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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.

The Sunny Sunflower Field

The other day, I drove past this beautiful field of Sunflowers in a sunny field in the country near Athens, Alabama. Love!!! What southerner doesn’t love sunflowers? I surely do! There was a sign that said something like: You pick–Saturdays mornings! The field was near Isom’s Orchard, one of my favorite roadside farmer’s market that… Continue Reading

Happy Southerners Share their Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants. I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow. My friend told me that the Privet is… Continue Reading

What have you done?

  One of my buds posted this on Facebook, so I decided that it would be fun to blog post it. Of course, I added a few fun things and took away some others. Be sure to copy and paste your list in the Comments section. Even if you only list one or two, I… Continue Reading

Congratulations on Cute Kitten Giveaway!!!

Congratulations to Dianne from Alabama, who won the adorable ceramic kittens from West Side Antiques in Fayetteville, Tennessee! Stay tuned for the next giveaway that you won’t want to miss! Copyright 2017 by Stephanie L. Robertson and www.sweetgumlife.com. Continue Reading

West Side Antiques & Cute Kitten Giveaway

Giveaway:  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page. In the comment section, name one thing that you see that you’d like to buy from West Side Antiques if you could.In a brick hideaway on the Courthouse Square in Fayetteville, Tennessee is a fascinating shop they buy, sells, and trades antiques, militaria, upcycled… Continue Reading

Day 2 Giveaway Winner and Cute Kittens for next Giveaway! Mommy, may I have one, please?

Congratulations to Beth Ann from North Carolina who blogs at It’s Just Life! Today Beth Ann is posting about International Book Giving Day. Beth Ann shared yesterday’s www.sweetgumlife.com post and was entered into the giveaway and won some of my handcrafted bead bracelets. Congratulations, Beth Ann! And now, I proudly present my third www.sweetgumlife.com giveaway…Four little… 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