Listen To The Voice

January 31, 2016
by Dee Renaud

Our daughter is "horse crazy". She has been since she was ten years old, when she went with a friend to his riding lesson for the disabled, as they were both deaf. Shortly after that, she began taking riding lessons, too. Over the years, she competed, volunteered, and worked at the equestrian centre where she went that first day.

When she was 25 years old, we bought her her own horse, Jewel, which was three months old at the time. She definitely has a way with horses, and in fact, we often refer to her as the "deaf horse whisperer". Jewel used to follow her around like a little puppy when our daughter first got her. She has a gift for understanding horses and other animals, and she has worked with many problem horses over the years. A true horse whisperer is a person who tames and trains horses by gentle methods and speech, and who has great patience. The horses respond well to her voice and her technique. They trust her.

John 10:14,27 – I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is a great "people whisperer"! He understands us. He is gentle and patient with us. Just as the horses trust my daughter, we can trust Jesus. We all need help at one time or another in our lives. We may find ourselves facing difficult situations or having difficult choices to make. We may do things that we don't want to do or we may not do things that we should do. In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, do we go to the Shepherd Who knows us? Do we take time to listen to His voice? Do we seek His guidance and direction and follow Him? He's always waiting for us to ask Him for help, and He has great patience with us. We can always trust Him.

Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (KJV)

He provides us with all that we need to follow Him in every situation that we are called to face.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so grateful that Jesus is our Good Shepherd and that He knows each one of us by name. May we always listen for His voice and trust Him to lead us and provide for us through all the days of our lives. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <eddeerenaud@gmail.com>

Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Dee for a challenging reminder.


    PresbyCan Daily DevotionalA beautiful devotional Dee, Thank you.


    I love hearing about your family and how you relate that to the Christ!


    Thank you for your words.
    (B.C.)


    Thanks for good word today Dee.
    Blessings.


    Dear Dee,
    Your devotional is a blessing. It’s well-written and has a fine message of the divine guidance and blessing of our Lord. Our God always is ready and willing to be our Helper and Guide.
    Thank you.
    Keep writing.


    Dear Dee –
    Thanks for writing this devotion. I identify with your daughter for I love horses too. Your daughter has quite a gift, Dee; I pray that God will shower her and you with many blessings. I loved your analogy re: hearing our Shepherd; He does hear us and He cares. Simply trusting in Him is the key; I find that the closer I get to Him the more I can hear His voice.


    Thanks for sharing this devotional. I was horse crazy as a child, too. Not until I was an adult with my own children was my prayer for a horse fulfilled when we inherited a Welch mare and her colt. The little guy
    thought we were his herd. He found a way to go whenever my children went, even following them into the kitchen! He had to climb the back stairs to do it! What a hoot! Thankfully, he left no deposits on the floor.


    I really am not too familiar with horses but my husband says I have a way with dogs though I have only had one in my personal space and that is over 60 years ago. The denomination is where we serve but our relationship with Jesus is what gives our life a relationship beyond compare. Along time ago I discovered I may not know the future but I know who holds mine and I know he can be trusted through the good and the bad. Thank you for your devotional. It, like many I have read over the years, reminds me once again of the power of Jesus in our lives.


    Hi Dee,
    What a wonderful story, and how true. The Lord is our shepherd indeed.
    Blessings.

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