I must bring them also…

Posted January 15th, 2012 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

I lay down my life for the sheep.

And I have other sheep that are not in this fold.

I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.

So there will be one flock, one Shepherd.  

John 10:14-16

I stepped out of Heaven, relinquished all, and willingly laid down my life for you. I did this out of my infinite love for all my sheep, especially you. Many have done exceptionally lovely things for you, but I chose the ultimate display of true love. I sacrificed my life that you might have real life…a beautiful abundant life, full of peace overflowing with joy. Don’t think for one minute that I don’t hear your cries in the night for those you love. Keep praying! I, too, love those you desire to enter the safety of our fold. I am the Creator who formed everyone in my image and likeness. And from the beginning, planted deep within the recesses of each soul is a knowing, a recognition of the Shepherd’s voice. Keep praying, for the yearnings of your heart are a precious and fragrant offering I never ignore.  Will you trust me as I make room for grace? Will you trust me as I let my love flow through you pure and unhindered? You can trust me completely. I must bring the others in too…   love Jesus.

I am the oldest. The care-taker, the one who wants to fix everything and everyone so pain and discomfort are avoided. But that’s not God’s way. If we never experienced deep sadness, how would we ever know the extreme joy that comes in the morning? Jesus willingly embraces all the ugliness left from the firey trials of life, and does what only the Savior can do, create amazing beauty from our ash heaps. But it’s so hard to watch those I love stumble and fall headlong into a pit because of poor and irrational decisions…then I remember I once was lost and alone too. It’s only through prayer and the empowering of the Holy Spirit that I can step back, and out of my old role, so Grace can step in. It’s only when I remember that God works everything in every life for good and ultimately His glory. Yes, Jesus is making room for grace in my family and I must trust him.

How about your family…is Jesus making room for grace?  I pray, you pray we pray!



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