Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ruth 1:1-4

1 In the days when the judges ruled,there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.


In a recent bible study of "Calm My Anxious Heart", we reflected on the "roles" we play in life. Considering women's roles and examples that we can learn from in the bible, I was drawn to the book of Ruth.

In the first 5 verses Naomi, went from having everything to losing everyone that was dear to her heart. How did she cope with the pain in her heart? How did she survive without a man to provide for her? How did she rely on God to see her through her great trial?

We will take these 4 chapters in the book of Ruth slowly so we can understand the HOW's so that in our day of great trial we may find God in the same way.

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