HOPE’S MORNING RAYS

December 28, 2016

 

The house is quiet.

It is early morning

And the moon is handing the reins to the sun.

The illusion of darkness fades

As the breath of a new day

Fills my heart and soul.

“Good Morning” Hope seems to say.

I rise.

 

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016

 

 

 

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If Sin Is Popular . . .

August 22, 2013

then it is no longer sin, right?

question-marksOkay, relax.  This isn’t going to be one of those “I am perfect, what’s wrong with the rest of you” posts.  I am not perfect.  But as unpopular as the topic of sin is, I feel there is a message I need to share.  Lately, I have seen one too many news stories on TV, in magazines, status updates, posts, and the like which glorify wrong doing.   It is often clearly spoken of as “wrong” yet such messages go viral!  It is loudly declared to be  “dreadful” when a certain person did “this or that” and we claim  to be shocked and dismayed that he (or she) could ever do such a thing . . . yet, the stories are repeated in  great detail on all forms of media and I’ve noticed the smiles on the faces and the gleam in the eyes of those reporting on these things as well as those listening or reading of them.  It is also clearly profitable to do so!  Don’t think so?  Check out the books and magazines getting the best spots on the display shelves.

The heart warming stories of those who’ve gone the extra mile to follow the will of the Lord get a lot of people excited as well if we can find them.  But they sure don’t make the front page, they are said in the last 5 minutes or the last 60 seconds of the news broadcast, or are squeezed in after the used car ads in the sections of the paper most of us toss out without reading.  The actions of folks we claim to be upset over, however, are on the top of every list of news to share, to discuss at length, and to repeat at every opportunity.  Bad behavior consistently goes viral in social media while good is ignored, or scoffed at.

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We claim to want to change the world.  We claim life isn’t “what it used to be” and that some things are “just wrong.”  We are to blame for the mess we’re in.  We are the reason life is what it is, and we truly can change the world.  It begins with one step in the right direction, with one uplifting smile, one open heart, one resisting evil . . . who is the Lord of your life?  Is it Jesus?  Can people tell by your actions?  I do not know if I’m reflecting Him the way I should be  . . . in a way that “they’ll know” but I hope so and I pray that I do, and I’m committed to trying harder.  Join me?


The Miracle Challenge!

August 22, 2012

I have read that miracles happen to each one of us every day.  We do not always notice them.  I am not certain which of the two statements I just made surprised me the most.  So, I gave it some thought and realized a number of things:

  • Jesus loves me
  • even on a bad day there’s some good to be found
  • coincidence happens more often to believers
  • I am more likely to notice the bad things
  • Where I look is where I head

So, of that list, I’d say “where I look is where I’ll head” is leaping off the page at me because a detested driving instructor said it often.  Wanted to strangle him . . . well, not really but couldn’t believe how often it was repeated and wished he’d find another way to “encourage.”  lol  It’s true though.  If we look at the negative stuff and allow ourselves to get stuck there by continuing to look at the negative, we won’t see anything else. 

It’s also true that the little nice things that happen are sometimes taken for granted, thought of as entitlements, etc., and not by me anyway fully appreciated.  Gotta also say, I’ve tended to be more focused on my “Give me give me” prayers and less focused on appreciating all He does for me.  I’m working ont that.  Funny how even a forced smile improves my day. 

Know what?  There are nice things . . . mini miracles happening all the time.  Try to find one in your day every day and soon, I promise, you’ll find so many!  Example of this change of focus . . . I have a couple of meetings a week during which I’m to share a “moment closest to Christ.”  I can recall a time when I’d have found that hard to come up with.  I’ve grown since then, THANK YOU PRECIOUS JESUS.  Now, I generally have a hard time deciding which of many to share EVEN ON A ROUGH WEEK. 

Mini miracles?  Here are a few that quickly popped into my mind:

  • back lawn was SO in need of mowing and my allergy makes yard work painful.  A friend called and asked if he could come over and do it for me . . . I had not asked him.  I said “yes.” 
  • I wanted a copy of Peterson’s “The Message” so badly but didn’t feel I could spend the money.  Felt an “urge” to go to the thrift store and there was a brand new copy on one of the many loaded bookshelves.  It was only 1.00. 
  • Several friends like yoga exercises but paying gym fees isn’t in the budget.  Went to a second hand bookstore and found a book with very clear instructions for these exercises . . . just .50 cents
  • Read the aforementioned book and saw the cushions/mats they did the exercises on.  Mental noted that when I get a job, I should pick one up.  Brought Mom to her favorite thrift shop.  They had an exercize mat for 1.00 and it was just what I needed.

I could go on, but I’d rather you shared one or more of yours.  Please do!  Sharing good news is the best way to reflect Jesus to the world and encourages others to seek Him.  Let’s try, shall we?  How has Jesus blessed your heart today?

 

 


Thought For A Tuesday Morning . . .

August 21, 2012

 

Well, for any day of the week actually! 

 

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.

– Zig Ziglar –

 

Love this quote!  It got me to thinking . . . life in Christ means “going the extra mile” and so, I’m thinking wouldn’t it be great to actually encounter traffic jams there?  Goodness, I sure think it would be AMAZING!


Believe! Good News For Tuesday!

July 31, 2012

 

“Yet to all who did receive him,

to those who believed in his name,

he gave the right to become children of God—

children born not of natural descent,

nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

John 1:12-13 NIV


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