I want to be a thistle farmer.
This blog post is written by Becca Stevens, the founder of Magdalene House, a two year home for women struggling with addiction and living on the streets. The women are lavished with love, given free therapy, and become a part of a non profit bath and body oil company called Thistle Farms to help them get on their feet. (read about a former resident’s renewal here)

Becca Stevens has such a graceful, humble heart toward these women that I wish to emulate in my own life toward prostitutes and harlots. I will never forget these words I once heard from a woman who works with pregnant homeless women: “We never let anyone volunteer unless they are able to understand that if circumstances were different, this could easily be them.”

One of my best friends was telling me about a 17 year old girl she knows who has grown up in a Christian family, but recently got pregnant out of wedlock. Her parents kicked her out of the house. Kicked her out of the house. Her, and their unborn grandchild. They may claim to be Christians, but they certainly are not Christlike.

Have we forgotten the story of Mary Magdalene?
And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:2-11

I pray that the Lord will lead me into acts of selfless service, and that He will help me to never cast judgment on another woman until I have walked in her shoes.

14 thoughts on “

  1. Bridget, your heart also bleeds onto your written words and leaves an imprint on those who read.I think too easily we forget how passionately our Father loves those our world tries so hard to forget…ignore.You relfect this passion beautifully.

  2. Bridget, your heart also bleeds onto your written words and leaves an imprint on those who read.I think too easily we forget how passionately our Father loves those our world tries so hard to forget…ignore.You relfect this passion beautifully.

  3. Sharon: I got teary eyed reading your comment. having women like you in my life inspires me to be truly good. (I fail half the time, but at least I try) You are too kind, I don’t deserve you! AAaaaand….I’m SO EXCITED about the coffee shop! I just realized I never txted you back. I will have to get a ferry ticket book for the amount I plan on visiting you when it finally opens!Ryan: That’s what I asked! She is planning on keeping the baby, but I actually already gave the link to your adoption profile to my friend and gave her my HIGHEST recommendation of you guys and told her it would all be paid for and all that jazz. You never know…. (I am always thinking of you guys.)

  4. Sharon: I got teary eyed reading your comment. having women like you in my life inspires me to be truly good. (I fail half the time, but at least I try) You are too kind, I don’t deserve you! AAaaaand….I’m SO EXCITED about the coffee shop! I just realized I never txted you back. I will have to get a ferry ticket book for the amount I plan on visiting you when it finally opens!Ryan: That’s what I asked! She is planning on keeping the baby, but I actually already gave the link to your adoption profile to my friend and gave her my HIGHEST recommendation of you guys and told her it would all be paid for and all that jazz. You never know…. (I am always thinking of you guys.)

  5. Bridget, we need more voices like yours. We need more creativity and more compassion on “the least”. thanks for these two posts.

  6. Bridget, we need more voices like yours. We need more creativity and more compassion on “the least”. thanks for these two posts.

  7. I’m reading a book for a class that I think you (and everyone) should read: Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom; Sex trafficking, global prostitution, and gospel’s transforming power. I’ll pass it on when I finish.

  8. I’m reading a book for a class that I think you (and everyone) should read: Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom; Sex trafficking, global prostitution, and gospel’s transforming power. I’ll pass it on when I finish.

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