Freedom to Live

July 2, 2014

With the Fourth of July coming and our nation celebrating its freedom, I'd like to share an excerpt from my book that might encourage you.

The Israelites prepare for their first Passover. Ellis has longed for freedom from Egypt’s tyranny. With Japhet, his young son, and Dinah, his wife, he anticipates the first Passover and what it will bring. He longs for the freedom that his heart envisions.

The four days between the tenth day of the month and the fourteenth passed slowly for Ellis. He could not wait to see his son growing as a free man.

Dinah was cleaning when he returned from his day’s work. She rose from her knees. “Shalom.”

“My busy one, what are you doing?” He took Japhet from her side as she struggled to stand.

“Moses said we must have no yeast in the house. I’ve been cleaning.”

“But do we ever have yeast in the house?”

“No, that’s why I make flatbread, but I guess other Hebrew houses have it. Salome thought maybe we’d feel more a part of the feast if we cleaned.”

Ellis looked not at the house but at Dinah. “The house looks clean and yeast free.”

She laughed.

“I can always tell when you’ve spent time with Salome.”


“You’re renewed like I feel with Nathan, now that I don’t argue with him. What project do you have for tomorrow?”

“We’ll dig horseradish and look for parsley along the canals. That will go well with the lamb, don’t you think?”

Ellis jiggled Japhet on his lap. “I can smell the lamb already.”

Dinah began serving beans from a pot over the coals. “What will freedom be like, Ellis?”

He thought before speaking. His eyes studied the stream of moonlight that reached inside their hut. “I used to think freedom was doing whatever I wanted, but now… I think freedom is holding the peace of God in the palm of your hand. And being able to do what He wants to keep it there.”

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

Receive weekly articles by giving your email address below:

Find more articles about faith here:

It's Not My Story
How Would Your Faith Compare?
Are You Sinking?
Are You a Rule Follower?
Useful for Him
Living by Faith or Feelings
Wings To Soar
Are You Losing Your. Mind?
Expect Great Things from God
What Have I learned as a Mom?
What's in It for Me?
Adoption—The Heart of God
Something to Hang Onto
The Making of a Man part 4
The Making of a Man part 3
The Making of a Man part 2
The Making of a Man part 1
What Do You Value? Your Time Will Tell
What Do You Value: Your Money Tells
What Love Is This?
The Snells--A Testimony of our God Who Cares
Putting Your Words to Music
Do You Eat Your Words?
The Why's of Life
Trust Me
Are Your Children Safe?
The Value of Remembering
What Is Trust? Dec 2017
Are You Threatened?
Marjorie Rutherford: A Testimony to God's Faithfulness
Marjorie Conrad: A Testimony to God's Trustworthiness
If You Could Live Forever
Yosemite: A Visit to His Splendor
Are You Having Fun Yet?
Are You Controlled by Technology?
Are You Anxious, Fearful, Angry, Bitter?
How's Your Reputation?
Preparing for Sunday Worship
Samuel Chadwick: A Life Knowing God
Commitment: Are You on the Fence?
Are You on Firm Ground?
Believing a Lie
Lies We Believe, Part 1
Lies We Believe, Part 2
An Intimate Moment with Mary
The Worldview that Makes the

Do You Have Willpower? 
What Is in Your Hand?
No Fear
Do You Cling to Jesus?
Where's Your Harvest?
Are You Patient?
Fairness and Equality
Have Contentment? No Fear
What's Your Passion?
Are You Stressed?
Do You Have a Dream
Thoughts to Ponder
What Does It Take To Know the
    Heart of God?

See the Story in the Stars
Do the Scriptures Burn You?
Being in His Presence
A Legacy Remembered
Contentment: It's Not for the Timid
Is Someone Else's Attitude Stealing Your Joy?
How Secure Are You?
How Do You Respond To Stupid People?
The Earthworm Is My Hero
Heart Issues or Issues of the Heart
Things Aren't Always What They Seem
Articles on Suffering can be found
    here, or in book form How
    Suffering Shows God's Love.

There are more faith articles available under the Table of Contents of Let Her Hear. Also available in book, and ebook form.
Special Days
Remember: The Symbols of 
   Passover Explained

Aug 12, 2017 The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
July 4th, Freedom
What Is an American Soldier?
Valentine's Day: A Day of Love?
Memorial Day-A Day To Remember
Veterans' Day-To Honor Our Men
Fall Colors
First Thanksgiving Day

Christmas: Stories behind the Songs
Christmas: Stories behind the Songs, part 2

Click on book cover or below it for details.

Tell of My Kingdom's Glory
Three Book Series