by Janis Jakes, Author, The Outcast’s Bride
When we adopted our youngest daughter from China, it was one of the happiest days of our lives. She was barely a year old, and I still remember when the orphanage nanny placed her in my arms for the first time. I wanted to weep tears of joy but held them back, fearing I’d frighten my baby. Until that day, she’d never left the facility, and I’m sure my Caucasian face looked funny enough to her without adding red splotches and tears.
Today, our daughter is a beautiful and bright young woman in college, making the Dean’s list regularly and excelling in too many ways to mention without sounding like a braggy mom. Most importantly, she knows the Lord, and I’m confident, He knows her.
We saw what some might see as orphaned, abandoned, or even rejected as an amazing gift from God.
The Outcast’s Bride carries a similar message and continues The Lancaster Legacy Series. In this story, the heroine and hero know the reality of rejection and abandonment. Throughout the pages, they also learn that only God makes a way where there seems to be no way and turns what the enemy meant for harm into a far greater good.
Interwoven with their hardship is the love God shows all His children. We are not outcasts, rejected, orphaned, or abandoned. Through Christ Jesus, we are accepted in the Beloved by a Father who calls us His own.