April 23, 2019

Ah, morning breezes

leaves sway to your melody

sunrays dance along

By Martha L Shaw – ©2015



September 8, 2018

My world is quiet.

As I begin to awaken

My puppy gives me an eager kiss

And her favorite toy.

The worries of yesterday

Try to find me

As I prepare the morning coffee at the sink.

All I hear is the running tap

But I think of cleansing water

As I push those inner clouds away

And glance out the window

As the aroma fills the room

And I see the rising sun

Brightening the land

As it reflects on the dew kissed lawn.

I see the glorious blue sky

Filter through the branches of the trees.

Then, I heard them!

Countless tiny birds

Sing Your praises

And I, smiling broadly,

Cannot help but join them!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2018




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




Morning Calling

August 7, 2018

The sun beckons me

 a warm hug waiting, calling

ah, you raise me up

By Martha L Shaw ©2015



So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say,

‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'”

1 Samuel 3:9



December 9, 2017


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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February 25, 2017


I stepped into my quiet place,

My favorite retreat.

The leaves still whispered in the breeze.

The birds still sang softly in the trees.

I gaze up at the blue sky,

enjoying their music.

My soul rejoices.

For this is not a place for silence.

It is the place where my soul

Can truly hear!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017



Rise and Shine!

August 23, 2012

Where I live,  this week begins the new school year.  I remember it well from my own childhood.  I remember the excitement of a “first day of school” outfit of new clothes, a new lunchbox . . . in lower grades, I recall new boxes of crayons . . . I recall eagerly getting up and ready to leave home for the bus.  Okay, I also remember this glee didn’t always last beyond the first few days, but it was still good. 

We want and need to grow, to learn, to make an effort, to do what we’re supposed to do.  We often, or I often, find that things were more challenging than I expected.  I love a challenge.  Okay, sometimes . . . often, even, but not always.  There are those days when I don’t want to get out of bed.  Sounds funny, and I am laughing at myself because when I try to “hide under the covers” it never solves anything and never EVER results in my peacefully slipping back to sleep.  I just stew a bit and find negative thought and dread piling up in my mind.  Unhealthy emotions take over.  When I face what lies ahead, for me it’s always better than hiding from it.  A favorite Bible quote says it well and when I designed my business cards, I printed this quote on them. 

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1

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