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Tasha is a Korean American melancholy dreamer, wife to Matt, mom to three wild and wonderful humans. She writes about everyday life and cultural and ethnic identity, and writing has always been the way God has led her towards the hope of shalom. Her first book, Tell Me The Dream...

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  1. I sometimes grasp that loving others is messy & not time efficient but I must confess I am quicker to get it when I consider how messy & time gobbling Jesus’ tending/loving/sanctifying me is! And yet He chose to step from heaven to tend to His sheep beyond what we know needs tending! Wow Wow Wow! Thank you for sharing. I needed this encouragement this am. Blessings!

  2. In Jesus time & before, being a Shepherd was the lowest Job you could have! They were usually social outcasts, to people in cities & towns. Because sheep are smelly & skittish to take care of, it was a hard job to do.

    As a Christian, am I willing to be a social outcast, to follow Jesus by feeding His sheep?

    • I’m so glad we follow Jesus, who wasn’t afraid to love in the margins and be on the margins.

  3. Oh…Tasha…

    There’s a heaviness and stickiness to your words that I can’t ignore (in a good way). I supposed it’s in my nature to want to take the easy way, but leading with love can sometimes be so hard. But isn’t it always the better way?

    Thank you for helping me to see “sheep” in a much broader light. xo

    • Robin, thank you for your response – I’m glad there was a stickiness to the words. It’s in my nature to take the easy way too but you’re right, the messier way has many treasures. Grateful for you.

  4. Wow! I needed to hear this today. “Love them instead of control them.” Yes that is what we are supposed to do. How I do like to control. Life is messy, but my peace comes from God. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  5. Such a powerful message. It is appreciated more than you can imagine. Thank you.

  6. Read A Shepherd Looks at the Twenty Third Psalm if you want to fully see how we are like sheep.
    A sermon I heard once suggested that Jesus asked Peter 3 times to clear the 3 denials from Peter’s conscience.

  7. Tasha, I am humbled by your post and incredibly grateful. I second Madeline’s comment that it is appreciated more than you can imagine.

  8. We want to control instead of love… Yes. I think too, as a mom, we want to fix, remove pain, stop mistakes – like God has no part in growing them. Like it is all up to us.

    Love, pray, trust and believe. He can accomplish all things.

    • Yes, I often react as if it’s all up to me… may we gently learn and receive the better way of love. Glad you are here, Diane.

  9. Tashia thank you for what you wrote. It speaks volumes to me. We see sheep in a field as animals with a fluffy white coats. But if we look at a sheep closely we see they get dirty and don’t most of them if not all them don’t keep their coats nice and white and fluffy. It reminds me of our lives. We are meant to be living as pure white followers of Jesus keep ourselves clean and keeping all the sin away that would make us dirty and not as white as we should be at times. If we want to live right for the King and that King is Jesus. We have to let Jesus be our shepherd and us be his sheep. As sheep know their master voice and they listen to it obey it. Jesus is our master/shepherd. If we want to be the people Jesus want us to be and live as he would have us live. We have to do as Jesus says and his words says. Let Jesus be the shepherd in our lives we be sheep that listen to his voice and live as his words says. This is what real love for Jesus is all about. We go about doing the work of shepherd Jesus. Living as his word says and that means loving people of all walks of life no matter what skin colour they have. We have to show them especially if not saved the saviour Love. We can do that by the way we live. That we are praying for our world no gossping we go the extra mile to help some in need. We watch what we say and do. In fact everything we do is about what Jesus and saying to ourselves would Jesus do if we come up against something or if someone needs help. As we are the hand and feet of Jesus in a world that need him. But there are so many don’t see it. We can show this world that by the way we live in everything we do. By letting Jesus be our shepherd and we be his sheep and let him guide us to live the right away. So the world see we are different we are living for our shepherd who is Jesus. We can know Jesus can be our shepherd and he will guide us to live right for him if we let him. Psalm 23 verse 1 says “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” If we go on into that Psalm we see in verse 2 & 3 “He makes us lie down in green pastures he leads me besides the still waters. He restores my soul he leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake. ” That says it all. If we make Jesus our shepherd and love him the way he loves us then we can go on to love overs like Jesus does. That is real Love and that is how to Love Jesus I say Amen to this. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx❤️

  10. Great blog! You first pulled me in with your description of the Scottish Highlands. Then I loved how you moved to “feeding my sheep”. Such honest words about the difficulty dealing with certain people around us. ( “pointing the finger” – oh, how we love to do that!!…yes, guilty!) But Jesus told us we must love everyone and try to reach out to those around us. We never know what issues and problems others are going through. We need to see them with compassion. Thank you for your words this morning!! Blessings to you and your family!!

    • Thank you so much, Nancy. I’m glad the article drew you in and spoke to you. It’s so true that we see so little and know so much when it comes to what others are going through. I hope I can keep growing in seeing others through compassion – may we all. Glad you are here.

  11. Learn from history. Don’t fall for anything that takes away someone’s free will. God gave it so it is his alone to take away if he chooses.

  12. Tasha,

    Oh how much are we humans like sheep messy, varied, mistrusting, and wild. It takes a lot of effort, work & time to care for us. I believe that is why Jesus compared us to sheep. To be like Jesus we have to sacrifice time, money & effort to care for His flock. For me that looks like going down to Loaves & Fishes Food bank on my day off & helping prepare meals, clean up, give out food boxes, etc. Sometimes on Saturdays I assist in yard sales & Food Drives to help support them & their mission.

    I showed my love for Jesus years ago by quitting a good job & being more available for my aging dad. I visited him in the assisted living. Aided him in obtaining needed supplies, took him to doctor’s appointments, & even fed him when hands were to shaky. There were late night calls to go to ER when he fell, etc. It wasn’t what I had expected my life to be at the time, but it was where God wanted me. Attending to one of His precious sheep.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Agreed, Beth! Thank you for sharing that story of caring for you Dad. That was a beautiful picture. Grateful for you.