Thursday, October 31, 2013

Promising for Sheep-Finale!

Do Ewe Like my "Expensive" million dollar profile?
In Psalm 23:5, David  revealed how much preparation is necessary for the Shepherd, prior to the summer trek to the highlands. Besides removing poisonous plants & opening up healthy drinking water, he also must treat the flock for the devastating effects of summer insects & parasites. By applying an oil, tar, sulfur, & spice mixture, the sheep are able to experience some needed relief! David now concludes Psalm 23 with some very "Promising" thoughts about the future of sheep. He indicates that sheep that have the Lord as their Shepherd, will not only have all their needs met on a day to day basis, but will also have a "Promising" future & dwelling that will be "just heavenly"!

"If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that's as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him."    Anne Graham Lotz   

My Future looks Bright!
I'm sticking close to the Shepherd & EWE, Mama!
"Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me All the days of my life;..."Psalm 23:6

David ends the Psalm on a very hopeful note.The sheep that have the Lord as their Shepherd will have "Goodness" & "Mercy" following them all the days of their lives! Now that's a "Promising" future for EWE & me, if we are being pursued by "Goodness" & "Mercy" all the days of our lives! Wow! In good times as well as trying times, we know that our Shepherd loves us, & that nothing touches us that doesn't pass through His competent hands. He will use all things to work together for our good & the good of others! In addition to that, His "Mercy", or "undeserved kindness", is "following" &"pursuing" us, actually chasing us down all the days of our lives!

"I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."
Billy Graham
I feel '"GOOD" about Goodness chasing me!

Pardon me , but Mercy is following me!

"And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
 forever."   Psalm 23:6b

David ends Psalm 23 on a very positive note. The sheep that have the Lord as their Shepherd have a bright future! After traveling the paths that the Shepherd has laid out for them, the sheep are happy to return to the "Homestead"!They all agree that the Shepherd has the best "ranch" in the land! No one else could care for them better than their Shepherd. He has fed, protected, doctored, & even
guided them like no one else could. Why would they ever want to live anywhere else?

After a hard day scrambling to find your way around in the world, it’s assuring to come home to a place you know. God can be equally familiar to you. With time you can learn where to go for nourishment, where to hide for protection, where to turn for guidance. Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God’s house is a place of peace.
Max Lucado -
Sheep that stay the closest to the Shepherd enjoy a life that is truly satisfying, & a future that is "Out of his World"!

Life is Good on the Shepherd's ranch!

We are walking securely in step with the Master!

As Ewe graze on the pasture the Lord has for Ewe today, enjoy the peace that comes from closely following Ewer Shepherd. "Green Acres" is the place to be!

"I came that they might life, & have it more abundantly." John 10:10

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Promising for Sheep?-Take 6!

What did Ewe say about setting the  table?
David has penned the 23rd Psalm as an intimate Shepherd who is well acquainted with sheep. He has included many promises for the flock that closely follows the Shepherd. Provision, protection, & guidance, are all available under the care of the Shepherd. We now look into even more of these "precious promises" available to the sheep under the care of the ever faithful Shepherd.

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
C.S. Lewis
"Tis well."  Washington's last words, as recorded by Tobias Lear, in his journal (14 December 1799). Washington said this after being satisfied that precautions would be taken against his being buried prematurely: About ten o'clk he made several attempts to speak to me before he could effect it, at length he said, — "I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead." I bowed assent, for I could not speak. He then looked at me again and said, "Do you understand me? " I replied "Yes." "Tis well" said he. A conflation of the last two quotes has also sometimes been reported as his last statement: "It is well. die hard but am not afraid to go".

Ewe know I love Lamb! Please wander away from the flock?
Do Ewe know how many lunch invitations I've received?
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;" Psalm 23:5a 

The Shepherd has to prepare well in advance for the different seasons of a sheep's life. The summer is one of those times that requires extra planning for the trek to the highlands, or "tablelands"! The Shepherd must plan a visit prior to the sheep's arrival, to prepare the pastures. First, He must scout out the land for poisonous plants & remove them. Next, he must open up suitable places to drink, by removing all obstructions & debris from the fresh water. Finally, he must select the most lush feeding areas of the "Mesa", for the sheep to graze on, relatively free from the fear of predators. Maybe this "Mesa", the Spanish word for "tables", or "tableland", is what David had in mind when he wrote the Psalm.

"True courage is not the absence of fear—but the willingness to proceed in spite of it."--Unknown
Ewe better be on the look-out! Ewe never know what's out there!
I said I want "Mutton", & I want it NOW!
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over." Psalm 23:5

Sheep enjoy the higher altitudes in the summer, as well as the lush pastures & mountain springs. It is a welcome change from life in the valley. However, there are challenges that sheep must face in the midst of this beautiful setting. Summer is also known as "fly" time, the time that insects & parasites thrive, & love to "terrorize" livestock! Sheep are subjected to a host of flies, the worst of which, are the dreaded "nasal" flies. They literally drive sheep to often bang their heads against the trees, seeking some relief! The , attentive Shepherd, thankfully, has a "solution" for the proverbial "Fly in the Ointment". He must repeatedly apply to their heads, a mixture of tar, sulfur, spices, & linseed oil, as a remedy to bring some much needed healing & relief.

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere." --Unknown

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -----  -----
Martin  Luther King Jr.

Did Ewe see the movie "The FLY" ? How do Ewe spell Relief? OIL!

During "Rutting" season, the Shepherd greases my horns before "Battle"!

Sheep need the Shepherd's intervention, especially in the summer, when the flies & parasites are swarming! The oil mixture that He applies, brings soothing healing & relief from these annoying pests.
I take all my medical issues to Dr. Shepherd!
I brought my cap for the "Cool" evenings!
As Ewe travel on the path that the Shepherd has prepared for Ewe today, it's comforting to know that if anything starts "bugging" Ewe, the Shepherd has the right "SOLUTION". Happy Trails! 

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" Luke 11:13