March 20, 2017
Grocery shopping can be vexing.
In order to obtain what we need, to meet health restructions, etc., we must read every label, hope for full and clear disclosure, yet still discover we have not seen enough to judge.
WHY then, knowing only God can know a human heart, do we persist in placing a label on one another?
January 20, 2017
When I was a child, I loved laying in the grass looking up at the sky . . . I thought of who else, in some distant place, might be sharing it with me. Birds flew about tweeting and I wondered what they said.. When clouds came in, I thought not of potential storms but of the interesting shapes . . . “that one looks like a bear!” Even when it rained, I loved watching the droplets bounce off surfaces looking like tiny mirrors reflecting a world that fascinated me.
Clouds over my head
Gentle wisps of change
By Martha L Shaw – © 2015
November 15, 2016
This is especially important at this time! I have met these folks and have been one of them. We all have! Be JESUS to someone!
November 14, 2016
We are asked, no instructed, to love our neighbors and as holidays approach this becomes extra important for we are surrounded by lonely and physically challenged folks. We know we can help, but shy away saying “I can’t . . . because . . . “insert lame reason (excuse) here ______.
Reaching out a hand, extending a greeting, opening a heart takes so little and means so much. The Lord will rejoice in YOU and show you the way. You only need to be willing!
The gift of joy will change YOUR life!
January 30, 2013
The Stranger’s Cat
Glancing outside my window
and across the street,
I see a tired home
in near darkness.
I wonder who lives there
for I have never seem
oh neighbor of mine.
I wonder if you are happy
tall or short.
I know you have love in your heart,
for I have met your cat.
I see the garage door
is always left open . . .
but just enough for my furry friend
to pass in and out.
I’d like to someday meet
the one who loves my furry friend.
by Martha L Shaw – Copyright – 1-30-2013
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October 31, 2012
I’m unique! So are you! Regardless of our cultural and spiritual beliefs and customs, I think deep down we all know that we are each ”different” from one another. Lately, I have heard more negativity concerning being “different” than usual and so I think it’s time to turn a negative into a positive. Please join me in celebrating a Different Kind of Holiday. It seems fitting, I believe, to introduce this on a day when many of us celebrate Halloween, with its custom of creating unique costumes to wear and its custom of sharing treats with one another, whether people we know or people we do not.
I believe a “Different Kind of Holiday” should be one in which we do not seek to hide our differences, but rather celebrate them! I believe our differences or uniqueness is a blessing and I further believe that we grow in so many good ways by embracing our authenticity. Join me, will you?
On this day, I’d like us to:
- Dress in our own choice of fashion or custom
- Share our heart with those around us
- Truly listen to one another and accept one another’s uniqueness
- Seek to view the positive in one another – for we find it when we look for it
- I will dance to my own music and invite you to dance with me
- You will sing your own song and I will sing along with you.
- We will have a neighborhood block party and share our favorite dishes and all will try something new!
- We will celebrate community by actively participating in the lives of our neighbors in a positive way!
- You will present your unique ideas to me and I will listen with an open mind!
- I will offer my thoughts as well and you will truly listen and consider them.
- I have talents you may not have. I will share them with you.
- You have talents I do not have and you will share them with me.
We so often speak of “the way life USED to be.” My “Different Kind of Holiday” presents the “way life truly COULD be.” Some may smirk and some will believe me naïve . . . but perhaps in your heart of hearts you may recognize, instead, a seed of hope?
A Different Kind of Holiday – Celebrate it today!