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Counting Cows Devotional Thought

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows.

Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate.

Then he would start counting cows.

counting cows devotional thought: Black Angus cow and barn
Black Angus cow.


See, if he was missing one, that could mean that a cow had taken off somewhere to have a baby, or a coyote could have taken one, or any of a dozen other reasons.

Point is, you can bet Dad would be searching for the lost bovine if one went missing!

The Bible has a similar story that Jesus tells in Lk. 15:4 (KJV).

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

Jesus says that if a shepherd loses one sheep, he would leave the 99 in search of that one.

That’s how important you are to Jesus! He wants every last one of His children to be saved!

“…Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”(I Timothy 2:4 KJV)

Isn’t it nice that God wants all of us safe in His fold?

counting cows devotional thought: Labrador retriever protecting calf
This calf was deserted by his mom, and our dog took over its care.

How Nature Praises God

Trees rustle in Morning’s strong wind. Sway high above, into bright, blue Sky– Pale green against bright blue. Leaves sing their rustling song. Clouds quickly scatter, Until Sky is clear. The Birds sing. The Trees sing. I sing. By: SLR   . This morning is a beautiful spring day. The sky is a clear blue.… Continue Reading

Introducing www.sweetgumlife.com!

Dearest Readers, It’s with much anticipation that I Introduce my new and improved blog, www.sweetgumlife.com! I am so excited to launch my new blog, after posting at www.thewritesteph.com since March 3, 2013. Although I’m a little sad to let TheWriteSteph go, I am happy to begin anew with a name that fits my niche better… Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses to Jump-start Your Week

I don’t know about you, but my Monday is getting off to a very s-l-o-w start! The weekend was so much fun, filled with family and friends, and now it’s back to work. Never fear, here are 10 verses (or a collection of verses) to start our week out great–even if you are having a… Continue Reading

What Makes 16 Years of Marriage Work

Dear Readers, 16 years ago today–June 6, 1998–I married my best friend and the love of my life. His online name is “Lefty.” It seems like yesterday that I was the nervous (terrified, actually!) bride that you see in the picture. You can see the fear in my eyes because I would be making one… Continue Reading

Trusting God During Catastrophes

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in Heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven (Mt. 18:10; ESV).” As a mom of a precious school-aged child, the interviews with children who survived Monday’s tornado rocked me to the deepest… Continue Reading