August 5, 2017
You say you love me.
You say you are casual,
yet your list of rules to live by forbids me to be me!
In sadness I tried to be
but in relief and joy
I WALK AWAY WITH MY CREATOR
yet never unaccompanied.
December 8, 2016
is something which can’t be bought.
It can only be shared
as a ray of Son
shining from my heart and soul
By Martha L Shaw – © 2016
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July 24, 2012
Well Good Morning! The Lord is speaking His love to me in so many ways and He seems especially to be revealing the freedom which comes from forgiveness and our forgiving those who hurt us. Friends, I know how hard it is, especially when we know there’s no mistaking it. They sought to hurt us, but by releasing them in our prayers to God by our forgiveness, we are able to love the sinner and we are actually setting ourselves free in Him! We have been set free to love and serve the Lord. It’s AMAZING! It is our own self-imposed bondage which so often holds us back. Let’s say yes to His love and the freedom He won for us out of that great love, shall we?
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
November 28, 2011
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
– William Arthur Ward –
Wow, that quote really says it all. Don’t believe it? Try it! The author of the quote isn’t suggesting that we seek the best in them for the reward we may feel we are due in return. Life doesn’t work that way. Putting ourselves first so often leads to disappointment, yet putting our faith in the Lord and our love for Him and His people in a place of importance in our lives can change lives in the most amazing ways . . . if we are willing to do so. It can set you free! Why?
Why is this quote so life-giving and life changing? For me, when I seek Christ in others, I find Him. It’s as simple as that. When I look to Him and follow Him, I am blessed! The joy and delight which results from being in His radiant presence is unmatchable and any darkness in my life is replaced by His light. It’s as simple as that. How often, though, have I missed this as I grumbled and stressed and moaned . . . when the answer was within me as well as completely surrounding me like a loving embrace!
June 5, 2011
Resources. Wow, this challenging economic time has seemed to stretch on forever. The mention of the word resource or the word provision makes me heave a sigh and take on that cliché of “deer in the headlights” in my facial expression. My challenges at least as this world sees them are huge, but most of us are facing huge challenges in one way or another so it is likely that mine is no less burdensome than yours. I was thinking, however, that in this lengthy time of challenge and change I’ve been blessed beyond expectation. No, I didn’t hit the lottery and I haven’t found a way to plant a tattered dollar bill and grow trees full of them. I have discovered the Lord in a whole new way though and have come to know that God’s provision truly goes beyond dollars and cents. I’ve come to learn to use my resources wisely, or more wisely than I knew I could. There is one resource, however, that I think is overlooked by most of us and is our most valuable one. When I was in a management position in finance, I had to be careful in my use of the phrase I am about to reveal, but while I am in this world, I am not of this world. I am of the Kingdom of God and know that this claim is true. It has passed the test by the divine “legal department.” What resource do we have which I believe we neglect to take full advantage of, then? The Holy Spirit. What phrase will I use to describe it which I could never have used in the finance industry? It’s free! Not only that, but you will be set free! Some of you will wonder if I am correct in calling the Holy Spirit a resource. I am correct in doing so and I can demonstrate this. How do we define a resource? Let’s look at some key points that define it. A resource is:
- A source of supply
- A source of support
- A source of aid
- A collective of wealth
- A collective of assets
- Something resorted to in time of need
- A means for doing something
This list shown above is taken straight from the dictionary in defining what a resource is. Can you find one item on that list which does not define what the Holy Spirit is and does for us when we invite the Lord to fill us with the Holy Spirit and when we surrender our lives to the Lord through our free will and enable the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us? God, through His Son who came to us in human form and died so that we might live provided the Holy Spirit for us. In this time of Ascension and the season of Pentecost, can there be a better time to reflect on the Holy Spirit? When we surrender our lives to Christ who lives in us and fills us to overflowing with His Holy Spirit, our needs are met in ways we cannot begin to imagine. We have a ready supply of support of all kinds with us every moment of the day and night. He is our aid in all things. His wealth means far more to us than just money. Talk about a collective of assets! Through our own human weakness we have no capability, but through Him the possibilities are endless. He is our means for “doing something” and yes the most significant statement in that list of bullet points to me is the fact that the Holy Spirit is “something resorted to in time of need.” Well folks that’s what I have been guilty of. I say guilty because turning my heart, my soul, and my entire life over to the Lord should never have been a last resort. As humans we are always in a time of need. What an amazing God we have who is always with us and loving us, and is infinitely patient while waiting for us to love Him back! Come, Holy Spirit!