By Barbara Rainey
First posted on EverThineHome.com
“I AM the Good Shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me. … I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:14-15
Leaders are shepherds.
Parents, teachers, coaches, mayors, governors, employers, pastors, priests, and every other titled position of authority implies a responsibility of caring, of shepherding the welfare of others.
The entire chapter of Ezekiel 34 is a pronouncement of judgment by God against those who shepherd His people with neglect, malicious intent, and evil acts. The history of God’s people is replete with bad leaders.
Have you followed bad shepherds in your quest to find meaning and fulfillment? Most of us have at some point in some way.
So when Jesus declared Himself the Good Shepherd, He was creating a contrast between Himself and every other shepherd in history.
Over whom do you have a shepherding responsibility?
Are you a good shepherd like Jesus is?
Only God is good, but in Christ we can become good in our leadership.
Will you follow Him?
He waits for you.
My Heart, Ever His: Prayers for Women (NEW from Barbara Rainey)
As we search for meaning in our world of shallow online relationships and glamorized selfies, many are returning to traditional and liturgical churches. The repeated words, benedictions, and historic hymns connect us to saints who have gone before, giving us a sense of belonging, richness, and transcendence. Written prayers, once cast off as archaic, are now welcomed as guides to tune our hearts to the heart of God.
In My Heart, Ever His Barbara Rainey shares 40 prayers for women. Readers can read and meditate on one prayer throughout the week or read a prayer a day for 40 days as a way to express the longing of our hearts to our Father who loves us even as he sees who we truly are. Like the psalms of David, these prayers are honest, sometimes raw. Barbara uses these transparent expressions of common female experiences to encourage us to surrender to Christ and help us see God as he is, not as we assume him to be. My Heart, Ever His provides a stepping-stone to help you become more transparent with God and discover his welcoming embrace.
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