"When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. " John 10:4 (NASB)
This 5 month old, little black Icelandic lamb is named "Lavender". She joined on flock on Restoration Farm, Wyoming just this summer (2017). I love hearing Lavender's loud, persistent greeting every time I go outside! For the time being, our flock is being dry lotted in our back yard. This is to protect them from [...]
Like sheep's wool, our lives (habits, personalities, choices) reflect where we have been. When I sheared Gracie for the first time, (and many more since) I found "souvenirs" in hung in her wool that gave evidence of how she had been living her life, where she had been, and something about her troubles and circumstances. [...]
My admittedly limited understanding, is that in the Biblical setting, they practiced "open grazing", which is best for small livestock, because instead of fencing them in and working to try to keep the ground continually producing what they need, you move them around to where what they need is growing, leaving the grazed ground to [...]
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170418-sheep-are-not-stupid-and-they-are-not-helpless-either Remember, God did not use the sheep/shepherd analogy in scripture so often, just to tell you "how stupid" you are! This analogy is far richer. People who think sheep are only "stupid", including others who work with them, do not have the patience or insight to see the world from a sheep's point of [...]
If you attended the Hearing the Shepherd's Heart luncheon, click the link below here to download a one page summary of thoughts that go along with Linda Boswell's beautiful painting we gave you a print of, and the little clay sheep I made. Is 40 11 Who Is Your Lamb
"When it rains on the sheep, the shepherds get wet."
Shepherd is not only aware of the mother's concern for her babies, ...He is also sensitive to it and willingly takes action to help her with her concerns.
Why would a shepherd need to "gather lambs"? What is it like to gather a new lamb? Did you ever consider that when Jesus, your Shepherd, gets the chance to take care of you in your need, in your place of vulnerability, it may actually make Him feel good?? Carrying you thru your difficulties is not a chore to Him, it is gratifying, because He loves you! He likes to hold you close.