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  Paintings By Goats

  abstract masterpieces by caprine artists    offered by westcoast craft cabin

GOAT STORIES

Goat Stories

I had just put the goats out to graze , I let Maya back in and she went

right to her Mother to nurse when she hadn't been milked yet .

So I took Maya and put her into her night pen , separate from her Mom

to save our milk. Maya started freaking out panicking and pacing etc.

The Lord said , don't you do that , don't you be like that , and I at once

knew what he meant , because in recent times we had been dependent

on Dad's help financially .Now Dad had lost his work , and the potential

financial help for us . Having been under his help , we could easily have

freaked out when it was retracted . We didn't need to panic, because the Lord

was our source , even when He was using Dad to help us , and he would continue

to take care of us .


Goat Stories

We had been in a financial trial , and had wondered if we needed to get rid

of the goats . The Lord said , if this trial was about getting rid of the goats ,

don't you think I would have sold the goats that you already had for sale ?

Why do you keep asking me if you should get rid of them when I've already told

you ? Because , i answered , we keep having to struggle , and we want to make

sure you're still with us. He said , do you know why Peter sank ? , because he doubted

because he held back just a little . Don't hold back , trust me , believe me when I tell you

something . It's not about getting rid of your goats , it's about being patient.


Goat Stories

I didn't give the goats their normal hay before their grain , I just went straight in ,

and opened the door . Lucy , who does not acknowledge me as her shepherd ,

and actually dislikes me , put her nose into my hand as if to say , don't you

have something for me ? Then she walked out the door , flouncing and acting

arrogant and haughty again , as if she didn't need me, and never looked back

again at me even once. In the same way , non believers who hate God ,

ask him for a hand out , or a favor , and then having asked , go on acting

prideful and arrogant .

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

proverbs 16 :18


Goat stories

I was washing the boy goat's water bucket , and the Lord said

did you ever think it was strange that you clean and give the goats

something to drink from the same source ? and he went on

to explain when you are in the word , you both clean and drink at

once . But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;

but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

JOHN 4:10


Goat Stories

There are few things more heart wrenching for

a shepherd of goats and sheep than to hear the cries

of mamas and babies during weaning , I was out cleaning

pens , and I could hear a kid crying for his Mama from the

weaning pen , as a shepherd you have an overwhelming

Instinct when you hear that panicked cry to go and rescue them

but you cannot , because weaning must happen. I spoke to

The Lord about this , because it was stressing me out ,

times have been rough lately , and this crying was more

than I could bear on top of everything else.

“Don’t you think that as your shepherd your cries cause me

pain? But I must weigh what is best for you , and sometimes that

means withholding something from you that you feel you need.

Like a baby being weaned , you cry because you believe you need milk

But I am preparing you for more , I am preparing you to receive meat.”

ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the

oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who

by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Hebrews5:12-14


Goat stories

When Cherokee’s twins got frightened , or realized they

Were alone in the room , they would go at once and find

A hiding place , behind a door , under the feeder ,

And I at once wondered if David called the Lord his hiding

Place for that cause ,

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from

trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs

of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7


Goat stories

Sienna , Amira’s girl , wanted to nurse , and her

Mother didn’t want her to , in order for them to

nurse , at this two month age , the mother puts her head

Down a little , and looks at them, and that is the signal that

They can nurse , the little doeling just kept looking

Up into her mom’s face , straining up to touch her ,

Trying to make her look at her , and Amira just

Kept looking away and resisting . And it reminded me

Of when God hides his face from us , and how troubled we are

And that then we are to seek his face

Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled:Psalm 104:29

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto

thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.psalm 27:8


Goat stories

I left a goat in the stanschion while

I went to do something else , I looked back at

Her waiting to get let out , and the Lord said ,

I only leave the goats in an uncomfortable position

As long as necessary too (as well as the sheep)

ie alive in this world even


Goat stories

Our goat Brat was coming into the

pen from being out grazing, I

was holding him by the collar to

lead him in, and he was pulling

and pulling against me, trying

to go his own way, and he finally

broke free and almost ran his head

into the barn. I often think it that in

trying to go our own way rather

than the way the Lord is trying to

lead us, stubbornly clinging to self

will, to self-sufficiency we

more times than not only end up banging our heads against the wall.


