!


Words and pictures

By Martha L Shaw © 4-12-2013

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Wither Or Not?

April 7, 2015

tree resized

The wind blows strongly against the tree.

Its pressure sways the branch,

Up . . . down . . . left . . . right,

But the branch is healthy

And clings to the trunk of the tree

Finding strength there.

Fed and supported,

It merely bends and surrenders,

And does not fight.


Tender children

So small and young,

Face choices of their own;

Boldness or weakness . . .

Ah, but with green veins

They cannot know the ultimate end

Is to wither or to weather the storm.

I am blessed.

By Martha L Shaw – © 5-24-2013


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