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99 for 1

Luke 15:3-7

You never know what life will bring, as we began to realize when our oldest daughter went through some very difficult times that worried us as parents. As parents we often times have to let go and put our children totally in God’s hands. It would be nice if we would all learn to give things to God at the beginning instead of trying desperately to fix it ourselves. When my husband and I finally decided to stop talking, I told our daughter that it was her choice to go over the cliff. That we did not agree, but we would still love her and still be praying. At the time she was mad. After all our talking we had finally let God work and asked Him to reveal the truth to her. It was not until I was preparing to give a talk about three of my paintings that I realized God had given me the vision for this painting during all this turmoil with our daughter. She even came in while I was painting and said “You know Mom, those are the perfect colors for the sky, because when you are where God has to come get you it usually is dark and stormy.” Little did either of us know at the time that she was about to be our lamb on the branch if God did not intervene. We all at times in life go over the cliff, but God is faithful to leave the 99 and come rescue us. I praise God that He rescued our precious lamb before she went over the cliff.

Luke 15:3-7 says “Then Jesus told them this parable: Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me;  I have found my lost sheep.  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety - nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."

Thank you, God, for rescuing us in “cliff-hanging” times!

Creating for Him,
Sheree Moates