June 29, 2019



May 31, 2019



May 10, 2019

The sun still shines

on dark rainy days.

You can see it reflected

in EVERY puddle!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016



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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November 17, 2016



As the sun rose

Its warming rays touched my

Night cooled flesh

With the thrill of a new day!


By Martha L Shaw – ©2013



July 22, 2014

God speaks to me 2

Fire-like glow

reflected on puddles in the yard

a break in the clouds

by Martha L Shaw – © 7-22-2014

The Unexpected Gift

October 1, 2013



A ride on an old rusty swing

Is exactly the refreshment

The soul needs

To know,

To feel,

To go on!

By Martha L Shaw – © 10-1-2013

Seven Word Sunday

March 3, 2013

Nut bread . . . mocha java . . homemade and yummy!

caddo's 7 word sunday

Weather or Not

August 6, 2011

As I sit here at the keyboard and as I was just about to click “enter” and pop to one site or another in this cyber world, I was interrupted by darkness, then rain, and now thunder . . . got me to thinking about interruptions which we sometimes mistake as a curse when they are really blessings . . .

The neighbors have dogs which do not like this noisy weather and don’t understand it much . . . so I know right now, there are adults sitting in comfy chairs in living rooms with dogs in their laps . . . the dogs shaking in fear until the human speaks in soft tones.  I know they likely had other things to do, but somehow the image of a stormy day and providing comfort to a creature that only knows how to love us seems a blessing to me . . .

A friend from church has a small boy.  He’s just a year old and just started to walk.  It excites her to see this and also reminds her that he’s growing up so fast . . . there was a message a little while back, not so long ago, of a day when he was extra clingy.  She spent a great deal of time that day just cuddling him . . . she had so much else to do that day, and yet I know what she spent her time doing blessed her . . .

There was a little girl in my life some years back . . . we were taking a walk.  It was a walk with a purpose.  It was hot and we didn’t have a car that day and we needed to get to the store.  She stopped.  I prodded her to “come along now” and turned to see that she’d stopped to poke at some weeds.  I was about to tell her to leave that mess alone when she turned to me with love in her eyes and said “flowers for you Aunt Martha.”  I had those treasured “flowers” in my room for a long time after they’d gone limp and then dry . . . I now carry the memory . . .  and it blesses me still. 

It is positively pouring out just now.  I remember a time I was heading from the subway to a college I wanted to attend.  I was required to be interviewed before I could be officially accepted.  I didn’t listen to the forecast that day and thus as I rushed up the street just two blocks from the school and the registrar’s office, I got soaked by a sudden rain and realized I had no umbrella.  I was shocked, felt stupid, and was sure the interview would go badly, but then I realized that I was beyond the point of doing anything to change my circumstance and started to laugh!  The rain stopped as I headed into a public restroom and dried my hair using the hand blower.  I was distracted by all that and forgot to be uneasy over my interview.  I got accepted probably because the rain made me forget to be afraid I’d fail. 

So, rain on!  I didn’t really want to go out and run errands.  They can wait.   I shall curl up in my recliner with a good book.  We have enough bread and milk to wait another day or two. 

Life is full of unexpected blessings!   Embrace them!

Retreat – Renew – Refresh

July 20, 2011

I sat down to the computer thinking I “need to” do . . . “should be” doing . . . “have got to” do . . . and realized sometimes all that must be set aside.  Sometimes I need to just be.  Yes, that’s right.  All those things we let take up our days and nights . . . when we take the time to be with the Lord in quiet and seek only Him, when we take a retreat whether at a place away from home or in a quiet corner of our own house, we are renewed and refreshed and far more enabled to “do” all those things He wants us to.  It’s amazing and it’s true.  Try it . . . really try it, just once.  You’ll be amazed and you’ll realize all our busy hours and days become more manageable when He’s a part of all of our “stuff.” 

I sat down to the computer and realized I had a headache.  I suddenly thought of a song I truly love and am ALWAYS inspired by and so I played it.  Here’s a link to it.  Hillsong’s Shout to the Lord.    You can find the Lord anywhere you are if you look.  Shout with delight!  Shout from the mountaintops, shout from the valley, shout from your own backyard.  In all things, shout to the Lord with praise!  Oh, and did I mention that my headache has gone?  Thank you Lord!

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