Welcome to part 2 of the series, highlighting points from this book. I did want to share some personal thoughts, just how amazing God’s word is. If there’s a detail: it’s important, underline it, put some stars, today’s date, etc. so that you can come back to it. So many pictures of exceptional women in the Bible seem to give the image of perfection, but that’s not necessarily true. For instance, Martha was busy and distracted, both hers and her sister Mary’s faith faltered after the death of her brother, Sarah went along with her husband’s lie, Naomi asked that she be called “Mara” for bitter because of the deep hurt, loss, and yes, bitterness that resided in her heart after almost her entire family was taken away. But that’s the beautiful thing about these women, THEY WEREN’T PERFECT. Even as I share these amazing traits about Ruth, I don’t want you to think that she was perfect, sub-human, robotic.
I’m sure so many of her thoughts revolved around, “What’s happening to me?”
It’s ok to question, to feel bitter, to doubt, to mess up, why else did Jesus die for us?
Lastly, (and perhaps completely tangential) I want to share a point from a conversation with my sister-in-law the the other day. Her thought was this: The way of the Holy Spirit will always be harder than the way of Satan. We can be sure of it. Just lean in, friends, and be sure that God’s going to give you the strength to take the harder way.
1) knowledgeable of the business of the man in her life
2) she was willing to make any changes necessary for the man in her life
3) she built a reputation of integrity, compassion and purity
4) she knew to whom she had been assigned
5) she was willing to pay any price necessary to stay in the presence of an extraordinary person
1) she knew when the season of her life were changing
2) she knew a good man when she saw one
3) she knew greatness when she got the in presence of it
4) she made wise decisions
5) she made decisions that always moved her life in the right direction
6) she understood the importance of timing, work schedules, and focus in the life of her man