We. Are. Blessed.

I’m trying a “through the bible” devotional this year as I have never tried to go thru the bible in one year.  One of my challenges this year is to read more and seek His word for me.  The authors of the devotional use different translations of the bible based on the theme for the day and are very particular in using different versions if one version is worded for impact a bit more than another.

Today was a revelation for me as one of the passages we looked at was the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus gave.  It’s that familiar “Blessed are the…” passage, where Jesus looks at people and explains why they are blessed.  Ironically, before today, I never really put myself in those categories that Jesus was talking to me personally about being blessed.  It was always about they or them, “others”.  The devotional had me look at the passage in The Message version and WOW…  Jesus wanted the Sermon to speak to US and how WE are blessed with God in our lives!  Take a read…

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.
Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less.
That’s the moment you find yourselves
proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God.
He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care.
At the moment of being ‘carefull,’ you find yourselves cared for.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right.
Then you can see God in the outside world.

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.
That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.
The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.”

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
Matthew 5:3-12 (MSG)

There’s an entire blog post tied up in each one of these separate blessings!  I’m betting that at least one of those statements hits home with you today.  I know it did for me.  Especially verse 5.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
Matthew 5:5 (MSG)

Do you ever find yourself thinking and feeling like you are not measuring up, or are lacking, or insecure in other’s eyes?  Maybe some of us do more than others.  It’s something I struggle with on a daily basis and God states right at this point that if we can be content with who we are, we have everything that matters.  We have Him and His love, what else do we need?  Gulp…  So much of our lives revolve around what “others” think, but do we allow ourselves to bask in how He made us.  Remember, we are made in His image.

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

Ladies, I know this is a struggle for us (again including me), but we are loved and cherished by Him.  Don’t look past Him to look at what your peers think and try to measure yourself up to them.  I’m well aware that this is a constant daily battle, but know that you are not battling alone.  The ladies you are measuring up to, are most likely trying to measure up to you as well.  Take the first step and let the one who you are trying to measure up to know that you love them just as they are, and remind them that God does so as well.  They have already obtained the most valuable gift.

Tending to our flock includes supporting our tribe of other Shepherdesses around us so that we can all be successful with our flocks.  Love well ladies!

Cara

Wisdom………

Wisdom…….what is wisdom?  If you ask ten people I am sure you will receive ten different answers.  As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too I think are definitions and meanings.

The internet defines wisdom as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.  A second definition is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Some synonyms are intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, judgment, and prudence.

What does wisdom mean to you Shepherdess?

For me wisdom is common sense and judgment applied to my situations.  Making wise decisions in my life is integral with keeping my flock safe.  Wise decisions, both spiritual and physical, are vital to staying on the right path and avoiding life’s pitfalls.  There are times my decisions aren’t fun, but my responsibility as a Shepherdess far outweighs what my selfish and dare I say childish human nature desires.

While I do not always have the answer I need, I have the ability to reach out for counsel.  I have an incredibly smart husband, I have wise friends, I have research books, I have the internet, I have life experiences, but first and foremost I have a relationship with God who promises to help me when needed.  I have only to reach out to Him and wisdom is mine for the asking.

James 1:5-8 shares that fact with us promising us GENEROUS wisdom if we ask and have faith.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 I am by far not perfect, and many times in life my wisdom was lacking resulting in decisions that impacted my life and the life of those around me.  I seriously doubt if any of us can look backward and say, “Yep, I did it all perfectly, wouldn’t change a thing.”

But the good news is we can keep moving forward and can seek the GENEROUS wisdom we need.  And the best news is, it is free for the asking.

Shepherdess, tend your flock wisely and well.

Jamie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evil in today’s world…

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that a couple of days ago Jamie posted a very disheartening article regarding the Parkland, FL shooting (read her blog here) last year.  We ask why do these horrific events happen?  And as Jamie eluded to, it’s due to the wickedness and evil in today’s world.  Today let’s not focus on that one event, but what the bible says about those who seek to do evil and what the bible says we need do about it.

Psalm 36 is devoted in it’s entirety to wickedness and God’s protection of His believers.  In verses 1 through 4, David recorded an oracle he received from the Lord.

