Shrek the Sheep


Without a shepherd, a sheep gets weighed down.


I found this story on Facebook.

This is Shrek the sheep.

He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years.

Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it.

When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds.

Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum.

For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece.

Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep.

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered.

If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes.

Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed.

All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding.

He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


56 Responses to “Shrek the Sheep”

  1. Salam Marianne, I like your blog very much. I see you are trying to get close to God through this webpage. However, do you think Bible is error free?

    • hamza

      the bible is the most proven, error free book in the world. I assume you have a question.

      here on this this, there has been some with extensive long arguments copying and pasting from their own sources…..which i had to stop, because of the extreme length.

      If you have a comment, that is ok, and I will answer one question at a time, as long as it is concise enough.

      this is to help allow readers to focus on and digest what is being said.

      happy new year

      • Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66 agree that the total number of the whole assembly was 42,360. Yet the numbers do not add up to anything close. The totals obtained from each book is as follows:
        (a) 29,818 (Ezra)
        (b) 31,089 (Nehemiah) ?

        • hamza

          maybe you counted wrong….

          i hate math…so this is what I suggest….

          make an excel spreadsheet….

          make 2 columns one for ezra and one for nehemiah

          put all numbers for each people group row by row and put name of the people group beside the row, to be sure it is the same people

          then use excel to add all the numbers in each column and send me the list

          by email….


          ezra nehemiah

          2172 2172 Parosh
          372 372 Shephatiah

          remember that there was more than one return , permitted by decrees by different kings….one was cyrus (for ezra), and one was artaxerxes (for nehemiah)

          some counts may have included women and children and some may only have counted the men….

          remember also, that this is man transcribing large numbers…it is not God talking…….so there is no faith issue here.

          also, I started a spreadsheet of my own, and noticed that ezra recorded that the “people of” a certain group was a number, but nehemiah recorded that only the “sons of” the same group was counted.

          it looks like ezra counted men, women and children, and nehemiah recorded only the men….

          so the totals match after the women and children were added to the numbers for the men.

          • I did the calculation on my calculator. I can’t use Microsoft Excel because I am a dumb Muslim from Middle East, and I can’t use computer very well. I could barely use a calculator to calculate. My total was not the same as described in the Bible. I can send you snap shots of my calculator with the total. However, I won’t be able to present an Excel sheet. I am not educated at all. I am still learning the use of computer. Thank you, I hope you can explain.

            • hamza

              it is easy to enter wrong numbers on calculator. the eyes get tired and we do not see all the numbers correctly. best way to check is to repeat calculation 3 times to see if you get same answer.

              what I learned is that ezra reported all people in group…and nehemiah reported only the men…so the numbers are different….but when you add the women to the men, then the numbers are the same for both ezra and nehemiah.

              • Hello Marianne, Assalam Aleikum, the warm blessings of Islam. I did the calculation four more times, and I got the same result. My result don’t match with the Bible. I am unable to make an Excel Sheet because of my small Middle Eastern brain. You are an American with big brain, can you please do the Excel Sheet because I think Bible has wrong information. If the information in Bible is not correct, how can one take it as God’s word. I hope that I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings. I am just trying to clear things up.

                • hamza

                  I have already explained that the bible says that ezra counted all people, but nehemiah counted only the men…

                  that is why the numbers do not match…

                  but then the women and children were added to the nehemiah numbers to give total…

                  the total for each …ezra and nehemiah match……so there is no problem…

                  bible is not wrong.

                  calculations were made different ways…but total still the same.

                  • Prophet Muhammad PBUH came after Prophet Jesus PBUH just like Jesus PBUH came after MOSES PBUH! 🙂 Thank you!

            • Hamza,

              Your motive is obviously apparent.

  2. Sheep Shrek wandered away from the fold, was definitely carrying more then his load of fleece for quite a spell….(amazing he could stand, walk.)

