Being Part of The Herd (Guess Blogger)

Hi, my name is Laurie, sometimes I go by the nick-name Lulu. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and proud of it, yup, I am a Jesus girl. I am married to my first husband, Richard. Richard is an amazing man and father and has been putting up with me since we tied the knot in 1994. We have two amazing boys that are wonderfully amazing young men that have been a pure joy to raise thus far. We also have two fur babies. Ike is a handsome Chawiener (half long hair chiwawa and half wiener dog) and Stella is the sweetest cat I have ever had, she loves kisses and snuggles under the covers with us. I live in the Mid-West where I enjoy 3 of the 4 seasons, I could really be fine with skipping summer. In my spare time I am a writer, reader, quilter, student and employee. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, please leave me comments, my love language is Words of Affirmation and I am not ashamed to beg! Welcome Laurie

Being Part of the Herd

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth 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.” Psalm 23 (KJV)
I grew up learning, memorizing and reciting this Psalm. If I had to guess, this is probably one of the most memorized passage in the Bible.
As we continue in our “Little Golden Book” series, I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at Psalm 23, and if you have not memorized it yet, I challenge you to do so.

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As a child I remember this Psalm bringing me so much comfort and a feeling of God’s protection over me. I would recite it anytime I was anxious or worried about things. I would dream of walking beside Jesus in a meadow of flowers and resting near a pretty stream. I could imagine Him catching me when I fell, and I could feel His presence with me as I would pray this Psalm.
I never once thought about what it would cost me to be one of His sheep or what it meant to be part of the herd. These thoughts didn’t occur to me until I was an adult.
So, what does it mean to be part of His herd? Why does God repeatedly refer to us as His sheep? Let’s start by looking at what it means to be one of His sheep and why we need Him as our Shepherd:

First, sheep are conformists. They enjoy being in a herd. They find protection in numbers. Sheep are good this way, but people often are not. (Nathan Tabor)
So let’s learn a little more about sheep and how we may be like them. Like sheep, we are a bit dense. While researching sheep I found a story about a sheep that fell off a cliff and the other 400 sheep in the herd followed him to their death. We tend to follow the herd people! Think about it and I bet you can find at least a dozen examples in your life where you followed the herd. We need a shepherd!
Sheep are defenseless. They cannot fend for themselves and they cannot fight off the attacks of other animals. They are the wooly snack food of the wild. Ok, I know what you are thinking right now….YOU are not defenseless. Hmmmm….are you sure? Can you really handle ANYTHING that comes your way?

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
But the most dangerous thing sheep do is wander. And they tend to wander off for no good reason. They can have everything they need right where they are but they still wander off.
We as a human race are prone to wander too. The bible is full of examples of people, cities and nations who wander away from God. It has been that way since the beginning, Adam and Eve wander over to the tree of Knowledge. The whole human race wandered so far from God that a flood came and took over the earth.
You see, we are prone to wander in our faith and that is the greatest tragedy we could suffer. I am so thankful that I have a good shepherd who will leave the 99 and rescue me!

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Luke 15:4
I think that it is obvious that we are in desperate need of a Shepherd, someone who will watch over us and protect us from ourselves. Someone who spends all of his time with us, His sheep. Someone whose voice we will be able to discern above all other voices.

“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27
So what does it mean to be part of the herd? It means life, it means freedom from death, it means assurance that we are loved and looked after. It means experiencing goodness and mercy all the days of our life and finally, it means that we will dwell in the house of the Lets end our time now by praying through Psalm 23:
Lord our shepherd, you leave me wanting for nothing. I walk with you through green pastures and lie with you by the still waters. You restore my soul and lead me in the path of righteousness. Your protection is with me as I walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil. Your rod and your staff they comfort me. When the enemy attacks, you prepare a table before me and anoint my head with oil. My cup is running over with your goodness and mercy and I delight in you as I dwell in your house forever. Amen

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Do You Have Room?

Luke 2E.pngAs Mary and Joseph journey on to Bethlehem because of the census they came upon a dilemma, which was that no one I mean no one had a place available for them. However, because they were humble they were willing and did make the stable a home for themselves for a short time. Regardless that Mary was about to give birth to a King at any moment the stable was fine, and a manger where food was kept for animals, was good enough for her son to lay his head upon and rest.  Doesn’t this when you begin to think for a moment or two how our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe came into this world and begin his life as a human. There were no fancy birth announcement, and she didn’t give birth to Jesus in a nice warm hospital bed, but she gave birth among the lowest of the earth, the animals. You see Christmas is not about fancy trees, or the parties that we attend or throw ourselves, not about the Christmas cards and definitely not about the presents either. This season is all about the birth of a child who would change the lives of men and woman forever. Our sins as humans have separate us from God and for all of eternity, but God did not give up on his people. His love is unconditional that is why even through we are sinners he sent his only begotten son. Look at the words of the Gospel of John 3:16-18 “For God so love the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosesoever believe would not perish but have eternal life”. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to received glory and honor, and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being,

Revelation 4:11

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.        Revelation 3:20

GiftsThere is only one gift that we could ever possibility give to the Christ child and that is our hearts. It doesn’t matter to Jesus how poor we are, how rich we are, what we have or don’t have, what matters it our hearts and that is all he wants, and for us to give of ourselves to others. Christmas is a season for giving, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can keep that same Spirit all through out the year and not just one month a year. The greatest commandment that Jesus teaches us is this ” Love the Lord your God will all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourselves.