[1] An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
[2] For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.
[3] The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful;
he has ceased to be wise and to do good.
[4] Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course
and does not reject what is wrong.
Psalms 36:1-4 (NIV)

The wicked referenced here are evil because they have no fear of God, no dread of the Lord and sense no terror because of their actions, thus they proceed with their wicked deeds.  Verse 2 even goes to say that the wicked are proud of act of evil they commit because they cannot see from God’s viewpoint.  Yes, proud.  And who else may be proud of wicked acts?  No other than Satan himself.  And just like the serpent we all know from Genesis, his words are deceptive and wicked and for evil purposes, as David states in verse 3.  And as we know of most people who have committed the heinous acts, they understand their own lives to be worthless, and thus have no inclination to reject the evil, to the point where verse 4 says that even while they sleep, they plot evil!

You would have thought David would have written this yesterday, and not back in biblical history.  The bible shows evil has been a part of history since Adam and Eve decided to ignore God’s commands in the garden.  And Psalm 36 goes on to reiterate that we need to cling to God’s unfailing love for us and that He is protecting us, like a mother hen with her chicks, or even… as a shepherdess protects her flock.  We may be disappointed or even mad at a spouse, child or friend at times, but we ultimately still love them and ensure their protection.

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Psalms 36:5-9 (NIV)

It’s so easy to get caught up in the yuck of this world and allow it to bring us down and spend days frustrated, angry and questioning God on…WHY?  When we do that, Satan gains a foothold, and we begin to doubt and fear.

[10] Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
[11] May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
[12] See how the evildoers lie fallen— thrown down, not able to rise!
Psalms 36:10-12 (NIV)

But the Lord wants us to continue to trust His love and not allow the wicked to come against us as in verse 11 says.  Remember the wicked are proud of their acts, and the more we allow evil events to push us away from God, it is victory for Satan and his evil.  David prays specifically for God to help him with that in verse 10 and that should be our very prayer as well, that we continue to look to God and seek him even during these trying times.

There will always be evil in this world until Jesus comes to restore creation to its glorious splendor, but our purpose is to seek Him alone and trust in His steadfast love for us and our flock.

Cara

What are you resolving to do in 2019???

I’ve always found this week to be interesting.  People have navigated through the Christmas season and a collective “sigh” has been heard from people everywhere.  This week is pivotal, it’s a time where I personally look backward at the past year and reflect upon the ups and downs of the year and the craziness that was endured through the year.  It’s also a time many people look to make New Year’s resolutions to change their life for the better over the next year.  According to U.S. News & World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.  Yes, let that sink in!

Why do you think that is?  My personal opinion is that most resolutions are for outward changes, something tangible that other people can see in you.  Changes that we want other people to see in us… losing 10 lbs, or exercising 3 times a week, or even committing to being on time.  What if we focused this next year on the within, what our heart and soul needs, over what we want to look or feel better outwardly?

The mission of The Good Shepherdess is to help lead you to tending your flock well and keeping them safe.  The key to that is to ensure that YOU are tended to and spiritually healthy as well.  God built us to live in community with each other.  Although this verse is commonly used in the terms of marriage, its background is in the form of companionship (sharing with others) when Solomon was lamenting the perils of isolation.

9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone
when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
11Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
12And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)

This passage references sharing with friends your labor/task gets better return (v. 9), help in time of difficulty (v. 10), comfort in time of need (v. 11), and protection in time of danger (v. 12).  And if two are better than one, then three are even better!  The more confidants that you have as a Shepherdess, the more you have to lean on.  This also means that you have to allow yourself to be leaned on!

24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

God clearly says that we need to encourage each other to love, and “meet” regularly.  Now I’ve just heard the collectively “Oh no, I don’t have time for this!!!”…  God also gave us tools today that allow us to lean in and be leaned on without having to physically sit across the table with each other at Starbucks over a coffee.  I do not want to discount face to face time.  That is critical, to learn about another person because written words can easily be taken out of context, but it does not need to be the sole source of communication.

So where am I going with this?  Well, it’s another challenge!  Ladies, I challenge you this year to pray about and identify one or two people, who you maybe already have a close relationship with, or maybe not, but you feel God calling you to lean in on, and allow them to minister to you this year.  Maybe do a verse of scripture each day and tell each other how it impacts you.  Find a devotional or book to work through together.  At the very least, pray for and lift up each other on a daily basis, providing verbal or written affirmation for that person.  Talk about life, your feelings, your worries, your faith.  Talk about what God is doing in your life.  Conversation must be honest, real, and no-holds-barred.  Conversely, allow another lady or two to lean in on you.  It may be the same person, maybe not.

