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The Good Shepherd by shock777 The Good Shepherd by shock777
This is the Good Shepherd. You may have been hurt in your past by people in authority that you trusted in your life..such as a pastor, or a teacher, or even your own parents. People above you that you trusted to care for you and to guide you through life's nastiest days. But then they abused their power and either gave you something you didn't need, or they didn't give you enough of what you did need.

But Jesus is the good shepherd. He holds you in his hands and never lets go. He doesn't micromanage your life as if he was some harsh critic that is always looking at your mistakes. He keeps you safe from your enemies, even if you don't feel like you need protection at the moment. He knows you on a deep, intimate level and will always love you and sustain you. God is good. Let's learn how to be his sheep and openly receive his blessings and love. I mean, it is undeserved but freely given. We cannot earn his love and acceptance. So let's believe that we are worth it. We are worthy of taking such a gift in his eyes. :heart:

Drawn for a friend at church who is battling some of the same things I am battling. Hope this touches your heart. :heart:
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Tarnisis Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. :happycry: Thank you for making and sharing this, my dear. :heart: 
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WinxSurprises Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
CHRISTIANS FOR LIFE
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Ravenloveskakashi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have to say, I've been following you for a long time, and admittedly, I've ignored these pictures.  But I recently let go of my fears of Jesus and the whole faith in general.  Now your work and your words really encourage me, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!
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shock777 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;A; thank you so much my friend! :heart: I pray understanding and peace over you and I just am so glad that I could be here for u ;v; :heart: You are welcome here!!! :hug:
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Ravenloveskakashi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! ;u; You're such a sweetie. vuv
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like this a LOT.
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Love it ^-^
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DelacroixSasha Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable art, so lovely true. :+fav:
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KingdomOfLight1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how Jesus protects us even when we don't deserve it. :heart:
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redcarstudios Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
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This is so beautiful! Keep up the wonderful work!
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darker-deep-down Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Jesus man, what else is necessary to say
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Eriluvs Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful :heart:
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UziNinja Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thank you..
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shock777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: ur welcome. :hug:
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw yay! It's Jesus! I love that guy. :D
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SailorMoonAndSonicX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; Amen! <3
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Smokelesseyes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. this picture is so powerful. 
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Alicia-x-Itachi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, so beautiful ^^ I don't know how I'd get by without Jesus' love.
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chelsosaurus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorite scriptures :) When we studied it in my religion class at school I just fell in love with it. I turn to it when I feel discouraged and it helps me to realize that Christ knows who I am. Now I have a lovely illustration to along with it to lift me up even more :)
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Amen!
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Micromanaging my life in fear of disappointing GOD was what drove me away. Now I don't manage anything at all because in the end I still failed GOD. I could use a Jesus hug sometimes.
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have been there before but we do not have a God who does not know how it feels to be human, we do! (Hebrews 4:14-16) and to know that God is always ready to forgive and help convert our hears every day is reason enough to go to Him for aid....:) Know that I will be praying for you....:)
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
No need. I have no interest anymore. Consider me one of Hell's own. I honestly don't care anymore.
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Er...if I may ask...why....if not sorry :(
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
Can't explain. I just figure God's going to decide where I ultimately belong anyway... so all I can do is try not to be a douche in life.
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know how you feel or what you're going through...but I've through... a path of hopelessness...and bitterness..before...just to letcha know...I'm here if you wanna talk or need a pair of ears...:)
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
I'm fine.
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
alright....
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shock777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah :C I struggle with that too. the whole being a disappointment to God thing is not true at all. and sometimes on my hardest of days, I have to actually discipline myself NOT to work for God's love. Like its so easy to get in the habit of reading ur bible Religiously beause u feel like if u dont u are hated by God. It's simply not the truth and breaking through those lies take time. LOOTS of time. and lots of encounters with God's truth and godly, uplifting relationships. :( What helps me is to close my eyes, and imagine a safe place and then God steps in and he hugs me. not only does he hug me, but he kisses me with a holy kiss. I hope it helps you to know that you are in the same boat as most of america-feeling afraid of God in such a terrible way. This is why i hate religion but i love Jesus. He isn't a set of rules, he is a PERSON. a relationship you reach out to.
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thing is I have no idea how to relate to that. I've not been hugged in 3+ years. And it wasn't religion per se that caused my fears, but my own perfectionist nature and desire for acknowledgment and love. I know that there are others like me in the world, but I'm the only one I know in real life that has to deal with me 24/7/365.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:C yeah. i am perfectionist too and i desire acknowledgment as well...And you are only you and that is true. I'll keep praying for you. :hug:
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thanks?
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PentecostalGirl1996 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, this is almost magical, so awesome!! :3
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