Matthew 22:37-39

Prayer: Dear Lord

We come to you just as we are, as sinners, and ask for your forgiveness, and to say please come into our hearts and live with us forever. May we become the people that you have created us to be, not just this Christmas but forever.

In Christ Name we Pray

Amen

Grace and Peace To You My Friends

Unexpected Blessings

Psalm 8.png Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!                                                                          Psalm 8

As you read these words written by King David which can be found in the Old Testament, these words rings so true in todays world. Too many times we as humans seem to get pleasure of complain about something or someone, and we love to give ourselves a pity party every now and then. However instead of complaining to someone what if we begin to stop and realize the blessings that God has given to all of mankind. As each day gets shorter because of the winter drawing near I take walks after dark or early in the morning, and I just love to look up to the heavens to see the beautiful canvas that God has created with the stars, it is truly breath taken for all to see. I just stand still looking up and feel the wind upon my face and listen quietly for the voice of my heavenly father, and for me to say Thank You, this is just so beautiful. As I was planting the bulbs for springtime again I think what a blessing for me to see next spring the beautiful colors within each flower and knowing with the dead of the winter it will not be the end but all is asleep waiting for the beginning warmth to burse out in song to our Creator, God Almighty and all the colors will be amazing for us humans to enjoy. When the fall season begins at least for myself I enjoy the apple and pumpkin picking with my children as seeing all the beautiful colors from each and every tree. For many people it is a reminder of the winter coming closer but for me it reminds me of the harvest blessings that God has given to his children.  There are so many wonderful blessings around each of us each and everyday we truly don’t need to look too far to find them.

So on this day that God has given to you look around for his unexpected blessings he has given to you.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

A Gift Called Love

christmasWhat is Christmas, and why do so many people make so much fuse over it, it is just like any other day, isn’t it.  I would like to take this moment to share the very first Christmas with you. You see more than two thousand years ago God knew that this world need a Savior, someone that would be able to saved His people (you and me) from our sins. Because the sin that we as humans commit on a daily basis, has cause us to be separated from God, the very God who created you and me. Too many people back then as well as today have turn their backs on  God, they have no time for him or even cared what he thought and even believe that God even exist, and the ones that think this way is so far from the truth. Long before the first Christmas the prophet foretold the birth of Jesus. In the book of Isaiah (which is in the Old Testament) Chapter 9:6 read these words, For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Price of Peace. Some prophets predicted future events, their primary role was to call God’s people back to Him. Isaiah was telling the people back then about a future Messiah and that would be Jesus. Many years later a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel telling her that God has chosen her to carry his one and only son. Mary was a teenager herself ones believe between the ages of 14-16 yrs. old, she was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. The angel told Mary (in the gospel of Luke 1:35) The Holy spirit will come on you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, for nothing is impossible for God. Mary replied I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled. So from that point on Mary and Joseph’s life would be forever change, God would use them both for His master plan to save his people from their sins. So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (Luke Chapter 2) While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

You see Jesus was not born in a palace, or some fancy place, nor did he come into this world surrounded by his parents loved ones. Jesus was born in a stable among the animals, a place that probably did not smell to good. To continue with this special night (Luke 2:9) and their were shepherds living out in the field nearby. keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord, shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said, do not be afraid, I bring you good news for all people, For unto this day is born  in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord, you will find a child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manager. So the shepherds as well as wise men from the east follow the star that stood over where the child was laying. Christmas is about a child being born in a manger, a child that would grow up and do so many wonderful things for people. However the most important thing that he would do would be to died on a cross ( in our place) which is not the end, he would Rise and He Lives Forever in the hearts of all who accept him as their own personal savior. As a song I have heard many times God Not Dead! He is truly Alive!, he is living on the inside of you and me.

Christmas is about God loving all of us even you who are reading these words. Their is nothing you can ever do that would stop God from loving and forgiving you. We give gifts to the people we love just as the wise men gave their gifts to the Christ child, the gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh. But the best gift that we can ever give to someone else is the gift called love, just like God giving all of us the greatest gift of all, his one and only son Jesus Christ.  If you are wondering what can you possibly give to the Christ child this Christmas and that gift is so simple, give Jesus your heart. Would you accept his love and the sacrificed he made for you because he LOVES YOU!, Yes You!

Merry Christmas my friend, remember God does Love you, because you are his child, his love is unconditional. Have a Blessed Christmas