|"Aviator" Seth Thibodaux. Jeske Sculpture Park, Ferguson, MO|
And I will hold up hope
And I won't let you choke
On the noose around your neck
And I'll find strength in pain
And I will mend my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again
She Reads Truth has been doing a study on the book of Ruth the past two weeks. Quite frankly, I have been slacking in the area of Bible Study the past few months. I realize it's mainly because I have been selfish with my time. I haven't had any desire or energy to give any of it to God. A lot of it is because I haven't felt like doing much of anything in this phase of my life (not an excuse, just a fact) and some of it is that my kids have needed extra attention (which may be related, who knows). My friend recently encouraged a group of us to do the Ruth study together. Knowing that I needed that encouragement and direction in my life, I decided to take the two week challenge on.
If you aren't familiar with the story, the beginning is pretty much a downer. There is this woman who is from Israel, named Naomi, who moves to Moab with her husband and two sons because there is a famine (aka no soup for you) in Israel. Once they got to Moab, Naomi's husband dies. At least she has her sons, right? Well after her sons got hitched to Moabite women and they have lived in Moab for about ten years, they also die. All Naomi has to her name, as a stranger in a foreign country, are her two daughters in law. The women insist they are going to stay with Naomi, but Naomi has other plans. She tells them that God's hand is against her and she is going to return to Israel, but that they should return to their family. One daughter in law takes her up on that deal, but the other, Ruth (probably not a shocker since they did name a whole book after her), tells her that she would stay in the most beautiful way:
But as God promises, His mercies are new every morning.
|"Mjolnir" Durant Thompson. Jeske Sculpture Park, Ferguson, MO|
Obed was Naomi's Rainbow Baby
|My Rainbow Baby|