Holly Ridge Happenings

Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it.

There are many reason she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. The little lambs will hang their hands so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. 

These lambs are called “ bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. 

So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keeps it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up in blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat.

Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with rest of the flock, but that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when is mother rejected him. 

When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That’s right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately the ones who love it. It’s not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one. 

So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.

It was my privilege to be invited to go to the surprise birthday party for my little great, great niece, Riena Rawls last Tuesday for Taco Tuesday at the La Fonda Mexican Restaurant in Delhi. She was surprised and we did enjoy with food, fellowship and fun!

The Tanja Thompson family enjoyed Easter on the Saturday before at the home of Kyle and Mara Browns in Monroe. Those sharing and enjoying the grilling and all the trimmings were Tonja, Mara and Kyle, Juri, Maria, Aubre Thompson of Monroe, Nike, Tiernan and Teigan Thompson of Vicksburg, Minko, Seth, Jacob, Carli, Peyton and Lauran Thompson from Goodwill. Unable to attend was Sarah and Christian Thompson. Had a great day!

Listen up! All you swimming pool owners, check your skimmers before you stick your hand in it. For some 39 years we did ours like that but Wednesday late evening, my Greg was gonna clean it and a little copper head snake didn’t like that so he bit him on the inside of his hand. Two nights in Glennwood and several vials of anti venom later, he is home and very observant even of the little sticks, Ha! Thanks for all your prayers!

The Bible is meant to be Bread for daily nourishment, not cake that is taken our for special occasions!

Happy Birthday this week to Brady Richardson, Summer Vaughn, Ted Mayhall and Marcus Lewis on May 2nd, Joseph Graham, and Louise Cater on May 3rd, Juri Thompson, Zadie Nix, Kaden Graham, on May 4th, Keith Holley, Todd Stokes, Dawn Walker on May 5th,  Gloria Hough, Kylie and Caroline Mills, Taylor Kate  Kennedy on May 6th, Joey Richardson on May 8th. May these celebrate many more happy ones!

Anniversary wishes to Nick and Mandy Gibson on May 4th, my grand’s Andy and Megan Chappell (14) years on May 8th. I wish these many more happy years together! 

Have a great week. Don’t forget your cemetery donations, Thanks.

Remember: It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to CONVICT, GOD’S  job to JUDGE.

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