Friday, May 10, 2013

A Song for Mother's Day

She is the One

                                         I see God
Mother and Child with an Apple - Kauffmann Angelica
in her acts of kindness
I fear God 
in boundaries that she lays
I hear God
In her words of wisdom
Shining like a prism
To light uncertain days

I sense God
When she seeks forgiveness
I  feel God
When I'm wrapped in her arms
I know God
As a loving father
Cause she's a caring mother
                           Who steers me from all harm

Mother and Child - Renoir - 1881

 She is a picture of self-sacrifice

She really knows how to lay down her life

She is the one

Who shows the face of Jesus to me

She is a picture of self-sacrifice

She teaches me how to lay down my life

She is the one 

Who shows the face of Jesus to me

Mother and Child - William Grant
I know God hears me 
Cause she listens
I love God
Cause she's been on her knees
I thank God
For a godly mother
Who's helped me to discover 
His wondrous mysteries

She is picture of self-sacrifice
She really knows how to lay down her life
She is the one
Who shows the face of Jesus to me
She is a picture of self-sacrifice
She teaches me how to lay down my life
She is the one who shows the face

of Jesus to me.

Happy Mother's Day, dear readers and listeners (Take a listen at this link) from everywhere!

copyright @ A. Shaw 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

'Wow!' for Mom!

Did you ever notice that turning the letters for 'Mom' upside-down, spells


I think that's so incredibly appropriate!

Maybe it's because even after the 9,000th diaper change she still wants to sit down and play on the floor with her babies.

Maybe it's because she waits up till 5am in the morning for her teenager to come home, has a 'talk' doling out consequences and still gets up, puts her make up on and goes to work the next day.

Or maybe it's because even when she is sun-starved and in full fledged cabin-fever, she can still cook dinner, post a blog, bathe and put down two toddler boys while husband is out of town, and still stands smiling. 

Or because she has patience day after day,  to 

Sort a mountain of laundered socks,

Teach fractions while bleary-eyed tired,

Remind her children to practice their piano

over         and       over         again,

Drive them everywhere when she'd rather nap,

Kiss her husband (and more) when he gets home,

Cook another meal, make five lunches,

Volunteer at school, work a second job, potty train,

Discipline when she'd rather turn a blind eye,

Run a business and wipe runny noses.


Renoir's Mother and Children - 1875

 She is amazing!!

She gives her best years
Her every-inch-and-ounce-of-her-life while she's
Sometimes crazy for quiet
Desperate for rest.

She sets aside
Her own mission and quest,
 (until they fly the coop and more time is allotted her). 

That's MOM, alright!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all you MOMS

You, who continue to love till it hurts

                                                         Care till you're crazy
                                                                                                       Lecture till they learn.

That's big stuff you do.


The hand that rocks the cradle...


Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Re-Post in Honor of Day of Prayer

Hey Friends,

Today, May 2, 2013, is National Day of Prayer and instead of joining friends at the local civic center to pray, as I normally try to do,  I attended my son's Master's Degree graduation. A fantastic experience!

So to commemorate the Prayer Day,

below is  a re-post  from New Years 2012.


Pray, Pray, Pray

Every New year it's the same resolution. And it's about February when 2012 resolves fall by the wayside, drop off the radar, are lorded over by laziness. For 2012 I had promised myself
To PRAY more.

Not to R E A D more books about prayer by spiritual greats like Charles Spurgeon (12 Sermons on Prayer), Jack Hayford (Prayer is Invading the Impossible), Andrew Murray (Intercessory Prayer), Stormie Omartian (The Power of the Praying Parent/Wife/Woman/etc.), A.W.Tozer (The Pursuit of God), Beth Moore (Praying God's Word) to name a good as they are...

B u t, to P R A Y more often

Just T A L K to G O D,
All day long,

"Pray without ceasing, Pray at all times. Paul the Apostle said. "Be constant in Prayer". Jesus said, "...they ought always to pray, and not lose heart." And He repeatedly invites us to persist, to trouble Him, ask, seek, knock.

In short, the parables describe a praying person as a perfect nuisance.

It may not be okay with your husband or housemate, but it's okay with God to be a nag!!! I'm allowed! :) :)

Daily concerns can assault like rapid-fire weapons. Preying on my tendency to indulge my emotions to settle in on knee-jerk reactions of
conniving, (Geez, I'm messed up!)

Resisting the onslaught by appealing my Maker sends the fretting flying, freeing me to enjoy peace
a deep-seated joy.

God's presence comes and quiets, calms, and clears my cluttered brain. And a hushed heart can hear prayer's answer, the next step, the clarion solution.

Quite often answers don't come.....and then there's the deep well of waiting.. 'Wait on the Lord.'
(Romans 12:12) This is where He sculpts, shapes, and performs surgery on the sick parts of my soul until I am situated to see some new glistening facet of His heart and magnificent perspective on His ways. And a fresh revelation of who He is is what it's all about. That is life!!!

Persisting in prayer is not ordering Deity around. It should never be 'spiritual lust' as Oswald Chambers writes in My Utmost for His Highest. "Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God who gives the answer." (pg 38)

Remember in The Help when Aibileen is thinking about adding the 'separate bathrooms for blacks' issue to her prayer list: She says, "Cause that's the way prayer do. It's like electricity, it keeps things going". (pg 23)

We are mistaken to expect the answers to be revealed as lightening or thunder. They can appear so subtly, so interwoven in the normal conversations and occurrences of our day, we miss them and risk joining the ranks of the ungrateful.

is a fine worldview.

But Pray. Pray. Pray is better.
I have no problem eating ....and loving is as necessary as breathing.

Tragic events and personal crises get us praying easily. Weren't we surprised to hear LL Cool J open the Grammy Awards with prayer in response to Whitney Houston's untimely death? Pray on LL Cool J!! Along with the rest of us!

But most times, my self-sufficient, prideful, I'll-do-it-myself-my-way, autonomous, independent person bristles violently at the selflessness and submission required for prayer. Even though it is more vital than any other earthly activity.

So I will keep trying to make praying the first and foremost habit to form and maintain for February,
this year, 2012...

and the next...

and the next.


The year 2012 turned out to be an amazing year of breakthrough, by the way. If you'd like you can read about it here:

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