Goat stories

In the goat barn during milking

we have an in door and an out door

so that there is no confusion of where

we expect the goat who is next to be

milked to be waiting when her name

is called for her turn.The goats kept

coming to the wrong gate and expecting

to be let in, I kept telling them,

”I won’t let you in unless you come through the

right gate.” Likewise there is a right gate

that leads to salvation, a right gate that leads

to heaven, and we cannot get in through

the wrong gate ,but we have to come

through the right gate, the one that Christ said was

right, through him. Enter ye in at the strait gate:

for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,

that leadeth to destruction, and

many there be that go in thereat:Because strait is

the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto

life, and few there be that find it.

matthew 7:13-14

I am the door:by me if any man enter in,

he shall be saved

john 10:9

Goat Stories

We were out of grain at the

Kid barn, so I fed the little boys

their alfalfa hay early in place

of it. Later when it was actually

time to feed alfalfa,I was going to

withhold from them,because

they had already had some early.

A goat is very routine oriented,

and when I failed to give it to them

when I ordinarily would have, they

were upset and started running in

and out of their house, looking at me

puzzled. The Lord said “Give them their

alfalfa.” After I did, He said “If you ask

me for something and I give it to you

right away, you are less likely to remember

it than if you ask and I wait to give it

to you. Sometimes it is in the waiting

that we see God move more clearly,

and in the building anticipation of

His answer,that we have the

opportunity to exercise faith.

Knowing that tribulation worketh

patience; and patience, experience;

and experience,hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed

Romans 5:3-5


Goat stories

We lock up the goats kids in the

Early evening as they get older so that

They can move toward being weaned,

And we always give them something

Good to eat in the kid pen, so they will

Think it is a good thing to go in when we

Put them away.

One day Ellie was crying to get put away

In the kid pen so that she could have

that little bit of grain we offer as incentive

to be willing to go through the gate.Ellie

couldn’t see ahead, and did not have

the foresight to know what would happen,

that she would be closed in, away

from her mom until the next morning

after milking.

Ellie only knew what she

thought she wanted,she didn’t have

the understanding to see that she was free, then

she,at her own insistence was put away,

and no longer free. In the same wise, we

often ask the Lord,even beg Him for

things we think we want, but we have no

understanding of what it will mean

if we get what we ask for, often times

our desires for ourselves

and our futures are not the thing that is best

for us,and the Lord being all knowing,

doesn’t always give us as we’ve asked

Him for but sooner what Is best.


GOAT STORIES

One day while milking the goats,

I called Josee for her turn to be

Milked,she didn’t come,I called

her again,she still refused to come.

So I called Kai as the next goat in

Line to be milked. After Kai was done,

I called Josee again, and this time

She came. The Lord calls us and calls

Us to come to Him, “I will be as a moth”

Hosea 5:12-15

What does a moth do? It bothers us,

Fluttering through the room,

just bothering,

Then when we still don’t respond, “I will be

as a Young lion, I even I will tear and go

away.” Have you ever seen a young cat

with something it has caught? The cat

grabs it then retreats to see what will it do.

This is when the Lord allows hardship to come

Into our lives, in order for us to see our need for

Him and that we can’t do it alone,

still calling to us through our hardship.

If we still don’t answer His call then He just

Goes away…we don’t hear His calling anymore…

we have until it is time to leave the barn to answer His

call, until our death, or until the rapture of the Church,

neither of which do we ever know the hour of.

Come let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn,

And He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will

Bind us up. Hosea 6:1

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is

The day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2


Goat Stories

When a kid was needing to put

On weight I put him alone in the

Yard with grain, every day he fought

To stay with the other kids who

Were eating hay,trying to stay with the

Provision he can see,sooner than realizing

I’m taking him to something better.

