Naomi’s Blog

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.

Photo Credit – Jennifer Smith

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.

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Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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6 thoughts on “Naomi’s Blog

  1. Pingback: A Mother-in-Law’s Gift | | Pocketful of PlaydoughPocketful of Playdough

  2. I LOVE the messages in the book of Ruth! And as always with the Bible, how applicable these messages are today, if/when we face our kids marrying spouses who perhaps do not share our faith.


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