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Ruth's Perspective

Calamity and loss seem to be the continued headlines in our newspapers.  From tornado-ravaged towns, to devastating drought and fires, to earthquake and hurricane-flooded cities...many in this world of ours know what it's like to feel stripped down to nothing like Naomi in chapter one of Ruth.


When life collapsed in on Naomi, she felt sure that God had turned against her.  Standing in the ashes of her life, she could not foresee any sign of hope in her future.  All she knew now was that she felt stripped... her life empty, barren, filled only with bitterness.  But, Naomi wasn't the only one to have experienced loss in this story.  Her daughter-in-law, Ruth, had also seen bitter days.


Let's take some time this week to walk back through chapter one once more.  Open your Bibles and read the chapter with Ruth in mind, using the Holy Spirit's creativity to step into her shoes and hear, see, and feel what might have been going on inside of her.


As in our past readings, be sure to find a quiet niche away from interruptions where you can get alone with the Savior and hear what it is He longs to say to you in this reading.  Ask the Spirit to hush any voices that may vie for your attention.  Ask Him to give you eyes to see what is on His heart.


Have your journal nearby to jot down any thoughts that may come to you as you walk with Ruth today.


Take some time to converse with the Savior about the things that have stood out to you. Listen for what may be on His heart, as well.


As your time together winds down, take a moment to bask in God's presence.  Then, turn to meet your day in the Spirit's encouragement and the Savior's love.


Sweet Blessings to you all...


In Naomi's shoes
Settling In... Chapter Two


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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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