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A Legacy in the Making... Chapter Four

Today we are finally moving into Ruth Chapter Four. It's been quite a journey for those of us making our way through this beautiful book. But, these days we've spent will be sweetly rewarded as we watch this final chapter unfold.

 

Before we pull the curtain back and begin reading this final act in Ruth, settle into a quiet spot where your heart can be most receptive to God's whisper.

 

Spend a few minutes sitting still in God's presence.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to take captive any stray thoughts that might interfere with this precious time with God, and ask that the eyes of your heart be open to see what it is that He may want to show you.

 

Open your Bible to Ruth Chapter Four and read it through once to get the gist of it.

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God's Faithfulness

 

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. Yet, this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:19, 21-23

 

It has been quite a journey we've been on since we first opened the book of Ruth. We have walked through deepest grief and experienced the sweetest joys as we've followed the lives of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. But, before we close this final chapter today, I believe we would we be greatly remiss if we did not take the time here to go back and re-read the book of Ruth in its entirety...as if reading a beloved novel. Now that we are well-acquainted with its characters...and the ending...we can step back and read the account from the sweeping view of Mount Perspective.

 

So, let's settle in this one last time into that quiet spot we have reserved as our meeting place with God.  Take a few minutes to still yourself before Him.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to guard this precious time you spend together, by filtering out any other voices that might keep you from hearing the Savior's voice today.

 

When you are ready, open your Bible to Ruth chapter one and read through the entire book from beginning to end; culminating with Matthew 1:1-6.

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Count Your Blessings

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Throughout the years, it has been my habit to keep a Faith Journal.  I call it a Faith Journal because what I have written on those pages... when my faith is firm and the eyes my heart are open to see the various blessings that God has touched my life with... have been the greatest source of encouragement to me when my faith is especially thin and my eyes so clouded with tears that I have a hard time seeing God's presence anywhere.

As I flip through that journal, I am reminded that yes! God has walked with me through every twist and turn along life's way.  He has whispered my name on the wind and touched my innermost being with beauty. He has embraced me through the hugs of friends and spoken deep into my heart through His love letter, the Bible.  And even when He has led me through shadows and sorrows, I can look back and see that He never left me alone...

One of the best gifts you can give yourself to encourage your soul..is to carve out time to get alone with your Savior and begin your own Faith Journal.  There is nothing like counting your blessings to lift our eyes off of our momentary circumstances and onto the beautiful face of Jesus!

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Settling in...

For those of you puttering along with me through the book of Ruth... we are now moving on to Chapter Two. :)  As in times past, before you get started, be sure you are nestled into a quiet little niche, free from distractions.  Take a moment or two to close your eyes and allow the silence to settle your spirit.

When your heart is ready, open your Bible to Ruth, grab your journal and pen, and ask the Savior to give you "ears to hear" His voice today.

Take some time to read through chapter two in it's entirety. Our story opens with Ruth and Naomi settling into their new lives in Jerusalem.  As you eavesdrop on their conversations and their comings and goings, take note of a verse or verses that stand out to you.  Jot them in journal...

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Glimpses of God

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15 This people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.  16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear... 

Matthew 13:15-16

When was the last time you noticed God's fingerprints in your life?  When was the last time you sensed the Savior's voice whispering to you on the wind?

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In Naomi's shoes

I pray that the Savior spoke sweetly into your life last week as you sat quietly with Him in the first chapter of the book of Ruth.

Before we push on into the rest of this amazing story, however, I would like for us to spend another couple of weeks sitting with this chapter.  And I'll tell you why.  I believe that to really experience the heartbeat of what is happening in the lives of Naomi and Ruth, we need to get behind their eyes.

All of us at one time or another in life have passed through trying, pain-filled trials that leave us reeling.  Perhaps some of you can relate quite personally to the human tragedy these two women are passing through in this book.  As you re-read this passage this week, I would like for you to focus your attention on Naomi.

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