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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ruth: Chapter 1

There is something so amazing about talking about God with my siblings. I have prayed for their faith for years, and it is so beautiful watching it grow as they get older.

My sister, Hannah, and I started our Bible study last week and last night we spent time together going over it. Do you know how full my heart is? Going over the questions together and building on each other’s words was moving. It made me so proud to hear her thoughts and to listen to her faith.

We are reading over the book of Ruth; a true woman of faith. One lesson is broken up into 5 days, so we spent last week reading the first chapter of Ruth. Some of the questions are pretty simple, but it is helping us dive in deeper and really understand the story. Each lesson has a journaling section, which makes us really think about past, previous, and future things. Even though we are 8 years apart, it is neat to see how our different scenarios relate.

Some of my favorite verses and quotes from the lesson:

“When the going gets tough, the tough get closer to God, because forgiveness is just a prayer away.”

“When you feel down and think you want out, stop and ask yourself two questions: What am I running from? And Where am I running to?

From Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”: "A choice repeated becomes a habit; a habit unchecked develops a character; and character determines your destiny.” – Hannah brought this one up to me. Your habits, good or bad, end up developing your character. Make sure your habits are positive and showing great grace and mercy.

Ruth 1:16-17- “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.” -- What great love Ruth shows. She is trusting God and Naomi during a fork in the road, which shows great faith.

We are growing in faith and holding each other accountable. My heart is so happy!

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