I’m a sheep caller.
Truly, I am.
You see, one day as Tim and I went for a long walk in the country, we noticed a good number of sheep scattered all over the hillside.
They were happily grazing near the farmhouse and the adjacent field.
As we got closer I started talking to them. I’m friendly like that.
I’ll talk to horses and cows and maybe your dog. Though I am afraid of dogs I don’t know.
When I talk to animals I don’t really expect that they’re going to respond to me. After all I’m a city girl. I have no large animal experience. My only pets have been cats. There were a few dogs that tried to call our house home, but usually after a few days my dad would put them in the car and take them to the humane society.
How I got brave and started talking to animals along my walks, I’m not sure. But, I do enjoy it. I just hope no one besides the animals and my husband are listening.
Notice the sheep here?
I’m quite far away.
Yet, they are really paying attention to me.
I won’t tell you what I said… I’ll just leave it up to your imagination.
However, I did NOT call, “Here sheepy!” Just for the record.
But, then… the sheep started making their way down the steep hill… coming my way.
To see me!
Or, maybe not!
They weren’t really interested in me…
There was something in the barn calling them.
I wonder what was going on in the barn?
Evidently it wasn’t what they expected… because they sent out a scout to find me.
I guess they ignored him.
“Where did she go?”
They probably wondered for a long time, because I continued on my walk.
They were still milling around the barn on my return trip.
And as I walked… some of the sheep got the idea that they needed to head back inside the barn.
As I continued on my way… some watched me quite inquisitively.
My little adventure reminded me of this scripture….
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
And then this thought hit me…
How often do I listen to the ONE who loves me with His everlasting love… briefly follow and then go my own way… thinking that I’ve got things figured out… without keeping my eyes on him?
The day we take time to look back over the past week and count ‘seven’… our joys and our sorrows… and give thanks.
There’s something wonderful that happens when we practice this counting. We start to see things in our day differently, we live with more joy and expectation. And peace.
Please join me in counting ‘seven.’
Lord, thank you for…
- Your amazing timing.
- being warm and cozy in the house when the temperature dropped to -19.
- renewing our hope and admonishing us to fully trust and believe through a devotional passage we have read countless times. Thank you for helping us see your word in a new, fresh, and powerful way.
- safety on the roads this week with all the snow.
- that our car started right up in spite of the intense cold.
- the blessing of my husband making a hot breakfast every morning.
- a ridiculous amount of time used up on trips and phone calls to resolve an issue that still has us “on hold” for another week or so. In the midst… you’re making something better out of this for us.
Now, it’s YOUR turn!
Scroll down to the “Share your extraordinary thoughts” below and tap in your ‘seven.’ You’ll be glad you did.
I’ve taken this weekly counting to a daily counting of ten.
Each night… the last thing I do before I go to bed is pull out my journal and list all the things for which I am grateful. My count has now passed 500. There are plenty of pages in my journal to count thousands and thousands. I look forward to filling it up. If you have never taken on a discipline like this… I encourage you to give it a try. It has made such a huge difference in my life.
We’re now in the season of Lent.
If you’re want to give up something other than Coke, chocolate, or Facebook, you’ll want to read this post. (Even if you have given up one of the three… check it out anyway.) And if you are looking for something to do or read daily, I shared some options here.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.
May your week overflow with JOY!
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