“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

“I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.” Albert Einstein

An abundant life! Full life! Everyone’s idea of an abundant life is unique, special to them and God. But the Lord promises abundance in full. And the genius, Einstein, knows it’s God’s thoughts that provide this.

Anyone or anything that diminishes you as a person of God comes from the Thief who steals your abundance. It can get worse before it gets better. Anyone who diminishes you with gossip, threats, jealousy, passive-aggressiveness or bringing up the past are under the LAW and you’re allowing them to rob you. They are under the Thief’s control. Walk away. Say nothing.  Pray for you. Pray for them. Anything that diminishes you such as addictions, uncontrolled anger, greed, fear, anxiety, depression, You are under the Thief’s control. We could blame others, recall situations and resentments ad nauseum, but the truth is: we own it. We didn’t ask for this. We didn’t cause it. It’s ours anyway. Look at all the threats, name-calling and plots for death our savior endured. Anything we do that diminishes us hurts us and validates our bad, others’ projections, a destructive self-fulfilling role. So… do the same as our savior. Walk away. Say nothing. Pray for you. Pray for them.

Let’s have an abundant life! Sounds simple, and it is, but it’s challenging. Very. Worth it? Very.


Our lives are not a scavenger hunt scrounging for crumbs, bearing others’ projections and holding on to destructive behavior. Let’s ask, seek and knock through the Word, like-minded Christians, pastors/counselors, books and prayer to take into our hearts our worth. Our value. Let’s visualize our abundant life. The abundant loving and living will come. Abundant living is knowing my value, strengths and talents, which results in fulfilling relationships, successful living and most of all a “peace which surpasses all understanding.”


Father, thank you for abundant living. Thank you for my Black Sheepness that has brought me to you. Thank you for your never-ending grace, which is in abundance. I surrender my Black Sheepness and wait with a tender heart for your fullness in me. It has been said that our greatest ministry comes from our greatest pain. I look forward, with your help, to your healing. Someday, with healing and partnership with you, I will bring another Black Sheep into the fold. Aren’t we all before you without the Son?


Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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