Blog of the Year 2012

December 27, 2012

My most grateful thanks to Wendell A Brown for awarding me this Blog of the Year 2012 honor and blessing!  Coming from such an amazing poet and lover of Jesus makes this extra special to me.  If you have not had an opportunity to read his verse, I strongly encourage you to do so.  My apologies to him for a delay in making this post, but it’s been a bit busy in my world and quite honestly, I am still not completely finished coming up with my list of nominees, so this post will be edited to reflect more links for you to visit and be blessed by.  The nominees I post are not in any particular order of preference.

Here are some of my nominees:

There will be more!  Again, my heartfelt thanks to my brother in Christ Weldell A Brown for this honor!

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Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!


Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

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Too Late For Me To Do That???

September 2, 2012

I can’t speak for you but I know that I have sometimes wished “it wasn’t to late to do . . . ” fill in the blank.  Gosh, how many times I “got smart too late.”  There is good reason for the cliché about hindsight being 20-20.  It is for that reason I was struck by a quote I read earlier:

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot –

As I read this quote I thought of an example of “never too late” one of my priests mentioned in a sermon.  It seems a lady in her 80s decided to surrender to the Lord and follow Him in her life.  Many  may think “at that age?” but as I recall He used her and many were blessed.  “Never too late.”

Author Margaret Mitchell penned “Gone With The Wind” simply to fill time while she recovered from an  injury  which was slow to heal.  She’d never written a book.  She needed something to do to occupy her time.  The rest, as they say, is history.  It was the only book she ever had published in her lifetime.  “Never too late.”

I rea a book once in which a testimony was shared by a man who’d lived a life which . . . well, it was filled with dishonesty and abuse of others for his personal gain, damaged relationships with wife and family . . . it was well beyond the traditional age of retirement when he became a Christian and turned his life around seeking the Lord’s will for everything he did in his remaining days.  He died surrounded by loving friends and family and having been a vessel of blessing to many folks who were inspired to give their lives to Christ by his example.  “Never too late.”

As I write this, I can think of many who’ve embarked on new lives which surprised their families and friends.  Some were young and chose a path which wasn’t what “everyone” expected but which was their passion and true purpose in life.  Others, having spend “a lifetime” rushing and stressed and focused on secular and societal values, changed their approach, their focus and their lives and felt like they’d been reborn!  “Never too late.”

In Luke I:13  we read “But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.”  We know from this familiar story that they were too old to have children, and had never been able to conceive.  We know how the story ended.  “Never too late.”

Many many people have been praying for me for a while now.  Not sure what people really think is “going on” with me, but close to 5 years ago I got a chance to change my life and took it.  Along the way, I found life changing in ways I never dreamed of.  I also found scary “this wasn’t what I planned on” things happening like not finding a job, not having health insurance . . . but along the way vast blessings have come to me like an amazingly new and deep relationship with Jesus which to say the least makes any scary unexpected things SO WORTHWHILE.  I have also recalled and begun to realize dreams I’d had many years ago which have become goals and which the Lord is blessing and using for His purposes in my life.  “Never too late.”

It is amazing how easily we can live lives which are not what our true passion or purpose was ever meant to be.  Bits and pieces of happiness can come but true and lasting joy comes when we go deep within ourselves and seek what “might have been.”  As the quote above told us, it is never too late.  For me, doing this meant giving my life totally to Christ and living His way.  It meant doing what He leads me to.  It’s not always an easy choice to make as I walk an unfamiliar path.  It can upset those who are used to my life being more in tune with their own needs, and it sure is difficult to give up things I have always been certain I couldn’t live without to live an uncertain “wow, I wish I could” or “surely, it’s too late to do” sort of life.

Know what?  My life would terrify a lot of folks, but I sleep better than I ever have, and smile more than I ever have.  I feel more loved than I’ve ever felt.  I am still learning how to live as my authentic self and am still learning how false the old message was  . . . the one which still taunts me with “it’s too late for that.”

It’s never too late.  Never!

Read the Latest!

September 2, 2011

I have updated my “About Martha L Shaw” page, so to catch up on what I’ve been up to and what seems to be on the path ahead of me, check it out!  Thanks for stopping by!  Come back often!  I update my blog constantly!

Will I Swim, Drown, or Walk on Water?

August 5, 2011

They say that  babies learn to swim very quickly and easily.  I’ve read of folks “simply dropping” the baby into the water and finding them taking to it quite naturally.  Why is this?  Is it nature and not nurture?  Is it their memory, still somewhat conscious, of life in the womb?  More likely, this natural affinity for swimming is the result of the absence of fear.  We aren’t born afraid.  We learn that outside the womb.  We do a masterful job of it, too.  Okay, I can only truly speak for myself on this, but I have come to finally realize that I’m not the only one who feels the things that I feel and  faces the things that I face in life.  So, what’s up with this water thing?  I have never learned to swim.  Some would label me as “middle aged” and you can imagine my reaction to that label, but regardless of that I am an adult and have been one for a long time and no, I cannot swim. 

Not too long ago, the Bible reading at church was from the gospel of John 5:1-18 where we learn of the man who spent 38 years by the pool and knew that if he could just bring himself to get wet, he would be healed of what ailed him and yet he stayed dry and also whined about being left out.  He chose to be left out.  He “could have” or “should have” made other choices.  What’s the worst that could have happened?  Was he not miserable anyway?  I’ve always thought he showed himself to be such a lazy and foolish person to have made the choice he did.  You can imagine how unsettling it was for me to realize that in some respects I am him!   I don’t recall the story revealing his age to us, but I might be the same age as he was.  Hmmm . . . and so I have spent life near enough to the pool to see and hear how much fun everyone was having, yet not close enough to the edge to cause anyone to suggest I join in.  I never dipped my toes into the water.  Still, I felt left out and somehow wished I’d been invited in . . . knowing full well I’d have declined. 

So, yes it is true.  I have never known how to swim. Why?  Was it fear? Was it shyness? Who knows.  But now suddenly, and after more than 38 years on dry ground secretly yearning, I find myself jumping in and realizing there are really just three things that can possibly happen as a result.  I will learn to swim and fast . . . I will walk on water . . . or I may drown. I’m jumping in anyway. Who am I? Maybe I’m finally finding ME? 


Working From Home is STILL WORK!!!

July 17, 2011

Here’s a link to a post on my other  blog at Open Salon  .  It is a departure from my usual writings, but is none the less honest and factual and I hope might change the way some folks look at those who work from home.  We are far more than “just a . . . “

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