    Great comparison, when I have wandered, my burdens become more then i can endure; i fall from the load…

    I love my Good Shepherd, HE carries the weight of my world; I shall not want. Psalm 23 ~

  3. That is good thanks – showed it to my wife and aide. Good meaning in the message as well.

  4. Happy New Year.. Nice fat sheep… Shepherd can make lots of wool.

    • hamza

      happy new year to you also.

      shrek the sheep has enough wool for several nice winter coats. 🙂

      • Thank you for the reply Marianne. I am a dumb Muslim from Middle East, and we don’t have winter here in the Arabia. We have sand and sun only. I bet you enjoy the snow a lot. I wish I could get a bit of the snow in Arabia. I have to use my camel for travelling, and we don’t have Air Conditioner in our camels. It can get very difficult sometimes. Also, late Merry Christmas. We can’t celebrate Christmas here in Arabia, or our parents will beat us. We make “sand” angels sometimes.

        • hamza

          do not call yourself dumb. God made you and God only makes good things, not dumb things. someday soon, when jesus comes back, everyone will be free, and there will be peace on earth.

  5. Hello Marianne, Jesus was not son of God. 🙂 Thank you! Jesus was only a messenger of God. Why would Jesus pray to himself when he was on cross? Salam! 🙂

    • hamza

      Muslims say this because there is only one god, and they think if they say jesus is son of god, then that makes 2 gods, not one.

      but bible says Father in heaven is God. Jesus prayed to Father in heaven, and said only Father is God.

      17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

      2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

      3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

      4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17: 1-3

      Notice that Jesus also said he was Son of God. If you look in bible all that was made directly by God was called son of God.

      Adam, the first man, was called son of God. The angels were called sons of god in bible. Son of man means made by human ways. son of God means made by God the Father.

      this does not mean Jesus is the Father God. it means he has a divine nature like his Father God. Just like you are human because your father is human.

      The father made everything in heaven to be like him and have heavenly nature. Jesus was made in heaven like the angels….he only came to earth later through Mary, after the holy spirit created a miracle in her. God does not need a wife to create….He is all powerful. Father God creates what and who he wants.

      Jesus was a spirit son of God before he ever came to earth. father God gave him a special position over all the angels in heaven, and over all those on earth. This is why we call Jesus “lord.” it means owner or master. If you look at story of Abraham, his wife sarah calls abraham “lord.” it is a title of respect and shows he is owner of house. Father God gave earth to Jesus to own as his property. so he is Lord for this earth. Father God expects us to show Jesus respect as Lord, because of his sacrifice of love for us..

      Jesus also expects us to pray to the Father god, not to him (Jesus), but to mention his name, to show respect. if we do this, then Father God will answer prayer. If we do not mention his name and show respect, then Father God ignores prayer. this is the will of the Father to show respect for his spirit Son.

      even quran says Jesus is the Word of God, and Spirit of god. this is important because Father God is Word of God also. Jesus is called this because he carried the Word from the Father to us, so that we would receive the Truth. he correctly gave the Word to mankind, and it was not contaminated by man’s thinking or human words. jesus is spirit of god because he is made from god’s spirit, not human flesh.

      Jesus existed in heaven for a long time, before he came to earth. Human flesh was just used as a vehicle for Jesus to be born a man so he could give message to men. When you think of it. Jesus only had human mother. He had miracle birth by God, so God was his father in the miracle. so you could say, even in human birth, God was still his father. he had no human father. so if god is his father, then he is son of god.

      does that make sense?

      jesus did not pray to himself on cross. he prayed to his father god. he made this sacrifice to pay for our sins. he knew the punishment was too bad and we could not survive it in hell. so he loved us and took our punishment for us, so we could go to heave and be with him and his father god.

      • God is word of God? Doesn’t make sense. Anyways, God wants us to be nice human beings. As long as you are a nice person, God will put you in heaven. As a Muslim, I believe Jesus was a Prophet of God, and he was sent as a Warner, just like Prophet Muhammad. In Quran, Jesus is considered a Prophet. God said that he has no son of his own, and he is alone. I feel you are not the Orthodox Christian who believe Jesus is begotten son of God. Anyways, all of this doesn’t matter much. What matters is we follow his message. I follow Muhammad’s message, which is to live in community peacefully. He came to Arabs to make them better human beings, and to accept other’s religions. He came to deliver the message of Allah, but Arabs are still the same and follow pagan rituals of stoning women. Quran forbids all pagan acts and delivers the peaceful message of brotherhood among all human beings. However, current Muslims still follow their old traditions. They created their own rules and called it “Hadiths.” The real Islam is in Quran. Hadiths are violent and promote hate.

