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The Good Shepherd

A weekend of replenishment has come and gone.  Time spent in laughter with friends is truly some of the best medicine.  Have you ever just felt the awe inspiring, goosebump building, magnitude of God's presence?  It's different for everyone, and in a different place for everyone.  Do you know what? That's ok! We are each in our own individual walk and what one may feel or take from a lesson may be completely different from another.  This weekend, a PDE team member spent a glorious weekend on horseback, riding through God's creation.  Christ blanketed the entire weekend with providing the group of friends exactly what and who they needed in every situation. He provided safety of horse and riders on tricky trails and trail guides at exact moments of indecision of which trails to take without becoming dangerously lost.  He held the torrential rains until to camp they returned. Faith sharing moments with friends, and strangers made friends, graced the entire trip. 

More than time with friends and being in his presence, she took some time to be still and listen. The still waters of the pond with the serenity of the barn (shown in the picture above) became her favorite view each day.

Coincidence it was not, that the October devotional which came to mind, was Jesus' I AM statement that I Am the good shepherd.  The author of our I Am statement devotional reflects sacrifice is a characteristic of a shepherd. "When we say yes to anything (good or bad) it means we have to say no to something else." This weekend had been a choice of 3 important happenings, but after some prayer and some convincing for others to take on her own flock in her absence, she chose to go ride and camp with friends.  Well, she didn't choose: she was led.  THIS was what she needed.  By saying yes to where Christ was leading her, a seemingly selfish trip became a weekend of restoration.  It's been said that we, as women, men, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, coworkers, friends; Christians, can not give from a depleted source.  It reminded her of another scripture proving He is indeed a good shepherd as David in Psalms 23 says:   

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

YES!!! So, with a restored soul, she returned to her home with the fruits of her spirit ripened.  Her physical body however, is going to need a few extra days to recover from that annoying thing they call being saddle sore! 

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