What’s a Girl to Do (Athaliah)

This is the third part of a study called _False Images – Your Future is not Cast in Stone_. First we looked at Rachel and her inability to let go of the false images of her father. Next we looked at Ruth and how she determined to embrace her future. This section is subtitled ‘A…

A Woman Forsaken

It was Autumn 1993, so 20 years ago that I sat on the small screened front porch of our home in a rural setting and faced deep disappointment once again, for the millionth time it seemed. I felt betrayed by my own body, misunderstood by the people who I loved the most, abandoned by God…

Real Bread – The Adventure

Real Bread Not so many years ago, I was trying to talk myself into buying ‘wheat’ bread instead of the packaged white bread at the grocery store. Eventually I ventured further and bought a bread machine and a box of mix at the grocery store. I was very happy to be making bread at home!…

What’s a Girl to Do? (Ruth)

What’s a Girl to Do? (Ruth) False Images Your Future is NOT Cast in Stone This is a continuation of a study where we have already looked at Rachel and what her choices were when she had a chance for a new life, a fresh start. Now we will look at Ruth and what her…

What’s a Girl to Do? (Rachel)

False Images Your Future is NOT Cast in Stone When we hear the term ‘False Images’ we may immediately think of idols that are carved from wood or stone. This study however, deals with self images that can be just as false and warped. No matter what our families have done before us, no matter…

What Can I do to Help?

Sometimes when we hear about a need we just don’t know what to do about it. I find this often to be the response from people when I share concerning the vast need in foster care in our country. Although I would be oh so glad to hear that every person who read my blog,…

Backyard Betsy Joins the Flock

The following is the first of a series of children’s read-aloud stories that are a part of _The Homestead Adventures of Pumpkin Swamp Cove_ . As a foster-mom for fifteen years and as an adoptive mom, I have seen the process it takes for children to adjust to change. I pray this story will comfort…

How to Speak Adoption

Even the most well intentioned people rarely know how to ask about adoption or discuss adoption without ‘saying the wrong thing’. Let me be quick to point out that I am not referring to some new level of politically correct jargon. I am, instead, offering a personal guideline to being aware and sensitive about your…

Power of Precedence

Have you ever heard of Zelophehad’s daughters? The vast majority of folks would answer with a resounding, “Who?”. We rarely hear about Zelophehad’s five daughters today, even though they are mentioned by name in the Bible five times (see Num. 26:33; 27:1-7; 36:1-12; 1 Chr. 7:15; Josh. 17:1-6) “One of Hepher’s descendants, Zelophehad, had no…

_The Great Divide_ (excerpt)

The following is an excerpt from a fictional work in progress that I am writing. After entertaining my family reading it out loud yesterday and seeing their delightful reaction, I’ve determined to share it with you. The story is called _The Great Divide_ and is based in the month of July. The plot involves a…