Shining Stars: Tell us a little about yourself …
My name is Ruth Washburn, I am 16 years old and part of a wonderful family. My wonderful parents are Tom and Annie Washburn. They have raised my siblings and I to love and serve our family, bless those we are around, walk in righteousness the best we can, and so many other important things. I have 7 siblings; Hannah (20), Tommy (18), then it is me, Sarah is next (14), Abigail (11), Samuel (10), Lydia (7), and Yoseph would be 6 if he were alive. We are currently living on a 50 acre piece of property, situated on the side of a hill outside of Woodbury Tennesse. We have a garden, blackberries and raspberries, walnut, peach, and maple trees which we harvest from. I like being with my family, living in Israel and the Israeli people, photography, cooking, sewing, reading, visiting friends, splitting wood, doing school, fellowshipping with fellow believers, singing, dancing, camping, and playing games.
Shining Stars: What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
When I was about 9 years old, my brother and younger sister were both telling my family at about the same time, that they were born-again. Truthfully, I felt left out! I remember going into my bedroom, sitting down on a chair, and praying. I do not remember what I prayed but I was kind of nervous and not sure what to say. I accepted and gave myself to the One who had died for me and I am so glad I did! As I have gotten older I have learned and understand much more. My life is not my own anymore, I owe every breath to Him, now I have to do my best to follow His will. I now live with something greater than me, inside of me. I have a Father in heaven who loves me, His son who died for me and will come back for me one day, the Holy Spirit to teach me, a family to be in … what more do I need? I started my new life not knowing what all I was “getting myself into”, but now that I understand more of it, there is no turning around!
Shining Stars: What led you to stay at home?
My mother is a home keeper and I owe my staying where I belong, mainly to her training and example. My desire is to obey the bible the best I can and although it does not say “you shall not leave home”, I do not know of anywhere that it would encourage a young lady to leave her parents protection and have a life of her own. The biblical picture (as I understand it) has the daughter in her parents’ house until she marries and goes to her own, under her husband’s authority and protection. Titus 2 says that the older women should teach the younger women good things, to love their husbands and children, discreetness (sound in mind, and self control), chasteness (innocent, modest, and perfect), to be a keeper of the home, good, and obedient to their husband, so that YHWH’s (God) word is not blasphemed. I am not married nor do I have children, but I can learn most of those things right now. Proverbs 31 speaks about the virtuous woman and says that she will do her husband good all the days of her life. It does not say all the days they are married, or even all the days they know each other, but all the days of her life. If I get married, I want my husband to know that I have been preparing for him since I was young, and not going out to have my own life. I want to do him as much good as possible. So I am home because it is the best place for me!
Shining Stars: What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
I had an interesting thought process not long ago, that I will try to share. When I do an extra chore for someone, we would consider it a chance to bless them, or a chance to serve, right? What if it was my responsibility to do that chore? Is it still a chance to serve? When I go to do the dishes every day, I consider it as one of my jobs, when really it is another opportunity to serve!
Some practical ways I help out around the house are taking care of getting my father and brother ready for work. Getting their breakfast, lunch, and drinks, is something my sisters and I have done for awhile now. It is such a blessing, although sometimes that line between duty and opportunity gets gray :). I have been blessed with the ability to sew and I enjoy doing it, as I can make clothes for my family when needed. The Holy Spirit nudged me awhile back that I needed to be more helpful so I have tried to do better, sometimes I will be caught up in my school or some other thing, when I realize I need to look around and see what needs to be done, and then do it. It could be simply picking up a pillow, vacuuming the floor, washing the dishes, making a meal, reading a younger sibling a book, helping someone with a math … the list could go on and on. I would encourage you to do that sometime, it gives me so much pleasure!
Shining Stars: Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
The Bible is the best book – it is comforting, encouraging, and inspiring. Reading magazines like Watching For The Morning, The Kings Blooming Rose, For Such A Time As This, Pure Little Ladies, Daughters of Zion, and Shining Stars can be very encouraging, as I read what other sisters have to share. Listening to music and singing also lifts me up. Above all, being cheerful is the best way to live.
Shining Stars: What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
When you’re down, get back up again. Life is short, there is not time to waste. Every day is an opportunity to shine your light and make those around you happier. Stay busy working for the King of Kings. Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed, But in all things commending ourselves as servants of YHWH (the LORD). 2 Corinthians 6:3. As those chosen by YHWH, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (from Colossians 3:12)
Shining Stars: Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
I do not have a specific ministry, but I help with Shining Stars.d
Shining Stars: Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
Like the rest of my family, my brother Sam and I have gone into business together – we have a female and male Labrador Retriever. The female has had one litter of puppies which we enjoyed having so much. Raising puppies is such a blessing … we have sweet little puppies that are so cute to love on and raise, and then we see them go to good homes where they are loved. Although raising puppies can be a lot of work, having them is rewarding.
My sister has hired me to sew Teddy Toes Blankets for her business. Teddy Toes are baby blankets that have legs which makes them very practical to use in a car seat. It is a way to make some money doing something I enjoy. I am really wanting to start making baby gowns to sell, but have not done it yet. If there is anyone out there who has any advice on how to sell them, or would like one, please let me know.
So then while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith – Galatians 6:10. May you be blessed in everything you do for the Kingdom!