May 3, 2016
I felt the damp chill in the air
before staring in dismay at the dark clouds.
JOY, MY JOY! Why have your rays abandoned me?
It was me!
I gave my heart to the object of my focus!
Then I refocused and saw the sun
peeking through a tiny crack.
All became well.
By Martha L Shaw – © 5-2-2016 Words and Image
May 2, 2016
It is in silence that I hear the music
From your soul to mine.
I am swept away
As though with wings of an angel.
I am filled with ecstasy
Which no fear can take from me!
By Martha L Shaw – © 5-2-2016
April 29, 2016
I enjoy the applause.
Admiration is nice for a time
my lasting joy
is reflecting the Lord in all I AM and do.
I am nothing without His love.
By Martha L Shaw – © 4-30-2016
April 27, 2016
I come from a long line of sensible people. Church going folks. I always assumed the two concepts go hand-in-hand. You know what? I can’t say I’ve ever found the word sensible in the Bible. Okay, so I decided I needed to look that up and since cyberspace provides worlds of opportunity I can tell you that one quick click revealed that the word appears just twice in the entire Bible. Twice! So, since my “sensible” approach to life is no longer working and since it seems the Lord has crazy and amazing (though not entirely defined yet) plans for me, I’m thinking that with just two uses of the word “sensible” that’s not much of an endorsement for MY PLAN. Well, as it happens my sensible approach is no longer working anyway . . . so it’s time to totally trust in the Lord.
Trust. I don’t like that word. When people say “trust me” it usually means “I know you’re not going to like this, but . . . “ You know, it’s not unlike those times someone has tried to get me to taste something I thought looked “funny” and they wouldn’t tell me what it was, but said it “tastes like chicken.” Well, the only thing I care to consume that tastes like chicken is chicken. Seriously. So, back to trusting. Not a fan of trusting humans. Experience hasn’t changed my thoughts on that, but trusting in the Lord . . . hmmm. So, back to my Bible research. As it happens, my results for “trust” were quite a bit different compared to my research on “sensible.” That word appears 164 times. Okay, that’s an improvement of about 98.5 percent!
So, I’m going with trust. I’m listening to the Lord. Seems I’m not the only one in favor of throwing out sensible in favor of something better. Here are a few related opinions on a different approach to life.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved.” — Jeremy Kitson
“In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only
by pressing the limits do you ever find them.”— Dr. Joyce Brothers
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Discover.” — Mark Twain
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” –Psalm 31:14
April 27, 2016
Abundance doesn’t follow giving
until giving becomes its own reward.
– Jan Denise –
Copyright 4-23-2013 Martha L Shaw
April 27, 2016
We often choose to live behind a mask
in our effort to reduce the pain.
All this really does though
is push away the Sun
from our hungry heart and soul.
By Martha L Shaw – © 2016