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WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Shepherd

Wednesday’s Word – Shepherd

Sheep

Thanks to www.sanghafarm.com

I had many Words from God this week. It became hard to decide what to write on today. Then on Sunday, our first Sunday back in our hometown, our minister preached on two of my life changing Scriptures:

1. John 21:15-19, NLT:

In a conference many years ago this Scripture became my life’s focus.

“Feed my sheep.”

We each had a slip of paper left on our chairs while we were at break. I read my Scripture when I returned to my seat. It was as though God spoke to me that day – clearly. He didn’t have to say it three times. Once was enough.

2. 1 Peter 5:7, NIV:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”

This has become the name of my blog. I know that God cares for us. I have seen it in His promises, in His gifts, in the wonder of this world, in my family, my friends, the God-incidents each day.

Our minister compared our caring for each other like the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child”.

But he said:

“It takes a flock of sheep to raise a lamb.” (Tweet this)

Really this makes a lot of sense. We are God’s sheep and we need to care for one another and the little lambs among us. Sometimes I feel like a lamb; sometimes like a sheep; and sometimes like a shepherd.

How can we show love to one another? Our minister reminded me of Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages and how we can use these languages to reach everyone.

Words – I write every Wednesday about the Words of God. And I wrote at Family and Faith Matters about how words can affect our lives.

Quality time – I spend quality time with God every day. What I receive from Him I am able to pass on to others.

Gifts – Giving of our time and our money blesses us as much as others.

Service – I like to do many things to be of help to others.

Touch – Oh did I love those hugs I received this weekend on my return to my home church.

Let’s shepherd one another. Join the Wednesday’s Word Community.

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Let us shepherd one another. (Tweet this)

 



HOW WILL I KNOW?

How Will I Know?

by Patricia Day

How will I hear my mother's voice?

How will I know my mother’s voice?

Watching “Happy Feet”, the movie, recently, I was enamored by the little penguin who, when waiting for his mother to return from feeding, was told to listen for her voice.  His response was:

“But, father, how will I know her voice?”

Good question – especially when, on the horizon appear thousands of female penguins returning to their partners and babies.  It was essential that he recognize her call, in order to be fed; otherwise he would perish.  He was not to know that instinct would kick in and, yes, he would recognize her voice.

Non-Christians are often skeptical, when hearing that Christians listen to God.

‘How do you know it’s God?’ they ask.  ‘It could be you listening to your own sub-conscious thinking’.

Well, yes it could, but the difference is that the voice invariably has advice that we had not thought of ourselves; or it is an idea that takes us by surprise when we have covered all the angles or options.  It is always wise, sound advice.  It is never negative or harmful and often saves us from disaster.

God tells us in His Word (the Bible):

“I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep [my people], as I said to you.

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.

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:25-29 NKJV). Emphasis is the author’s.

I love this analogy.  It is a clear expression of the doubt of not knowing the source of unseen power, also of not trusting that good old gut-feeling.  We always have to logic away anything we cannot understand.

To hear God’ voice is a very simple act of quietly listening and trusting, because what we hear feels right or good and, as in the case of the little penguin, it could be life-saving.

Prayer: 

Lord God, help us to quiet ourselves and listen to the whisper that we are often aware of, but choose to ignore.  In this New Year, let us choose to follow you and be led by Your voice, Your guidance, and let us be sheltered by Your protection.  Amen.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

Mea Culpa

Obviously I have been working on too many things at once. I made a mistake on Monday and posted “Are you Praying for your Sheep” and didn’t credit the correct writer. I sincerely apologize to Janice Keats.

I am reposting this today. I have also fixed it on our site.

Blessings,

Jan

Are You Praying for Your Sheep?

by Janice Keats

Are You Praying for Your Sheep?

As I sat in my office listening to my Pastor/friend sharing his burdens my thoughts were filled with compassion and my eyes were filled with tears. Afterwards I knew that I needed to pray earnestly for God to comfort him.

Shouldn’t God’s people be eager to pray for the hurting souls?

You see, my friend and his wife were recently separated and now face a completely unknown and somewhat precarious future. Pastor Steve tried to keep their family together – to no avail. There is nothing left but the pain and heartache he has to face—alone.

In the midst of the busyness of life is there any room left to share and care for the hurting and the deeply wounded? Well, prayer and compassion ought to be a natural response to such a need but it is also a command.

“And will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4 NIV).

My friend is a pastor of a congregation and suddenly his future with his family and his pastoral duties has all been laid aside until he is able to pick up the broken pieces and move on. We expend so much time on reaching out to others but we also have our own flock that is in need of tender loving care.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV).

Let’s remember that we need each other’s comfort and listening ear. Trouble will come to all of us. But God provides comfort in time of need and you and I are included in that plan to deliver God’s comforting words of assurance. It helps make the storm a little easier to pass through. They need you, they need me, and they need us! Lend an ear today won’t you?

Keep on praying.

“Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me” (Psalm 66:20 NIV)!

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:13-16 NIV).

 

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/