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Under The Fence

Recently, we have done dramatic changes to the goat/sheep barn. The new design has alleys that have gates and goes to individual stalls and the milk room. Gates mean we can shut off areas that we don’t want anyone going into. However, there are a couple of small kids and one panel that is the wall for milk stall that is high and the little guys can scoot under. Needless to say, I am not so happy with this, and today I am correcting that issue. However, it has made me consider, just how many times do I displease God by making that quick turn to slide under his desires for me. God allows us the right to choose, “free will” you can call it. He does not force us to choose the right path, he doesn’t even force us to choose his son as our Lord and savior. The Bible gives us many scriptures that demonstrate to us our ability to choose. Just a few examples: "...Choose today whom you will serve" ...Joshua 24:15 "...So choose life in order that you may live."... Deuteronomy 30:19 "...Choose good"... Isaiah 7:15 "...You did evil in My sight and chose what displeases Me"... Isaiah 65:12 "...Choose knowledge rather than gold"... Proverbs 8:10 God is good, and he hasn’t given us alleys to travel down without options. But he does hope that we will choose wisely and follow the way he has shown us., the most important being to choose Christ “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 A scripture in John helps me understand my own salvation as I watch and work with my flocks and herds each day. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 I am so very thankful that God has saved me by grace and yet allows me to choose. Thankful that he is also willing to forgive me when I repent if I have made a poor choice and found my way under that fence. However, I will be taking that choice of under the fence into the milk room away from the goat kids this afternoon!
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