Category Archives: Sheep

Do You Feel the Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

sheep-680217_640How do you look at other people’s lives? The above cliche characterizes a state of discontentment. So many people wait for the day when they will have a bigger house or a newer car, when they have lost weight, when they are out of debt or have a promotion and so on… Then they think, ” I will be happy.”

But, do those things bring happiness? Longing for a change of circumstances may be warranted, but only if you find contentment in your present situation. Read God’s truth in 1 Timothy 6:6-7  Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  

sheep-981881_640In our search for greener pastures, we may discover that looks can be deceiving. After what appears to be our breakthrough, we can find ourselves in more debt while chasing the shiny new must haves. Ask yourself now, “Was it worth it?” You find your new boss is very demanding and nothing like the old boss you left behind. Now you find yourself working longer hours just to have the corner office. Discontentment surrounds you and you long for the way things once were. But, it is too late now.

At times we all have jumped over the fence only to later regret a hasty alternative. It would be wise to seek the Lord before you make decisions. Hebrews 13:5  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Now that is a picture of contentment! jumping sheep

 

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Thank you, Lord, for supplying all my needs. Give me a thankful and contented heart.

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A Sheep’s Reflection

I love this picture. Take a minute and study it with me; what do you see?

sheep reflection

Serenity, calmness, peace, and contentment all come to my mind. The Great Shepherd is calling us to rest beside the still waters.

While the Shepherd has much to do as He leads and chooses the path for the sheep to follow; the sheep have only to trust and follow the path He has chosen. He goes before them. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

The Shepherd will always lead His sheep into green pastures and beside the still waters. However, we know the path to the pasture in not always smooth or easy. Yet, we can rejoice knowing we have a Shepherd, and in spite of our sorrows and cares in this world, the Lord’s sheep are well supplied!  Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd

When you study your own reflection, what do you see?  You can choose to see your own shortcomings or you can choose to see the truth of God’s Word.

Do you feel insecure…You are secure “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the day long.           (Deuteronomy 33:12)

Do you feel discouraged… Encourage your heart Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Do you feel lonely…You have a friend in Jesus I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)

Do you feel brokenhearted…You are whole “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for completely accepting me. I am never alone – I am hidden under the shadow of your wings and I am the apple of your eye. Psalm 17:8

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There is Light in the Valley

Painting by Conni Togel – Sheep Incognito www.charisma-art.com

Last year I saw this painting at a craft fair. It is called Light in the Valley. Without hesitation, I picked it up and with a big hopeful grin on my face, I purchased it. It would serve as a reminder of where I have been and where I was going.

God was speaking to me.  I was so excited at the prospect of leaving the depths of the valley and living in the lush green pastures where He was waiting for me.

I know God was with me in the valley. He was my strength and a very present help in my time of need. I just did not want to stay there. It had been two years of sickness and surgeries. My body was weak, but my faith was strong. I needed the Good Shepherd to pull me out of the valley and bring me into the light of His love and grace.

Perhaps, today you may find yourself in a valley of sorrow. Reach out for the Shepherd’s hand, He will restore your soul, He will bring you comfort and rest. God is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

leaping lambsPrayer Lord, thank you for being my Savior and the Good Shepherd in my life. Your unfailing love gives me a place to rest in time of sorrow. I know Jesus, you are leading me to safe pastures.  Amen.

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Glimpses from the Heavenly Father’s View Master

viewmaster Did you have a View Master as a kid? This photo brings to mind many memories of clicking the lever and delighting in the next photo. Thin cardboard disks, called a reel, contained seven images. Through the years the View Master has remained popular, but now comes in new and improved models.

What images do you think the Heavenly Father’s reel would look like for you?

Here’s what I would like to see on my reel:

sheep - green pastures    For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:7

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We love Him because He first loved us.                 1 John 4:19

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All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

Faith + Believe

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.        Jeremiah 29:11 

 

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Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.  John 8:36

 

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He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

 

 

Submission Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You have made me in Your image. Today, I confess the sin of believing lies that have distorted my Godly Identity and caused me to see myself as less that who I am in You.

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White Sheep, Black Sheep and Bummer Lambs

Bummer LambsWhile Scriptures have a lot to say about sheep, the only color God assigns His sheep is crimson red. “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

White Sheep – Haven’t we all seen the cute pictures of these cuddly, woolly creatures Gone Astray Lambjoyfully following the shepherd? While those images bring a smile to my face, sheep are stubborn and intent on their own way. Does that sound like anyone you know?