As people, we are much like this,

We often seek to hold onto the provision

We see, not realizing, the Lord has a

provision far better, which we can’t see.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to

Go out into a place which he should

After receive for an inheritance, obeyed;

And he went out, not knowing whither he

Went…..But now they desire a better country

That is,an heavenly: wherefore God is

not ashamed to be called their God:

for He hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 11:8 and 16

Goat stories

I was complaining of the cost of the

new goat grain we had transferred the

goats to because while it was much better

quality than the other feed we had been on,

it was also twice the price. The Lord told

me”Be open handed, even with the goats”

and I answered “But what about economy?”

and the Lord answered, “There is a difference

between economy and cheapness.” Give, and it

shall be given unto you; good measure,

pressed down, and shaken together, and

running over, shall men give into your bosom.

For with the same measure that ye mete

withal it shall be measured to you again.

luke 6:38

And all these blessings shall come on thee

and overtake thee, if Thou shalt hearken unto

the voice of the Lord Thy God.

Deuteronomy 28:2


Goat Stories

I had let one of the goats out to come and be

Milked , and she was going mad waiting for me

To put the grain in the bin , pretty much having a hissy

Fit , “can’t you just be patient ?”I asked her , then came

The Lord’s resounding voice , “Are you patient for your

Reward ?” he asked me , “No Lord” I admitted “Your

Reward will come , but you must be patient until it does”

I am a rewarded of those who diligently seek me Heb. 11:6

And I know the Lord is right , one day the reward will come

After much toil and many trials on this earth , but how I long

To hear Him say those words , “well done good and faithful

Servant” Matt.25:23


Goat Stories

I was cleaning the boy’s goat barn , and I was talking to the

Lord complaining, couldn’t he just fix this messy world now

Rather than later ? Can’t you make things better for us now

Rather than later ? While I was distracted talking to him ,

I accidentally put hay in the boys’ second hay bin before I

Had cleaned that side of their house , they rushed in then

To eat the hay , and the Lord said to me, “Do you see what

Happens if I give you your reward now instead of at the

Right time ? Your reward can get in the way of me cleaning

The mess if it is given at the wrong time .”

And behold , I come quickly and my reward is with me , to

Give every man according as his works shall be Rev. 22:12

Behold I come quickly ;hold fast that which thou hast ,

That no man take they crown . Rev. 3:11


Sheep & Goat Stories

The Lord told me to use the remaining money from the sale of a sheep

for goat grain , I had wanted it for improvments on the sheep barn

as I was taking the grain to the goat grain and complaining

He said , you should do that more happily . I said , yes , but it's hard.

The Lord said ,if you have it in your ability to do , you need to do it.

I said , but you have it in your ability to do things for us , but you don't

always do it. The Lord said , you teach the goats not to trust you

when you don't have their grain . And I said , exactly , don't

you teach us not to trust you ? The Lord said , no , I teach you

to trust me anyway . I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and

my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91 :2


Farm Stories

I looked down at my leather work glove , and I saw there was

another hole in it . The Lord said , do you see that ? What doesn't

bend will break , the glove had gotten dry and brittle from having

been used and worn so much in all kinds of weather . When the leather

gets like that , unwilling to bend , it breaks . We must be willing to

bend to the Lord's will , to be used for his work , or else he will

break us for his work , he has to for us to be of a use and value to him

A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench,

till he send forth judgment unto victory. Matthew 12:20

Sheep Stories

Sheep Stories

I had put out the ram to graze , and he couldn't see the ewes

from where he was ,so he was running along the fence and pacing

running over the nice grass i had put him on , and ruining it .

The Lord said do you see that ? Do you see how he is acting ?

How he panics , only seeing what is bad in the circumstance .

And he passes over what is of a benefit to him , what is sweet

and lovely here . Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever

things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of

good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Phillipians 4:8


Sheep Stories


The Lord had told me not to take the sheep in from grazing

until I had finished cleaning the ram pen . A ewe that had been

wandering loose , had went to the barn to eat , and her sister ,

who was tied , started going insane crying and flying around on the

end of the lead because her sister was out of her sight.

I went almost all the way up to her , deciding to let her go back to the

barn too , when the Lord reminded me of what he had said ,

not to let them in yet . The Lord said then when I withdrew my hand

Why is she doing that ? I said , because her sister went in without her.

He said , why won't you let her go ? I answered , because you told

me not yet . And the Lord said , exactly , the Father has told me not yet also.

The timing of the rapture is in God the Father's hand , and he has to

leave us out grazing just a little while longer .

