Dear Hephzibah/Tell the Story Challenge

I was nominated by Amy for the Tell the Story Challenge created by The Eclectic Contrarian

There were 2 pics she gave, and I chose the one that spoke to me the most. Sorry, Amy, that it has taken me this long to get to the challenge! I ❤️ doing these stories!

Here are the Rules:

Pic an image given to you, write whatever comes to you. Short, long, funny, sad….a tribute to someone, a poem, a song. Then choose some images and some nominees and keep the ball rolling.


My dearest friend,

I‘m so so devastated right now! I feel so disgustingly ugly!!! And I know you’re the only one who will understand how I’m feeling! I MUST BE, right??? Or my husband would never have left us in the first place! I’m crying as I write this to you! How could I feel useless and worthless and feel so many other emotions rolled into ONE?!–ashamed, unloved, forsaken–I know these feelings aren’t right, but I still feel they describe me, none-the-less–Deeply!

I’m so sorry, but I’m just having such a hard time forgiving him for what he’s done to my daughter and me! I know we’re suppose to forgive, but I‘m sooo ANGRY!!!

I know I’ve already told you all this, but I just need you here with me! You always know how to comfort me like no one else can! I don’t know what I would have done without you all these years!!! Your friendship has LITERALLY saved me so many times I can’t count!! Thank you my friend!

It would help me cope with everything if you could just come and sit with me for a little while. I’ll put on some coffee, and we’ll talk. I need you!!! I just don’t know how much more I can take!!!

Love you my friend,

Hephzibah ❤️


Dear Zibah, my friend,

I’m sooo sorry for your loss! I know you are hurting really bad right now, and I hope you can find comfort in these words; that there is always a plan in our lives to work everything out for the good! Please know that I am here for you! All you gotta do is call! I will always lend a listening ear, day or night, and a shoulder to cry on! We have been through so much stuff together, haven’t we, through the years? And I love you sooo much!

I won’t ever forget how you looked on your special day! You were the picture of perfection! So beautiful in your long, elegant wedding gown. Surrounded by your family and friends, there to celebrate with you. We were all so happy for you! We loved you so much! We still do! We cried with you while you said your wedding vows!

When you both turned to face the crowd as Mr. & Mrs. for the very first time, I whispered a silent prayer for you, that you would always be that happy. Your face glowed with a radiance of hope for the bright future that lay ahead– with the love of your life by your side.

And you WERE very happy at the beginning! The day came when our talks were more often and your honesty revealed the torment you were going through. There were moments when I had to be utterly still, because all you could do was cry.

I could see the raw pain and disappointment in your eyes every time we visited! You tried desperately to hide what was going on at first, but then you realized that you have always told me everything. That you could never keep anything hidden from me for long. At this point, we are so close, because we have shared everything together!

That’s what I have always loved about you, the thing that made you a very special friend to me! You wear your feelings on your sleeve, my dear! And there’s nothing wrong with THAT! So, I prayed for you!

Months passed and there was the announcement that you were expecting a beautiful baby girl! We were all so happy for you two! Babies are a gift from Heaven! It’s what you had planned for since you were a little girl, to be a mom. It was your dream!

And when she was born, she was so tiny and delicate! And you insisted that I be there with you that day! And I was! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! When your baby girl cried, everyone scrambled to attention! It melted my heart, and I could see the love you wore that day!

She was your world! Your husband’s affections turned away from you shortly after that and secretly turned to pornography. You tried so hard to keep his attention, and could not understand why he no longer wanted you, needed you. His thoughts seemed a million miles away. He no longer showed you the respect that you so deserved.

Trials kept coming and when the truth was revealed, it shattered you! Your world turned upside down, and I watched you fall apart. The pain he caused when he was unfaithful to you with another woman, broke my heart in pieces! And the unspeakable things he did to you that you could never mention to a soul, not even me, the only things you have kept to yourself….I prayed so hard for you!

The day came and he left you and your beautiful baby girl! Ohhh, the scars he put on you both that day! How could it be that happiness and love you had felt only five years earlier had grown so cold in his heart? I remember you told me all about it, and I was so moved and touched by what you revealed to me! I hurt for you and for your sweet Baby Girl! And I still prayed for you!

Baby girl cried every night for her daddy. “I want my Daddy!!!!” She wailed for hours on end, till it broke you down to see her like that! You cried yourself to sleep after she finally slept from pure exhaustion. For once, you could not give her what she wanted.

There were days you were so depressed you didn’t know how to go on living, but you turned to see that sweet smile on Baby Girl’s face, and it gave you the courage to keep walking, to not end your life like you daydreamed about.

Remember when you were having a very bad day, and we talked for a long while together? I had the perfect scripture for you that I knew you needed to hear. I shared it with you. I’m sharing it again to remind you.

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi–bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭62:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬


I love you Hephzibah! You have not chosen me, but I have chosen YOU! I am your very best friend! You are NOT forsaken! I am and always will be everything to you! I was your father when you felt unloved. Even a mother I became to you, when your own had passed away. I even became your husband when yours left you. I will not ever leave you or forsake you! That is my promise to you!

Love Always Your friend,

Jesus ✝️

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬


I nominate:






And whoever else would like to join in! The more the merrier! 🤗



  1. I posted the challenge on my JanBeek with links back to your post, Renee. I hope it generates some new traffic for you – and some blogging fun for some of our fun-loving followers. ❤

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  2. Ok… I’m speechless! Beautifully done Renee 👏👏

    Thanks for the tag. Let me see what I can do…of course I don’t thinkg anything can even come close to what I have just read.


  3. Reblogged this on Something to Stu Over and commented:
    Reading this hurt. I guess stories like this always will. “I want my Daddy!!!” just broke my heart.

    There is so much I want to say about this beautifully written post, but I do not want to take away from what you, dear reader, will feel when you read it!

    So go now. Read.


  4. Thank you, Stacey. Sorry to have made you cry! This was one of those that I cried all through when I wrote it. It seems to me that God knew there would be many more Hephzibahs out there, through the ages, that would need that promise desperately…that He would be their husband, their land would be married, and that HE, Himself, would delighteth in her!


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