By Holly Culhane

Facilitating, speaking, Q and A, building relationship, packing, unpacking, setting up, tearing down, meeting new people (or a lot of new people), different beds, altered time zones, disrupted sleep patterns … and anything else you can think of related to delivering a message face-to-face via conferences, workshops, or keynote speeches – all can wear on a person. Add to that a different culture, one or more foreign languages, interpreters, rules of the road unlike (or nothing like) what you’re used to, a different currency, and international flights … and you have a recipe for mental and physical fatigue.

Even when one is living deeply into the calling the Father has placed on his or her life .. and loving it … a person’s human limitations can surface.

I found myself at that point after a recent trip to the Middle East. We had facilitated a four-day gathering on shepherding and, thanks to the Father’s blessing, a number of participants had volunteered to multiply the shepherding message – most certainly our hope. The people were delightful and Spirit-filled, and our hosts had been most accommodating.

Jesus as a shepherd

But sleep had eluded me for much of the trip. The Almighty had sustained us, but I knew my tank was running low.

We landed back in the U.S. in the early morning hours. Due to a late afternoon connecting flight and a bit of a drive, we faced another 18 hours before the trip was over. I worked hard – calling on The Good Shepherd for help – to be awake, alert, and upbeat.

Then it began –

  • A text from a new friend who lives near the airport, assuring us she would be happy to pick us up and bless us with a hot breakfast, a shower, a comfy bed, and time to rest. Exactly what I needed.
  • An unexpected text from a shepherding partner with an encouraging word after listening to a recent vlog post. “You and Doug are right in your wheelhouse.” Exactly what I needed.
  • An out-of-the-blue email from a friend, full of encouragement. Exactly what I needed.
  • An email from our Bangladesh partner providing photos of their team distributing food to the needy in mosques and temples, with one man wearing a Presence Point “Live into Your Calling” tee shirt. Exactly what I needed.
  • A text from a woman who just wanted to let me know she was praying for us as we traveled. Exactly what I needed.

…your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him.
Matthew 6:8b

Yes, The Good Shepherd knows exactly what we need … and just when we need it!


Dear shepherd leader, can you recall a time in your life when the Father provided exactly what you needed? Share in the comments below.

8 Comments. Leave new

  • I have been encourage by your testimony. I am praying for Presence Point ministries that may God spread it world wide. And you founder be kept safe and strengthened by Jesus.

    • Holly Culhane
      April 1, 2021 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Paul! You are an encouragement to Doug and to me! Blessings upon you as you live into your calling pastoring your church under a tree in Tanzania…

  • This Psalm came up on my calendar just after I read your post!! PTL!! “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul…….Teach me your will, for You are my God; Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psa 143:8, 10

    Blessings to you and Doug

    • Holly Culhane
      April 1, 2021 7:26 pm

      Howard – Yes! Yes! Yes! Such a beautiful psalm and reminder of our Good Shepherd’s faithfulness! I’m sure that He has provided exactly what you needed many, many times. With you, I am so very grateful for His Provision, Protection, and Presence, And for His omniscience — the fact that He ALWAYS nows EXACTLY what we need WHEN we need it is, well, just SO GOD! Praise Him!

  • Garry Winebarger
    March 31, 2021 10:19 am

    This is a great reminder!

    • Holly Culhane
      April 1, 2021 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Garry! I love taking a moment to stop and think of how good the Good Shepherd has been to us. What a blessing! May you live deeply into your calling today, my friend…

  • Holly, what a good reminder. I’ve been there countless times and also been blessed by the Lord. He does care for us so well.

    • Holly Culhane
      April 5, 2021 12:18 pm

      Yes, Dave, I’m sure you have been there many, many times! Your international travel far exceeds mine and I’m sure the blessing The Good Shepherd has brought your way has always been a beautiful reminder of His faithfulness. And, yes, He does indeed care for us so very, very well. Blessings to you and Joan!


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