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels

which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:32


Sheep Stories


The Lord showed me that I don't always have to let the sheep bully me

into doing things for them , that I am their shepherd , and I need to do what's

best for them no matter what they want , because their desires change constantly

and like them , we can never be made content , so we must necessarily leave what's

best to God's knowledge .

Sheep Stories

I was trying to lead Israel around the sheep pen , he was on the outside , I was on the inside

and I didn't want to walk through the overgrown knotweed , it was high , thick and wet .

So I thought I would jsut lead him around the fence by his leash . He ignored me and wouldn't lead , as I was leading from high up , the leash was over the fence . And the Lord said , It is impossible to lead from above , thats why Jesus came , that's why he's coming again

You can drive a sheep from above , but sheep are led , not driven .

Sheep Stories

I was milking one of the sheep , and she was not cooperating , and I went to touch her ear

as discipline , and when she moved , the stanschion bar , which was not properly attached ,

swung far to the side and busted me in the lip , giving me a fat lip , and almost a broken tooth .

I milked the uncooperative ewe a little bit more , to show her she must be milked , and would not get away with misbehaviour . As I put the sheep out to graze , I struggled to see the lesson.

I was noting the fat lip was my war wound with the sheep , and the Lord interrupted my interpretation , and corrected , you are not at war with the sheep . I thought of the scripture

how there is no more enmity between God and us because of Christ when we are saved .

And I remembered how judgment , true judgment , and wrath is not for the sheep , ie Christians, but for those who are against God . I recalled in the wilderness , God recognized that the Israelites were just ignorant , and he repented to destroy them ,because sin was in their nature , and to go astray was their disease . With the sheep , it's even worse , she's just an animal , she doesn't understand , she just wants what she wants . I thought of how Paul says if Christ forgave us , how much more should we forgive each other , recognizing that unlike Christ , we are subject to the same stupid behaviors as one another , who are we to withhold forgiveness , when we are just as bad ? Who are we to be impatient and angry when we are just as bad ? When Christ who is perfect forgave us , and was able to forgive the Israelites , because they were only human . So God is infinitely patient with us , because we are nearly just as lacking in understanding as the sheep are , and He is no longer at war with us , once we are the sheep of his pasture and submit to his will. be ye reconciled to God so he isn't at war with you anymore .

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace ,And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 2:15-16

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Sheep Stories

The sheep were crying to be fed early , and I fed them.

The goats were crying too , and I didn't feed them .

and the Lord asked why I heeded the sheep's cry

and not the goats . and I said , because they aren't my responsibility

they are my sister's . Exactly , he answered , when I went into the

house having left them unfed , the Lord told me that the goats

need to be left in an uncomfortable position until they will cry

out to the right person ie, they cry out to the rocks to fall on them ,

even to God , but until they cry out , not just in need , but also in repentance

they aren't my responsibility .

Sheep Stories

I tied one of the rams (Israel) out to graze beside them pen , and he cried and cried

even while eating mouthfuls of grass , he continued to cry , and he was making the

lambs cry because they heard him . And the Lord told me , you see , complaining

becomes habitual if you do it enough , and even when you have what you said you wanted

the complaining continues , but you can control it. Just as the Israelites could in the wilderness

as one complainer led to more . You have to change the habit . Being angry is also a habit

that's why the scripture tells you not to let the sun go down on your wrath , because it

becomes a habit that's hard to break , you need to form new habits


Sheep Stories

One morning , I was happy to get to the work the Lord

had asked me to do , which was to care for his sheep

I was going to hurry through my morning prayers and

bible reading . The Lord warned me not to lose focus

on the point of the whole thing , which was to learn

about him , not to get caught up in the physical work of

it and miss the spiritual meaning .

He had told me two sheepisms already , and as I was

finishing cleaning in the sheep barn , he told me to go and

write down what he had told me , and I said , shouldn't I finish up

here first ? shouldn't I finish feeding the sheep first ?

and He said , don't lose focus on what matters , and on the point

of it , go and write it before you forget it , feeding can wait .


Sheep stories

After feeding the animals I walked by the pens,

No one even stirred , and the Lord said ,

See how they barely even notice you ?

Or pay any attention to you ? When they don’t

Want something ?? That’s like you .

