PRAISING GOD

July 22, 2019

Monday with blue skies

Anything is possible

Surrender control

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019

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Favor’s Nemesis?

January 4, 2013

Must one fear change?

The alternative is rather tasteless,

I shall choose the mystery

and find it divine.

Having said this,

I am realizing that with Favor

comes stronger opposition . . .

Favor’s nemesis?

My own nemesis?

No matter,

for my own weakness can overcome nothing,

but my strength is His

and the unseen battle

is already won.

My wounds,

felt or still to come

will heal

and I will find

my heart and soul

rejoicing.

by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 1-2-2013


You YES YOU Are Highly Favored!

December 14, 2012

God chose a young peasant girl to give birth to His son.  I am aware of all the monuments with Mary in a crown and I mean no disrespect to the lady who is the mother of my Jesus, but it fills me with hope to know that He chose a peasant girl!  It continued in Jesus’ ministry when we see whom He chose!  Sing to Him with me!

Jesus

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”” Luke 1:26-28


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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