Modern Day Ruth

September 19, 2010

in the generous life

In the small church group I attend we’ve been discussing the book of Ruth.  I think the thing that has stood out to me the most, was the character of Boaz and Ruth (if you haven’t read this story, please do, it’s really rich).  I thought a lot about how integrity would play out in our day and culture.  It took awhile to wade through the deep cultural trappings of the story (I have yet to find a field owner that will let me go tromping through his field to glean wheat), but I began to see constants that transcend culture.  Sacrificing for those we love, doing what is right, being generous, trusting that God has your good in mind, honoring authority, seeking the good of others and more started making sense and could happen in my life in a little town in Washington state.

I’m always looking for good role models.  Boaz and Ruth are on the list.  I encourage y’all to create a role model list (who do you like? who do you look up to? who do you listen to? – you can even find them in history).  Look for and learn from those who have good character.  It will be a blessing to those around you, husband included.

A good example is the best sermon.  Thomas Fuller

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Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
Life Gems 4 Marriage: We All Married the Wrong Person
and More on Marrying the Wrong Person
Dating Divas: Yummy Special Occasion Meal
Clutter Diet: 10 Ideas to Be More Organized
Organizing Your Way: 6 Benefits to Getting Organized and Slowing Down
Black and Married With Kids: Give and Get a Better Apology
The Marry Blogger: Talk to Me Like I’m Someone You Love
The Romantic Vineyard: A Fragrant Aroma: No Dumping Allowed
Happily Married After: Yes, In Fact You Need Yoda
and Relaxation & Tough Conversation

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Be generous! Lori <><

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Lacey September 19, 2010 at 8:01 am

Our church is putting on a women’s retreat the first weekend in October and the theme is “Under the Wings of God”. Any lady who signed up was given a copy of John Piper’s book A Sweet and Bitter Providence. I would encourage you to read it as it focuses on the story of Ruth. I just read it yesterday (only 150 pages). Like Lori says above, it was a good reminder of the character of a godly man and woman — Boaz and Ruth. However, what stood out the most was God’s character. Whenever I had read Ruth before, I always focused on Boaz and Ruth, but Piper’s book really helped me look more closely at God’s love for me (and the world) through the story.

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