And on my way back , I was noting how silent

Even Annie was (our loud mouth ewe) and the Lord

Said , see how they don’t even speak to you ?

When they don’t want something ? Just as we often

Don’t speak to Him when we don’t want something .

And then , beyond where the sheep could no longer see me ,

Annie baaa’d to me , speaking to me only as an afterthought

Just as we often do to the Lord


Sheep Stories

I was taking stock of my life , and I told the Lord

I want to do more for others , and he said ,

You’re not ready yet , but he put me to practice

One of our ewes had just lambed , this was the

Pregnant ewe the Lord had told me to feel the

Lamb kicking in her belly , he told me this is a black lamb for you to keep

There was a white lamb and a black lamb , and a smaller

Underformed lamb that did not live

I was getting ready to clean up our black lamb’s pooey bum ,

as first poos often get stuck. And I saw her twin Moriah , who

the Lord. had told me we were not to

Keep because he had other plans for her , also needed cleaning

and I was going to just leave it thinking the mama would take care

Of it , and the Lord said just because it isn’t yours to keep

Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of it

In the same way , doing for others without a benefit to oneself

So I cleaned Moriah up first , and later in the same day

I had to pick Brat the goat’s nose for him , in further practice

To do the unlovely .


Sheep stories

I took Jordan , (our promised black lamb) out,

With her grandma and her older sister Zion

To graze without a leash . I had to keep calling her

As we went , and looking back at her so she could

See my face in order for her to follow. When it

Was time to come back in from grazing , I realized

I couldn’t catch her so I started walking away quickly

Ie. bolting , and turning back to her and calling her .

She left her family and ran after me , and she would pause

And I would have to show. Her my face and look back at her

In order for her to continue to follow . Once she got too

far behind to recognize me (looking at the goats and the world )

And I had to return for her . As soon as she saw my face and heard my

Voice , she followed again . Like us with the Lord

Sheep Stories

This morning as I was thinking about the shepherds ,

and how they would lay down their lives for. The sheep ,

And why they would do that ( I suppose because they are their

Livelihood David spoke of fending off a lion and then a bear .)

The Lord asked me , would I die for the sheep and I thought about it

If something was attacking them , would I try to save them ?

I considered how my sister and I braved the rain and hail storm yesterday

To go fetch them back from grazing ,even though they didn’t see why

They had to come in , and complained about it , until they saw the

Bad weather would continue . And so I answered the Lord yes ,

I would die for the sheep , and the Lord asked ,why ?

I said , because they’re my sheep , and they’re your sheep Lord .

…Our sheep , because they’re my responsibility ,

Because you gave them to me , and I don’t want to lose

Even one. Then I understood , that is why He died for us

Because we were his. Sheep , God’s sheep , And God gave us

To him , and He didn’t want to lose even one.


Farm Stories

The other day , I was thinking , as I

Have been thinking, the farm chores

Were taking me too long , and I was spending

Too much time on it . And the Lord said ,

Does it matter how much time it takes if I

Told you to do it ? Then I realized , that it doesn’t

Matter how long it takes ,( that we have to stay here

On earth doing the Lord’s work if he told us to

Do it ) occupy til I come ,


Sheep Stories

I was noting that the sheep who Interacted with me

ie. Stayed close to me , were the ones who got

Special treatment , treats , pets , attention , etc.

And the Lord said , that’s the only way I

Can treat you to special things , if you are

Close with me , wanting to interact .


Sheep Stories

We kept running out of sheep grain , because

We were out of goat grain , and we kept feeding

The sheep grain to the goats . Then we ran out of

Alfalfa , and I said Lord , they are your sheep , why do

You let them suffer ? I understand letting the goats feel need

But why not provide for the sheep without Interruption ?

And he answered and said , what kind of. person do you

Think you’d be if I never let you go through anything ?

Not a very good one I answered , you’d never learn

Compassion , and if I provided without Interruption…

“ then I’d follow just for the provision, just as the people did

With Christ” I finished .


