Thought of the Day

February 8, 2013

If I have hope and purpose, I have everything . . . 

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Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Photograph by Martha L Shaw Copyright 4-1-2005


Weekly Photo Challenge – Resolved at the Cross

January 4, 2013

Ah, resolutions . . . while I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, as soon as I saw this challenge and topic, I knew the answer to the question of what resolved means to me.  Click the link above and join in, won’t you?

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More Than A Manger

December 27, 2012

This cost me just a dollar or at the most two, yet it is worth more to me than money.  It represents everything Jesus came to do and everything He did . . . for me.  When I hold it in my hand, the entire circular base of the basket depicts all of the characters in the Bible story we heard a day or two ago.  The scented dried florals in it remind me of both the gifts brought to Him at Epiphany and the perfume later used to wash His feet.  The handle looks, to me, like a crown of thorns which, we know all too well, was later placed on His head as He was mocked and killed for each one of us.  They say a baby changes everything . . . this one did.

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Love Defined

December 27, 2012

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First the manger

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Then the cross

CHRISTmas At My Home

December 26, 2012

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Daily Prompt – Time Capsule: Remembering The Beauty

December 10, 2012

Wow, this one made me think . . . The Daily Prompt  asked what would I put in a time capsule to commemorate this year.  I thought of all the challenges I have faced, my family and friends have faced, my community, state, and country as well have faced, but then I realized something more.

It seems to me that during times of extreme challenge, hurt, or loss, there is also extreme grace and beauty and so I would like to take the high road and commemorate those aspects of the year in my personal intent to inspire hope in those looking at all that this year included.  I have needed reminding that we are never without hope and I don’t believe I am alone in this.  Here’s a picture of hope and beauty:

Natural Beauty

Copyright 12-10-2012 Martha L Shaw

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

December 7, 2012

Ah, I do love a challenge . . . there are many changing seasons going on in my life . . . spiritually, financially, and of course . . . it’s winter . . . which to face when they all must be faced.  Hmmmm . . .

Well, for starters, it is not and I do mean NOT flip flop season:

my socks

It is true.  I, a former yank (originally lived in MA) am now a southern belle (living in SC for 5 years) and I can tell newbie transplants from the rest of us because they still go without socks and wear shorts and flip-flops.  Not me.  My feet now get cold as early as December . . .

It’s true.  I’ve faced changes of season a plenty since coming here.  I’ve been seeking full-time employment for five years now and not found it yet . . . but I’ve had a number of temp jobs and at one I learned of a new kind of shoe . . . love shoes.  A category I didn’t know?  “Dress flip-flops.”  It was on a dress code report.  I never heard of such a thing.  Cool.

I’ve enjoyed changes of spiritual season . . . being without income in a new place makes one realize, or it did me, what trusting in the Lord is all about and I sure learned my faith was weak, but I’m working on it. I believe He’s got a new season for me in my faith coming up soon along with the change in our weather . . . so I shall keep pulling up my socks and keep praying.  When I first moved here I didn’t wear socks until February and didn’t pray as much.  I’m learning.  I’m changing.

 Learning and changing are GOOD!  

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