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Today’s Truth

The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone.

(Psalm 118;22, NCV)

Friend to Friend

I want to be a bummer lamb. Now I know what you are thinking but stay with me. I have been fascinated with sheep since I was a little girl. We lived on a farm and I really did have a little lamb. My daddy gave me that lamb. Actually, it was a trade. I was having trouble giving up my bottle. And daddy said the poor little lamb didn’t have any way to eat. So, I traded my bottle for the lamb. A sweet deal all around. And a fascination with sheep was born.

While reading an article about sheep, I discovered an interesting fact about sheep. Ewes will occasionally give birth to a lamb … and then reject it. If that lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother wants nothing to do with the lamb and may even kick the poor lamb away. Evidently, once an ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. Sheep are stubborn critters.

These lambs hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. But there isn’t. Their spirit is simply broken. These lambs are called bummer lambs. The lamb will die unless the Shepherd intervenes.

Do you know what the Shepherd does? He adopts that little lamb. The Shepherd takes the lamb everywhere He goes. He hand-feeds it and keeps it warm by the fire. He wraps it in a blanket and holds it to His chest so the bummer lamb can hear his heartbeat. When the bummer lamb is old enough and strong enough, the Shepherd returns it to the flock.

But that lamb – now a sheep – never forgets what the Shepherd did for him. When the Shepherd calls his flock, guess who runs to Him first? Yes – the bummer sheep.

Why?

Because the bummer sheep immediately recognizes the Shepherd’s voice. He had grown from being a rejected lamb to being a chosen sheep. I wonder if the bummer lamb was loved more than all the other sheep. No. It is just that the little lamb knew the Shepherd intimately. He had grown up hearing the Shepherd’s voice and listening to the Shepherds heartbeat. Because he was rejected, the bummer lamb – the broken lamb, knew the Shepherd in a way none of the other sheep did.

You may be broken and rejected today. You may feel like a bummer lamb. Rejoice! The Good Shepherd will gather you in His arms and hold you close so you can hear His very heartbeat. And you can rest there until you are healed and whole again.

Let’s Pray

Father, I am broken and rejected. Unloved and unwanted. And then you came into my life and made me whole. Thank You, Lord, for what You have done. Your love saved me. Your grace covered me. I am Yours. Help me hear Your voice above all the rest … and I will come to You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

One of my favorite worship songs is “Come to the Altar.” Find some time to spend alone with God and let the truths of these lyrics sink into your soul.

Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling.

Have you come to the end of yourself?
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling.

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide.

Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes.
Come today, there’s no reason to wait.

Jesus is calling.Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes, a new life is born
Jesus is calling.

Oh, what a Savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him…

More from the Girlfriends

Jesus is drawn to broken people. We are why He came. I want to encourage you to begin journaling. You can write a sentence one day and a paragraph the next. Just start looking for God’s handprints in your life and record them in a journal.

I created a Joy Journal to help women learn to choose a perspective of joy! I pray it helps you start seeing your Shepherd each and every day.

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13 Responses to “I Want to Be a Bummer Lamb”

  1. Julie says:

    My grandparents had a sheep (and dude) ranch (many years ago!) near Shell, Wyoming. When we visited in spring or summer, one of the fun things for my brother and I to do was to feed the “bum lambs,” who were kept in a fenced off pasture behind the lodge house. They may have had no mothers, but they were fat and well cared for. They ran to the fence like pets, and loved a little patting with their food. I had not thought of those nice memories of those sweet creatures in years. Thank you for reminding me of them! And praise be to our Lord, for never leaving a motherless lamb forsaken.

  2. Sherri says:

    Wow!! Beautifully written… Thank you!!

    That song is also one of my very favorites!!

    Blessing to you!!

  3. Betty says:

    Such a wonderful piece that puts life into perspective!

  4. Julie says:

    I was reluctant to read simply because of the title. I know, the perfect example, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Epic fail, right here 🙋🏻‍♀️
    Thank you for writing and sharing this story.
    I enjoyed everything about it.
    It gave me a perspective that right now I truly needed.

    Thank you!!

  5. Cherilynn says:

    Such an encouraging devotional! Thank you, Mary! I have never heard of a bummer lamb before, but I shall remember that description now.
    Bless you, and all girlfriends in God xo

  6. Joyce says:

    I enjoy all the stories in girlfriendsingod.
    Today was a very special one. My husband and I are feeling very alone at this point of our lives. We both feel rejected by our family and grand children. I feel like a bummer lamb.
    Please pray for our family.

