November 13, 2018
It seems we ALWAYS seek to do
things we choose, in our own way.
But sheep are never left alone
to make up their own minds.
They seem so calm and rested
and do as the shepherd tells them to.
Love and care he offers
and they easily accept.
They are totally dependant on him.
Yet when God reacts this way to us,
we turn the other way.
I used to think sheep foolish creatures!
But, they aren’t the fools,
By Martha L Shaw ©2018
July 21, 2018
When the Lord said those words, I am sure stale bread, dented cans, moldy throw away leftovers couldn’t be what He hoped we’d do even though desperate folks likely would accept it . . . would you? Would I?
Does that kind of sharing demonstrate theLord’s love? Would it draw you closer to a Lord you didn’t know? I think not! Let’s do better!
WHEN JESUS SAYS COME
Cinnamon bread – freshly baked
“Rest and stay a while”
By Martha L Shaw – © 2018
July 9, 2018
I tried to be all things for everyone. Thinking back, I realize none of us were intended for that. Hmmm . . . was I thinking of my Lord, my neighbors, or myself? In my foolishness, I thought the answer was Jesus. I remember reading the 23rd Psalm and thinking “STUPID SHEEP.” Me, I had it all together . . . NOT! I was all about Martha!
Those sheep loved the Master, served Him well, and were lovingly cared for – Facing hunger or fear or uncertainty of any kind was no real problem. The Master (Shepherd) who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask had it all together since long before we were we! Those sheep had it good! THIS SHEEP is gonna follow the Shepherd far more closely than she used to!
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ah, those green pastures
Where did the still waters go?
Good, the Shepherd’s near!
By Martha L Shaw – © 2018
February 4, 2014
Life is so much more complicated than it needs to be lately
But the shepherd is not giving up
So neither is the sheep.
June 25, 2013
“and the sheep got out their date books, scheduled a time to get together, and then at the appointed time sat at the round table and discussed how to interpret what they’d heard before voting on which action to take . . . ” Was that it?
NO! It wasn’t. The sheep knew His voice. They didn’t stop and think about it, they didn’t sleep on it, nor did they call the lead sheep to get permission to act on what He instructed them to do. They followed Him.
This is huge. There are several reasons I’m thinking of this just now. My life has been “nuts” in some stressful ways for what seems a long time now . . . close to five years. I can see HUGE LIFE CHANGING BLESSINGS which I truly believe only came to me because of the HUGE SCARY “HELP ME JESUS” stuff that is also in the picture and not entirely resolved.
That being said, I truly do feel His presence, His love, and when I’m focused on Him I know He is leading me and has a plan. People close to me sometimes seem to think their plan is the one. They do not agree remotely on what their plan is. They don’t think this sheep is listening too well. They often seem pointedly urging me to change paths and disregard His instruction.
Well, I’m not living in a palace, surrounded by gold, or any of that. But, thus far, I have not been tossed on the street begging for a crust of bread. I still believe, when I’m not scared and cranky, that He has a plan and that it’s gonna happen and that He loves me and has something more than I could desire or pray for in store. So, I shall pray, get scared, and pray some more . . . and follow Him.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.