Initial Response

“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.” Numbers 27:16-17

This was the initial response from Moses after hearing he wouldn’t be entering the Promised Land with the children of Israel.

Oh Lord, help me think of others before giving an emotional response based solely on my feelings. And here’s a simple poem . . .

First care

Because You really know
it’s more about being “we”
than so many
“me, me, me’s”
please help us
think and act
as a congregation of One
under the Son.

Thank you for all of the beautiful comments and prayerful responses you add here.


  1. ‘Under the Son’ that is so wow Deb! πŸ™‚

  2. Cool verse. Glad to know about it. That was one of Jesus’ main beafs with the Pharisees and teachers; they were supposed to be shepherds and instead they made it hard on the common people.

  3. Interesting… didn’t see it that way! May the Lord help my selfish ways

  4. So wow us being together, under Him, too! Can it get any better? πŸ™‚

  5. Your right . . .shepherds care for the flock. Just like you talked about. πŸ™‚
    I was so humbled by this response. After all Moses went through, one might think he’d pitch a fit. Instead, he asks God to make sure they had someone to lead them in his place.
    God bless you as you care for those around you!

  6. We all can be selfish! But somehow, I have trouble seeing you that way! πŸ™‚ God bless you and your love for others and Jesus!

  7. “Oh Lord, help me think of others before giving an emotional response based solely on my feelings.”

    Thank you, Deb.


  8. Thanks for giving voice to this, Deb! As much as I try to remind myself that it’s ‘not about me,’ I also need to hear, ‘I can’t do this on my own!’ God truly does love us to be in community!

  9. That one was for me, I think, more than we. πŸ™‚ God bless you and the care you take for His sake! Still thanking God for you and your post about praying. πŸ™‚

  10. That was a wonderful comment, Eric. Yes, I can’t do it on my own either . . .and so glad that I don’t have to. Like having all of you add to these posts, making them deeper and more complex than I ever could. πŸ™‚ God bless you and your heart for His community.

  11. I needed to hear this one. I still have a long way to go. There are a couple Bible verses:

    19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

    20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James1:19-20

    It is not the anger part that is convicting me,but the part that says to be slow to speak. I worry about clarity a lot. I don’t like to misunderstand what people say, and I don’t like it when others misunderstand what I say. I also don’t like it when I or someone else misunderstands what the Bible says.

    That is alright, but I don’t know it all and sometimes I forget that. I also don’t always know what someone else means. I need to slow down and just love more and focus more on expressing my love. I can love someone and even pray for them…and maybe they won’t ever know about it, but people need loving words even more than accurate words.

    It is so easy to make it about me and not even realize I am doing that. When I am too much in a hurry to blurt out the right answer I am not trusting the Lord. I am not believing that He has promised to lead other Christians in the truth, and not just me. Isn’t that just awful? I am so thankful the Lord used this to remind me of that. Pray for me that I will not forget it.



  12. Hehehe… I have a tendency to be selfish and get into “pity-party” mode (self pity) at times… Much like Job, I cry out, “How could this happen to me?” and then I remind myself even if He slays me, it would be the best thing… These days I am trying hard to make myself understand I am not the only one with problems, there is poverty, hunger and worse things happening in the world today. At least I have Jesus, so many in the world don’t and without Him there’s no hope. My life is not hopeless but filled with hope. Bless God for that. More than asking I am learning to thank Him. Tough work Debs, but we will make it through Him. (I do talk a lot don’t I… please excuse me!)

  13. Debbie, you know me, I have a Jewish daughter who is contemplating both her baptism into Christianity (when she was four) and her values as an “out” lesbian. I love your poem, and I do feel called as a church-going, active Christian and a pastor’s wife to say that I think it’s beyond being “one under the Son,” since Jesus was a Jew and he didn’t want us to worship him, but God the Father. That makes all faiths who worship The One God (Jews, Muslims, and Christians) brothers and sisters. Just a thought… not meaning any disrespect! Much love, sister, Amy

  14. Deb I liked the phrase “One under the Son” The verse you quoted mentioned the Lord’s congregation. David referred to “the great congregation in one of the psalms:

    “18I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” Psalm 35:18

    The use of the word “we” needing to be our focus instead of the word “me” and combining that with the phrase “One under the Son” pointed to the truth that Jesus said about himself… that He was the way, the truth and the Life, and that all must come to the father by Him.

    I also the saw the combination of the words “we” and “One” depicting the unity Christians have in Christ:

    “20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

    21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

    22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

    23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:20-23

    I believe your poem was brilliant and inspiring.

  15. Theresa . . .this was so much what has been on my heart, what He wants me to remember and hear. Thank you!!! I don’t know a lot, really, really don’t. That was the scary part about blogging. Who did I think I was to write about His words? eeekkkk!
    But more and more, He has shown me just what you said, to not sweat the “who’s right thing” here. He’ll take care of that. Doing that will only take away the focus and glory from Him.
    I too know what you mean about slipping into me-mode and not even realizing it sometimes. God is very faithful to reveal it though, if I just stay close. Whenever I feel yucky . . .and I don’t have the flu or a cold (ha!) . . .I know.
    You are so not awful! You are honest and real and my special sis of the Word! πŸ™‚ love you!

  16. No disrespect at all , Amy! I love and welcome your unique perspective . . .you are such a beautifully woven tapestry of His love. Many colors and threads, you spread your arms wide. So good to hear from you!!! Praying your new home is just right for you and yours, and warm too , tonight!

  17. Thank you so much, for catching the essence of what I was saying! I LOVE the scripture you added . . .you are so gifted with that inner knowing of His word. Praying you rub off on me! πŸ™‚ I know, keep my nose in the BOOK. ha!
    Confession time . . .when I write these poems, they just kind of come out. I don’t always understand all that might be gotten out of them myself. I let you guys do that! πŸ™‚ You all bless me so much.
    God bless you and bring you big doses of His love tonight!

  18. Rita . . .You just come here and talk as much as you want to, anytime you want! πŸ™‚ I love your hope-filled comments and posts, your Jesus-full life. And, I love how you call me Debs . . .no one else does that! You make me feel special and close to you. God bless you!

  19. Hehehe I did not notice when I started calling you Debs! But yes truly there is much love and warmth that flows from you. Truly feel loved. Jesus’ love just pours out from you :D… I feel like flying πŸ˜€ God bless you

  20. I feel His love through you too! πŸ™‚ Isn’t that wonderful, how He does that! Meet you in the sky! πŸ™‚

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