A LITANY OF THANKS

June 12, 2018

curtain

For the Light costumed by darkness,

I thank you, Lord.

For the beauty I know but cannot see,

I thank you, Lord.

For the music I cannot hear yet still I dance

And thank you, Lord.

For your secret healing of my every need,

I thank you, Lord.

For living in this broken human’s heart,

I thank you, Lord.

For using me anyway,

All my love and thanks and praise to you.

Amen

By Martha L Shaw –  ©2014

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Sonshine . . . Dear Friends . . . Pot Roast Cooking!

May 8, 2012

Today is a totally delightful day.  Not saying everything is life is perfect for we know that this side of heaven can’t be exactly that, but my smile is as bright as the sunshine would be if I weren’t wearing dark glasses! 

A very dear friend who I have not seen in 7 years has flown in to visit me and be my houseguest for a week!  He is a wonderful man who is full of life, full of the love of Christ, is eternally young, and is a retired Episcopal priest.  I am smiling as I say retired priest because I don’t know any priests who’ve pulled off retirement . . . I think they just live on and one day they say “go in peace to love and serve the Lord” and find themselves face to face with Him.  Vocation . . . . it’s so much more than work.

Many of you are aware that I’ve been seeking a “job” or more correctly financial provision since relocating to SC 4 plus years ago and a permanent answer hasn’t yet come, but spiritually life is AMAZING so no complaints.  That being said the Lord has planted a seed in me which can only be described as a passion for a vocation and not just a job.  I am beginning to know what that is, only just beginning. 

I ask you to pray with me that I will continue to hear His voice and follow Him faithfully in the path and plan He has for me and kn0w that though He asks me to do things that make me gasp sometimes, I have never known more joy in my life than when I follow Him NO MATTER WHAT HE ASKS OF ME.  He is always there with me.

This will be a delightful week for me and I am sorry if I am a bit off schedule on sharing with all of you but fear not, I will have lots to share when time permits.  Meanwhile, having an extra person in the house and it being a man with a healthy appetite literally, spiritually and otherwise, I’ve got an excuse to do a lot more fussy things in the kitchen than what I usually do as this house usually is home to just my elderly Mom who is on a restricted diet, and me.  I   enjoying having someone to spoil lavishly.  Just now I have a pot roast with all the expected accompaniments cooking and can I tell you my house smells great?  There will be home-made bread in the house, home-made corn chowder, and all sorts of scones, muffins, other elaborate things to feed the body with as we share at table and feed our hearts and souls. 

Time to check my roast!  Can you smell it?


Busy Christians: Take Your Rest!

July 23, 2011

I chose the title for this piece not to exclude those who are not Christians, but rather because of my own weakness.  I’ve been excitedly working on writing my book, researching publishers, agents, and the rest of it.  All the while I’ve been doing these things I’ve not stopped doing the other things that seem to need my attention and have been up until 2AM  a lot.  I share this with you because I know some of you who are reading this do the same.  We try to be “Super Mom” or “Super Dad” or “Super Servant” of the King when all He asks is for us to be our true selves as He created us to be.  Translation, I just figured out I’m tired.  I think He’s been urging me to take a rest, but “rest in the Lord” has not translated itself in my mind to actual rest but rather to keep  “busy” at work – good work – but work.  So when He spoke louder and I listened, I looked to the Bible for words about rest. 

Sure enough.  He does desire His beloved flock to rest.  He means it.  How do I know this aside from the obvious fact that without it we cannot function as well and thus cannot do the works He has for us?  For starters I found that the NIV Bible contains 496 passages about rest.  Like I said, He means it.  So, before I return to my own rest with Him, I will share a few of those passages with  you:

Genesis 2:2
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Exodus 16:23
He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

Psalm 55:6
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest

Psalm 62:5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Isaiah 32:18
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Luke 23:56
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Hebrews 4:11
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest,

 

 


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