About Linda McCutcheon

A Single Mom who survived successfully- and found who God intended her to be while raising two girls.

MUST SEE MOVIE OUT TODAY SEPTEMBER 9

You won’t want to miss this movie opening in theatres today, September 9, for a limited time.  LIFEMARK is an inspiring story based on true events about past and present decisions.  It’s a story of adoption and how each decision around David gives a perspective to all those involved.  Life takes a sudden change when his birth mother reaches out to him when he turns 18 years old.

Kendrick brothers and Kirk Cameron do an amazing job as the story unfolds offering forgiveness, healing, and love. As three families unite, David keeps saying he is thankful for the chance to be born and giving a chance to live his life.  I laughed right out loud a few times, and I needed tissues as well throughout the movie.  Buy some tickets, take your friends, and get some hot buttered popcorn to see this inspiring movie.

Grateful to Graf-Martin Communication and WTA Media for allowing me to watch and review it. 

https://lifemarkmovie.com/canada/

Dairy Free

The birthing of our lambs seems so long ago but in reality, it was just 3 months ago. Thanks for walking with me as I shared some of my sheep stories.  I could go on and on, but this will be my last one.

In May, I was holding the tiny newborn lambs. Some I had to bottle feed.  Then they switched to a pail to drink from if they could no longer stay with their momma. Most lived off of their mother’s milk and continued to grow.  But as the weeks went on, they needed more then just milk. 

We raise most of ours on grass and Bill gives them whatever mineral they want.  Some live in the barn and get hay, grain and mineral.  Either way, I cannot pick them up since they are anywhere from 50 to 70lbs now.

Sheep cannot live on just milk.  The same is for us.  We cannot survive on just a diet of milk and need more to keep our mind and body strong and healthy.   

As a Christ-follower, we need more substance to help us grow in our spiritual life too. However, if we never read the Scriptures, studied it, or prayed to The Source who gives us eternal life, we would stunt our Christian life.  

People who live on milk are like babies who don’t really know what is right. Hebrews 5:13

That can be a dangerous spot to stay because it is easy to get off track and start to make up our own spiritual recipes and rules and make it truth.  I am deeply saddened by some of the things people accept as truth and think it is what God thinks too.  It is a far cry. 

We need to have others in our life to engage and encourage us well. I am grateful for all the many good resources out there to help us in our healthy spiritual journey.

Check out http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/.  There are so many good books to choose from.  I have the privilege to read and review books for Baker Publishing Group/Graf-Martin Communications and can say there is lot of great selection.  www.Christianbook.com  is another website you can check out.  The best foundation for spiritual food and health is the Word of God.  For me, I am always learning something new even after years of reading Scripture.  The Bible App, for your cell or tablet, is great to take anywhere with you to read the Bible. Check out their great devotionals as well.

Sadly, there are some who think it is too hard to invest and grow as a Christ-follower.  Spiritual milk is all they want and find it easier to just coast.  Inner peace and contentment are lost and they end up trying to find other ways to make themselves happy.

For those that want to feast on the ‘meat’ of God’s word, you will be blessed. It doesn’t mean we get everything we want and we will be challenged, but there will be an inner joy, peace, and true fulfillment. I try to live it and believe it.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. John 14:7

We need healthy food to nourish our human bodies.  We need God’s food, the Scriptures, to nourish our souls.  I love the picture of the sheep above.  No qualms, they just dive right in and enjoy every bite.  Let’s be encouraged and challenged as we open the pages of Scripture and crack open good books to feed our soul as well.

Our sheep have taught me a lot about life.  I hope you have been encouraged too.

Eat up everyone!

DON’T FENCE ME IN

I love old fences. To me they detail such character representing hard manual labour. As far as keeping our sheep and lambs safe from predators, those old fences don’t work.  We have electric fences to keep our sheep and guard dogs in, and to keep those deadly predators; like coyotes out.

The sheep, lambs, and dogs only have to touch it once to know that it is a boundary they will respect.  As farmers, we respect those fences as well.  Trust me, I know!  They are there for a positive purpose and every one of our critters, along with us, don’t mess with it.  Those fences are tremendously important.

It’s like life.  There are safety standards and boundaries we all have to live by. There are road rules, workplace rules, food safety rules, and children safety issues to name a few. If you are a parent with children living under your roof, you know boundaries aren’t always appreciated. 

Our great Pyrenees would sometimes like to explore and get outside the fences if they could.  That is why checks have to be made. We saw a coyote watching one of our flocks the other morning.  We are glad the fences are on and the dogs are guarding them.  You can see our black and white Pyrenees looking at the fence but has to wait for his treat until I get there.

It is the same with humans. Many times, we don’t like to be fenced in.  The Apostle Paul understood what we deal with.  He said,

In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.

 The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me. Romans 7:15-17; 21-25 (CEV)

It seems the belief system of not wanting to be fenced in and of not having anyone telling us what to do has become the norm in our society.  We have our rights. I truly believe we need to stand up for those important fences and boundaries that are within God’s framework.  There are so many issues right now that have affected all of us causing a lot of division and hatred among people.  

Realize that

  1. We need fences for protection. Life is just that and we all need wisdom. It is something that needs to be evaluated and worked through on what are good boundaries and fences. Some may make fun of us but we need to do what is good and safe.  It is amazing how much spam and phone calls I get telling me I have been given $1 million dollars or my credit card has been comprised.  Due diligence is always required and we can’t trust everyone or everything.  It’s good to get trusted advice and keep fences up for our own good.
  • We need fences to keep others out.  Not everyone has good motives or believe in being truthful. It is something we need to teach our kids and something we need to teach ourselves. 

