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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.


As you finish reading, take a moment or two to sit quietly with this story.


Pull out your journal and jot down those things that have touched your heart. Perhaps there is a lesson learned from one of the characters, or something you've discovered about yourself or about God. 

Whatever the Holy Spirit brings forward, take time to dialog with Him about those things.


Enjoy a few more minutes simply resting in God's presence.


As this time with the Savior comes to a close, tell Him what this time together has meant to you. Then, with the beauty of this moment fresh in your heart, turn to meet your day knowing that whatever may lie ahead of you...God's faithfulness goes before it all.


Blessings to you!

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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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