Monday, August 16, 2010

De-worming and hoove trimming lessons

In God's Word we are referred to as the sheep of His pasture. I would not doubt that for a minute! We are so like sheep! Today, Dad and I had to take care of our sheep. They needed to have their de-worming shots and to have their hooves trimmed. Now our sheep don't find this task enjoyable. It reminded me of how God sometimes deals with us. He has us go through certain things that we may not understand. They may be painful, but they are for our ultimate good. There are a few different responses that we can have. I observed my sheep and some of them had the same responses. Let me illustrate my point.
We saw:

* the quite rebel... I will do what you say and follow your will, but I am arching my back and pulling away from you....
* the partial follower... I will follow and obey the first part of your plan, but I don't want the second part....
* the outspoken one.... I am not happy and will let everyone hear it..... you may do what you like but I will complain all the way.....
*the unstable minded... ok... now I want it, now I don't... do your will in my life, nope not now... yeah now..... nope I don't think so.....
* the out ward rebel.... I will not follow, I will not make it easy, I will not let you guide, I don't care if you know what is best... NO!
* the simple minded.... I don't know what is going on... I guess I will go.... ok... no that hurts... what is happening....
*the escape artist .... I will find a way out... I will not follow... I want my own path...
* the submissive follower.... I know that you know what is best... Yes it will hurt, but you have always cared for me... and you always will...

I saw each of these attitudes among my flock. Ultimately, the same end was reached. They all got their shots and hooves trimmed... like it or not! Isn't it the same with us though? God is in control. His way will be accomplished. Our attitude and outlook affects how we are viewed by others. It can either draw others toward or away from the LORD. Keep that in mind. Trials are hard, but God knows what is best. Follow Him.... The end is rest!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer Brings Change

So it has been a crazy summer. Really busy! I have decided that I am not returning to school (Pensacola Christian College) and am instead am taking a correspondence course from home. This brings a lot of questions from friends and family alike, but I know tthat God is leading. He always will lead you if you follow his will. In Genesis Abraham's servant says "I being in the way, the Lord led me." (Genesis 24:27) That is how I feel. I was not looking to leave school, but I followed his will and he showed me that it was time to move on. I am now on my path to becoming a midwife. So, besides all that, I will be taking a course at my local church. That as well as being busy with work will keep me quite busy. The Lord has really been blessing my life in many ways. Through my family, friends and animals. I have had fun just working on the farm and doing school. God Bless!