Recently I started researching my family history, and I discovered my great great grandmother’s name was Cynthia. I’m pretty sure my parents had no idea someone in our family tree had that name. Even thought I’m not named after her, I am thrilled to find another Cynthia in the family. In the past, I have found researching history a source of encouragement.
My youngest son is disabled, and I chose to homeschool him as I had my other four children. while learning all about his needs and working to bring him up to his highest potential it was pretty easy to get discouraged.
I became interested in a historical figure and began researching. Because of his impeccable character I really believed he was a Christian, and I was able to document his faith. How exciting to unearth something others had passed over.
His story provided the encouragement for that super tough time, and even launched me into writing because I believe if God encourages you, Like it says in 2 cor 2, we need to give that away to others.
I tell my story to rejoice in what God has done.
He wants us to do that.
When the Lord helped the Israelites cross the Jordan, he told them to pick up a large stone for every tribe to make a memorial.
Joshua 4:6 “Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’
(Jos. 4:6 NAS) Joshua 4:7 then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”
Today I have Rebecca Price Janney. She has been researching her family and unearth a really fun story too. Even to the point that she feels a little like Cinderella. Her latest book is Easton at the Crossroads.