August 24, 2016

psalm quote


August 12, 2016

All too often, I have noticed that the only difference between our use of the word OBSESSED versus DETERMINED is whether we agree on the actual topic.  Peacefully getting along involves respect of our differences.  Will we never learn this?

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John 13:35

35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”




August 2, 2016


Standing under the streetlights with my friends

I gazed at the shadow dance

On the otherwise dark pavement

And smiled.




Friends . . . are everywhere.

You must seek to find!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016


Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things

will be given to you as well.


July 31, 2016

Where Do You Seek Pleasure?faithful

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, undeserved and unconditional love and it is only in Him that I can ever find true and lasting pleasure! Amen! Come Lord Jesus!


July 29, 2016

Columbus On Faith

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”

― Christopher Columbus

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Sing To Him With Joyful Hearts!

July 16, 2016
black and white rose in sepia
“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”   Song of Songs 2:11-13


June 24, 2016

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016



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