Tiny Effort Greatly Rewarded

January 26, 2017

Plant a mustard seed.

Simple, often overlooked

Yet richly provides.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017

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October 18, 2016


A new week begins.

Sun is peeking behind clouds.

You are here with me.

By Matha L Shaw ©10-22-2015

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September 28, 2016

The sky is so large

Yet we often see just clouds

He gave so much more

By Martha L Shaw ©2016


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September 30, 2015


The cloud rained down.

The droplets kissed the dry land.

Refreshed and blessed,

The blades of grass looked heavenward      

And the sun began to shine.

By Martha L Shaw ©9-30-2015


Attitude of Gratitude

September 23, 2015

Little flower,

petals swaying in the breeze,

bows her  head

as rain comes.

Then she looks to the sun

in joyful thanks!

By Martha L Shaw ©9-23-2015


His Gifts

July 2, 2014

If  these were leaves

And I was five again,

I would leap into the air,

Land in a giggling heap of joy,

Then raise my arms in gleeful abandon

And do it all over again!

I just might anyway!

By Martha L Shaw – ©7-2-2014


Daily Prompt: Seven Days

March 8, 2013


You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.


Wow. that’s a whole lot of money in my world just now just as it is in the lives of many folks I know.  The first thing I’d do is deposit this into the bank and get out the checkbook.  On the way home from the bank I just happen to pass by my church, so the first check written would be one for ten percent which I’d donate to my church.

The second check would pay off unsecured debt.  The rest of the week?  I’d go on a retreat and pray to discern the Lord’s plan for the remainder, His plan for the next steps in my spiritual journey, and for certain in thanksgiving for the miracle of provision provided.

There is a beautiful place to go for said retreat and quiet time . . .

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It is a place I’ve gone to for day trips and have hungered to spend more time there . . .

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I’d sit beneath the tree and pray . . .


I’d enjoy the presence of the Lord without distraction of earthly things . . . .


I’d gaze at flowers, listen to birds, bask in sunrise and sunset and see Him in every single one . . .


I’d light a candle and read His word . . .

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and talk to Him some more, being certain to take the time to listen.


I’d be the pen in His hand, writing as He enables me . . .

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and my week would be filled with Him day and night


As my week comes to a close, I’d fall into step with Him certain of His love.

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