    Joyce

    Bless you and all other girlfrinds in God

  7. Alana says:

    What a lovely story about the lambs!! Thank you Mary.Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord.He is using you mightally!!!

  8. Carol says:

    Thank you, Mary for this great devotional!
    Your story reminded me of the classic painting of Jesus, holding the lamb and knocking on the heavy wooden door.
    He is always looking out for us. During this season of confusion, we all need to remember, that our Shepard never gets tired of chasing after us and calling us back to Him.
    Your story gave me a boost today!
    Bless you in your work!

  9. Pamela says:

    I like to read a bit of the word and G.I.G when I go to bed. It hasn’t been the best of days so I am going to bed early. I thank the Lord for my comfortable bed and my peaceful time to lie down in the quiet and read with eyes that the Lord has blessed with sight. Mrs. Southerland I thank you for this beautiful, touching devotional. I don’t know why it has touched me so deeply but the meaning of this devotional stirs my emotions. Again, I thank you.

  10. Wanda says:

    I AM A BUMMER LAMB. MOST OF MY LIFE I HAVE FELT LESS THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. I’M THE GIRL WHO MESSED UP BECAUSE I WANTED LOVE FROM A MAN SO BADLY. I HAVE BEEN REJECTED SO MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE THAT IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT GOD HASN’T REJECTED ME TOO. WHEN I PULLED UP GIG THIS MORNING TO DO MY DEVOTION, THERE WERE FOUR THAT POPPED UP. I’M SO GLAD I CHOSE THIS ONE. I REALIZED THAT I AM A BUMMER LAMB. I BELIEVE THE BIBLE AND HAVE LIVED AS A CHRISTIAN MOST OF MY LIFE BUT THAT OLD “LESS THAN FEELING” CREEPS BACK IN AND I QUESTION LOTS OF THINGS AND THEN I FEAR BECAUSE I AM QUESTIONING. ANYWAY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS. IT REALLY SPOKE TO ME DOWN DEEP IN MY SOUL. PRAY FOR ME THAT ONE DAY I WILL TRUST THAT I DON’T HAVE TO FEAR REJECTION FROM GOD. I KNOW IT IN MY HEAD BUT I AM AN EMOTIONAL PERSON AND I LISTEN TO MY FEELINGS TOO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS.

  11. Wanda says:

    I AM A BUMMER LAMB. MOST OF MY LIFE I HAVE FELT LESS THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. I’M THE GIRL WHO MESSED UP BECAUSE I WANTED LOVE FROM A MAN SO BADLY. I HAVE BEEN REJECTED SO MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE THAT IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT GOD HASN’T REJECTED ME TOO. WHEN I PULLED UP GIG THIS MORNING TO DO MY DEVOTION, THERE WERE FOUR THAT POPPED UP. I’M SO GLAD I CHOSE THIS ONE. I REALIZED THAT I AM A BUMMER LAMB. I BELIEVE THE BIBLE AND HAVE LIVED AS A CHRISTIAN MOST OF MY LIFE BUT THAT OLD “LESS THAN FEELING” CREEPS BACK IN AND I QUESTION LOTS OF THINGS AND THEN I FEAR BECAUSE I AM QUESTIONING. ANYWAY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS. IT REALLY SPOKE TO ME DOWN DEEP IN MY SOUL. PRAY FOR ME THAT ONE DAY I WILL TRUST THAT I DON’T HAVE TO FEAR REJECTION FROM GOD. I KNOW IT IN MY HEAD BUT I AM AN EMOTIONAL PERSON AND I LISTEN TO MY FEELINGS TOO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS. BE BLESSED

  12. Dominique Ladies says:

    Gee! I once sought approval of validation from and dont get this the wrong way, Children! No wonder Jesus said “suffer not the little children for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them”! I would greedily devour like a subway sandwich from my students that said “you’re very pretty”, “that’s a nice dress today” all because there was no Adult Communication going on in my life. Then that terrible period when only women were around (and no man to show love). Now the world is my Oyster. I’ve got the permanent of a lifetime! Wow!!

    Beautifully written… Thank you!!

    That song is also one of my very favorites!!

    Blessing to you!!

  13. Bernadette says:

    Thank you Lord for embracing me.

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