This summer I have had the pleasure of meeting once a week at a friend’s home to discuss a book we are all reading: Twelve Extraordinary Women (“How God shaped women of the Bible and What He wants to do with you”) by John MaCarthur. This group is made up mostly of women who meet during the school year for the structured Ladies Bible Study (LBS) at HPBC but others have joined for the summer. The group has become so close and thrive so well on the weekly study that they decided to continue meeting during the summer in the home of one of the willing members to do a book study. Last summer they studied One Thousand Gifts.
Each chapter features a different woman in the Bible. We have already studied Eve, Sarah, Rahab, and this week Ruth. This morning I reread the chapter on Ruth and reflected on the blessing of my two daughter-in-laws. They come from two very different backgrounds but each have taken their gifts and talents and developed them in commendable ways. They both are teachers with some training in the education field; one teaches college students who need help making up deficiencies in basic study skills (English, math, study methods, writing. etc.) and the other teaches her young children whose deficiencies are their natural bent to selfishness and laziness set in our immoral society.
My greatness joy comes from seeing the way my Jennifers love my sons. Lord knows, I could never have selected or arranged better matches for each of my young men. I know it isn’t easy to live with hard working, strong willed, driven men yet that is what makes them leaders in their careers. Their backgrounds are similar and not perfect either but God has used their specifics talents and gifts to develop them into the “teachers” and leaders they have become. The neatest thing is to see how they have become more like friends; respectful of their differences. They both chose women who are very attractive yet have an inner beauty that is commendable.
I read this morning on page 80 of our book of Naomi’s reflection on Ruth, the “faithful Moabite girl who had so graciously proven her loyalty, generosity, diligence, and strength of character.” I wrote in the margin, “these are the characteristics of my Jennifers. Naomi stated that her daughter-in-law, who loved her, was better to her than seven sons. So on a lighter note, I will say I only have one more son, who I would even allow to marry another Jennifer, if she would be as wonderful has these two but Lord knows, I don’t think I could have survived living in a house with 7 Hulehan boys. Three almost did me in!