I woke with a start!
My dog sat up at my feet in bed
Daylight began to shake its head
and so did my sleepy Scrappy!
She doesn’t care for rain
but loves the screened in porch.
I stood near and felt the morning damp chill.
My dog cocked her head and smiled.
I wondered . . .
Then rain and wind were not what I heard or felt
a choir of birds singing their songs in joyful harmony
from the upper branches of a tree in my yard.
Whether rain or likely reign,
they knew no fear . . .
By Martha L Shaw ©2018
My heartbeat quickened when I heard your voice
Beckoning me to come and see,
And eagerly I stepped out into the night.
The cool air refreshed me
And though I walked hesitantly at first,
I soon hurried on in hopeful anticipation.
We were making progress,
I, my human sight far weaker
Than your vision for me,
Saw only that home and familiarity
Were no longer in view
And realized the night air had grown cold.
I held my breath,
Saw the darkness and wondered at the hour.
I lost sight of you,
And felt frozen in place
Without a plan,
With legs suddenly as marble,
Stiff and immobile
I wondered what to do,
My eyes tightly shut.
I cried out
And heard your voice,
As though you were standing
Right in front of me
“I’m here” you said, reassuring me.
I opened my eyes and saw you
Standing so close
Your presence warmed me
In body and in soul.
You reached out,
I placed my hand in yours.
“Look!” you said
And I saw more stars than I could count
Studding the night sky.
“I placed each one of them there for you”
You told me.
At that moment, I knew your love
As I had never known it before
And hope swelled within me
Until happy tears fell
And we walked on together.
“It is well” you assured me,
But I already knew.
by Martha L Shaw – Copyright #2012
It seems we ALWAYS seek to do
things we choose, in our own way.
But sheep are never left alone
to make up their own minds.
They seem so calm and rested
and do as the shepherd tells them to.
Love and care he offers
and they easily accept.
They are totally dependant on him.
Yet when God reacts this way to us,
we turn the other way.
I used to think sheep foolish creatures!
But, they aren’t the fools,
By Martha L Shaw ©2018
“Remind yourself every day you get up
and everywhere you go,
‘I am in the presence of God.’”
My residence – so disappointing,
there was nothing I could do.
I was ready to give up
but then my Father spoke to me.
He started with the woodwork,
old ceilings to bad floors.
He renovated tattered walls
and then the windows had to go!
He worked hard day and night . . .
took up residence right there.
Instead of leaving in the night,
His love did me repair.
I learned so very much from Him!
Soon everything was new!
I want to be so much like Him,
giving blessings in His name!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2018
My Mom and Dad both helped me reno my house and me! The most important task they did was lead me to my Lord and my God!- ML Shaw
LORD, thank you for taking residence in my heart and soul and for never giving up on me even when I weaken and am tempted to give up on myself! Strengthen me to see beyond the darkness where there is Light and to shine Your light on those whom you place in my path. Your glory IS my joy now and always! AMEN