SHEEP STORIES

I was cleaning up the yard raking

everything into a pile, and the baby sheep

wouldn’t leave me alone, she kept trampling

my pile “I can’t clean up your mess if you

don’t get out of my way.” “Exactly” the

Lord answered. By trying to do our lives ourselves

by trying to fix our own problems, by trying to

“help”, We only get in God’s way, He can’t work

when we’re working, nothing spiritual can happen

when we are in the natural trying to do it ourselves,

if it did then we would think we had done it

SHEEP STORIES

One day while putting some

additional work into the new

sheep pen , Dad found himself

with the task of trying to keep

an eye on Ramsey at the same

time he was working, this was not

an easy task, because he was a

sneaky little thing, he was curious

about what Dad was doing, he

wanted to know what was going

on here and how it pertained to

him... we still didnt know these

sheep very well, but we did know

that they were still very afraid of us.

I was just walking by when I saw

Dad squatted down inside the pen

with his back turned and not

watching... it only took that one

moment and Ramsey took the

opportunity... WHAM!! Dad said

later that it felt like a semi truck hit

him right in his hip. He got out of

there, and he was in some pain

after the incident. He was sore for

a few days ... one thing was for

sure... he was the first to be

rammed, but he would not be the

last. it wasnt bad enough to go to

the hospital, but it hurt.. Dad told

us later that he asked the question

of the Lord " why did you ram me

Lord?" the Lord's response was

pretty straightforward

" I want you to listen to me when I

tell you something" He knew he

should not have gone in there, and he

knew he should not have turned his

back, he thought he could watch

closely enough.


SHEEP STORIES

We began to notice it that even

being and extremely strong

creature, and so very noble

looking ... Ramsey had a certain

weakness where his little family

was concerned. He was

insecure , He was terrified to

lose them, to be without them

even for a minute. His ewes were

very important to him, he had to

be able to see them at all times or

he would just lose it, he would cry

this throaty panicked cry and he

would run as fast as he could back

and forth. We had to put Annie on

the stansion to check her out

because she was pregnant make

sure that everything seemed allright,

and when we took her out to do this,

Ramsey completely came unglued.

We had left the younger ewe Lil Bit

in with him, but this did not disuade

his panic one iota... in fact, it became

clear very quickly that it wasnt safe

for her in there alone with him

while her mother was gone. We

brought her outside and tied her

near Annie, and we had no choice

on Ramsey, we just had to let him

rage against the world while we

looked Annie over and cleaned her

up, trimmed her hooves etc. Sumer

spoke to the Lord about this odd

behavior ... how strange that he

would react this way to being away

from Annie , and the Lord told her

that Ramsey has never had a

shepherd... and having not had a

shepherd, he has no protector,

no comforter , he looks to Annie for

his comfort . The comparison then

is that if a person does not look to

the Lord for comfort, you will look

somewhere else... In this world

people look to many places for

comfort and fulfillment other than

to God,and my conclusion to

this was that if you are looking

to uncertain sources for your

comfort, and your strength, you're

going to act like Ramsey when that

tangible source is taken away.


SHEEP STORIES


The sheep were crying because

I hadn't fed them yet and had to

get more alfalfa from the other

barn ." Don't they know

I won't leave them without resource?"

I thought and the Lord shot back

"Dont you know the same ? And yet

you doubt me... and they are only

dumb brutes." " It takes time for

them to learn the routine," I thought

"and even then, they only believe

what they see. Because they

don't have God's word to lean

on , how much better off are we

and still we doubt .


SHEEP STORIES

The Lord told me suddenly

when I was feeding the animals

that I had fed in the wrong order

having fed the goats first, he told me

to put the sheep grain in the bucket

before the goat grain. He said" Do

you know why I ask you to put

the sheep first?Because I do. "


SHEEP STORIES

Zion wouldn't stay with me in the

goat yard and the goats kept

trying to beat her up . I said to

her" I can't protect you if you don't

stay with me. "And the Lord said ,

"Isn't that just how you are ?

when you try to solve your own

problems, when you go your

own way, I can't protect you

when you are away from Me."


