Today's piece comes from the lovely Jess of jessrealloutiman.tumblr.com, where she collects and displays inspiring images and quotes about faith and life in general. Read on as she talks about Ruth, why she is her favourite woman of the Bible and the lessons that we (as modern women) can learn from her.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE WOMAN OF THE BIBLE AND WHY? WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THAT MODERN WOMEN CAN LEARN FROM HER?
I like Ruth the Moabitess (found in the Book of Ruth). Her famous line in Ruth 1:16-17 is a manifestation of a life with no reservations. She lived a surrendered life. Personally, I want to be like her. I want to live a life fully surrendered to the LORD.
Related: An Interview with Dija Henry on Ruth
Women of today need to be fully surrendered. Ruth did not know what would happen to her in Bethlehem. However, she had the faith to journey the unknown, trusting the Lord to take care of her and Naomi (her monther-in-law). Women today are too safe, too secured, too afraid and too doubtful to plunge into the unknown with the Lord. Her faith made a difference.
PLEASE FINISH THE SENTENCE: I AM A CHRISTIAN WOMAN WHO IS…
I am a Christian woman who is:
- Trusting God’s word. I am making much of what the Bible says. I also trust God’s sovereignty. This makes me worry less. :)
- Patiently waiting and praying for the man God has especially created me for. I believe that He wants me and my husband, in the future, to do great things for His kingdom and glory. I am excited for it.
PLEASE FINISH THE SENTENCE: I AM A CHRISTIAN WOMAN WHO IS NOT…
I am a Christian woman who is not:
- Faithful but trying to be. In my daily devotions and church involvement, I often fail. I often grieve the Holy Spirit. But His grace is overwhelming. He makes me see His faithfulness in spite of my unfaithfulness.
- So expressive about my feelings. Most often, my spiritual struggles are just between me and God. I do not share it with my friends in church or my family. Oftentimes, I find myself telling the Lord how I feel. This makes me have a little bit of a difficult time expressing to others but I find it best to remain this way.
ANY FINAL WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT?
God is coming. He is coming very soon. So, I keep telling myself to be faithful "while it is day [for] the night cometh when no man can work" (John 9:4).
I encourage every woman of God to do things for the Lord. No matter how little or small an act is, if it is done for Him, I believe it brings glory to the Father. To give Him glory is our purpose.
May we not wait for a great opportunity to serve Him. Let us start serving Him in little things. Let us continue growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
:) God speed!