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The Black Sheep

  • The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Yahweh delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:17-19 WEB.

    I grew up as the least of my family, who happened to be the least of another family. I was the youngest of thirteen children and a stepchild on top of that. Every day after Dad left for work, my stepmom made it clear that I did not belong there, and as long as she lived, I never would.

    Have you ever felt like the black sheep in the family? Made some mistakes, or maybe like me, you are the mistake, and they never want you to forget it? After enough pain, we become closed off to the world. Yet, being desensitized is not the answer. For when you can no longer feel pain, you can no longer feel love.

    God can heal the broken-hearted (Psalm 147:3). So be encouraged, for Jesus has friends in low places. He found me there. Jesus redeemed me, added me to His family, and He healed my heart. It took time. He took up the cause of troubled and hurting people, and He will take your burden today if you let Him.

    Remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life. What you have been in the past is gone, and you get to decide who you will be from this day forward. God looks on the heart, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. If you are one of His black sheep, your brightest days are still ahead of you!

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe that You are there for me. When the world looks the other way, You still look my way. Please help me see the world through Your eyes. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: John 11:25-26 "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?' ~ 'Precious Gifts From God' or 'A Sacred Space' will be our next fun theme and, as always, is wide open for some creative interpretation We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect just a few things I consider gifts from God or sacred spaces. Family of course (one of greatest gifts), the gift of capturing wildlife and nature, all those beautiful heart blessings, and some of the little sacred spaces my heart holds dear. Have an amazing week everyone! May the Lord's precious gifts and sacred spaces be your daily joy ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
April 13, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

April 13, 2021
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Thaylor Grammont Jr
Thaylor Grammont Jr

Good morning Family, thank you Lord for another wonderful night of sleep. I look forward to sharing your words though out this wonderful day. Stay blessed and

day safe. God bless you... 

 

Amen.....

April 13, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father, Thank you for saving me and blessing me each and everyday. Amen

April 13, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our wonderful blessings.We love you. Amen 

April 13, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Thank you Jesus for meeting me in the ditch I was in I love you Father!

April 13, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

April 13, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen praise God 

April 13, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Lord, help me see the world through Your eyes. Asking for Your help in bearing today's burden. Thank you. AMEN

April 13, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all the blessings that You have provided me even when I was felling down on the past. Now I have You as my counselor and guide, thank You. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Your Son I pray, Amen. 

Pastor, thank you for your testimony that show us how caring is the Lord when we are in need. God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

April 13, 2021
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Jasmine Montes
Jasmine Montes

 Amen!

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Afternoon Everyone 

April 13, 2021
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: April 13, 2021 Yes, I was the Black Sheep...My family knew all the twisted situations of my mother & Dad... Of course being the only child made it worse...I was raised In Germany by a nanny..Next catholic boarding school...parents devoiced....new step mom from____ I was in her way....ran away...Girls school in DC...then Aunts In Long Island, NY....Bad deal, they wanted me to be what they wanted, that didn't work either... I'm a free spirit, I liked people for who they were, not by their standards, jugemental Thank God he kept me loving...We can see God at work if We pay attention to the details...THANK GOODNESS HE DID NOT GIVE UP ON ME...I'M. 72 HES STILL USING ME.. AMEN !
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

April 13, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

April 13, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for allowing me to survive my broken heart. Take care of my beautiful children Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren always. In the name of Jesus Amen 

April 13, 2021