December 3, 2018
I woke with a start!
My dog sat up at my feet in bed
Daylight began to shake its head
and so did my sleepy Scrappy!
She doesn’t care for rain
but loves the screened in porch.
I stood near and felt the morning damp chill.
My dog cocked her head and smiled.
I wondered . . .
Then rain and wind were not what I heard or felt
a choir of birds singing their songs in joyful harmony
from the upper branches of a tree in my yard.
Whether rain or likely reign,
they knew no fear . . .
By Martha L Shaw ©2018
November 5, 2018
LORD, thank you for taking residence in my heart and soul and for never giving up on me even when I weaken and am tempted to give up on myself! Strengthen me to see beyond the darkness where there is Light and to shine Your light on those whom you place in my path. Your glory IS my joy now and always! AMEN
November 3, 2018
When I was a child my Sunday School teacher told us a story of the lost sheep. I was NOT impressed. Most of my young classmates thought “oh, they are so cute.” Not me!
You see, after hearing about still water and green pastures and a shepard, I thought the sheep had a good life and decided the one the shepard had to hunt for to protect him from getting hurt . . . well I thought he was stupid. Follow the leader, eat, play, sleep, trim the grass . . . ie snack time, repeat next day.so why not do as your told, wandering sheep?
HOW’S YOUR LIFE GOING?
The Bible tells us that we have a Good Shepard and we are His sheep. All we must do is listen and follow. How’s that working for you? As for me, this sheep often neglects to pay attention, thinking MY idea sounded good, “maybe God will support MY idea instead.” WRONG! The loving Good Shepard came after me, protected me, loved me, and taught me which way to go WITH HIM.
Ultimately, supporting myself is NEVER going to lead me to the life and purpose God has for me. I am trying to listen better.
October 31, 2018
You created us as unique creatures with a purpose. Sadly, instead of giving yoou glory for this and learning from one another, we listen to the evil one and behave wickedly! Help us to reflect Your love and behave as one mutually supportive body in you as you intended and please forgive us for our failings, In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
October 12, 2018
My screened porch,
my puppy . . .
Glorious autumn weather
does not betray
the stormy, rainy days
that now have passed us by.
They are simply replaced by blessings!
By Martha L Shaw – ©2018