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About Watch the Shepherd 


My name is Virginia Knowles.  I am a mother of 10 children, as well as a grandmother. I have been a Christian since 1976 and attended a variety of churches since then. Some of our former churches have been associated with allegations of spiritual abuse, either just prior to us attending or during our time as members.  The most recent of these was Sovereign Grace Ministries, where we were members for 8 years until July 2010.   Some of my adult children still attend an SGM church.  My husband and I are now members of a small PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) congregation near Orlando, where we attend with our younger children.


What do I mean by "Watch the Shepherd"?   I am referring first to looking to our Good Shepherd, Jesus, as an example for how we should care for one another.  Secondly, I want to encourage keeping a discerning eye on those who claim to be shepherds of God's people, to see if they are really doing what they are supposed to be doing or whether they are poor shepherds and false teachers.  This blog is mainly about abuse (spiritual, physical, emotional, verbal, etc.) in churches, organizations, and families.  To keep things on the positive side, I also have an extensive series on old hymns.


This blog was originally started using posts from my other blogs, www.virginiaknowles.blogspot.com and www.comewearyknowles.blogspot.com.  Some of the links to my other articles go back to the older blogs, even if the same article is here on Watch the Shepherd.

I am hoping to add more links about recognizing, overcoming spiritual abuse and living by grace.  If you have any, please send them to me at virginiaknowles dot gmail dot com or leave a comment at the bottom of my links page


If you'd like to know a little more about me personally, here is my "About" page stuff from my other blogs. 




Who Am I?


At the Core


Christian Worshiper of God


Citizen of Heaven


Sojourner on Planet Earth


Lover of Creation & Beauty


Peace & Justice Activist


Encourager


Learner & Adventurer




Family & Friends

Wife & Mother


Grandmother


Daughter & Sister


Aunt, Niece & Cousin


Friend & Neighbor 


(Even to Strangers)




Things I Do


Homemaker


Teacher


Writer & Poet


Photographer




Blessings,


Virginia Knowles

3 comments:

  1. Hi Virginia
    have you found our blog A Cry For Justice yet? I think you will find we are pretty much on your page.

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    1. Yes, I've seen it before, Barbara! In fact, I think I have it linked on a few posts, most recently http://watchtheshepherd.blogspot.com/2012/10/we-cant-ignore-domestic-violence.html

      Virginia

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  2. Greetings Virginia,

    Good to find your site. You might be interested in my doctoral research on spiritual abuse and recovery.

    My website is: www.ChurchExiters.com

    My book is: 'Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness'.

    Another website that might be a helpful resource is: www.AbuseResourceNetwork.com

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