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Good Shepherd

As you read the Bible you’ll find a variety of descriptions and metaphors for God.

One of the metaphors you’ll notice is that of “shepherd.” Most of us are familiar with Psalm 23 which begins with “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want….”

We’d love to invite you to think about God as your shepherd. Although it’s a stretch to imagine the full significance of this metaphor (since we suburbanites have little reference for sheep and shepherding) there is still much to be discovered about Who God is and how he relates to His sheep (oh I mean people).

There are two passages of scriptures we’d love to encourage you to read. Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18. As you read these two passages, what are you discovering about Who God is and how He thinks about you?

Meditate on this Verse

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…

John 10:14

Go to God

Father God,
I am SO thankful that You are my Shepherd…leading and guiding me. You are all knowing and Your wisdom I cannot fathom so help me to hear Your voice at all times and know Your direction. Help me to not get impatient when You guide me to rest, and to trust that You are leading me to green pastures where I can be fed and nourished and my soul can be restored. Just as a shepherd is constantly on guard protecting his flock, help me to have a deep understanding that you are always on watch concerning all that is going on in my life…nothing goes unnoticed by You. Give me ears and a heart that only hears You. Let me rest in the confidence that You will not let me go astray.

Today, I will be confident that You will. . .

adapted from Jan Merkel's prayer journal 2008

We’d love to create a chorus of prayer as we finish the phrase above. Would you post some of our expressions of prayer to God?

Just click on the comments below and type in your prayer. (Not sure how to get started, directions can be found on the righthand side of the page toward the top under ADDING TO THE BLOG)

Comments

  1. Today, I will be confident that You will have the best for me. I trust that you have a plan and you will provide. Teach me to hear your voice; teach me to follow and get in line where you would have me. Thanks for having everything under control while I am frantic and unsure. Teach me to trust more.

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  2. continue to guide and lead me in your will. Help me to always listen for your voice in my life in the midst of all the trials and chaos that may be going on around me. Give me a peace that surpasses all understanding. Help me to trust You in all areas of my life as a woman of God, a wife, a mom and a servant. I love you Lord! In Jesus Name, Amen. ~Becky Vang

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  3. Today I will be confident that you are constantly aware of my life. I pray that I would be constantly aware of how involved you really are and be ever greatful for your love and guidance!

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  4. Today, I will be confident that your love surrounds me even when I am not surrounded by your followers. I will rest in the fact that you give me strength. You are always close, you are always watching, you have a plan.

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  5. Today, I will be confident that You will...

    - show me your plan if I listen.
    - always be with me, whether I feel your presence or not.

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  6. Today I will be confident that you are with me always... I can experience your peace and presence in all circumstances... that you are enough.

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