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Thirst: The Aching Void Filled by One Thing

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Good Friday, Your Journey | 0 comments

Easter brings our thoughts to Jesus, His journey to the cross and His resurrection. Some will attend services that will include Stations of the Cross, The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross, and more depending how you celebrate and the traditions you bring.

Records of celebrations fill journals to pass the traditions to the generations to come. John the disciple, whom Jesus loved, wrote his gospel with the purpose that people might believe that Jesus is the Christ, and so find Life in his name. Jn. 20:30-31 (1).

Consider the Seven Utterances of Jesus on the Cross, especially “I Thirst” from John 19:28 “Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I Thirst.” (1)

The men who offered the wine vinegar assumed He meant He was thirsty and wanted water but remember Jesus had just gone through three hours of darkness in which God had turned from Him when Jesus said: “I thirst.” Also, His previous words were, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (2)

These words gave evidence that Jesus was a human, a man. However, He didn’t stop being who He was, in addition to his deity He took on perfect humanity. He was the God-man. “The Word became flesh; he became what he was not before though he never ceased to be all that he was previously.” (3)

His spirit was broken. The Bible says, “A broken Spirit drieth the bones.” (Prov. 17:22) His thirst was not for water it was because God had turned from Him, He was thirsting, longing for God. His “thirst’ was the effect of the agony of his soul in the fierce heat of God’s wrath.
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We Only Do What We’ve Always Done

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Your Direction, Your Journey | 0 comments

By now, January should be full of those good intentions and monumental changes we imagined through the last months of 2015. We imagine everything will be better when the New Year comes.

There is an ancient proverb that says,

“One will only continue to do what can be incorporated into daily life.”

  • If you are a dominant person, you won’t read much more of this, having already accomplished the work wanted without much thought except just do it.
  • If you are a people person, you may resist making goals, plans and following through because you can’t remember if goals written for last year and finding them would be a challenge.
  • Another person would get friends together and see what they are doing before sharing your ideas of things written down for this year. The relationship with them is more important than airing your intent for the year, and may take longer.
  • Another person would have to check over everything done in the last year and make sure it was correct and worth doing before making any changes at all in this new year fearing the possibility for error before adding any new tasks at all.

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Thanks Giving

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Life Model, Purpose, Your Direction, Your Journey | 0 comments

November is a time for “thanks giving”.

It’s not only a time for turkey and dressing but a time to remember and reflect on all that God does and thank Him. Prayer is the tool to connect with God to do that. Make November a Thanksgiving Prayer month.

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An Unexpected Answer

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Your Direction | 0 comments

My real relationship with God began with an unexpected answer to a one-line prayer during a self-made crisis many years ago. You may have heard this before.

I attended a Zig Ziglar seminar in Dallas, Texas in 1982 where I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the bathroom at 4 a.m. That’s a story in itself.

It was business as usual when I returned home and intense because it was the end of the quarter and I wanted to be on the ladder of success. To do that I needed to place an order that day.

My prayer: “Lord, today is the end of the quarter; I have $500 and need $500 more how are we going to do this? Amen.”

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Remember Alice?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Your Direction, Your Journey | 0 comments

Alice in Wonderland is walking down a path when she comes to a fork in the road and doesn’t know which way to go.

The Cheshire cat in the tree asks…

“Where are you going?”

Her response: “I don’t know”.

His reply: “Then it doesn’t make any difference”.

Where are you going, and what is your purpose, are you on the right track, or are there annoyances that keep you from Your Journey? What is your purpose?

At the Sheep Shed, we have a compass to follow and use to guide when we get off track and need to redirect. We could be repeating the unwanted patterns in life, haven’t dealt with unfinished business from past relationships, or present conflict we can’t deal with. And most important when we want to get closer to God. We use the four basic laws written into the universe that affect all of our lives as surely as gravity.

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Your Direction: Let’s Get Things Straight

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Your Journey, Your Purpose | 0 comments

Would you believe me if I said, Second Born twin will not let anyone else do dishes while he is here? It happened this summer…

Summer is a good time to learn something new as long as there’s fun attached. It is also a time to delegate the work that never ends especially if you have children home all the time. Therefore, I decided to find a way to delegate the routine never ending chores like dishes, washing clothes, putting away toys etc, dusting and of course vacuuming. Until now, I have not been successful interest dwindles after a time or two and we are back to square one. I decided to consider the strengths of the boys and then find the right motivation and follow through to be able to hand the job totally to them. My mode of operation is always, I do it you watch, we do it, and then you do it, and I will check it. Job well done without supervision is yours.

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How to Develop Spiritual Authority

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Your Direction, Your Journey | 3 comments

It is Your Journey; no one else can take it. Along the way, you discover for yourself and choose to reveal your uniqueness, your purpose, and your place to those who journey with you. God has called you to be in this time and place in history. God’s purpose for us is to create authority in the world around us and give it back to Him.

When you choose to be life giving to those around you and do not default to your weakness you gain authority. Very simply, do not ever let anything pass by you that you know is wrong without speaking about it. The result is not up to you, speaking or addressing it is.

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What Does God Do?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Life Model | 4 comments

Just after the baptism of the Holy Spirit I began to be serious about serving God but I was confused about what I was to do and what God did. I thought I should ask Him everything, but I really wanted to do my own thing my way so I did.

The next day, I’d feel guilty and beg forgiveness. Examples I struggled with had to do with daily disciplines like getting up in the morning after staying up half the night rather than sleeping in. I really didn’t want to get up in the morning so I would set a couple of alarm clocks only to get up on shut them off and go back to bed.

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You’re Never Too Old to Hear Better!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in communication | 0 comments

February is a special month, with attention on building relationships and holding on to what is near and dear, to us all. I depend on a couple of rules for communication that are tried and true.

I first learned from my oldest son, five years old at the time. He’s a talker and I was not used to that, so I went about my chores and he would follow me chattering away. One day, he stopped right in the middle of the kitchen floor, put his little arms on his hips and glared at me while he said, “I’m going to wait till your eyes are on me!” Whoa! I stopped and gave him my whole attention to hear what he had to say. Being surprised, I did not even think to have a comment ready. I learned, the purest form of the golden rule is to listen.
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Here’s How to Build Great Relationships!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Relationships | 3 comments

Relationships develop over time, when people share in a real way, so each person can know the other, rather than one person trying to meet the expectation of the other. It takes time to really listen and ask questions, to understand who that person really is.

We respond to people the way we think they think, without really stopping to listen and receive them as the person they are. One of my favorite books, The Velveteen Rabbit  by Margery Williams, explains becoming Real.

What is Real?
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