September 16, 2016


I was strong . . . or so I thought.

As the mighty oak in my yard,

Yet it was taken by the storm

While the seemingly fragile pine survived!

Perhaps we define fragile wrongly . . .

From Whom comes your true strength?


By Martha L Shaw ©2016



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Six Word Saturday

September 7, 2013

Replace my weakness with Your strength


Olympics – Gold Metalist!

July 25, 2012

You!  It can happen!   It’s true! 

I know, the thought of something like that, to many of us, is ‘OH, yeah, but . . . ” However, I am merely stating facts here.  You have it in you to have your very own Olympic GOLD metal around your neck.  It’s there.  You – you’re already a winner and you didn’t have to get sweaty.  You didn’t have to fly to London, work through the crowds in the London airport . . .  Jesus Christ won the GOLD for you.  He’s holding the prize in His hands and it’s got your name on it.  YOU = Winner of Olympic Gold? 

Sounds crazy, but what sort of Olympic event are you facing right now?  For what BIG challenge are you trying to find strength?  In which event are you thinking “not sure I have it in me”

Philippians 4:13

\”13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”





July 18, 2012

Why is that word so hard to say?  We like to think there’s nothing, absolutely NOTHING we cannot handle and we deceive ourselves quite effectively in that inner claim until certain things happen in life which cannot be ignored.  What then?  I can only speak for myself. I tell myself:

  • It must be God’s will
  • I can live without . . .
  • The answer will come.
  • Oh, it’s not that big a deal.
  • I’m okay.  Really.
  • I can do this.
  • I’ll do it myself.
  • I’ll figure it out.
  • I’ll pray about it.

Those aren’t all completely wrong statements, but they truly don’t satisfactorily support never needing help from one another.  The one which leaps off the page for me is “I’ll pray about it.” I do pray.  You pray.  Prayer is amazing.  He answers our prayer.  He fixes things.  Sometimes the answer is to direct us to one another seeking support from the body of believers of which we are a part.  So, today I made a phone call for some advice.  I’ve needed to make the call for a while.  I got this very person’s name and phone number over a week ago.  I didn’t call until just now.  Why didn’t I call?  My reasons . . .

  • I was busy.
  • There were all these appointments . . .
  • The weather (???)
  • I had a lot on my mind.
  • I lost the phone number.

I could go on.  Truth?  Asking for help freaks me out.  I’m strong.  I’m smart.  I should succeed on my own.   Asking for help is so . . . so what?  I looked the word up in the dictionary.  The words weak and failure are not in the long list of definitions.  What was there?

  • give
  • provide
  • necessary
  • satisfy
  • succor
  • cooperate
  • strength
  • render
  • contribute
  • useful
  • profitable
  • cooperate
  • effective
  • fascilitate
  • advantage

There is not a single word in that list that’s frightening or remotely suggests help is a bad thing or a wrong choice.  We, most of us, freely offer and give help – often before being asked.  We don’t, I am sure, even give thought to looking down upon the one needing it.  Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we inwardly tremble at the thought of seeking it.  Interesting, isn’t it? 

Know what?  The woman I was told to call is “out of the office at this time.”  So, I have to call back.  Okay, I’m actually giggling over that.  I finally got up the nerve and she’s not even there.  Making the call didn’t change me.  I might not even tremble quite as much when I try again.  We are the body of Christ.  We lift each other up.  That is the way we are called to live.  I can do this.  With His help, I can do anything He desires me to do, even ask for help.

Enter In . . .

June 2, 2012

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.

– e.e. cummings –

Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


Do You Have the COURAGE To Be WEAK?

July 29, 2011

Famous poet, author, and oh so much more, Maya Angelou said and I quote “success is loving life and daring to live it.”  Can there be a better way to express the commission we have been given, as Christians, to be Disciples of Christ in the world today?  As I turned on the news this morning and heard, as so often is the case, stories of arson, of cruelty one individual inflicts on another, stories of our government infighting which, we are told, could cause countless numbers of us not to receive our monthly income, and stories of disasters around the world . . . I turned the television set off.  I had heard enough.  I then read the quote from Angelou and wondered how can I bring this message to those in darkness and lead them to the light of Christ?  The answer came to me quickly but in the form of another question.  How can I not????  Has there ever been a time when His love was more needed?  Dear readers, His love is in our hearts.  His Holy Spirit is there to guide us and guard us.  We are broken and we are weak, but in Him we are strong!  We have His wholeness within us and His strength to rely on.  I’ve heard it said that “Christianity is not for wimps.”  I am not so sure. 

I’ve searched for success as this world sees it my entire life.  Yet, it’s a goal that I feel can never truly satisfy me even if I reach it.  Many times I have thought I had reached it.  The things of this life entice me, but getting what I ask for has so often led to disappointment.  It leads me to keep seeking and without Christ leading me, I am more than a bit like the dog that keeps chasing its own tail.  I never quite achieve what I believed was in sight.  My earthly eyes somehow do not see clearly enough regardless of how strong they are.  Through Christ, the eyes of my heart  . . . my soul see things in a whole new way, and a far better one.  I don’t believe the cliché that “Christianity is for wimps” is true.  I must surrender my own will and my own dubious strength and yield to Him . . . for that is where my strength lies.  That is where my joy comes from.  That is where I can truly, as Angelou spoke,  love life and dare to live!  Life in Christ – it is there for you!   Do you dare to live it?

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