Friday, April 20, 2012

Broken Sheep

Are you broken? If you said 'yes,' good for you. You realize your'e not perfect, and need help. We're all broken in one place or another. That's why we have a Good Shepherd, Jesus, to heal and restore us.

And why He gave us each other. Working, loving, and sharing together, we can help each other heal in all those broken places we may not even be aware of.

I collect sheep. Recently I noticed one of them had a broken leg. I don't even know how it happened, and never found the missing piece. You can see in the photo above that next to the other sheep, it's hardly noticable. He stands as straight as his brother.

But when he's alone, you can spot the broken part right away. He seems smaller and more vulnerable. You want to pick him up and help him along  his journey.

We need each other. Let's come alongside a broken sister or brother today and say, "I love you. I'm here for you. It doesn't matter how you got broken. Jesus and me are gonna help you heal."

P.S. One of my favorite new sites for healing brokenness is Diana Savage's Hope for Wounded Christians. I believe you'll find it nourishing to your broken soul, too.


  1. I really needed this today. Thanks for being you sweet sis, you are precious.

  2. I love the soul behind this post, IN this post for that matter.

    Stared at my computer and cried this morning before I even typed a word. Broken, yes. In the process of healing, thank the Lord YES!
    ~ Wendy

  3. Strong and welcome message today Jeanette.

    God bless you and I hope you have a super weekend.

  4. I love how the broken sheep with the missing foot is still an important part of your collection. For those who’ve been taught that only perfection counts, it’s difficult to grasp that God deeply values us, broken or not. And as you point out, we're all broken in one place or another. Thanks for the reminder to encourage our wounded brothers and sisters. When we carry each other’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).

  5. I used to collect sheep too. I still have many of them, one of them is black and baaas when you hold it upside down:)
    I also thought like the comment above, sweet how you kept the sheep even though the leg was broken. Some would have gotten rid of it. So glad Jesus does not get rid of us! ;)

  6. Thanks for not being afraid to share that you are broken. All of us are. And yes, I'm so thankful Jesus keeps us in spite of missing legs and saggging souls!

  7. Broken...yes!

    Beautiful message. Loved it!

  8. Yes, I am, and was quite reminded of that fact last night with a run in with a challenging family member. So thankful for God's patience and grace. :)

    Thanks for the link. Have a great weekend!

  9. Jeanette, first off, I love that you collect sheep. To me, this is just a physical collection of what you do to many of us "sheep" spiritually. Yay! I love. Yes, God is the good Shepherd. Amen

  10. Broken, yes, and praying daily for God to guide my words and actions. I have days when I am so proud of the way I handled a tough situation thrown my way. And other days when I cringe a little at my reactions for the day.

    But I keep on keepin' on.

    Lovely imagery. Thank you for posting. Be well.

  11. I collect sheep, too - though I don't think I have nearly as many as you. Mine aren't very sophisticated at all.

    I liked the lesson you wove so (seemingly) effortlessly here. Yes, we surely DO need each other in the body of Christ.

  12. A part of me stays broken. It's the one that God is working on. I need to give it to Him on a regular basis and stand back.


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