About Linda McCutcheon

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

Lessons from Our Sheep and Lambs: #2

I’ve seen it first hand!

Just as the Bible verse says, My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me. John 10:27

My husband is a shepherd.  His dad bought him his first sheep when he was about 12 years old.  He was hooked.

He loves taking good care of the flock. He takes courses, talks to experts, sheers our sheep, and makes sure they have the best possible life. I’ve only been on the scene since I married him 12 years ago and never stop learning something new.

When Bill calls the sheep, they really do know His voice.  It could be to give them grain or move them to a nice pasture.  The sheep depend on him.

We’ve just had our first session of lambing for this year.  I’m amazed that the little newborn lambs know their momma’s voice above all the sounds of other lambs and ewes blatting. The ewes know when their babies are calling them.  I find it so amazing to watch.

For sheep and lambs, listening is paramount.  For humans, it is the same.  I feel it is a lost ‘art’. Many times, we like to do things ourselves and am not interested in anyone telling us what to do. 

I’m not against doing things on our own or being empowered to grow.  However, with a lot of years under my belt, I have found:

  1. We need to be willing to listen to what others say and listen with respect and kindness. Then we have a choice to process on our own.  Not everyone’s advice is good. Its amazing all the ‘expert’ advice I got when I became a single parent.  I was able to walk away, roll my eyes, and say…next!! However, I am gained much from wise people too.
  2. The most important of all life’s plans and decisions is to listen to the Good Shepherd’s voice. He will never misguide or misdirect. His Scriptures are true and will lead us in the paths of righteousness.

Life is like standing in our barn with the deafening sounds of hundreds of lambs and sheep. In all the loud outside noises of life, it is learning to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd to make everyday decisions that will lead to true peace.

Come save us and bless us. Be our shepherd and always carry us in your arms.  Psalm 28:9

LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM LAMBS AND SHEEP: #1

In Old Testament days, before Jesus walked on the earth, the Jewish culture used perfect lambs as an offering to God.  Because of sin on earth, they needed the shedding of blood for forgiveness.

As Easter approaches, I am forever grateful that I no longer have to sacrifice lambs to ask for forgiveness.  Jesus came to earth, as planned from the beginning of time, to be my sacrificial lamb once and for all.

He did that for anyone willing to accept Him and live a life with purpose.  He walked the life we do while on earth, yet without sin. He understands our pain, our grief, and all the disappointments we face.  What a comfort as I come to Him, the perfect sacrificial Lamb, to seek help and guidance.

My husband and I are now into lambing season.  We have many beautiful lambs. I am thankful I don’t have to sacrifice any of them as my need to be forgiven.   Easter has taken care of that. Thank you to Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb, for His sacrifice of giving his life so we can be forgiven.

 The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said:

Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Happy Easter. We have much to rejoice for our eternal state.

GOD HEAL OUR LAND

My heart is heavy just as David prayed,

But I trust you, Lord, and I claim you as my God.
My life is in your hands.
Save me from enemies who hunt me down.
Smile on me, your servant.
Have pity and rescue me.  Psalm 31: 14-16 (CEV)

Our world has been in an upheaval since the beginning of time.  Evil has continued to knock at our world, at our nations, at our cities, and even our own homes. It brings tears to my eyes.

As I wake up each day and live out who I am, I seek God’s Word like those before me who have lived it out for thousands of years.

My heart’s desire:

  • Let’s STAND together in unity
  • Let’s SEEK righteousness

And

  • Let’s ask God to SAVE us
  • Let’s ask God to SMILE on us.

My heart’s desire is that we STAND together.  As in the past and now the present, we have differences, many opinions, and so many voices.  People are attacking each other, splitting up relationships, making false news, and enjoying the deviousness in our world.  We don’t have to agree with everything but we don’t have to be mean either. It takes a conscious effort on my part to understand I have a right to my opinion but also to respect and be kind to those that differ.

My heart’s desire is to SEEK righteousness.  The one who is ALL-RIGHTEOUS is God. It is there that I go to my guide book and search the Scriptures. With that, I can then make wise life actions. 

Over the years, I have tried to manipulate my decisions saying they are God’s and it was the farthest from the truth.  I watch people justify their personal decisions and actions claiming it is God’s and it sadly it is not even close to what Scriptures says.  That is super scary.  Each decision I need is to have a posture of what is Truth. If not, then it is a slippery slope.

My hearts desire is to ask God to SAVE us.  We need to be:

  1. Saved from ourselves. We are human and I have personally made some stupid and unwise decisions without God.  That is why I have to keep going back to God’s Word and letting Him help me with words and actions. I can’t do on my own even though I think many times I can.  Save us God from our own human frailty.
  2. Save us from outside forces.  I need to be in a mindset every day as I listen and watch what is going on in our world. I need to be in a posture of seeking God’s words and how I react.  What part can I play for justice and peace?  What does my life say as a representative as a Christ-follower?

My heart’s desire is to ask God to SMILE on us.