SHEEP STORIES

I was taking Little Bit and Annie

out to graze, and Lil bit started

pulling back against me refusing

to budge, because she wanted

to graze in the yard that we had

almost passed by. I lost my temper,

and Latresha came back and got

her and was going to take her to

graze for me, and I said " No, take

her back to the barn she doesn't get

to graze." And the Lord revealed that

is the way it is with us we can't just

decide where and when to "graze "

because we don't know what is

best for us. So if it's the Lord will, we

shall live , and do this or that

James 4:15 , because He knows

where it's best for us to "graze", and if

we refuse, and go our own way, we

don't get to "graze" at all, ie he can't

bless us out from under his

covering. We don't understand and

he can't explain it to us , if he told

us part of what he's going to do

and part of his plan, we'd want to

know why and wouldn't be happy

until the whole plan was unfolded

before us. The sheep like us, want

to know what is going to happen

before it does. and as I couldnt

explain it to Lil Bit, that she had

grazed there too often, and needed

to have a better graze spot, and

needed to save that one close to

the barn for bad weather, so God

cannot explain it all to us because

his thoughts are higher than our

thoughts. So we as Annie, should

trust that the shepherd knows best

and trust Him to decide where to put

"her" , unlike Lil Bit who when you

take her out , is always turning to

look at this spot or that, as to say

are we stopping there ? Why aren't

we stopping there? And Annie just

lets me lead her and seems not to

care, trusting she'll be happy

wherever I put her. God cares

about what we do, where we go ,

and how we do it all.


SHEEP STORIES

I was leading Ramses to the

barn by his horn,and as I didn't

feel equal to wrestling him in

from the pasture, I let him go.

He went three steps,stopped,

tipped his head to the left,

backed up three steps, handed

me his horn, because suddenly

he was unsure of himself,

and wanted me to lead him.

Sometimes the Lord lets us

go ahead of Him so that we

will realize we don't know

where we are going,and we too

have to back up a step or two,

wait on the Lord, and submit

ourselves to be led. There is

great comfort in that, as Ramses

knew, when you are uncertain,

God is certain, when you don't

know what to do,He does.


SHEEP STORIES

I was spraying out the floor of

the barn with the hose and it

was raining out, the sheep are

afraid of the water hose,and don't

want to be sprayed by it,but

also don't like to go out in the

rain,so they figured out to come

and stand behind me while I'm

spraying, that behind me is the

only safe place to be,so that

Little Bit came to be standing

so close that she was touching

me as she sought protection

behind me, from me, despite the

fact that I was the one doing the

very thing that scared them.

When the Lord is doing some-

thing to our necessity, like

cleaning up the messes in

our life, while it may make us

unsure, and even afraid as He

does what is necessary to our

holiness, we too need to stand

behind him closely while He works,

because it is the only safe place

for us to be.


SHEEP STORIES

Israel and the ewes had closed

themselves in the small adjoining

room,having broken open the door,

and they were calling to me to let

them out, but I was busy in the

hen house and had already realized

it was to my advantage to leave

them closed in while I cleaned up

the mess in the main barn, rather

than kicking them out in the rain

where they could truely get hurt by

getting wet and catching pneumonia.

They called me and called me, not

understanding why I didn't come

and get them out of the trouble they

had gotten into,but I understood it

would serve a greater purpose to

leave them there while I worked.

In the same way God leaves us

in uncomfortable and tight situations

while He works, not willing to put us

in real danger, but enough trouble

that he can get done cleaning up the

messes in our lives.But when I did

not come when they thought I should,

Israel,trying to fix his own problems

started ramming the gate repeatedly

little realizing his own efforts would

do no good, and that he would just

have to be patient while I worked,

just as we must do with the Lord.


SHEEP STORIES

I was in the barn finishing things up

before I fed the sheep, and Annie

started jumping against the gate

trying to see the alfalfa hay, and

trying to get to it. I'm in the pen

with her and I'm the only one who

can get the feed for her but Annie is

not looking at me, she's looking at

the feed. Often times we do the

same, the Lord is right there with us,

but sooner than to look to Him as

our provider of all things, we look

to the provision with longing, little

knowing it can only be given at

the Lords behest.


SHEEP STORIES

Israel was very upset because he

was put out to graze alone, without

any other sheep,knowing I would

be nearby the whole time.So he

was pacing the whole time on the

end of the graze line until he was

all tangled up. As soon as I came

to get him, he stopped pacing, let

me get the lead rope but wouldn't

be still so that I could untangle it.