12With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother,
I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying
that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
1 Peter 5:12 (NIV)

Good Shepherdess, don’t go this life alone.  Jesus had his disciples and Paul had Silas just to name a couple of examples from the bible where it’s better for two or more to traverse life together.  God will find great joy in seeing his people lean in on and experience His grace with each other.

Cara

Inviting evil into our lives…

Yesterday was a day of frustration.  Instead of an enjoyable day at a shooting competition, after multiple equipment failures, it culminated with a small temper tantrum in which I let anger get the best of me.  We’ve all had those days, right?  We’ve had a negative conversation at work, the kids don’t want to mind, or maybe a small spat with the husband?  Then we have to face the world, who may not see where you’ve been or what your day has been like, yet we unleash a short temper on them.

 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
Proverbs 14:16-17 (ESV)

These verses specifically addresses our quick temper and how flying off the handle can cause someone to do or say things that they may regret.  It may not be the event that caused our anger emotion, but because of our hot-headedness, we react poorly to a situation.  Let’s say you had that bad day, and now you are fighting Christmas traffic.  Someone cuts you off.  You lay on the horn…  Or in the store, you grab the essential items like eggs and milk and head to the express line, only to find a person with 21 items starting to check out in front of you, and they need a price check.  You audibly sigh and mumble under your breath while your body language clearly shows your disdain for that person in front of you.

Seems harmless, right?  Unfortunately these “harmless” situations can become a grave danger to you and your flock.  This is exactly how many incidents of violence begin.  One driver having a bad day, reacting to another driver, and the battle ensues into road rage.  As part of our awareness, we must also be aware of our own emotions and keep them in check to keep ourselves out of harms way.  Worse yet, situations like this could also make it seem like we are the instigator in a violent crime.  Witnesses may not see the initial instigating event, in which you are reacting to.  If they don’t see it, it seems that you may be the instigator and the consequences may be grave.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak,
slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 (ESV)

That’s right.  Anger fails to bring us to the righteous life that God desires for us.  God wants us to be a patient people with each other.  We need to train ourselves to be slow to speak (or act) and slow to anger to honor God in all we do.  Not only are we honoring Him in doing that, we are respecting our fellow man and not letting evil invade (back to Proverbs 14:16).  When we are short-tempered, we allow Satan a foothold in our actions, which does not bode well for us, and leads us into sinful ways, which is playing right into Satan’s hands.  Maybe that person who cut you off in traffic is late for an important appointment or the person in the checkout line is in a hurry as well to make it home without paying another hour of babysitting.  Keeping your anger under control shows grace for that other person and Satan hates grace.  You win.

A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)

Do you have to work on your anger or short temper?  Have a friend keep you accountable and allow them to call you out on it when they have noticed you’ve let it get the best of you.  There’s some good Christian based self-help books you can read regarding healthy emotions, or if severe enough, consider seeking counseling for your anger.  The more aware you are of your emotions, the better you can work on keeping them in check.  Keeping your emotions in check brings health to your flock, glorifies God and keeps you and your flock out of harms way.

Cara

The Best and Worst Time of the Year

Yes, that’s what I said.  The Christmas season, while joyful and bright can also be a very hard time of the year.  I think the best word to describe it is overwhelming.  Whether you are overwhelmed by all of the preparation, shopping, Christmas concerts, or even the thought of having to spend a day or two with some relatives.  It’s just an overwhelming time.

I have to admit, Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas this year, and it’s my own fault.  I overcommitted to way too many things leading up to Christmas, and I’m plain worn out.  And there’s still a week and a half to go!  I have a feeling I’m not the only one that feels like they are in a sinking boat.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

In this case, Jesus was speaking to us that the weariness comes from enduring our burdens, burdens of sin and its consequences.  Overcommitting a sin?  Well, let’s think about this.  When we commit, seeking to appease or please others (including relatives) or even our own ego, we are overshadowing Him.  Yes, he wants us to help others, but we need to be secure in Him, not proving our worth to others.  Colossians emphasizes that below…

Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:20 (ESV)

For some, the Christmas season is overwhelming due to loss of a loved one, whether it’s cuts fresh like a knife this year, or an old wound from years ago.  I know there’s a time each Christmas where my soul is overwhelmed for the people that are no longer here by my side and how much my own Christmas traditions have changed over the years and how I would love to have those people back.  My prayer is that you can find hope in the One above and call, or even cry out to Him that you are burdened with loss.

from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, Ps 61:2 (ESV)

In any case where you are overwhelmed, seek Him in prayer, seek a close friend for guidance and wisdom in decisions, and be wary of how the devil may be snaring you into a tailspin.  I found out the last few weeks as I was overwhelmed that so much of the rest of your life is affected.  Your relationship with your spouse, children, co-workers and friends, sleep patterns, and just our overall attitude.  But when we are so overwhelmed, by any of the types explained above, we open ourselves up as prey.

