A Love Story Unfolds

If you're anything like me, you may be getting a bit antsy at this point to flip to the last chapter of Ruth and wrap up your time in this book... we have, after all, spent a good many days with Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Yet, in my heart, I know that good things come to those who wait. So, if you are willing to spend a few more days puttering along with me, I believe God will reward the time we spend with Him and whisper truths into us that we simply would not want to miss. And who would want to walk away now, when a good love story is developing?! :o)

 

As is our pattern then, be sure that you are comfortably situated in a quiet little nook where you can be distraction-free. Close your eyes and take a few minutes to sit silently before God.

 

Ask the Savior to guard your thoughts; that you may be able to shut out all those voices that can so easily side-track, in order to hear only His still, small voice of love whispering what is on His heart for you today.

 

Open your Bible to Ruth chapter three and read through it slowly.  Imagine yourself there in the scene.  What do you see, hear, sense?  Pull out your journal and try to describe the scene.

  

Go back and read the chapter once more. This time read it with Ruth in mind. Be alert to the things that stand out to you, whether a verse or statement, or things that she says or does. Try to imagine what she might be feeling, thinking, experiencing. As thoughts come to you, jot down them down as well.

 

Take some time to sit with those things that you have written. Converse with the Savior about it. You may want to write out that conversation in your journal in prayer-form.

 

What might the Holy Spirit be speaking to you in return? As you sense His promptings, write those out as well.  Be sure to use your name in the dialog.

 

When your conversation with God begins drawing to a close, close your journal and Bible and take a few more minutes to sit quietly in His presence. Allow His love to wash over you.

 

Before moving back into your day, be sure to whisper a prayer of gratitude to Him for so lovingly filling you with Himself today.

Naomi's Hope... Chapter Three
A Marriage Proposal
 

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Julie has been inspiring children, youth, and women as a speaker, teacher, silent retreat leader, author and mentor for over 30 years. She was the Director of Women's Bible Studies at Eagle Brook Church, is a certified Spiritual Director and the owner of Heart Matters Publishing Company. She is an alumnus of Bethel University and Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. As an author she has written Bible Study Curriculum and Devotionals, including her latest collaboration, Whispers of God's Grace. Julie draws on her wide range of life experiences, humor and love of God's Word and His creation for her writing. When she is not writing, you will find her absorbed in a good book, puttering in her garden or dreaming of France. Julie and her husband, Rey, live in White Bear Lake, MN and are the parents of two grown sons, Erik and Kyle.

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