        • hamza

          God is sometimes called the Word since his words are holy and true.

          jesus is referred to as word also:

          A discussion of the name, titles, and description of Jesus in the Quran. Part 2: A look at the some of the other titles given to Jesus, such as a “word”, a “spirit”, “mercy”, and others.

          “Word” from God

          Jesus is referred to as a “Word” from God in three passages in the Quran. No other prophet has been described with such a title.

          “…O Mary! Behold, God gives you good news of a word from Him, who shall become known as the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary…” (Quran 3:45)

          “…The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of God, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary…” (Quran 4:171)

          “…God gives you good news of (a son whose name is) John, (who comes) to confirm a word from God…” (Quran 3:39)

          • Thank you Marianne. I understand now. I am glad you are not like the other Christians who think Jesus was the God himself. You are more of a Muslim Christian. It’s all good!
            Salam from Muslim brotherhood! 🙂

  6. Lunar Eclipses
    The four lunar eclipses will occur on:
    Passover, April 15, 2014
    Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014
    Passover, April 4, 2015 and
    Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015

    This is most unusual. It is a rare occurrence for four lunar cycles to happen on successive Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) observances. It will not happen again for hundreds of years. However, Mark found that a series of four lunar eclipses on these particular holy days did occur in the twentieth century – not once, but twice! The first set occurred in 1949-1950, the year after Israel became a state! The second set happened in 1967-1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem! Such a phenomenon is nigh unto impossible, unless it was set up by Divine design. Mark looked back in history and noticed that the last time this set of four lunar eclipses occurred on Passover and Sukkot was in 1493, the year after Columbus sailed the ocean blue and Spain expelled all Jews.

    In that case, we wonder what is God telling the Jews in the 1949 and 1967 lunar eclipses? And, as we look at the next seven years, we wonder, “What is God telling Israel through the upcoming lunar eclipses?” Is it possible these are fulfilling biblical prophecies?

    Solar Eclipses
    In addition to the four lunar eclipses in 2014-15, Mark also found two solar eclipses. They will occur on:
    Adar 29/Nisan 1, March 20, 2015
    The Feast of Trumpets, September 13, 2015

    These two dates are quite significant because they are special days in the Jewish calendar. For example, it was on Nisan 1, the first anniversary of the Exodus, that Moses raised up the tabernacle for the first time and the glory of God descended. Two weeks later, the Chosen People observed their first Pentecost since the Exodus. Nisan 1 marks the beginning of the religious festival cycle. Six months later, on Tishri 1, the Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. This day is highly prophetic, because it is said to be the anniversary of the Creation of Adam. It is Adam’s birthday. And, even though it is a Jewish observance, it is prophetically significant as a day for Gentile nations. It is the day when God will sit down upon His throne of Judgment and take the books in his hand. That is when He will begin the judgment of the world. So, a solar eclipse on Rosh Hashanah could precede the Second Coming of Christ in power and great glory, and fulfill the biblical description


  8. Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses
    any one have sound doctrine regrading to Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses ,please post link here .thanks

    • fyi,

      You are correct about the current lunar/solar cycle.

      Did you know the sign in the heaven (Rev. 12:1-5) was above us on Feast of Trumpets, 2011?

      Expect a great shaking in the weeks/months ahead.

      Psalm 34

  9. my friend has a new name Shiloah , from Bible ‘s perspective,
    it this a good name or not ?

    for when i read book of Jeremiah, i felt God condemn Shiloah?
    any thought ,from Bible perspective.

  10. what is your time zone? Marianne ? east coast, central ?

    does not look like ?

  11. Marianne,


    ” As long as people don’t…”

    You are so funny.

    Yes – some people are expecitng more to occur, fulfilling the events of the 6th seal.


    • we do not have it confirmed, nor can we predict, that anything else than a blood (full) moon will occur…so why read into it?

      Passover ALWAYS is on the 15th day of the month, so it will always be during a full moon, since a full moon is mid way in the lunar cycle……

      same is true for Sukkot…..

      this is not some rare or magic event, like people claim

      this is science, and it has been going on since the moon was created.

