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In Naomi's shoes

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


Before we rush on into the rest of this amazing story, however, I believe that we would be greatly blessed if we slowed down here and spent a little more time getting behind the eyes of Naomi and Ruth.


All of us at one time or another in life have passed through trying, pain-filled trials that have left us reeling.  Perhaps some of you can relate quite personally to the human tragedy these two women are passing through in this book.  As we walk alongside them, listening to their hearts, we give God an opportunity to touch us as well.


Before we get started, be sure that you are settled in a nice comfy spot where your heart can be most attentive to the Savior's voice.  Give yourself a few moments to sit quietly.  Ask the Spirit to sweep in and through you to clear away any stray thoughts that might distract you from meeting with God today.


Open your bibles to Ruth Chapter One.  Slowly read through it with Naomi in mind.  As you read, imagine her life as it was both in Israel and Moab.  Ask the Lord to help you get behind this woman's eyes, to imagine what life felt like... looked like... to her.  Allow the Holy Spirit's creativity to flow...


Pull out your journal and describe on it's pages what you think Naomi might be seeing, hearing, feeling and perhaps even what she tastes and smells.  Listen for clues from Naomi herself.


Now take a moment to sit quietly with this.  Interact with the Savior about it.  What might He be trying to speak into you through Naomi's experience?  If you feel compelled, write it out in your journal, inserting your name into the dialogue.


Spend a few more minutes resting in silence with Jesus. Before you move into your day, thank Him for meeting with you today!

Reflecting on Ruth... Chapter One
Ruth's Perspective


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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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