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THE BLEEDING LAMB

The Bleeding Lamb

by Brenda J. Wood

Yesterday, while I was praying, God gave me a mind picture of Jesus. He walked into a sunshiny, undisturbed meadow, through wild flowers and shaggy green grass. As he came closer, I saw that he carried a lamb. It was so snug in his arms that I wondered if Jesus was carrying himself. Could this be possible? After all, he is the Lamb of God.

I know that shepherds sometimes have to break a runaway or disobedient lamb’s leg. Then they carry it till it heals. By then it loves the master so much that it is obedient. But as he moved closer, I could see that this lamb’s chest oozed blood.

And all of a sudden, I realized that I was the lamb. The Lord knows my heart is broken. And as one, together, we are moving though our grief into wholeness.

Psalm 116:15-Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of those faithful to him.

So we go move forward together, God carrying me through my brokenness, understanding it, because he already bled and died on the cross for me.

I’m oozing blood but no longer dripping it. Slowly, my pain eases. Me….the snowy white lamb. Snowy white with no bits of dirt or twig in my wool. Not because I am a fanatical lamb, but because when I asked Jesus into my life, he forgave my sin and made me clean.

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows; you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.  You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. Amen ( Psalm 23- from the Message)

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda J Wood of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
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Loss

Loss

Friday’s topic from Gypsy Mama is entitled Loss. And for the moment I am at a loss of what to talk about.

For Simply Saturday I only give myself 5 minutes to write.

So here goes.

When I think of loss my mind immediately returns to the loss of my Father in 1993. As a first-born child my Father meant the world to me. I feared losing him all my life up to that point. When it happened, even though I felt empty at his passing, the fear of losing him all those years had been worse. My faith did not become strong until 2000 but his death started me on the pathway to my faith.

In the church service as we were singing the hymns and I stood with my family, I felt a wonderful joy and a big hug. Strange though it was – that was the beginning of firming up my faith and my decision to put my whole trust and life in Jesus.

The loss of my Father brought a gain to my life. Through his death I was led to find a solid footing with my Heavenly Father. I know when we meet in heaven we will have lots to talk about.

Time’s up.

Your turn: What can you write about for the topic “loss”? Write in the comment section or post something on a blog. You can link back here or link to Gypsy Mama.

PRAYER – WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Prayer – What’s In It For Me?

by Janice Keats

 

Scripture Selection: Job 21

Why should we be compelled or expected to serve and honour God Almighty? Job asks, “Who is the Almighty that we should serve Him? What would we gain by praying to Him? (Job 21:15)

So, what’s in it for me? You might ask. What is to be gained from declaring God as the most High God? What did Job gain by placing his complete faith and trust in God? After all, he suffered so much. Despite the afflictions, he continued to believe that God would see him through the most terrible and darkest times of his life. Suddenly he was being afflicted with sickness and even death in his family.

In his suffering Job remained strong. His faith in God remained unwavering. That’s not to say that he didn’t have questions. He began to compare the righteous verses the non-righteous. Job wonders, “Why do the wicked live on growing old and increasing in power? They see their children established around them their offspring before their eyes. Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.” (Job 21:7-9) He continued to spiel about the prosperity of the wicked. They want nothing to do with God. Yet they live a prosperous life and go to the grave in peace.

On one hand Job says that one man dies in full vigour completely secure and at ease, while the other dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both. (Job 21:23-26) So Job wonders what good it is to serve God. Even Job’s wife pleaded with him to curse God and die, but then we discover how righteous and firm his faith really is. His reply to his wife was, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job 2:10)

Peace is not the absence of trouble; peace is the overflow of a life under God’s control.  God gives peace in the midst of trouble. So, what good is there

in praying? What good is having a right relationship with God? Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Our faith enables us to trust God in difficult times and in good times. We too will receive abundant blessings when we hold unswervingly to the hope we possess in God. After Job’s suffering God blessed him twice as much as before, making him even more prosperous with the land and cattle and his long and abundant life with his family.

Who is He this king of glory? The Lord Almighty – He is the king of glory.” (Psalm 24:10)

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Janice Keats

Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.

She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keatshttp://themasterspath.wordpress.com/