Sunday, January 30, 2011

Study of Ruth

I've joined the Good Morning Girls for a 3 month commitment. Our group of girls join together on Facebook, and we're studying Ruth, then we'll move onto Ester. I've fallen a bit behind, so I'm going to catch up, and start posting it here as well!

Here's the study guidelines we've all agreed to follow:

What is S.O.A.P.?
Basically, here are the 'cliff notes':

1. S- Write out the scripture passage for the day using our reading schedule.
2. O- Write down 1-2 observations from the passage that you read.
3. A- Write down 1-2 applications of how you can apply it to your life.
4. P- Pray over what you learned from the passage and ask the Lord to help you apply the applications you have learned to your life.

 So my catch up is found in Ruth 2:13-23. I have two days to catch up on.

O: Ruth acknowledges that she isn't like the others, and therefore doesn't desire special treatment. She is glad she's found favor, yet doesn't seek it. Boaz treats her with great respect and favor, even instructing that extra is left behind for her to glean. Ruth brings the bounty home, and Naomi is very happy, but knows who to honor with this blessing. Right away she praises God for looking favorably on them both. Naomi told her to stay with Boaz's field, and to stay close to his young men for protection and for gleaning.

A: How many times has God provided for me, leaving a little extra for me to find and be blessed with? How often do I, in return, praise Him for that blessing? So I know from where my gifts come from? Do I press into God for his protection and providence? Do I shore up enough to share with those around me, even? Blessings are meant to be shared, and to continue. Do I keep that flow going, or hinder it?

P: Lord God of Ruth and Naomi, you provided for them and for countless others. Would that I not forget that, and continue to praise you for your gifts, which are all good and perfect. Help me to see my help and accept it fully and with praise filled lips and heart. Amen!


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