Scripture Reading – The Book of Ruth
Blog Title – Stranger In A Strange Land
Blogging Niche – Women, Widow, Christian and Mommy Bloggers.
About Me – I’m a Christian widow and mother from Bethlehem living in the land of Moab. I have two sons – Mahlon and Kilion. It’s not easy being a single mother in an alien land, but God is my refuge. He lifts me up every day and gives me the wisdom and strength to be a good mother.
Blog Excerpt –
Keeping The Faith
As a Christian mother raising my sons in a heathen land, I worried about the influence the pagan culture would have on their faith, particularly if they were to fall in love with Moabite girls, which all things considered was inevitable.
When my concern was finally realized, I prayed for guidance. Clearly, to forbid the marriages was out of the question. Opposing their unions would only serve to drive the boys from me. I’d already lost my husband; I didn’t know what I’d do if I lost my sons too. Although I was not happy with their choices of brides, I had the good, God-given sense to keep my negative comments to myself.
The best course of action was to welcome the women into my home and my heart. By my example, perhaps I could inspire their faith. By devoting myself to the Lord fully, I might be able to win the Moabite women for God and in the process keep my sons on the right path too.
The results of Naomi’s decision will be explored tomorrow in her grandson’s blog
The relationship between Naomi and Ruth, while not explored here, was the inspiration for a devotional I wrote about my mother-in-law – A Mother-in-Law’s Gift; it’s posted on my personal blog, Pocketful of Playdough.
And last but not least …