I am thankful both of my daughters are early risers 🙂 And it is a big challeng for me to get up earlier than them to give myself enough time to do my morning devotion time. But this week, The Big Girl had 2 days of 2 hours delay and 3 days no school (Monday was Martin Luther, Jr. Day and 2 Snow days). It was a short week of school and our days at home were full with noises, laughs, cries, games and never stop calling “Mama, I want this…” or “Mama, I am hungry!”
Those are some of those days when I cannot do my quite time in the mornings so I take some time in between days. And even sometimes both girls sat with me doing devotion together and painting. Moments I treasure with my God and my daughters.
My daughters are not distractions in my life, they are blessings from God!
This week I learned one character of God as the Father who cares for His children and God who gives refuge for those who seek for His help. In Ruth chapter 2, Naomi and Ruth had no hope when they went back to Bethlehem. Naomi was too old to work and Ruth was willing to give up her comfort life back in Moab. Ruth dedicated her life to take care of her mother-in-law.
Back in Bethlemen, Naomi was a foreigner. I can relate. I am a foreigner here in my husband’s country. I followed him back to Ohio out of love and trusting that God knows the life in this foreign country way before I set my foot in the country.
Ruth decided to go out to gather grain in the field with hope that the people who worked there would show her favor and let her collecting the grain on the ground for their food. God showed her His kindness and favor through the workers.
Then Boaz came home from his trip and he let her stayed with the women workers, ate and drank with them, and kelt collecting grain. She was surprised by his kindness to her becuase she was a foreigner in the lamd of Israel.
For Ruth, everything is “just happened” at that moment but for Naomi, even she was bitter, she knew in her heart that God took care for them and sent Boaz as the family redeemer.
Boaz said something amazing that changed Ruth’s view of being a foreigner. Boaz encouraged her with the truth that God will reward her for all kindness she has shown to her mother-in-law, putting her trust in the God of Israel and taking refuge under His wings.
Boaz gave Ruth hope by letting her know that God who would reward her and take care of her and Naomi.
Take Refuge under the wings of God Almighty. There is hope in the Lord. He will take care of us when we take refuge (rest; stay; take residence) under His wings (His place; His presence) every day as long as we live.
Often we say “just happened” in our every day life, but to God, that is more than mere coincidence. He is working in our lives in ways we may not even notice.
There is hope when we put our trust in Him to meet our needs in time of “famine”. Trusting Him gives us hope in hard circumstances that seems impossible to us to go through.
God has sent Jesus, the redeemer. He sent Jesus to give us hope for the future. He sent Jesus to save us from the death. All because He cares for you and me.
Let God do what he can do in your life today. You will be amazed!
This week journaling is a challenge for me to leave my comfort zone and step into new thing. I have been learning about mixed media and this page is a mixed media page. I used Gelatos, Acrylic paint, embosimg paste, stamping and stickers. Started with a mess and turned out to be an adoration for God.
Like our lives, when we surrender and take refuge under His wings, there is hope God will turn lives into what he has planned for us since the beginning.
May God bless you richly this weekend!