San Francisco Mrs. Hosea 29

n-w-from-kearny-market-st-in-19001The smell of the sea and garbage reminded her of the dock shack of her childhood.  It seemed a hundred years ago.  As she filled the void in her stomach she wondered about the one in her heart.

“I did the right thing leaving Michael.  I know I did.”

“Oh Mama, you were right about pain from love, it can make you want to die.”

That still small voice was back again,  over and over saying, “Live.  Keep going.  don’t give up.”

Yet walking for hours through this busy city she couldn’t help but feel like all she could do was to go back to what she knew.    Every time she passed a brothel, she knew she could walk in the door and have food and shelter.  She could have physical comfort.  All she had to do was sell her body again and betray Michael.

“He’ll never know, Angel.” The dark voice said.

What am I going to do?  God, I don’t know what to do!  “Go into that café and rest.” said the small quiet voice.

“Well, that does it Lord.  I am officially out of business”  said the café owner out loud as the cook walked out the door.

“Mister, you need a new cook,” Angel said with a dry smile. pushing her full plate away.

Angel was trying to take in the fact that she had work and a place to stay and that it had fallen right in her lap like a ripe plum from heaven.  How had it come about?

Virgil Harper there his head back and his hands into the air.  “Lord Jesus, I love you!”  I love you!  I love you!” as he jumped for joy with Mrs. Hosea as his new cook.

 

I would do anything for you, even leave. 28

 

On Christmas night she decided what she would do, but it was unbearable to even think of leaving him, of living without him.  She wanted to stay and forget the look in his eyes when he held Benjamin Michael.  She wanted to cling to him and bask in the happiness he gave her.

He had sacrificed pride to love her.  How could she discard his love.  If she stayed, Michael would remain faithful until he died, and that would be the end to him.  She couldn’t let that be.

When she heard John say how the town had grown and that Michael was going to go to town soon, she made her plans to go.  First one last night with Michael had to be special.  She asked him to take her up the hill to the top of the ridge and look at the stars.

Michael knew there was a strange uneasiness in the pit of his stomach.  something was wrong.tn_dancing_final

“I’ll do anything for you Michael” she said after repeating what she had heard him read in the bible once. “you shall have no other gods before me”.  She looked at him.  “None but you Michael Hosea.”

As she danced for him he knew.  “Amanda, why are you doing this?”   “God, why are you doing this to me again?  Do you give only to take away?”

Let her go, beloved.  Give her to me…. Michael, beloved.  Would you have her hang on her cross forever?”  “Lord if I let her go will I ever get her back?”  No answer came.

“What are you doing here?”  Angel was shocked when Miriam came through the door, explaining Michael had stopped by on his way to town to say that today was a good day to visit Amanda.

Angel told Miriam her plans, Miriam heartbroken pleaded with Angel but to no good.  Angel told Miriam she knew that she loved Michael and she wanted them to be together. oldphotosoffrontierlifeinthewestfrom1800s39

“You said you loved him, Miriam,  Then love him.  And give him the children I can’t.”

When Paul and Michael returned home, Miriam was waiting at Paul’s home to tell Michael Amanda had left on the Stagecoach.  But Michael said he wasn’t going to look for her this time.  Miriam sobbing Michael consoled her.  Paul felt a strong jealousy arise in him.

Wasn’t this what he wanted?  Michael and Miriam together and Angel gone?    So why was it he had never felt so alone in his life?   He could look on them holding each other even if this had been his plan.  It hurt too much.  He turned his horse away and left them alone.

Get Out of the Pit August 8, 2016

I have been blogging now for a few weeks using Redeeming Love novel by Francine Rivers to get this blog up and running.  I hope there are some of you out there following me as we read that great story of God’s Redeeming Love for us as we traveled with Michael and Sarah through dying to self and surrendering to God. I have really enjoyed slowing down and journaling about God and His Love.  I hope you have been also.  Just a few more chapters to go and we will be done.  I am so into this book.

490EUAB9Now I thought we would finish up our summer reading with another book.  Little different but with a similar message.  Angel carried around all her guilt, struggling to forgive herself for all that had happened to her in her life.  Like us we too do that. Here is some straight talk about God’s Deliverance that is meant for us.  There is no one like Beth Moore to give us straight talk that speaks to our hearts.

I hope you will join me on Monday, August 8th.  I will start reading now but will start my blog posts August 8, 2016.  I look forward to many replies and comments from you.

I have purchased the book for only $5.00 for those of you who live in SD area.  If you want a book and want to follow my blog just drop me a note and I will make sure you get a book.  Feel free to download it also and listen to it if you want.

Happy summer reading.  I will post more to let you know more about this new blog .

 

 

 

A New Small Voice 27

The old voices seldom came anymore, but now there was this new one, quiet and still, making no sense at all.  From dearth come life?  Impossible.  She clenched two handfuls of corn kernel just like the ones her and Michael plants month ago and wondered what did that small voice mean?  You have to die to be reborn.

“Amanda! It’s mama’s time.”

A boy,  Angel helped to deliver, to hold and know never would be in her future.

Paul came to the Altman’s Christmas gathering and Angel’s stomach sank at the sight of him, pondering what barbs he would aim at her this time.  She had never had a real Christmas and this family wanted to include her.  He wasn’t going to take her joy away.