This is what Jesus said to those who followed Him,

I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16

I have been hurt so many times in life due to my own unwise decisions and unhealthy boundaries. I have also been hurt by those that are like a pack of wolves.  I always go back to the foundation of why I am here on earth.  God placed me here and He gave me a guide book to live by. 

There will always be something new that people are fighting for, new rules, new protests and new laws.  That is a given.  I have to respect my boundaries that are within the framework of God’s word.  It is the only thing that will bring peace within my soul and respect for others.

Guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you. Psalm 25:5

Fences, aka boundaries, are positive.  They help navigate through life.  Some people think the Bible is so outdated and just full of rules.  I challenge you to start reading it with fresh eyes to see the good in fences and boundaries that God has for us. You are worth it and He wants you to know that. “Ewe” are loved!  Sorry, I just had to say that! 😊

Come and let’s talk over the fence…. we have lots to share!

Until next time for the last in the Sheep Series. 

HOOKED ON EWE!  Lessons from the Sheep

I cannot out-run a sheep or lamb.  In fact, I cracked a bone in my wrist trying to chase the sheep in rubber boots.  FYI…don’t run in rubber boots!

Bill has a special shepherds hook.  It is long and the hook is very narrow.  You can’t catch an ewe with the regular shepherds hook very well if you are chasing them.  Some ewes need to be caught to reunite with their lamb or they need some medical attention.  The narrow hook is just the size to catch the ewe’s leg so he can grab them and guide them to where they need to go.  Both hooks can be used to guide the sheep and lambs.

I never use that narrow hook because I am not that fast or coordinated.   But I use the wide hook to guide the ewes and lambs.  It is also good for using on rocky ground to keep me sturdy.  I am sure the Shepherd David, who turned King, used that hook as he walked in the places where he took care of the sheep.

I am reminded that God loves us and is ‘hooked’ on us.  He wants to gently guide us and led us in paths of righteousness if we allow Him.  He rejoices when one what is lost or needs guidance is found. 

 Then Jesus told them this story:

If any of you has 100 sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do? Won’t you leave the 99 in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it?  And when you find it, you will be so glad that you will put it on your shoulder and carry it home. Then you will call in your friends and neighbors and say, “Let’s celebrate! I’ve found my lost sheep.”

Jesus said, “In the same way there is more happiness in heaven because of one sinner who turns to God than over 99 good people who don’t need to.” Luke 15:3-7 (CEV)

It comforts me to know that the Good Shepherd loves to take care of me, He wants the best for me, and loves to guide me in all my life decisions.  He wants to do that for all of us.

In this picture, Bill is guiding one back to its momma using the long hook. Sometimes they get confused or cannot find their momma, so he helps guides them back to where they can hear their momma’s voice.

Just as a shepherd looks after the sheep and lambs with his hook, the Good Shepherd wants to make sure we have the best possible care. We just need to ask for it.

The Good Shepherd is ‘hooked on us.’ What an amazing and comforting thought!

Lessons from Sheep and Lambs #3

Sheep are followers.  One starts and then the rest usually come right behind.  That is a good thing when trying to move them to a new pasture.  Not so good, when the first couple of ewes head the wrong way! My hope is they are never running toward me!!!

Bill’s patience pays off as he gently tries to get the first couple of sheep to put their hoofs forward in the right direction.   Most don’t want to miss out on all the fuss and spring ahead.  A shepherd would never lead them into a dangerous situation.  For the sheep, it is a trust and risk issue. As I mentioned in the previous blog, they know his voice.

They like to hang in groups and follow each other around.  Our baby lambs get into groups of 20 or 30 and take off running and jumping altogether. It is quite a sight and we love to watch them play.

For their safety and well-being, they need a good shepherd or they will be in trouble. 

Humans are the same.  They need good people and leaders to follow.  If not, many are going down a rabbit hole.  Some believe any new diet, political issues, a new belief system, or even a new friend.  I know people who have listened to financial advisors and lost everything. We have to be careful or we can be in quite a mess. 

We don’t have to follow everything we hear. My policy is to found out what is true and risk-worthy for positive life steps. There is a lot of false teaching out there. Learning to be careful of what and who I follow is part of who I am. It is a trust ad risk issue just like the sheep.

I never have to question the Good Shepherd.  His advice is always in the best interest of His ‘sheep’.  Humans can mess it up, so I trust in God’s word. 

I have almost made some unwise decisions and choices.  I find when in a panic or facing something fearful it makes my perspective way off base. Nothing needs to be on a whim and stepping back and listening to the Good Shepherd’s wisdom and Truth is the best.  It isn’t always easy because I would rather have instant results but it is the good and right thing.

There are a lot of people out there trying to get people to follow them. They make promises, tell lies, and only want for their own gain. 

Sheep need a shepherd to lead and take care of them.  Humans need the Good Shepherd to wade through this thing called, Life!

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.  John 10:11,12

You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields
of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. Psalm 23: 1-4

For me, this is a reminder to look to the Good Shepherd and ‘rest in fields of green grass and let Him lead us to streams of peaceful waters.’  I hope you do too. We need that refreshment don’t we!

Have a good week.