Too often we leap and follow our own plan or we follow others. The white sheep must depend on the Shepherd in order to hear His voice and be led by His Spirit.

Black Sheep – We’ve heard the expression; the black sheep of the family.  What a black sheepmiserable label to have pinned on another person. Have you shamed or embarrassed the family because you have strayed from their expectations? Perhaps your heart is rebellious and you have brought disappointment to the ones you love, including yourself.

The black sheep must depend on the Shepherd in order to live the abundant life the Savior has bought for them. Everyone of us at one time or another have been lost. The Shepherd searches for his lost sheep and extends his arms wide open in welcoming him home with unconditional love. I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7 (NKJV)

Bummer Lambs –  An orphan lamb is one that is not able to be raised by its mother and needs to be fed on milk replacer. At times the ewe may reject the  lamb, simply because it cannot produce enough milk. Other times the mother refuses to care for her young. Believe it or not, these rejected and abandoned lambs are called bummer lambs.

The orphan lambs must depend on the shepherd in order to live. He nurtures the lambs just like a mother ewe. Without him the lambs would die. As a result, when the shepherd calls to the flock, it is the bummer lambs that run to him first. They have received the blessing of having been personally cared for by the shepherd!

Brokenness is a gift from the Good Shepherd. Those of us who know we are broken and loved by God eagerly run to Him for His grace, His mercy and His sheep vectorgoodness. What a blessing!

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So You Want to be a Sheep…(Part II)

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The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23.

God has many names, each one describes an attribute of His character. One of my favorite names is Yahweh-Rohi – The Lord Our Shepherd. This is the description of the relationship our God wants with us. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).

What a beautiful picture of the rest we have in Him! Are you stressed today? Find rest in the green pastures of His finished work. Find hope and restoration as He restores your soul.

Symbolically, the Bible refers to sheep as God’s people. Are you a stubborn sheep, straying on the wrong path and in need of guidance and correction? The Good Shepherd wants to lead you into paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

A shepherd may have to break the leg of a stubborn sheep and then bind the leg in a splint. He will carry the sheep and pour oil on its leg to promote healing. This stubborn sheep will now stay the closest to the shepherd. A bond has been formed that will not be broken.

I once traveled on the wrong path. This misguided search brought me into a painful journey of drug addiction and life in a motorcycle gang. I was that stubborn sheep that got caught up in a violent gang war and became a broken victim. Crippling bullets forever changed my life.

Eventually, I encountered the hope and healing of God’s transforming love. A victorious life in Him is meant to be lived on the paths of righteousness and not in the past.

A shepherd’s rod redirects and corrects the sheep. The staff is used to lift and restore the sheep. When we walk through the valleys, and we all will, focus on the light and not on the darkness. The valley is not a permanent place; trust in the Good Shepherd to lead you out of the pit of despair. Hope in Him.

Yahweh-Rohi leads us home. He lovingly rubs the healing oil on our broken and wounded hearts. The Shepherd knows our needs. He will restore us when we are broken, pick us up when we fall, and strengthen us in our weakness. Now that is a love I can trust!

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4 (NJKV)

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So You Want to be a Sheep…(Part I)

by Melinda Wilson – TwoGirlsVideoProduction

When my girls were young we would often sing the song,  I just wanna be a sheep – Baa, baa, baa, baa… When I was driving, I would pop that cassette tape in and before you know it, sheep sounds would arise from the back seat. What a joyful memory!

I am fascinated by the behaviors of sheep and especially the relationship between the sheep and the Good Shepherd, (more on that next time). This post will focus on the woolly creatures.

Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than any other animal. The Bible has a lot to say about sheep. Symbolically, they refer to God’s people.

It is the nature of sheep to be dependent on one another, defenseless against their enemies and the storms of life. They are directionless and easily distracted. Some would consider them dumb, but I don’t entirely believe that; they just need a shepherd.

Sheep have a strong flocking instinct and become agitated if they are separated from the rest of the flock. All the sheep that belong to the shepherd are of one flock. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 53:6 that most sheep will go astray and follow their own way.

So why would you want to be a sheep? As sheep, we need only to trust the Lord and follow Him. We need Jesus, our Good Shepherd to lead and guide us, to care for us, and to protect us from the enemy.

I want to be a sheep of His pasture and follow Jesus. What contentment and sufficiency we have in Him!

Sheep in the pasture – Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

What to read more?  34 Bible verses about sheep

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28 (NJKV)

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