I was posed the question…  “How alert was I when I was overwhelmed?”  Well…  I wasn’t.  My mind was always racing, thinking about and checking the schedule, fussing over everything going on, and not paying attention at all to my surroundings.   We become incredibly vulnerable as women when we are on multi-task overload.  No matter what you are feeling or trying to get done, your safety must come first.

Ladies, never lose sight that you must always be in a mindset to protect you and your flock.  I pray that this season you can give your burdens to God and look to Him for your rest as you celebrate His birth.

Cara

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

For thieves…  Really?  Can’t we talk about the beautiful lights, trees and holiday decorations?  Let’s step back and think about it.  According to the National Retail Federation, this year Americans will spend nearly $720 billion, yes that’s with a “B”, dollars this year on Christmas.  That figures out to an average of $794 per person spent on gifts.  It’s no secret that many of those gifts are desired electronics and jewelry, which pack an expensive item in a small package.

Are you advertising to thieves?  What, who would really advertise that??!?!  The iconic American picture window typically focuses in on the sparkly Christmas tree and the shiny wrapped gifts below the tree.  Consider keeping the presents out of public view, removing the curb appeal for would be thieves.

And speaking of curbs… With so much online retail now, package theft is becoming one of the fastest growing non-violent crimes.  If you cannot be home for your deliveries, consider buddying up with a neighbor who is, or (if you are allowed) have packages shipped to your workplace.  Another option is to have packages held (whether at USPS, UPS, or FedEx) and pick them up.  Most places will hold packages for a couple of days.

There are other forms of advertising that we do harmlessly that put us at risk!  Traveling at the holidays?  Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.  Consider timers on your outdoor lights (preferably dusk/dawn timers).  And you could be popular in the neighborhood.  Offer to let neighbors park extra guest vehicles in your driveway while you are gone!  These tips make it look like someone is home, or at least going in and out.

And if that wasn’t enough, we all want to show our travels and gifts to others, but please be aware that airing that picture of your fancy new 75″ TV to all your Facebook friends or sharing pictures of your holiday cruise (while still on your trip) could make your home an easy and desirable target.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.  Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)

This Christmas season, Jamie and I encourage you to give to those less fortunate.  Whether that be of your time, volunteering with organizations to help collect and distribute gifts, delivering and serving food to the hungry, or by donating financially to worthy organizations, but please be careful…

Thieves aren’t just out after your gifts either.  Every year scam artists take advantage of unsuspecting people by soliciting donations for bogus organizations, which in essence is a donation right into the thief’s pocket.  Make sure you are gifting to organizations in which you know and trust are legitimate.  Do your research on lesser known organizations.  Make your donation directly to the organization, not through another organization or person, who may be skimming portions of the donations for themselves.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Shepherdess, be wary of the wolves that lurk behind the rocks and bushes in your pasture for easy opportunity to attack.  Be on the watch and guard your flock.

Cara

Setting your focus for Advent…

I’m a sucker for Christmas music.  There are rules in my house that it cannot be played out loud until Thanksgiving Day, but I start listening through earbuds in October.  If I had my way, Christmas would last for 3 months!  “O, Come All Ye Faithful” is one of my favorite carols this time of year.  The other day a post on Facebook caught my eye the other day.  “O, Come Let Us Adore Him” beautifully painted on a wood block like so many other we’ve seen gracing homes during Christmas season, but do we really adore Him?

Webster defines adore is to regard with utmost esteem, love and respect; to pay divine honor to; to worship.  Wow.  That’s amazingly deep meaning, much more so than the common use of “that’s adorable” when talking about a cute outfit or hairdo.  What can we do to show Him divine honor this season?  What are acts of adoration that we can worship our Savior with?  I think on it’s most simplest level, it’s to be quiet, even just for a few minutes each day and reflect on the amazing miracle of Jesus.  An ordinary girl and an unexpected fiancé being thrust into a divine appointment, birthing and parenting the Son of God.  That Son being rejected, beaten, scorned and sentenced to death on a cross, one of the most brutal ways to die, only to negate our wayward ways of sin and allow us to have an intimate relationship with our God and Savior directly.  Doesn’t that warrant adoration on a daily basis, regardless of the season?

