THE CONCERT

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

 

 

 


THE INVITATION

October 26, 2018

You are my lantern!

. . . my Light and my salvation.

I am Yours always.

By Martha L Shaw – ©2018

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DON’T HATE MONDAY!

August 27, 2018

Tee shirt vendors got it wrong!  God gave us a new day . . . let’s be hopeful . . . thankful even!  Attitude matters!

 

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I awakened to a quiet house.

It was very early

and the only noise was

the soft sound of my dog asleep nearby.

Sensing my gaze,

she stumbled out of bed and followed me.

I sit sipping my first cup of coffee

and breathe in the peaceful soft sounds of the new day.

I don’t know what the day brings

but I know who brought it.

That is sufficient.

By Martha L Shaw – ©2018

 

 

 


Oh, How He Loves Me!

June 22, 2018

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Okay, if you thought this was an article about a  romanic and passionate experience I had to share, you’ve stumbled upon the wrong blog . . .

Passionate it is, though!  I’m hearing a line from a favorite praise song in my heart and head just now.  I must say it’s delightful when my heart and head are on the same “team.”  It’s not always the way.  I was not exactly “high on life” earlier today and remarkably – rather than stew for a while and eventually think of praying, I prayed right away and then got involved in doing some things that needed doing.  Wish I could say that this Christian is just so focused on the Lord that this is simply a common occurance, but being human brings with it a host of imperfections and yup, I’ve got ’em.  Like a broken watch, though, I must say I get it right twice a day anyway . . . at least that .  . . I hope . . .

When we surrender ourselves to the Lord and say “use me . . . fill me” we’d better be ready to receive our “honey do” list fast.  He hears a willing heart and He says “sign  up!  Here’s your first job!  Go to it!”   It’s funny, but shortly after I prayed the words  I prayed, I found myself blessed not once but three times!  First with a lovely conversation with a stranger, then with finding myself say to someone “you need to let it go.  It’s not yours to worry about.  Give it to the Lord.  He’ll handle it and enable you.”  Then I heard myself telling someone else “It just takes a willing heart.  God will provide the ability.”

These things took place in under an hour from the time I felt “off” and prayed about it and are all direct answers to that prayer.  Just further proof, if any is needed, that He loves us totally and completely and He so desires us to “get close and personal” with Him. .  Our Lord does not call the enabled – He enables the called!  Thanks be to God!

Psalm 121:7-8

He keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go and always guards you.


“He Spoke To His Sheep . . . “

April 10, 2017

“and the sheep got out their date books, scheduled a time to get together, and then at the appointed time sat at the round table and discussed how to interpret what they’d heard before voting on which action to take . . . ”  Was that it?

NO!  It wasn’t.  The sheep knew His voice.  They didn’t stop and think about it, they didn’t sleep on it, nor did they call the lead sheep to get permission to act on what He instructed them to do.  They followed Him.

This is huge.  There are several reasons I’m thinking of this just now.  My life has been “nuts” in some stressful ways for what seems a long time now . . .  close to five years.  I can see HUGE LIFE CHANGING BLESSINGS which I truly believe only came to me because of the HUGE SCARY “HELP ME JESUS” stuff that is also in the picture and not entirely resolved.

That being said, I truly do feel His presence, His love, and when I’m focused on Him I know He is leading me and has a plan.  People close to me sometimes seem to think their plan is the one.  They do not agree remotely on what their plan is.  They don’t think this sheep is listening too well.  They often seem pointedly urging me to change paths and disregard His instruction.

Well, I’m not living in a palace, surrounded by gold, or any of that.  But, thus far, I have not been tossed on the street begging for a crust of bread.  I still believe, when I’m not scared and cranky, that He has a plan and that it’s gonna happen and that He loves me and has something more than I could desire or pray for in store.  So, I shall pray, get scared, and pray some more . . .  and follow Him.

John 10:4

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

Keep Holding On

September 18, 2016

Hope in my pain . . .

It’s like sunshine in the rain.

I can’t see it.

I can’t feel it,

Yet I know its nearness

And that alone propels me.

I move forward

With You.

By Martha L Shaw © 2016

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FOLLOW THE LIGHT

June 29, 2016

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What is that glow

which lies beyond the gate?

Two steps away,

it beckons.

Dare I enter?

by Martha L Shaw – © 7-23-2014


Reader Appreciation Award A Blessing!

