“But I’m Right!” or Maybe Not

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

When we judge others, their message becomes our own. Our mission, as I believe it, is to pray for them and reflect Christ. How are we doing this if we openly condemn and repeat choices of others? – From Martha L Shaw Thoughts Over Morning Coffee –

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Hope in Him

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

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The season has changed

And a time of cold has come.

The flowers wither

And dried petals lay on the winter hardened ground.

Still,

my heart sees their beauty

And smells their sweet perfume.

So,

I will paint of them here

For you.

By Martha L Shaw – © 12-1-2014

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It Is Well!

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

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,

You said.

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…

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I Am His

Originally posted on In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose:

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The tough wooden cross in my hand was given to me by a man I’d never met before that one day  when by chance or design our paths crossed and we prayed together then he shared testimony with me.  As my wounded spirit soared I shared mine with him as well.  Time and other responsibility flew as we were drawn together and when we parted he gave me a small wooden cross carved by hand from a bit of storm severed cypress and by a man I will never know.

This morning when the crisis of the moment which kept me from sleep last night found a way to steal my joy of the new morning, I retreated to my quiet place and gripped this cross in my tremor ravaged left hand.  I could not think or pray but only rest in my quiet place and grip it.  I came to feel the love…

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The Antidote Is In The Blood

Originally posted on Bring Bread:

“…for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Years ago, while living in South Asia, I was bitten by an infected mosquito and contracted a form of haemorrhagic fever. I remember vividly the day the virus grabbed hold. One minute I was cleaning my room, the next minute I collapsed. I didn’t feel it coming on, no warning, nothing. Extremely ill, days blurred into weeks, but I remember coming out of a fog just long enough to ask where they’d put my body.

Knowing that little bit of my history, you’ll understand why I’ve been paying especially close attention to the Ebola outbreak. Although different from the virus I had, Ebola is also haemorrhagic. According to the CDC, “Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) refer to a group of illnesses that are caused by several distinct families of viruses…

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The Incarnation

Originally posted on Another Red Letter Day:

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The Creator of all things came to earth as a man. Lived a sinless life. Took the penalty for our sin – not just physical death on the cross – He drinks the cup of the Father’s wrath. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead. The sin He bore for us He left in the grave. He appeared to Mary, the disciples, and over 500 at one time. Then He was taken up into heaven on a cloud.

Before He ascended He did something that changed everything. Check this out:

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:21-22

A few days earlier He had promised them:

Jesus answered and said to…

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