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Warm as Wool

The other day I was looking through a shelf of children's books we used with our Five in a Row curriculum. I pulled out Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders. This story is about pioneer Betsy Ward who buys some awful looking sheep in hopes of warmly clothing her family.

As I flipped through the pages, illustration after illustration reached out and tugged at my heart. The illustrations touched me as a wife, a mother, a keeper of my home. The story was about more than sheep and warm clothes. It was about a woman that worked side-by-side with her husband, building a new home, creating a warm family life, caring for and training and teaching their children.

I picked this book out because I had been thinking about the Lord being my Shepherd. If He is my Shepherd than I am His sheep. What does it mean to be a sheep? In this book, the sheep are at the mercy of the world around them. They endure or perish through a long, rough journey, attacking wolves, dangerous but innocent looking poisonweed, and other hazards. They are dumb animals, unable to care for themselves.

In Kay Arthur's book, Lord, I Want To Know You, she has a chapter called, "The Lord My Shepherd". In it she quotes from her devotional book, Beloved ...

If sheep do not have the constant care of a shepherd, they will go the wrong way, unaware of the dangers at hand. They have been known to nibble themselves right off the side of a mountain. They will overgraze the land and run out of food unless the shepherd leads them to new pastures. If they are led to proper pastures, they will obliviously eat or drink things that are disastrous to them. Sheep easily fall prey to predators, and when they do, they are virtually defenseless. Sheep can also become cast down and, in that state, panic and die. And so, because sheep are sheep, they need shepherds to care for them.

The welfare of sheep depends solely upon the care they get from their shepherd. Therefore, the better the shepherd, the healthier the sheep.

She then continues in her book, Lord, I Want To Know You ...

Even though we do dumb things, even though we are not perfect, even though we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2), we can succeed because the Lord is our Shepherd. God designed us so that we would see our need. Thus we can say with total confidence and conviction, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1).

Sometimes I am overwhelmed just considering the work the Lord has given me to be a wife, a mother, a keeper of my home, and a homeschool teacher. I do understand what it means to be a sheep in need of a devoted shepherd. I am so thankful that I can say with total confidence and conviction, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1). As the title of the book suggests, that makes me feel warm as wool!

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. - Psalm 23

February 4, 1999
1999 by Kathy Ridpath
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Warm as Wool
by Scott Russell Sanders, illustrated by Helen Cogancherry
A beautifully illustrated story of a pioneer woman's determination and perseverance through hardship to raise some sheep and provide warm clothes for her family. This book is used in the Five in a Row curriculum and is based upon a true story. -- Kathy Ridpath
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Beloved: From God's Heart to Yours: A Daily Devotional
by Kay Arthur
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Lord, I Want to Know You
('Lord' Bible Study Series)

by Kay Arthur
I am currently working my way through this Bible study and am learning so much. I have used other studies in this series and highly recommend Kay Arthur's Bible Studies! -- Kathy Ridpath
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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13

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