Originally published Monday, 10 January 2022.

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

I am a sister of King Jesus,
Daughter of our great loving God.
I wasn’t born into this perfect family.
In fact, I was born lost and flawed.

I wandered through life forsaken,
Or so it seemed oft’ to me.
Darkness surrounded my heart
Until the day I gazed on the tree

Where Jesus, the Son, hung dying
To ransom the lost of this world.
He rose to life everlasting
With my adoption papers unfurled.

Not born His daughter, He chose me
Along with all who believe.
You, too, can be son or daughter
And to His great love ever cleave.


Linda L.

Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.