Praise the LORD, our Redeemer!
Praise the LORD, our Redeemer!
I am so sorry that I don’t have any fiction to share this Monday. I have three fiction books that I have waiting for me but found myself absorbed in non-fiction this past week. But please share your fiction reads with me below! I am always on the lookout for a good one to add to my list.
I visited my mom’s church this Sunday and the sermon was on the book of Ruth. So funny because our church just finished a sermon series on Esther! It’s the ladies time to shine I guess. I had never heard a sermon on Ruth before but this one made me want to go straight to the book and read it all again. If you don’t know the story of Ruth, it is about a woman named Naomi who loses her husband and two sons. Ruth is Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Bitter and grieving, Naomi decides to go back to her hometown, Bethlehem and tells her daughters-in-law to go make new lives for themselves in the land they are currently in. But Ruth does not go. She has it set in her mind that she is going to stay with her mother-in-law no matter what.
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
The point of the sermon was that Ruth was completely selfless. We have to learn from Ruth! When we go with God we must abandon ALL worldly wisdom, all selfishness and pride, and go!
Ruth doesn’t know if she will be blessed or not. She just goes. But in the end, God does bless both her and Naomi. Ruth marries Boaz and they have Obed who is the Father of Jesse who is the Father of David. For those of you who don’t know, this is the beginning of the line of Christ!
It is a truly amazing story so if you haven’t read it, maybe read it for your next Bible time.
I swear all I do is write Proverbs. You know how you take notes on what you read, I seriously have three pages of Proverbs. Haha! I keep imagining my walls lined with all of them on the pretty wall art from Kirklands and Homegoods. 🙂
In my reading, there are Proverbs that warm my heart…
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. Proverbs 11:30
Then there are ones like this…
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
Sobering. Especially when we are a society of PRIDE. All of us.
The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
I am in a Bible Study that is reading Damsel in Distress by the same author. One of the chapters of that book is on manipulation and as we were discussing it, I started feeling like maybe I might be manipulating Jason sometimes! So I ordered the book right away and started reading it this past weekend. I am only on chapter two but am already learning things, even in the acknowledgments. The author’s story was an example of how when God has a purpose, He fully equips us to carry it out!
I am excited to read this book and will tell you all what I get from it.
Have a great Monday!
What are you guys reading this week?
How does it make you think and feel?