Thank God I'm Found! (And forgiven!) I was lost, but now I am found! I was one way, but now I am another! All because of Jesus and my faith in Him! PTL! We are hurtling towards Thanksgiving and the return of Christ. What are you thankful for? Dig out those gratitude lists you are building and meditate and praise through them today and maybe even add some new things. God is always at work and always doing a new thing. PTL! Thank Him for allowing us to know Jesus, salvation, new life, and growing in relationship! Thank God for using you and us to be His hands and feet. Thank God for answered and unanswered prayers and for His perfect will and timing. Thank God for what He's going to do Sunday during worship, fellowship and brunch. Thank God for being God and Jesus for being your Lord and Savior. Yes rejoice today! PTL for He is good and His mercies are new every morning! Sing a new song this morning as you meditate on this song: I am in the I AM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDHJ1oXzfQ8
Good Morning Children and Friends of God! What a blessing to be loved, adopted and called family and friend! Check out the UR and think about how much you are loved and cared for, like an orphaned lamb. God is love, created you with love, to go love. Dwell in His love this morning and prepare to walk with Him in love today. Listen for His heartbeat and voice and run to Him as He leads you through this day and every day to follow. Allow His love to overwhelm and overflow you! And just marvel at His amazing grace that saved a wretch like you! Who are we that God is mindful of us, yet He is and always at work wanting to lead us to His best. PTL! May God bless you with His presence, peace and joy today and with knowing that he has great plans for you awaiting discovery. Amen!
Who Am I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rT8Re1EIQc
Upper Room: The Shepherd's Voice
Jesus said, “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 will snatch them out of my hand.” - John 10:27-28 (NIV)
From time to time a ewe will abandon her healthy lamb. Shepherds call such orphans “bummer lambs.” When a shepherd encounters one, he picks it up, adopting it as his own. He bottle-feeds it and lets it sleep with its head on his chest, comforting the small creature by the sound of his heartbeat.
My wife and I once adopted a bummer lamb and took her to our house to care for her. Whenever we returned home, as soon as the tiny lamb heard our voices she would run to the door, bleating in welcome.
When the lamb grows to be a sheep, it takes its place in the flock; but the bond between it and the shepherd remains. When the shepherd calls the flock to come, the orphan will hear and respond to the shepherd’s voice first, running to greet him, drawing the other sheep to the shepherd.
This reminds me of the Good Shepherd: “My sheep listen to my voice; and I know them, and they follow me.” If you have ever been a “bummer lamb,” know this: though you have been wounded deeply, God will cherish you. When we listen for God’s voice and are ready to follow God’s call, we can help lead others to God’s love.
Dear Lord, may we hear your voice, know your will for us, and be quick to follow you. Amen