  12. Marianne,

    Are playing devils advocate again? 🙂

    Oh the history of Blood Moons on Hebrew feast days matching up with significant Jewish/Hebrew events is well documented, going back hundreds of years.

    I gave a graphic that I’ll email to you, asking that you post – maybe as a new page topic.

    Remember da devil don’t need no advocates – he has fallen angels and demons do’n that work. 🙂

    Psalm 91

  13. Marianne,

    You’ve been drink’n from that New Age water bottle again? 🙂

    We don’t have the Blood Moon and sackcloth sun confirmed as the sign of the 6th seal?

    Okay – let’s confirm the lunar and solar eclipse (Tetrad cycle).

    First for you to investigate –

    How many solar eclipse have occurred on the first day of Spring over the eastern hemisphere in the past 2000 years?

    The solar eclipse in 2015 occurs on March 20th and is viable over the Vatican (sundial pagan obelisk) and Jerusalem. Spring Equinox, 2015 is the day for this total solar eclipse. Is that unique? Yes. How unique?

    How many lunar eclipses (Blood Moons) in the past 2000 years have occurred on Feast of Passover and Tabernacles in the same year and also in consecutive years? That’s 2 times in 2 years.


    You say it happens all the time because the full moon occurs on the 15th of the month. This is not an accurate statement. Please do more research.

    How many Tetrad cycles (defined by NASA) with blood moons on Hebrew Feast days will occur in the next 25 years?


    I’d attach a very complete graphic of the Tetrad cycle here – but don’t have rights (understandable).

    For those following this thread here is the best alternative – another link!

    Also, addressing the confirmation issue you raise (straw man) – you know there are more to the signs of the end of the age than these Tetrad lunar eclipses on Feast days; Fig tree, seals and more evidence bring confirmation. Barry’s rise to power, his peace prize (crown) and his wife Michael (Michelle) are big confirmations.

    The Day of the Lord does not to come as a thief in the night to those who walk in the light and are sober (spiritual but literal helps). What you been drink’n?

    You’re playing a devils advocate like a pro. 🙂

    You reply also fits another approach.

    Straw man:

    “A straw man is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent’s argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.

    The so-called typical ‘attacking a straw man’ argument creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent’s proposition by covertly replacing it with a different proposition (i.e., “stand up a straw man”) and then to refute or defeat that false argument (“knock down a straw man”) instead of the original proposition.

    This technique has been used throughout history in polemical debate, particularly in arguments about highly charged emotional issues where a fiery, entertaining ‘battle’ and the defeat of an ‘enemy’ may be more valued than critical thinking or understanding both sides of the issue.”

    I really do enjoy Heaven Awaits!

    Marianne, you encourage research and critical thinking. Thank you.

    God Bless you.

    • these are not straw issues 🙂

      i put questions out there to make people think.

      if you read revelation….6…..blood moon + sun dark + earthquake + stars fall from sky + people hide and say the wrath of god has come = 6th seal. these obviously take place at the same time.

      it does NOT say blood moon tetrad 6 months apart + sun dark at some other time ONLY = 6th seal.

      blood moons and solar eclipses happen all the time.

      blood moons are full moons….full moons happen at passover and at sukkot…so they are no big surprise. they are timed that way

      show me in scripture where the blood moon and the dark sun happen at DIFFERENT times at the 6th seal

      • Sure.

        Staw man arguments are common. So, this is not one of those times. Okay.

        One day it is playing devil’s advocate and the next it isn’t.

        Are you playing devil’s advocate today?

        Here, let’s have a subject expert explain.

        BTW – these lunar and solar events are not pointing to the rapture date or event (see your original assessment). This is about the coming of The Day of the Lord. This is a big difference.

        This is about Blood Moons on Hebrew feast days, occurring 2 times in one year and the same Feast days in the following year along with a total solar eclipse on Spring Equinox. Very unique combination of dates, yes?

        Please – find this same pattern occurring in the past 2000 years. You can’t.

        Please – find this same pattern in the next 25 years. James can’t either.

        Let’s not loose the essence of this important item.

        The evidence of these current lunar/solar events (very unique) are more exceptional when placing them in context with what you have posted on pages and within your replies/ comments throughout HA.