You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23 (NIV)

Adoration can also come in ways of connecting with God and His word for us.  Prayer is adoration, whether it be prayers of thanksgiving, or prayers of your deepest darkest hurts and needs.  David throughout the Psalms showed great adoration for the LORD, whether it was crying out in praise, or lamenting with his entire soul.

Another great idea gleaned from Facebook (yes, I might spend TOO MUCH time there) is to start reading Luke, one chapter a day starting TODAY the 1st, and by Christmas Eve, you will have read the entire story of Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection.  Many churches and websites also offer Advent devotionals, in which will email or text you daily during advent for reflection.  For some, music is a very personal time praising Jesus.

Advent (meaning “coming” in Latin) is a time of waiting and preparation leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  What a better way to celebrate what Jesus has done in our lives than to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  I challenge you this Advent season, take up something that will turn your eyes to Jesus during these hectic days leading up to Christmas to give him divine honor and adoration to celebrate His birth.  What will you do to give him divine honor and adoration?  Do you have other ideas?  Please share in the blog or Facebook comments for others to see and encourage you on your journey.

Cara

I can do it myself………….

Have you ever heard a young child utter these words?  I’m fairly certain we all have at least once in our life.  “I can do it myself” is verbalizing independence, the ability to do things for and by ourselves.  Learning independence is something we are taught from a young age, something expected, something necessary to becoming a productive adult in society, and at times our definition of the word becomes a yardstick we use to judge others.

In nature becoming successfully independent can mean the difference between life and death.  Animals must learn to survive on their own seeking food and shelter or face the consequences.

What about us?  Don’t we need to strive for the goal of becoming successfully independent – so good at taking care of ourselves that we have no need for others to help?

My answer would be NO (did I say that loud enough?)  We….need…others.  Yep, I just said that we need others.  From the first pages of the Bible, it becomes obvious that we are not meant to face the storms of life alone.  There will be times that we fall, that we hurt, that we cry, that we doubt, that we are overwhelmed, that we simply want to give up (sound familiar?).

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:10 (ESV)

I think this verse makes it pretty clear that we can allow others to help us.  You mean ask for help?   That is exactly what I mean.  Am I good at it?   NO (did I say that loud enough?)  I struggle to ask for help because _______________________.  You fill in the blank.  Depending on the situation it can be many answers.  Maybe I’m too prideful and worried that others will think I’m weak and cannot take care of myself .  Maybe I’m too impatient to allow others to get the job done.  Maybe my expectations of others are too high, insisting they must meet my standard (insert judgmental yardstick here).  Maybe I have lost trust that others will do what they say.

The list can go on and on, so back to the reason for this post.  It’s about blessings.  Blessing others by allowing them to bless us.  Consider this – when we do not ask others to help us (whether we actually need it or not) we may be stealing a blessing from them.  Does it make you feel good to help others?  Do you feel you have received a blessing when you do?  Yes, I do too.  When I fail to allow others to help me I am taking away the opportunity for them to have those same feelings.  When I do ask it becomes a two for one deal, one simple act can bless me, bless them and we both win.

Cara and I are very aware that each of us may be “too independent” as we work together in The Good Shepherdess Ministry and are making a conscious effort to allow each the ability and opportunity to help the other.  Since we are both quite capable women, our focus is on giving a blessing, not about a need for help.

As we continue through the holiday season and into 2019, make it a point to GIVE OTHERS the blessing of helping you.  To quote a commercial on TV, “You’ll be glad you did.”

Tend your flock well shepherdess.

Jamie

The battle of good vs evil…..

I cannot bring myself to listen to newscasts anymore.  They make me feel depressed, heart-broken, and disgusted at our society.  How did this happen?  When did the world become such an awful place?  I want to imagine life as God created it, in the Garden of Eden.  Oh, what a beautiful, majestic place it must have been!  But wait…  newsflash!!! Dateline Garden of Eden….. Eve eats what God says not to, Adam didn’t stop her, she blames him, and he blames the serpent!  Hmmm, maybe the “apple” hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.  Continue reading “The battle of good vs evil…..”