May 28, 2018

There is something so restful

about a rainy day!

My worries are washed away

and whether they return

or not


The music of the droplets

beckon me along

for I cannot simply sit!


I must dance to their song!

By Martha L Shaw – ©  5-3-2018

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May 11, 2018

I strode through the forest

or so I began

seeking silence . . .

seeking peace.

My thirsty soul knew I would find you there,

but I stopped and stood still among the greens,

the light filtering through the branches.

I was surprised by the very loudness of it all.

For I never realized

one could not hear the music,

the loving whispers in my soul,

my own silent hallelujahs,

without quiet surrounding me!

My senses stirred as never before

as I tasted your wine

and basked in the aroma

that is you.

My empty hands knew

that yours held mine

and the beauty .. .

your Light drew me in

as never before.

I am you – you are me,

we are one!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2018

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July 1, 2016


Here I sit


Yet full of the pleasure of you.

I see you in the glowing sky

And hear your love song

From a choir

Resting on a branch.

The gentle breeze cools me

As the rippling water and swaying leaves

Dance in joy

And share my

Heart-filled praise!


By Martha L Shaw – © 2016

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Where Do You Seek Pleasure?

April 29, 2011

Pleasure – I love that word. Just saying it brings a smile to my face. It can’t be helped. Seriously, stand in front of a mirror. Relax your facial muscles completely, then speak the word pleasure or the other form of the word, which is please. Did you notice? Your entire expression changes. A smile forms quite naturally. The smile, however, is just the external manifestation of the feeling within. Where do you seek pleasure? Where do you find it? Are the two answers the same or are they in contrast? Psalm 147 suggests where it is not likely found, telling us “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior . . . “ and that’s all well and good, but where do I find it? The dictionary defines pleasure as that in which I take my delight. When I get up in the morning, I can’t wait for a cup of coffee. I have friends who look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day. There’s nothing wrong with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. The Bible is full of mention of wine and our Lord performed the well known miracle at the wedding changing water into wine, so surely a glass is not wrong. However pleasant these things may be though, they do not provide the lasting pleasure I seek. My delight is not truly found there. Nor are they that in which I can place my trust or seek refuge. Where then?

I looked for the answer to this question in Scripture and the answer started to come to me in the book of Daniel 4:2 “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.” His words got my attention causing me to thirst for further wisdom on the source for these miraculous signs and wonders. I found my answer in Ephesians 1:8-10 when I read “He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” The answer I was searching for! I know that, for me, the only one in whom I can seek refuge, place my trust, and find true pleasure is in Christ. In giving my heart fully to Him, I found life! He is my Savior, the lover of my soul, and the source of such amazing, underserved and unconditional love and it is only in Him that I can ever find true and lasting pleasure! Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

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