So much MORE . . .

May 8, 2019


I pray and I pray

“Lord, give me strength!”

All He did

was infuse me

with His love.

Thank you!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017

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January 2, 2019

Christmas and other special holidays send us into such a tailspin! 

  • We spend money we don’t have
  • load up on food we don’t need or want
  • we lose sleep
  • we are never satisfied with our results
  • nothing seems ever enough
  • we’re anxious for it to be over

The gift . . . the best gift . . . the only one that truly touches hearts and changes lives . . . did not and cannot be tucked in a box.  It can be given, be shared, it never runs out, is never the wrong size or color, it doesn’t make you fat nor require words.

It was and is and always will be LOVE.

We can share it daily!


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WHAT a life . . .

June 28, 2018

My Nana was SO VERY special to me.  When I knew her she always seemed very, very old and was said to be very, very sick but somehow I saw her differently the more I grew and visited her. Her one room apartment was so welcoming!  Bedroom, dining table, kitchen . . . all one small combined room.  She was on a very limited diet but bought candy and my favorite ice cream . . .


She should have been sad, depressed, lonely . . . she was too weak to leave her room, but she was not like that.  She called old Rocco when she needed groceries.  His little old store was near the home she had before Grampy died.  I knew he didn’t deliver nor carry what she needed, but actully ALWAYS had what she wanted. She called weekly and he went to the big store and secretly bought her groceries, he delivered then, he knew just where everything went and wouldn’t let her lift a finger, nor accept a tip, but he would visit.

I was always buying paper and her favorite pens . . .  and postage stamps, she told me to ask what pictures were on them . . , “you know what I like Muffin.”  For a shut in, she sure found a lot of friends to write to all over the country, and we had a tiny family.  Go figure!

If I was going to visit, I had to call first, She constantly had company.  How’d she meet them?  They had grand times visiting!  When I went to the small local stores, the shop keepers, long gone now remembered her from waaaay back and asked after her. . . . always.  She got tons of mail responding to those letters plus cards from the shop folks.

I can still remember sitting on the floor at her feet hearing stories of the old days and never did she run out of them.  She always made me feel special . . . so very loved.

At her funeral all were shocked she passed.  Yes, she was sickly all her life but nobody saw her that way.  She was just that sweet Miss Lee who made them feel so special.  To this day, I have never seen such a crowded funeral!

So many people feel hopeless these days . . . what can I DO . . . I can’t . . ., yes, but . . .  I can’t change the world!  My sickly Nana lived 20 years in one room but she dressed in pretty clothes  and heels and white beads in summer, always crocheting gifts, always smiling, with company or not she was never alone.

ME?  I can’t change the world . . . but why not?

Nana Lee changed a big piece! 

God knew what He was doing!

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This written by Martha Lee, her loving granddaughter!




January 10, 2018

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There is an argument about whether one person’s insulted over $1,000 because another received $1,000,000. As I considered how HUGELY I’d appreciate 1,000 or 100.00 . . . I saw a face light up over the loaf of bread I baked him . . .lives have been changed over a loaf or a fish. – Martha L Shaw ©2018 words and image


June 10, 2016

“Give and take” is a common phrase . . .

over 400 million hits on Google, try it.

It is no accident that GIVE comes first.

If only we lived that way.

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“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson

Monday Morning Quote – Giving

April 29, 2013

Read the following quote and my thoughts were of my serious needs like money for instance, home repairs or two, an up to date this and a fully functional that . . .

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

– Kahlil Gibran –

Then there was yesterday . . . came home from church, injured foot unhealed, and found my lawn had been mowed by someone who just took care of it for me quietly.  I thought of my challenges which had emotions a bit stirred up and the friend who held my hand.  I thought of a total stranger (and many friends) who said “I’m praying for you”  The stranger couldn’t know my needs but for listening in faith.  I thought of so many times just yesterday when my heart was made light and my spirits  lifted . . . and not one of the gifts I was given were tangible.  Share His love  . . . it costs little but its value cannot be measured.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

April 5, 2013

Gloom and glory go hand in hand.  Have you noticed?  It is midday where I sit yet the sun in just now beginning to shine outside my window.  As I approach the lamp and snap it off finally, I see more than a colorful lampshade.

  • I see reflected glory.
  • I see patriotism.  
  • I see Christian love.  
  • I see friendship.  

My pretty lamp was a gift from a friend as she packed up her home and prepared for deployment.  She is in the military.  At any moment she can  be sent to the center of a war-torn part of the world where she will serve willingly, lead and protect others, live surrounded by death, dying, and destruction.  Yet, my friend presents a calm spirit in the face of it all.  She sees life as full of beauty and color.  So, on this gloomy day, do I.  Thanks Lynn!

I present this to you in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge.  To participate, click here and read all about it.  The theme? Color!

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Quote of the Day For Sunday On Giving

January 13, 2013

Giving brings happiness at every stage of its expression.  Buddha

Wow, this quote is so true.  I just heard an amazing sermon on giving.  It reminded me of the ways in which we can give, of the pain in not giving . . . a pain felt not by the one who didn’t receive from me, but by me for having held back.  

Giving – there’s always a way . . .

A smile,

A touch,

A prayer,

So many ways to bring joy . . .

to reflect light!

Monday Quote of the Day on Giving

January 7, 2013

CS Lewis said:

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”


More than we can spare?  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  But thinking about it, could we not reword that to “more than we can easily . . . or comfortably spare?  

The truth is, God keeps providing, even when we are stressed or otherwise blinded to His favor and provision.  He uses and enables the weak and when we are focused on Him, He touches others through us even (or especially) when we least expect or have any awareness of it.  Perhaps, then, this suggestion from Lewis isn’t so crazy?  

Interesting Quote For The Second Day of CHRISTmas

December 26, 2012

When we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection — or compassionate action.   – Daniel Goleman-

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