August 6, 2012

I am truly blessed to have been nominated by Patricia “My Blog” for the Reader Appreciation Award. I seek to be a follower of Christ and to reflect Him in my writing and to receive this award makes my soul dance and encourages me to continue on this path! Patricia’s blog is a delight and she posts such a wonderful variety of treasure there.  I encourage you to visit her blog and to return often, although once you have visited it, you won’t need me to suggest that, for you will want to! 

Now the rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  • Add a picture of the award to your blog post.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 5-10 other Bloggers and inform those selected that they have been nominated.

Here are the nominations:


Look Where You’re GOING!

August 4, 2011

So, since I got up this morning, I’ve been hearing a lot of things I’ve heard before.  Usually this means I’ve heard them but I’m not really listening, but today after a few repeats of the same thing, I began to hear them in a new way and it got me thinking . . .

  •  I remember my driving instructor.  Okay, I was very young so I’m recalling him through that lens, so I am revealing this to you not as I might see things now, but I honestly recall him as a total jerk.  That being said, the only thing he said to me that keeps coming back to me over and again through the years is “where you look is where you’ll head.”  Hmmmm . . .
  • So, when you hear someone say “WOW, what an ATTITUDE” do you think you’ve blessed them?
  • I hear a lot of heavy sighs during my average day . . . why aren’t they from pleasure?  We share our complaints, why not share something better?
  • I hear the words “what NEXT” on a daily basis . . . do you?  When we hear this do we ever smile and await a testimony to blessings received?
  • At a meeting last night a friend pointed out that she’d spent much of her life waking up to blue skies, sunshine, birds singing, flowers in bloom . . . but never saw or heard a thing.  Her eye sight and hearing are just fine . . .
  • At another meeting last night, as we were about to go home, the closing statement by the one leading it was to ask us to be still and focus on what we’re sad about.  Why did I do that?  Why would I want to? 
  • One of my favorite priests gave a sermon a long time ago and all I remember is that he pointed his finger as though to draw our attention to something, but most of us looked at the finger . . .

  Steve . . . that was the name of the driving instructor that I can only really recall thinking of as a jerk.  You know what though?  I am not that young person anymore and I’ve learned to see and hear and focus on more than that.  His words, intended to keep my on the right path as a new driver have helped keep me on the right path as an individual.  Where you look really is where you’ll head.  Are you looking up?  My dear, dear friend Becky is with Jesus now and truly suffered during her lifetime on earth, but even when her physical pain was great, her smile and her love of the Lord and her love of everyone around her was what I saw reflected in her face and shining in her eyes.   Now, that’s an attitude!    It drew people to her, and drew people to Christ.  When I heave a sigh, are people drawn to want some of what I’ve got  . . . or compelled to run in the other direction?  As I look at my life in the last few years, my reaction used to be “what next” and that meant I’d had more than I could handle, or so I thought.  When I look at my life through a new lens, I see a big challenge which is still unresolved, but everything else I see is the hand of God . . . one challenge, and many blessings. 

 My friend last night, when she spoke of the blue sky, the birds singing, and the flowers . . . and admitted at our meeting that they were always there but that she never used to see them?  I smiled thinking I’ve done that too.  I also remembered attempting to tackle the unruly mess that my hilly front yard was when I tried to ready my old house to be put on the market.  In the middle of all that, I can recall discovering that SOMEHOW a single tulip managed to grow.  I didn’t plant it. I think I mowed it down when I complained and sweated and tried to heave the lawn mower up and down the rocky and awkward slopes.  Now, thinking about life and the world as it is this side of the Kingdom . . .  I want to be that tulip.  At that meeting last night when we focused, as asked, on something sad . . . the intent was to then surrender it.  How often do I fail to do so?  I know better, but still walked out the church door feeling weighed down.  Then in the parking lot I noticed the attractive, smiling man beside me and we chatted and laughed and I let go of my sadness without even thinking about picking it back up.  Thinking back on it, I’m still leaving it behind.  I’d rather hold onto the smile I found walking next to me. 

 I’m also thinking of my dear, sweet priest friend and wondering what he was preaching about the day he suddenly raised his arm and pointed a finger, saying “look!”  I think no matter where life takes me I’ll remember that instruction and remember the reflection of Jesus in his eyes.  You know he, like many, works very hard.  Somehow, though, I can almost always see the reflection of Christ’s love coming through Him and reaching out to me.  When people think about me long after we’ve parted company, I want them to recall me as a mirror reflecting His light, too!  If we bump each other in a grocery checkout line and you call out “look where you’re going!”  Don’t be offended if I smile.  I may be a klutz, but I know where I’m going.


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