This week I celebrate two years of writing and sharing my devotionals, Bible studies, and other occasional tidbits. I would love to give every reader a cupcake to celebrate with me. Since that’s not possible you’ll have to settle for a virtual treat instead.
If you’ve been reading for much of that duration, you’re aware of some of my stories. I am a trauma survivor. My blog writing was birthed from a passion that no other person struggles with life to a point of hopelessness. In Christ Jesus, there is always hope. But it doesn’t always come easy.
Surviving my son’s suicide and later the suicide of my husband left indelible marks in my life. I share about the hope that got me through in “Polished Shells” and “Beautiful Scars.” I’m certain no one is immune to grief, loss, trauma, pain, anguish, or abuse of some kind. It comes in many forms and we will all experience suffering sometime in our life. The real question is, how will we endure it? How will we survive and not lose hope when it happens?
Where’s the “treat” I mentioned? It’s the video clip below. At some point in my own survival process, I came across this wonderful series of short, 2-minute devotional videos that point viewers to the Great Shepherd—Jehovah. They always affirm truth and brighten my day. Ray Carman is a shepherd of sheep, the woolly coated animal kind. He produces delightful daily lessons that he learns through caring for his sheep.
Originally, Ray made a short two-minute video about a rejected lamb that he shared with a few friends. That video became the genesis of a ministry. Ray produces daily lessons and has authored devotional books following the response to his spontaneous clip. His original message is timeless and superb in its simple purity.
“Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—through the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21, CSB).
Dear Reader, thank you for regularly reading my musings and contributing via your comments. Friend, please do me the honor of enjoying this treat today, push the play button, and then REJOICE that we have a risen resurrected eternal shepherd in Christ Jesus.
Father God, thank You for being the caring Shepherd who oversees. You provide for all our needs. When we experience the pain of suffering or rejection You are there to comfort, console, and aid in our survival as we put our trust in You. Hallelujah! Amen.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.
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