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“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters,

He restores my soul

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

All the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

(Psalms 23, NIV)

Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He laid down His life for the sheep allowing us to walk in green pastures and beside the still waters as we have the knowledge that we will, as believers, spend eternity with Him.

“I am the good Shepherd.  The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11, NIV)

 

But Love Heart, there is more to this journey than just accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.  We must follow

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24, NIV)

If we want to be among the Good Shepherd’s sheep we must take up the cross, deny those things that cause us to wander, and follow Him.

It’s a daily choice…it’s a discipline…it’s walking in Christ strength and not our own.  ~Debra

Shirley and Marcy

August 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

With school starting today in Abilene, Texas I felt this little story was appropriate.  Enjoy!

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school.  He didn’t want his mother to walk with him.
She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.
So she had an idea of how to handle it.
She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance,  So he probably wouldn’t notice her.  She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour girl he knew.
She did this for the whole week.   

As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs,
Timmy ‘s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.  Finally she said to Timmy,
‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?’  Timmy nonchalantly replied, ‘Yeah, I know who she is.’  The little girl said, ‘Well, who is she?’

‘That’s just Shirley Goodnest ,’ Timmy replied, ‘and her daughter Marcy .’
‘ Shirley Goodnest ? Who is she and why is she following us?

‘Well,’ Timmy explained, ‘every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much.
And in the Psalm, it says, ‘ Shirley Goodnest (surely goodness ) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’ 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you; Love Heart! ~Debra