More than ever right now we need God to SMILE on us, have pity and rescue us.  (vs 16) Actions of Hate and My Rights are fighting forces every day.  I pray we will sit back, ask God to work in our own hearts, minds, and actions to do His Righteousness and smile on us.

We may stand alone for a while but God is always beside us helping us as we claim Him as our God and seek His righteousness. 

God Heal our Land!

Be blessed as you listen to this song and may your heart be encouraged. We certainly need it.

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Life to the Fullest #2

Someone commented that what they are living right now is all there is and to just make the best of it. I was saddened by their comment. This person was a loving and caring person and even went to a church.

Jesus said this, A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10

As humans we search for status, security, love, and happiness.  When we achieve something we usually need to get more to feel better.  We struggle with contentment.  If we believe that this is all there is, then we are a people without hope.

Many think that being a Christ-follower is a crutch and we can do things on our own and we don’t need rules.  I have to say, we live in a society of rules and we need help.  We can deny it but we really do.

The answer for living a life with purpose and contentment is Jesus.  God orchestrated that 1000’s of years ago to provide an answer for a fulfilled life here and to live in eternity with Him.  Jesus was our sacrificial lamb.  He desperately loved us (and still does) to help us every time we get up to start the day, and when we tuck ourselves in for the night hours.

People recommend to us the BEST tasting food, the BEST movie to watch, or the BEST holiday place to visit.  We hear them but until we trust their judgement and experience it, we will never know. The same is when Christ-followers says they are living a fulfilled life because of their faith in Jesus.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost, or just can’t seem to feel any sense of joy in life?  Taking even a mustard seed size of faith and beginning this Journey to search for meaning and a fulfilled life  can begin a peace you never knew because of Jesus.

I’m not talking about doing ‘religious’ things.  I am talking about a personal relationship with Jesus who gives us REAL life.  He lived this life, had many people mock him, call him names, and said He was an imposter.  Yet, He never gave up on us.  He reached out to the blind, lame, socially rejected, and those that just needed a kind word and encouragement.  Then He gave His life for all mankind.

Jesus said life will bring trouble and we will experience pain.  Who better to understand this then the One who lived it and then gave us the gift of peace here on earth and a promise of life after death.

I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world. John 16:33

Isn’t it great to be cheered up!

I hope you search for it. I also hope if you are a Christ-follower that you use the resources that Jesus promises. His life is a life of peace filled with promises of hope.  It’s a life not because of rules, or to-do lists for acceptance.  He would love to help you.

I am not sure how I would have handled the painful experiences of my life, or the months of this pandemic, or the situations where people have disappointed me. Some days I am weary from hearing and seeing the messes of our world.  But Jesus is constant, He is true, and He is offering a fulfilled life despite all the messes.

It’s something you have heard from me but it is something you have to reach for on your own.  I know it, I live it, and I am thrilled that life here is NOT as good as it gets.  Eternity will be ready for me. 

Check out the link on this blog as you search:  https://singlemomsurvivalsuccess.com/relationship-with-god/

Life to the Fullest:  By Your Side #3

Hello 2022…All Aboard!

2021 has been a tough year, to say the least. Sometimes it feels like life will never be ‘normal’ again. It isn’t just Covid-19 but there is so much unrest in our world, with the people we know and even within ourselves.

During our first weeks into 2022, I want to hand you a ticket to climb aboard and join me in looking at some amazing promises that can bring a sense of hope and encouragement.  At each stop on our life travels and events, we have constants that we can lean into.

#1 We can have a full life.

A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy.  I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in the fullest. John 10:10 (CEV)

Jesus knows all about the world’s past, present and future. His offer to give us a full life hasn’t changed since the beginning of time.

People are still trying to prove to be better than anyone else.  Some climb the corporate ladder leaving those around them and their family behind in the dust. Lonely people are grabbing on to anyone and anything to make their life feel more fulfilled.  Some try to justify to themselves and everyone around them that the actions they are doing are okay. Many are living in despair.

As a Christ-follower, the good news is we have the resources from Jesus to live a full life.  I didn’t say perfect or without stress but a life knowing the King of King loves us, and wants to help us as we enter 2022 and beyond.

Jesus lavishes His love on us and believes in us. With that assurance, we can climb on board for another year of direction. I have had to ask questions such as:  

  • what is in my heart that needs to be thrown away?
  • what life purposes will bring Glory to Jesus and how do I need to obey?
  • what steps do I need to open my heart to see God’s Truth and make a difference in the way He wants me to do it?

As I stand at the beginning of 2022, my heart’s desire to be responsible for my own life. I can’t change other people’s choices.  Many are out to rob, kill and destroy.  I need to focus on the full life Jesus has for me.

Those can be tough and challenging but in doing so, I know without a doubt I can have life and have it in the fullest. With that, then I know how to engage in others lives, and be a voice for Jesus.

Jesus absolutely loves helping us to live a full life.   Do you want to climb aboard and say, Hello 2022!

Next time:  #2 Hello 2022…All Aboard