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Hide me in the shadow of your wings...
Psalm 17:8

After an exhausting evening of winnowing barley, Boaz sat down to enjoy a hard-earned meal after all of his labor. Little could he have imagined that hiding in the shadows, the young Moabite woman, Ruth, was praying for the courage to lay herself at his feet to seek his forever protection.


Before we step onto the threshing floor to take in this scene in Ruth chapter three, however, it is important that you situate yourself in a spot that is quiet and most conducive for the Spirit to speak into your heart through our reading.


Take a few minutes to sit in silence. Allow yourself to rest in the presence of God. Ask Him to put a hedge of protection around your time together.


Open your Bible and read chapter three. Imagine the scene as it unfolds. Pull out your journal and describe what you envision it to have looked like, smelled like, etc.


Now go back and read the chapter with Boaz in mind. Listen in on his conversation with Ruth. Jot down anything that stands out to you about his words, his actions or his behavior.


As you sit with these things, share any thoughts, concerns, convictions, or questions that might arise in you with the Savior. Write them out in your journal.


What might God wish to speak into you through this dialog? Enter those thoughts in your journal as well.


When you sense that your conversation is coming to a close, take a few minutes more and simply sit in God's presence. Rest in this time together.


Savor the sweetness of this moment and thank Him as you head back into the daily routine that awaits 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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