Sunday, December 5, 2021

15. Salmon ben Nahshon by Heidi Dru Kortman DTM

 

15. Salmon ben Nahshon

Joshua 2; Matthew 1:5

 

 

My commander, Joshua ben Nun, ordered me to keep an account of our actions as Israel begins to occupy this new land. Three days ago, I returned from a reconnaissance mission with a man from the Second Sling Group of the Benjamite division. Joshua wanted detailed information about Jericho and the surrounding territory.

We entered the market there unnoticed, because a camel caravan bolted down the aisle of fig seller’s stalls, creating havoc. The city is rich, and its citizens display their prosperity in gold and silver jewelry and imported Babylonian garments.

We moved steadily through the streets, taking note of gates and guard towers, and the armaments of the fighting men. Their king must be paranoid—his palace guards were many and obvious. By the ninth hour, we’d explored much of the city and were on the upper level of the walls. My partner grew edgy. He grabbed my shoulder and muttered in my ear. I shrugged him off. He struck my upper arm, and nodded in the direction of a pair of soldiers. We’d been noticed. One of them dashed away.

“In here,” I said, and ducked through a doorway. Three men at a table gnawed the bones of a roasted fowl.

“Rahab,” one called, “More wine.”

The woman who brought the pitcher wore fine linen, and a great deal of kohl and henna. Her hand lingered on the customer’s shoulders long enough to make me sure I’d never tell my brother’s family anything about this part of my adventure. My partner stared, flatfooted. I elbowed him in the ribs, then wished I hadn’t, since my action caught her attention.

She set the pitcher on the table, and approached us. She appraised us, head to foot, and beckoned. When I hesitated, the Benjamite gave me a shove. Through another room where a loom stood, and up a flight of stairs, Rahab led us to her roof. It stunk up there. Without saying a word, she made it clear that we were to burrow under the heaps of rotten flax.

My pounding heart made shallow breaths difficult, but it was the only way not to gag. I tried to leave a good-sized gap in the covering, in hope of a breeze, but she kicked more flax between my face and the sunlight. Through the common room, up the stairwell, came the sound of a spear butt thudding against the door. Rahab rushed down the steps.

When her voice rose to my ears, I pushed aside more of the slimy flax and drew a few deep lungfuls of fresher air. Downstairs, she was combining smooth lies with vivid descriptions of the plagues that had forced the Egyptians to set our ancestors free. I held my breath and eased into a different position. My robes were soaked and increasingly stained. After the soldiers left, the woman’s usual customers returned. I rehearsed the day’s events, organizing the report I’d present to Joshua. Sweat trickled along my nose while the afternoon heat built to a stewing intensity.

When the setting sun slid to the top of the wall and shone directly in my eyes, I squeezed them shut. Eventually the wall blocked the light, and my spying partner dared to stir. Then Rahab returned and crushed the flax stalks on the far end of the heap with her hackle. “Come out, Israelites.” She led us into her weaving room. “Spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”

“Our lives for your lives,” I said. Then she tied a red rope to her heavy loom, and we climbed down from the window and hid in the hills, before returning to Joshua ben Nun.

Now, I sprint through dusty air, toward the one segment of wall still standing. I look up, while wiping my watery eyes. The red cord, the signal of our covenant with the woman, swings from her windowsill. I clamber over the rubble to her door. My Benjamite spying partner follows.

“Rahab,” I shout, “It’s Salmon ben Nahshon. It’s safe to come out.” She steps out, followed by her extended family. I lead them away from the battle.

My tent is on the eastern perimeter of our camp, and I’ll settle this woman and her relatives just outside the picket line, because she has professed that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.


 

Heidi Dru Kortman DTM

God's gifts and call are irrevocable.

heididrukortman.com.

 

Heidi Dru Kortman,


a CWG Apprentice graduate, ACFW member since 2004, and Word Weaver member has published devotionals in various newsletters, and a collected volume of devotionals. Her poetry, flash fiction, and short stories have appeared in small magazines, and a website. She is applying herself to the task of writing smoothly polished fiction. 










Friday, December 3, 2021

Elinor: A Riveting Story Based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Daughters of the Lost Colony)


Elinor: A Riveting Story Based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke

 (Daughters of the Lost Colony) 

 December 1, 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

An Amish Baby for Christmas (Indiana Amish Brides, 8)

 


An Amish Baby for Christmas

 (Indiana Amish Brides, 8)

 October 26, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop

 


Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop ]


September 28, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Right Here Waiting (Deep Haven Collection)

 


Right Here Waiting 

(Deep Haven Collection) 

November 9, 2021


Monday, November 29, 2021

Crosshairs (Natchez Trace Park Rangers)

 


Crosshairs

 (Natchez Trace Park Rangers)


November 2, 2021

Sunday, November 28, 2021

God Always Answers Prayers by BJ Bassett

 


God always answers one way or another. Job 33:14 MSG

 

When my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he asked, “Why has God done this to me?”

 

While I am sympathetic to his suffering, his words break my heart. He said, “I’ve prayed for healing, and God hasn’t answered my prayer.”

 

His words were like a dagger piercing my heart. Didn’t he believe as I did? Didn’t he possess the assurance that God answers our prayers? God’s answer isn’t always yes. Sometimes it’s no. At other times, God wants us to wait for His timing. And He may even have something better for us.

 

I longed for my husband to reach the place in his relationship with God of complete trust that God always answers our prayers, even when we disagree with His answer.

 

God not only hears our prayers, He always answers them.

 

I ask that we have more trust in You to hear and answer their prayers. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Reprinted from

The King’s Daughters

BJ Bassett



 


B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.

 

As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.

 

Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).

 

She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.

 

Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).

 

She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.

 

 

 



15. Salmon ben Nahshon by Heidi Dru Kortman DTM

  15. Salmon ben Nahshon Joshua 2; Matthew 1:5     My commander, Joshua ben Nun, ordered me to keep an account of our actions as I...