        Straw man example – picking lunar eclipses that are common events from year to year but the lunar eclipse selected do not occur on Hebrew Feasts days (Passover and Tabernacles) in the same year and occur again the next year on Passover and Tabernacles. Wow!

        Straw man works if the other guy (or gal) doesn’t keep their eye on the ball.

        I love Heaven Awaits! Thanks for keeping the conversation going and going.

        God bless.

        • mark blitz is not a scientist…he does not know how many tetrads happened in 2000 years or if they occurred on feast days or not…

          you have made the claims that the tetrad is associate with the day of the Lord….so the burden of proof is on you , not me

          there has been about 40 tetrads since jesus….I do not know the dates, and neither do you.

          so provide date and calendar data to show this is the FIRST tetrad in 2000 years to fall on feast days…..need PROOF

          and show WHERE in scripture a tetrad was predicted.

          some references were made connecting the tetrad to the 6th seal, so that is why I objected.

          so when does the day of the lord occur, if not at the 6th seal?

        • good link

          has tetrad history

          this is the 8th time tetrad has occured on passover and tabernacles.

          so the day of the lord has had 8 chances to happen and it did not happen

    • Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2015 and 2016

      Upcoming eclipses.

      How many solar and lunar eclipses in one calendar year?

      Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible.

  14. Marianne,

    I see where your coming from –

    “People are selling books now with this distorted prediction that the rapture will happen, all based on what the moon is doing, and they are ignoring that the fact that there is no predicted solar eclipse, or meteor shower, expected at the same time.”

    I think you live for writing straw man arguments. 🙂

    Pastor Mark Blitz and others (including me) don’t distort with an expectation of these events occurring at the same time (same day/night). These blood moons and the sackcloth sun (eclipse events) are not about the rapture but about the Day of the Lord. Big difference.

    I just re-read your summary statement way up at the top. Here is what you wrote:

    “My view is that this is NOT an event due to consecutive solar or lunar eclipses, because the sun and moon turn dark at the same time, and the stars also seem to be falling from the sky.

    [You just interjected an assumption – that both solar and lunar eclipse occur at the same.

    The passages do not make a grammatical statement to support the events occur at the same time. They both occur but NOT at the same time.

    Further – solar and lunar eclipse events don’t need to occur at the same (within 24 hours) to fulfill the prophetic statement.

    If the events did occur at the same time – even those in “darkness” would see the unique event. It would be really obvious.

    Those walking darkness don’t see or recognize these events because God has spiritually blinded them, waking in darkness – not literally waking without sun light or moon light – of course] 🙂

    1.. If there IS a lunar eclipse occurring, something ELSE has to be blocking the sun!

    [A false assumption to support another straw man argument, saying these events occur at the same time, driving disagreements, causing interest and hits to this page and the blog. Nice work.]

    Maybe another planetary object……


    God just puts his hand over the sun to block it.

    [Cute. I’m sure the spiritually blind would see the hand of God. Oh? Maybe they would not see His hand at all – just those who have eyes to see.]

    2.. if there is a solar eclipse occurring, then something else is turning the moon red.


    Maybe something in the atmosphere


    God just turns it red for His own reasons.

    and discount significant evidence that explains what you don’t understand.”

    [Who doesn’t understand?]

    Here’s my contribution –

    1 Thess. 5:1-10.

    Now concerning the times and the seasons [Hebrew intel] , brothers [and sisters, unless you think Paul is sexist] you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

    While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

    But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

    So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him” (ESV).

    I love Heaven Awaits!

    Thanks for keeping the dialogue going and going…and around and around. Nice work!

    Problem – you don’t allow or permit children of the light to know the time and season, without being labeled.

    Please, label me as a child of the light! Thank you Lord.

    Psalm 27

  15. hi Marianne,

    just suggest that if you could make Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses to be a new message (topic) on your website.

    organize all the discussion/ if you feel like to.


  16. What an amazing post; very telling of our relationship with God! Thank you for sharing this story. Also, this year happens to be the year of the sheep in the chinese zodiac calendar… and for me that means meditating on the magic of psalm 23.

  17. Cat,

    Are you familiar with Brother Yun – “The Heavenly Man” – his book “Living Water” and what’s going on with the Church in China?

  18. do not believe in chinese zodiac calendar , that is cult , pagan things

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