FOR IT IS BY GRACE

April 14, 2017

One cannot measure the goodness of our God!

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ARE YOU A THIEF?

April 3, 2017

Treasure Hunt

We search high and low,

seeing everything

and finding nothing.

Frowning becomes moaning

as we steal the joy from other hearts

and toss it away in disgust.

The challenge will never be met

lest we realize the Truth.

What we seek is already within us!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2015

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IN THE GARDEN

March 2, 2016

 

Were it not

for the decay of yesterday

how would come

the redemption?

By Martha L Shaw © 2-29-2016

 

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By Martha L Shaw – © 2015

 

 

 


You Are ALWAYS With Me

October 28, 2015

Direction – A Poem From My Soul

Your love fills my soul

And your peace

Is like nothing I could imagine.

Yet,

This morning I woke with a start,

I stopped to think

And stumbled off the path.

My fear frozen heart beat too fast

And my mind drew me

In another direction

But not a good one.

I breathed deeply,

I called out to you,

And you showed me the map

Leading me back to you.

The peace in my soul

Softly comforted me.

I smiled

Ready for a new day

Filled with wonder,

Filled with you.

By Martha L Shaw – copyright 10-30-12


Redemption’s Kiss

September 25, 2013

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Listen to the silence

Whose music stirs the soul,

And whose breath,

Like a kiss,

Touches me

And leaves me forever new.

By Martha L Shaw – © 9-25-2013


On Giving – Reconsider Your Thoughts On It

February 14, 2013

We know the many quotes from the Bible on giving.  We’ve heard so many times such as in Luke 6:38 where we are told “Give, and it will be given to you.”  Sounds like a plan!  I give, I get.  Means to an end.  No, it’s not meant that way, but we so often do look at things in terms of reciprocating . . . it’s not that we really always plot it out that way, but our “this world” society is so driven!  Consider the following:

You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.” The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.- Kahlil Gibran –

Wow!  Gibran says it so well!  We tend to consider many things in our giving.  How blessed are we that our Lord didn’t give only to the deserving.  In this season of Lent as we walk His final 40 days on earth culminating with the crucifixion, thinking of all this I can only say if He looked at giving as I so often do He really wouldn’t have had any reason to suffer the dreadful death He bore for us at all for none of us would have been  “the deserving” at all.

As go the trees and the flock, so go each one of us if we are unwilling to give of what we have to others.  Give what?

  • our time
  • our money
  • our talents and skills
  • our excess
  • our testimony, especially our testimony
  • our love, as Jesus did and still does

Just today I had the opportunity to speak to a woman in a store about my testimony.  In sharing with her the Lord was glorified!  In Him I have life and I have it abundantly!  Without Him, I die.  With Him I have ETERNAL LIFE!  John’s gospel say it best, in John’s 10:10 we read “I have come that they may have life.”  

Giving is like breathing.  It is not a means to an end.  It is how we live!  Jesus is our example to follow all the way to the cross!

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De Colores – A Tanka Poem

July 27, 2012

De Colores

 

Life in black and white.

Weeds grow in Eden’s Garden.

Original sin.

God’s compassion . . . Jesus Christ.

Garden blooms, living color!

 

by Martha L Shaw Copyright July 27, 2012


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