“Freeman checked Duchess’ lame foot and found a sore spot. After he cleaned it, her limp was better. But she wasn’t ready to take us to a “cousin gathering” tonight since it was 9 miles away, so we used Bonnie instead. Lucy and Esther stayed home to make the load lighter for Bonnie – she tends to balk when pulling a heavy load.”

“Amish Farm Wife’s Diary,” by Annie Helmuth, Our Iowa Magazine, April/May 2017

My dad had 12 brothers and sisters. They took turns going to family reunions because they couldn’t all fit in the vehicle. One year his dad would take half of the kids. The next year, his mom would take the kids who stayed behind the year before. It is a part of life in a large family.

Hosea 4:6, “. . . And because you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your children.” Modern English Version

Every large family has at least one story of a child they forgot. Usually, the child fell asleep somewhere and didn’t wake up until their parent returned for them. At Pinecrest, one boy fell asleep in the car. The family didn’t realize it until he walked in the door the next morning!

No parent forgets a child for long. They soon realize one is missing and return for them. God also returned for Israel.

Hosea 2:14, 15, “Therefore, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. From there, I will give vineyards to her, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. She will respond there as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.” Modern English Version


“Achor means trouble. As the prophet reversed the meaning of the names of his children, so also the meaning of Achor – where God first judged his people in the promised land – became a symbol of new opportunity.” New International Version Study Bible Notes

Satan stirs up trouble; our Father God makes it an opportunity.

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