Monday, October 31, 2011

My Tender Shepherd

I have recently joined a group of women on facebook, created by my friend Pattie Ann Hale and One Tree Village for the purpose of reading the book Captivating by Staci Eldredge, and journaling our experiences in visual images. 

I have read the book in the past, but it is even more rich and compelling this time around. This week, we are reading chapter one and creating images to share and talk about. 

My first entry is not especially artistic, but it says exactly what I needed it to say, and I was very blessed by the Spirit's outpouring of love as I pieced it together. 
I started with a magazine photo of a lamb, because I am grateful that the Tender Shepherd always had his eye on me, His lost lamb. 

I included some sheet music from a hymnal that talks about Him being a tender Shepherd ,and the Shepherd of tender youth. I put a photo of me on top of the sheep. This image was taken when I was about 12, at a time when life became very confusing and disorienting for me. I did not experience salvation until I was 25, but I can see how The Tender Shepherd had His eye on me and kept me from all kinds of evil during those dark days. 

He rescued me (His princess)
He loves me.
I was lost and He found me, His lost little lamb. 
I have guaranteed approval, secure attachment and His compassion. 
I will take heart, rain or shine, for I trust that my Daddy knows what He's doing. 
I have identity in Him. 
I am safe and protected. 
Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, and He sees beauty in me, His lamb. 

Jesus makes my heart rejoice !
I'm His sheep and know His voice !