I never thought the grocery store would make me shed tears down my face. As we strolled down the aisle I looked at every item we couldn’t afford. The fresh fruits my children loved, and the organic vegetables I desired to provide for my family. Instead of a big cart full of food we checked out with bags of beans, rice, and bread. My anger started to creep in as we drove home.
Why would God set us up to fail?
Didn’t he want us to succeed?
Two months ago, God told us to take a leap of faith to work from home. When he first guided us down this thought, we felt uneasy. Quitting a job that provided comfortably for our family was scary! Especially since there was no signed letter saying this is exactly what God wanted us to do. We are continuing to wait on God to provide the full income we need to cover our bills. My anger is in cruise control through my actions and motivation to feel happy. I don’t see us making the journey God called us to follow. I don’t understand why he would send us here. On a path to lose everything we have worked hard to get; our house, our financial situation, our stability.
As I explained my worry of losing our house to my friend she gave me the best advice I could have hoped for. “Maybe God is testing you to see if your house is more important than he is,” she admitted. Wow, what an interesting perspective! I am so caught up in my needs that I am losing sight of the important things; having food and water to survive, and having a place to keep our family safe. Not a buffet on our table, or owning our own home. Instead of focusing of how God should be measuring up to my needs, I should be focusing on trusting God’s plan for us. Seeking trust in God is not trusting that he will provide in the way of our wants, but in the way of his needs.
We all need a friend to help us when we are struggling with life, doubt, or difficult situations. A sheep friend. One who will lead us back to where we need to be. We all get lost and we need the right person to guide us in the right direction. A positive, bold, honest, and trustworthy soul. One who will set our thoughts and actions in a better direction, not one who will cheer our negative thoughts with siding with our sinning self. We all need a friend, just one person, who will lead us to our better selves. Who will it be for you?
Are you in a place where you feel you have no friends around? I’ve been there. The feeling of being alone and lost. Maybe you’re struggling with keeping a good friendship, or in need of a friend. Get connected with others and start searching for your sheep friend. In the meantime, I am always here if you need encouragement, someone to lean on, or if you have any questions. Also, remember God is always your friend. Thank you Sarah Howell for defining the label of sheep friends. You made me understand how to be a christian friend, and thank you for helping others understand this as well.
5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Sheep Friend
- They guide us to do what is right
- They give us a new way of looking at a bad situation
- They shower us with love and understanding
- They shove our negative thoughts and actions out the window
- They are someone we can confide in and run to
Verse of Inspiration-
Luke 15:1-7New Living Translation (NLT):
So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!