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A Man Named Boaz

Figuring prominently into Ruth and Naomi's story here in chapter two is a man named Boaz.  Much like his future great-grandson, David, to come, Boaz had a heart after God's.  Let's take some time now to sit quietly with him and get to know him better...


But, before we do, be sure that you prepare your own heart for the encounter.  Life can be chaotic, with our calendars and our heads filled to overflowing.  It is imperative, then, that we take a few minutes to clear away all that would distract us from hearing God's voice.  So, as in the past, settle into a quiet little niche where you can take a few minutes to calm your spirit.  You may want to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.


Remember that the Savior is waiting to meet with you today.  Thank Him for being with you and invite Him to speak into you whatever is on His heart.


Open your Bible to Ruth chapter two and read the passage slowly and reflectively with Boaz in mind. Try to picture the scene as it unfolds.


Read the passage again.  Pull out your journal and have it at the ready to jot down any thoughts, words or verses that stand out to you.


As you linger over those thoughts, words or verses, dialog with the Savior about them.


Listen for the His voice in response and journal those things as well.


After you have finished dialoging with Jesus, take some time to sit silently in His Presence.


Offer a sacrifice of praise and turn to meet your day, like Boaz, with a heart after God's.

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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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