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3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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. Luke 15: 3-7 NIV
Today I’m grateful. Grateful that we made it to 100 posts. Not because that number means I’ve somehow accomplished anything. Rather, I rejoice in my Father’s love and kindness. I celebrate today because the 100th post on Less Trodden reminds me of all the times that God has spoken directly to my heart. Of how amazed I am that He would take the time to reveal anything to me. I am grateful for the day I decided to follow Jesus off the beaten path. God has been faithful to guide me every step of the way. And last year, that journey led me here. I felt led to share my relationship with God with you. The hope is that Less Trodden would encourage you into a deeper relationship with God by spending time in His Word every day. Spending time reading God’s Word changed my life. The Word of God came alive to me the more I read it. God used the pages of scripture to speak to my heart and draw me closer to Himself. Now, there’s nothing more important than having that time with Him. Not for the sake of religious activity or going through the motions. But because it is there I come face to face with who my Father is. And who I am in light of Him.
I’m grateful for the heart of God towards all His people. That He rejoices over each one of us that would choose to follow Him. No matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve strayed, He will pursue us with His love. When we come to Him, He rejoices over us. When we turn to Him, He meets us in our mess. He’s there even at the lowest points in our lives. He lifts us out of our distress. He rescues us from destruction. He makes us new and calls us His own. The sins of the past are forgiven. The debt is paid. He brings us into His family, as His beloved children. Each of us is special to God. His heart is that we would all come to accept and know the freedom He offers in Jesus. The love that awaits. May we know today that each of us is that 100th sheep. The one He would never give up looking for, no matter the cost.
Love & Blessings,