Paul handed Miriam a present and she sent her own barb his way, “Thank you, Uncle Paul.”  and kissed his cheek.  A muscle jerked in his jaw as she turned away.

“Oh, Amanda, it’s beautiful” Miriam said she would wear the hand made dried-flower garland Angel had made.  In fact she “would wear it on her wedding day”  with that Paul got up and went out side.

Michael read the Christmas Story. Angel wondered about God, what kind of father would give his own son to be born for the single purpose of being nailed to a cross?

The dark voice came unexpectedly:  You know what kind of father, AngelYou had one just like him.   She shivered and looked away from Michael.

She saw John standing in the shadows beside Elizabeth.  All fathers weren’t like Alex Stafford.  Some were like John Altman.  She knew Michael would be that kind of father. Strong, loving, forgiving if it came to that.  He would welcome the son back who had left and come home again like another story Michael read her once.

Michael asked if they had given the baby a name yet?  John said,

“we have, Benjamin Michael, after you.”

Angel was admiring the roses that bloomed early and thought back on that night.  Miriam had handed the baby to Michael then put her hand on his shoulder and peered over him.

Angel thought to herself:  ”  Michael should have children.  He wants children.”

Outside that night Paul saw the scene and thought to him self the very same thing.

 

Paul, Paul, Paul 26

Paul’s face was still and his gaze flickered coldly to Angel when Michael went out the door.  Paul asks Angel if she had planned this little time together while Michael hitched up the horses?

“No! but I think he hopes we will work out our differences”

As Paul sat silent as Angel offered him breakfast.  He refused but said,

“I thought you’d be gone again by now” with hope in his voice.

Angel offered him coffee and could see clearly that would be his wish as he continued to look down on her.  He’s not going to ever see her without remembering what he did.  She was determined to be nice to Paul for Michaels sake.  She didn’t want to hurt him anymore.

Later at the Altman’s Miriam asked questions about Angels trip to the West coast on the ship.  Asked about her work when she go to San Francisco.  Questions, questions.  I know how Angel felt.  How much do you tell?  Will she be able to handle the truth about the obscene things Angel had to do as an 8 year old child in Dukes home?

“Is that what it was like?”  Miriam’s face was ashen.  “Worse”  Angel said.

Miriam changed the subject to Paul, Paul did this, Paul did that.  She was very much admiring Paul, in every way.  But Paul never gave her so much as a smile.

Elizabeth was very large with baby by Thanksgiving time.  Miriam had all but given up hope that Paul and her might ever be together.  He avoided her like the virgin she was and he wanted no part of that.  He wanted Miriam for Michael whenever Angel would run again.  He could have loved Miriam but his penance for what he did to Michael was to stay clear of Miriam and push Michael to her.

Angel looked down at her onancykelsey_bestwn flat stomach and tears came quickly.  Miriam saw her looking at Elizabeth with longing eyes and agreed how it would be like to be with child.

“It’s a woman’s reason for being, isn’t it? Our divine privilege:  to bring new life in the world and nurture it.  Sometimes I think I can hardly wait.”

In that moment they both were without hope, a virgin girl with no man for a husband and a barren women.

One Year does not Erase 10 25

Angel refused to defend herself against Paul.  What was the point?  She was polite. She was silent. She stood firm even when she wanted to run away and hide in a dark place where she could curl into a tight ball.

“I am not a harlot anymore.  I’m Not!”

Michael made her life meaningful.  He saw God in everything.  A quiet voice in her head said over and over,

Come forth, beloved.

Angel only saw Michael and worshiped him.  When he would read the bible every night, she was lost in his voice.  He made even the nonsense sound like poetry.

Talk of babies came up again.  How could it not?  Elizabeth was starting to show and little Ruthie asked Angel when was she going to have a baby?  Angel didn’t want to share with anyone that in her past that choice had been taken away from her by Duke’s Doctor.

Midwife?  Elizabeth started Angel with her asking for Angel to be her midwife.  Michael agreed it was a great idea and would be good for Angel.

After Michael’s reading in the bible one night Angel asked him about the young bride in the story.  Wondering why would a bride play the harlot for her husband?   Michael explained it was joyful for her husband to be aroused by her dancing. It pleased him.

“And your God says it’s all right to entice a man?”

Michael know that John Altman stared at her in the beginning.  And Paul.  Sometimes Michael wondered what when through Paul’s mind when he saw her?  Did it flash back to what happened between them on the way back to Pair-a-Dice?  He had to push those disturbing thought away, or they would torment him.

She knew Michael saw other men look at her, he say’s it doesn’t bother him.  They can see that she is a woman in love.  His love for her had purpose in his life.

Michael depended on the earth, the rains, the warmth of the sun.  And his God.

Especially his God.

“I would be dead by now rotting in a unmarked, shallow grave by now if Michael hadn’t come back for me.  I am so glad he did.  I’ll never do anything to make him sorry….. Oh, God, I swear”

The more Michael read the stories of the bible the words found their way into the deepest part of her, somewhere inside, a place shed been unable to close off and then one night as she lay next to Michael she heard a still quiet voice….

“I AM”

How many time have you swore the same thing as Angel?  Oh, it grieves me to say I have many times and then done just the opposite.  But like Angel I am so thankful someone came back to get me.  That someone is my God and Savior.  Has he been there for you even when you didn’t deserve it?

Do you know the great….I AM?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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