June 11, 2019

Sunshine and blue sky

preceding afternoon storms

hope and peace – still mine

By Martha L Shaw – ©  6–2015

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Joy Needs No Umbrella

April 6, 2019

The sky was growing darker

on a once bright cheery day.

The baby,

once bright and cheery,

feared the darkness and wrath

but I held her close to me

loving her so much.

Her face lit up

and  quickly brightened.

She gave me a kiss and her heart melted into mine.

Where was the once pending storm?

I don’t know or care

then gave the wee one a kiss.

Our love is stronger than any storm . . .

and we drifted off to rest peacefully.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2019



February 11, 2019

When The Storm Passes . . .

The threat of a storm lasted long, but now that the storm is over it seems as though it was quite brief.  How often do we find this to be true?  After it has gone, the beauty in its wake seems brighter than ever before  . . .

Here are some photographs taken after other storms have gone.  It seems there is a message in their beauty.


29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
   the waves of the sea[a] were hushed.    – Psalm 107:29


October 10, 2018

SUCH repetiton!

The storm predictions haunt me!

What? Sudden Sunshine!

By Martha L Shaw – ©2018

Yellow Sunflower


The Storm That Wasn’t

September 25, 2018

When I Stray

In the night

I gazed at the light streaked sky

before any raindrops even fell  . . .

Already concerned about damaging winds

which never came my way.

By Martha L Shaw ©2015



September 10, 2018

As we face the peak of hurricane season and, as well, with many of us – MYSELF INCLUDED-  in the path of Florence right now – A LEVEL 4 AND SOON TO BE 5 -, let’s pray  for protection for all!


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May 3, 2018

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Beauty in a storm

when I do not look in fear

sun peeks through the clouds


Glistening raindrops

Quenching the thirsty dry land.

Grace and hope are mine!


By Martha L Shaw – ©  2018

By Martha L Shaw © 2-18-2015


August 1, 2017

I heard

the applause of many angels

reign down on a dance floor


with the stars in gentlemen’s eyes

as the ladies danced in satin gowns

and their best diamonds!

No other light was needed.

By Martha L Shaw – ©  2017

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July 27, 2017

Thunderous applause

reaches me from above.

Some call it a storm

but I call it joy

Hidden wonders yet to come!

By Martha L Shaw – ©  2017



June 26, 2017

A distant rumble

cannot darken my delight

in nature’s beauty

By Martha L Shaw – © 2015  Words and Image


When I got my first home, knowing nothing of gardening, I was amazed when the neglected yard suddenly come spring had lilies in bloom!  When I relocated some years later filled with hopes and dreams, I also faced many unexpected challenges. I still do. Come spring though, I was again surprised by lilies!  I still know nothing about gardening, but I know my Savior’s redeeming love.  I saw it that day in the lilies He gave to me! The lilies bloomed again today – an ever living reminder of His love!

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