YOU RAISE ME UP

May 19, 2018

Finding Love

I primped and perfected

or so I thought

but felt nothing.

I floated in an ocean of if only

and why not

as the waves grew higher

and brought me down.

You reached out,

you lifted me up,

you loved me.

You saw your beloved

absent of all those doubts

and insecurities.

The waters stilled

and as I looked at my reflection in them

I saw you.

By Martha L Shaw – ©2015

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ARE YOU A CARROT OR A PEA?

March 20, 2017

Grocery shopping can be vexing.  

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In order to obtain what we need, to meet health restructions, etc., we must read every label, hope for full and clear disclosure, yet still discover we have not seen enough to judge.

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WHY then, knowing only God can know a human heart, do we persist in placing a label on one another?

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WANT NEW FOLLOWERS?

April 5, 2016

I have noticed that a lot of blogs do not have the FOLLOW BUTTON from WIDGETS in a convenient and EASY TO SPOT location!

If folks see it without searching, they will click and follow!  UPDATE your site from the ADMIN section.  Leave a comment if you need clearer guidance!

 


TECHNOLOGY DESTROYS RELATIONSHIPS!

October 8, 2015

Technology makes so many things quicker, easier, and more efficient and we often hear people speak of the past as “oh, before . . .(insert your favorite site).” One thing technology and social NETWORKING sites do not improve is relationships! In these days of efficiency we have become too busy for relationships, for love, for being together, and for so much more . . . constantly claiming we are too busy for “that.”.

Why?

Efficient technology should free us, not consume us! I love you, my friends.

  • Smiley images will never replace touching you
  • photographs of a loaf of bread will never replace breaking bread with you.
  • Texting will never replace sitting in my livingroom with you.

We are more accessible than ever, and lonelier as well.

Time to recharge the batteries in our hearts!

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Social Media Users – The Latest!

September 3, 2011

So, dear readers.  Are you over the age of 18?  You do not have to answer the question, but if your secret answer is “yes” I shall have to admit it does not surprise me.  Why you ask?  Read my recently published article on Techcnorati and learn more!

 

http://technorati.com/technology/article/social-media-now-popular-among-olderadult/


Song of the Day – Tuesday July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Mercy?  Gosh, that is a concept that is so  hard to grasp!  I mean, if you are on a baseball team and you fail, then you’re suddenly benched and maybe worse – maybe you’re off the team.  If you work in an office and your boss finds fault with your performance,  you may be fired.  Disagree with a friend?  You might lose the relationship with your friend.  I could go on, but this isn’t about losing – it’s about finding . . . finding love and mercy as you’ve never known it.  Where?  From whom?  From our loving God who loves us no matter what and His mercy never stops!  How much does He love us?  Listen to this song: 

East to West by Casting Crowns

Believe it!  He loves us this much!


Song of the Day Sunday 7-17-11

July 17, 2011

Today was an amazing and life changing day for me.  The Holy Spirit has never ever swept me away like today!  So, today’s song I wish to share with you, via YouTube is one click away:  I Can Only Imagine

 


Okay, Heaven DOES Have Wi-Fi, Right?

July 11, 2011

In a restaurant:

“How is everything?” the waitress asked.  “Lousy” my Dad replied in a good-natured tone of voice.   “Great” she responded, walking on.

At the office:

 “Hi, Martha, how are you?” George asked as I picked up the phone.  “Good Morning, I’m . . .” was as far as I got because he’d already gone on with the favor he was calling me to ask. 

At church:

 “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord” Fr Rick spoke from the back of the church as the Mass came to a close.  Pocketbooks were being picked up, books returned to the racks . . . eventually one or two uncertain voices did add “thanks be to God.” 

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My late father was an amazing man.  He never met a soul who wasn’t his friend.  He loved a good joke.  He was the first to volunteer if anyone asked for help.  He also liked to “make a statement” or “have some fun” as he called it.  When people asked him those questions we hear so often that they no longer register with us, like the waitress asking how the food was the minute the first bite met his lips and before he had really tasted it, getting out an answer with his mouth full and answering the way he did was a fun way to make a point.  She wasn’t listening and likely was not really aware she’d asked the question.  It was a habit formed from a long time spent serving meals.

 As the church service comes to a close, the priest, pastor, or minister always makes some type of closing statement and in most churches I have attended there is a response to be made from those in the congregation.  Occasionally, due to a change of season in the church year, the response has to be changed a bit, but not too much.  Yet, these responses issue forth from us, or not, without our giving them much thought.  We are on “auto-pilot” and thus if we answer at all, it is often delayed, half-hearted, and sometimes misspoken. 

 We have all said “hi, how are you” many times in life.  Actually, it’s spoken many times a day by most of us, especially if we are in a “customer service” line of work.  Do we ever hear the answer?  Do we even listen?

 Listening.  It is a subject which keeps coming up in conversations lately.  It got me thinking about communication in general.  Our ability to communicate has so amazingly increased in recent decades, years, months, even days.  Technology is ever-increasing and the capabilities of the devices we cannot live without is mind-boggling.  The devices themselves grow smaller and smaller in size all the time.  The prices continue to drop.  I am reminded of a time when, from what I’ve been told, not everyone had a home phone, a radio, a television set.  Look at us now.  Yet, I would have to say that our effective communication, with all these options, is in my opinion at an all time low. 

 I used to collect antique post cards.  I have a set of penny postcards from the late 1800s or early 1900s.  They are dated and clearly are a continued conversation between two young lovers.  The mail was delivered twice daily at that time.  I’m not a history buff, but I can tell that this is true because one post card stated “I’ll be over later on today” and spoke of riding a bicycle to get “there.”  There was another card in this set which responded with “I’ll have the tea things ready.”  Fast forward to this weekend when I called and left a message for a friend, but didn’t hear back and thus emailed.  I needed to contact another friend and sent an email, but when he didn’t show any sign of having seen my message, I sent him a text message from my cell phone to his.  I spoke to him yesterday in person and he showed no sign of having seen or heard any of these attempts to contact him. 

 Communication . . . listening . . . this brings me back to the debates of late on whether God really does speak to us.  I know He does.  The Bible also tells me He does. 

 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”  John -10:4

“For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice” – Psalm 95:7-8

But this thing commanded I them, saying, “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people; and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” –Jeremiah 7:23

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  -John 10:27

No, in answer to the question posed in the title of this writing, heaven does not have Wi-Fi.  I don’t think it would matter if it did.  The answer to effective communication is effective listening.  If we don’t effectively listen to the individual standing a foot away from us, chances are we are not effectively listening to our Lord God either.  We’re human.  We’re flawed.  We’ve forgiven.  We can be changed.  Ask Him.  He’ll tell you.


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