April 15, 2016

It amazes me when Christians claim healing and miracles “were back then”and not now!  THEY HAPPEN EVERY DAY and to you and me, yet we get caught up in our “if onlys” and miss them.  In this Easter season as we celebrate our Lord dying on a tree and rising to life again,I can think of 2 miracles in my life involving trees.


On the day of Christmas eve in what was then my first home I got up and before coffee headed to the front steps for the newspaper.  Bending to pick it up, in my half asleep stupor, it came to mind that the sun seemed too bright.  I stood up and realized the huge oak tree next to my driveway had fallen during the night . . . I slept through it not hearing the snap,  crash,  crunch . . . and my home was untouched.  

A couple of years ago,  in a different home,  I was awakened by a loud BOOM in the night and in the dark saw little but by day realized a large portion of a tree behind my house fell missing damaging my home by ONE INCH!  

Miracles happen folks!  Sometimes much smaller than trees and other times MUCH LARGER but good gifts come in all sizes!   Take notice and be thankful.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

November 30, 2012

Reflecting on the glory of God . . .

Copyright – 11-30-2012 by Martha L Shaw

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Brighter Days Are Coming

March 21, 2012

It is dark and dreary where I sit, but I know that brighter days are coming.  Perhaps the day is lack luster where you are as well?  Here are some smiles to lift your spirits.


February 26, 2012


When you are lost in the wilderness, you have two choices. You can focus on how many trees there are and so close together  that they are blocking most of the sun light . . . . or you can focus on the Light that breaks through and know that you are being provided with direction . . . and follow that path.


John 1:5

King James Version (KJV)

 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.


January 31, 2012

My next door neighbor had a tree in his front yard and it was huge.  We’re talking REALLY BIG TREE.  It was two trees in one and it was causing his lots of trouble in his yard, driveway, and since this is a hurricane prone area, causing him and my the neighbor worry quite often. 

I sat at my desk working the other day and heard a thud and felt my house shake.  Before I could consider what that was it repeated.  I was downstairs fast!  Seems he was taking down the tree all by himself.  A bit of rope, a ladder, some saws and then a lot of trips to the pickup truck . . . and much raking.  This project covered his entire front yard and part of mine.  Yet, in 24 hours all that was left was a stump – well, two. 

Clearly my neighbor has wisdom and strength.  Consider for a moment the powerful strength and wisdom of God . . . and know that our strength is not even close to His.  Are you stumped by a big problem?  Do you lack the power to solve it?  It’s okay.  Turn it over to God and then get out of His way and let Him knock down that unruly tree and then get the mess out of your way.  He will, you know!

When God Speaks

December 4, 2011

There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.

– Minnie Aumonier –


This quote really speaks to me.  When it comes to the incredibly important things in life, it’s always our heart and soul which must be engaged first and in  quiet  – not  merely our mind.   That music among the trees – not at all unlike God’s own loving voice when He speaks to us.   Tender, loving, uplifting, comforting, encouraging and something not to be missed.  He is patient.  He will wait for us to listen. 

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