He started tossing his head around,

so I unfastened his collar, because

the graze line was tangled around

his middle and caught in his wool,

as soon as he thought he was free,

he started to take off as if he would

go to the barn. As to say "I can do

it myself" Seeing quickly that he

wasn't quite free, he came back to

me."Can you help me?" So I

untangled him and he jerks free,

goes running off as to say "I can

do it myself." Quickly he realizes

he doesn't know where the door to

the barn is, so he takes a few steps

back to me, "Can you help me?" He

gives me his horn then to lead him

by, and I led him most of the way

back to the pen,enough so he can

remember the way, and for a final

time he jerks away from me. "I can

do it myself" He seems to refrain

again, as he heads to the pen. A

ram is a willful,stubborn, and often

irrational creature, who, like us likes

to go his own way, is prideful, doing

for himself, and does not learn easily

to trust.But all goes much more

smoothly when we learn to trust our

Shepherd,to wait on him to fix our

problems, be patient while He does,

try not to rush ahead of Him and try

to do it all ourselves, only to realize

we can't, and have to return to Him

for help anyway.

Sheep stories

The Lord told me to clean and

feed the sheep earlier in the a.m.

that this was what was best for

them.I told him that the sheep

won’t like it,they will complain later

when their normal time comes that

they would be fed.Because sheep

need routine and hate it when their

routine is altered.The Lord said

“They may not like it but what they

like and what’s best for them are two

different things. Then I asked, what

about the ram? Do I have to clean

and feed him early too? The Lord

answered “No the ewes only .”

I said what is the difference, the

ram is a sheep too.The Lord answered

“I don’t treat all my sheep exactly the

same.” “Isn’t that favoritism?” I asked

“No they just need different things.”


Sheep stories

I skipped letting the sheep as I

normally would in the morning,

letting them wait til last,because I had

7 lbs of apples for them, and wanted them

to enjoy them in the barn. In the same wise

God is never late when acting on our part.

The Lord lets us wait past what we think

is “time” because he has

something good he wants to give us.


Sheep stories

We had just learned about a “cast” sheep

When one of our sheep became cast for the first time.

which is a sheep which gets on its back

usually a dip or divot and can’t get up

again by itself, they don’t have the muscles

on their back that enable them to get up on

their own and the shepherd has to get them out of it.

Sheep like to dig a pit to sit in, I finally figured out

it was them digging the pits in the pens, and that

is how they get “cast” is by digging a hole, of their

own making and they can’t get out again

without the shepherds help.

In the same way, we dig a pit of trouble and we

get in it and we can’t get out of it again and

have to wait for the Lord to get us out.

Why art thou cast down o my soul?

and why art thou disquieted in me?

Hope thou in God

Psalm 42:5


SHEEP STORIES

Latresha was giving the sheep and goats

their twice annual wormer orally

when she discovered something

we did not know,sheep do not

have to open their mouths,they

can keep their mouths shut.

We as Christians are also capable

of doing the same, keeping ourselves

from saying imprudent things.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my

mouth; keep the door of my lips.

psalm 141:3


Sheep stories

The Lord kept telling me not to leave

The sheep in their milk stanchion eating

their grain, when I know they’re done

He had told me that repeatedly , and then

He told me why ; “I don’t leave you in an

uncomfortable position any longer than you

have to be there “. ie in financial ,physical ,

emotional , spiritual discomfort . If we’re there

We need to be there ,and the minute we don’t need

To be there , He gets us out .


Sheep stories

I was getting the sheep some grain from the goat barn,

The goats didn’t have their special order grain yet ,

The Lord showed me yesterday how the goats are

Being fed by the sheep , they wouldn’t have any food

If we didn’t have the sheep , as. they are eating sheep food

While we transition to special order goat grain , True of

Spiritual sheep and goats also . We were supposed to get

Goat grain in today , and I was going to put the rest of the sheep grain

In the sheep bucket , and the Lord told me to wait , so I left the

bucket there, later I was filling it for the next morning and I

Realized the sheep only have food for today , I was preparing it

Only day by day , with no hay storage in their barn either ,

So day by day ,, in fact hour by hour , they only have as much as

they need , the same as us , so God can show He is the source

Of the manna .