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We’ve Finished the Study of Ruth!

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We’re so proud of you…for completing the study of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy! Congratulations on your determination and hard work. Be sure to celebrate your achievement with something as simple as a flower from your garden, a favorite cafe drink, chocolate, mani/pedi or just a relaxing bath. Whatever you choose…do it to celebrate the completion of your bible study.

Below we are starting a WALL OF CELEBRATION. If you have completed the Ruth study, then simply post your name… and let’s stand united in our achievement!

~You can copy and paste these symbols if you like!

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Legacy (Ruth Week 6)

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Congratulations to all the women who just completed the study of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy I’m so proud of you!  More importantly, you’ve delighted God with your persistence in finishing the study. We started our study with Naomi losing her husband and two sons, and completed our study with the birth of the Savior, a kinsmen-redeemer.

Beth Moore has posted her final post for this year’s Summer Siesta Bible Study. You can read the Summer Siesta Bible Study Wrap Up here. Below is the video Beth has created for weeks five and six of the study.

Summer Siesta Bible Study – Ruth Final Week from LPV on Vimeo.

Prayer Requests

Throughout the study, we have been praying for you individually. We starting a new prayer wall as we begin our new study of Jonah today. If you have a prayer need, please submit a new one here.

Kelly Minter Quotes

  • The last thing we sometimes think of is how we can bless God or someone else with our coveted treasure.
  • Faithful obedience and love to God during our earthly years can affect things long after we’re gone.
  • Only God looks on the heart perfectly.

This Week’s Scripture Verses-NIV

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Group Discussion- From the Beth Moore Blog

  1. Turn to p.122 and review the paragraph in the middle of the page beginning with the words, “I wonder if your life can be easily explained.” Follow your review by sharing what you wrote in reference to the “Personal Response” portion just below it, if you feel led.
  2. Turn to p.136. Kelly wraps up Week Five by asking us to have a closing prayer time over the one thing that touched us most in that five-day unit. If you feel comfortable doing so, please share that one thing with your small group or, if you’re going solo, share it with me and the rest of your participating sisters.
  3. Turn to p.144 and look at the wonderful bold print at the bottom of the page. Review the answer to the question, “Who suddenly takes center stage and does this surprise you?” Then, glance up to the top of the next page (p.145) and share your answers to the “Personal Take.” Have fun looking over those next couple of paragraphs Kelly wrote about “you know, the women!”
  4. Day’s Four and Five are so powerful that I cannot choose just one portion for you to review. Please glance over the entire ending to the Bible study, stretching over both lessons, and share what you have gleaned from God concerning LEGACY. God is just better than He has to be, isn’t He?

Redemption (Ruth Week 5)

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We’ve just completed week five of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy as we followed Ruth from the foot of the threshing floor into the marriage bed and birth of her first child. Most obvious to me is that during this season, Ruth never complained, never expressed anger at God, and never screamed in agony for her living conditions. She simply waited, trusted, and believed with all her heart, soul and strength in a God that was bigger than the problems of her life. I peeked ahead to see what she named the baby….and the abundant blessings waiting for Ruth in the last chapter of our study. I hope you’re enjoying the Kelly Minter study as much as I am! I think if Ruth was living in modern times with access to the internet, she’d most likely listen to this: My Redeemer Lives by Nicole C Mullen

Prayer Requests

Thank you for posting your prayer needs, we have been praying for you individually. If you have a special request, so please post your prayer requests here.

Kelly Minter Quotes

  • One of the most tragic ways for a Christian to spend her life is to be in the right place with all the right resources but without a willing heart.
  • Our heritage is not a deal breaker for Christ.
  • Laying down our lives for others, for the sake of Jesus, is never wasted.
  • Ruth has lost, she has loved, and now she is leaving a legacy.

This Week’s Scripture Verses-NIV

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. Romans 8:1-4 The Message

Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:24-25

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Group Discussion- Answer ONE or as MANY as you like!

  1. On day one, page 121, Kelly asks “What sacrificial, scary, risky or costly decision have you made in obedience to God? And what were the results.”
  2. On day three, page 124, Kelly asks “Where are you in your surrender to God? Are you able but unwilling? Reflect on this and write your answer below.
  3. On day four, we looked at the elders blessing over Ruth. Share a biblical blessing over this group of women in Bible study with you.
  4. On day five, page 134, Kelly asks “How had God changed your life? What has He brought you from?” Share your answers with the group.

A Proposal (Ruth Week 4)

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Beth Moore has posted her update on the Siesta Summer Bible Study as we’ve just finished reading week four of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy. From the comments you are posting, I can see that many of you are enjoying the study and the weekly lessons. A few of you are not posting comments and sending them directly to me by email. This week, I’ll contact those who are not participating and hold you accountable to your growth plan. Four more women joined us this week and will be posting  when they complete their week’s lesson. For those of you who have already completed the lessons and are reading ahead of the group, you may want to read Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose in Your Life based upon the life of Naomi or Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success which parallels the decision Ruth made when she decided to walk forward with Naomi.

Here is the video update from Beth Moore, for week’s three and four of our Bible study. This is followed by FIVE interactive questions by Beth Moore, listed at the end of this blog post.

Summer Siesta Bible Study – Ruth Session 3 from LPV on Vimeo.

Prayer Requests

I have printed your Prayer Requests and placed them inside my workbook so I can pray for you individually. If you have a special request, so please post your prayer requests here.

Kelly Minter Quotes

  • We’re fearful of finding out who God really is in relation to our deepest longings.
  • When we’re wrapped up in garments of mourning, we’re unavailable for whatever else God has for us.
  • The place of surrender is the most freeing place to be, and the hardest to get to.
  • It was the breadth of God that carried her to such heights.
  • God has called me to be a deliverer of His gifts, not a creator of them.
  • Ruth’s dreams and reality began to latch into each other like colliding waves.

This Week’s Scripture Verses-NIV

Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matt 6:18

Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said. “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.” Ruth 2:19-20

Group Discussion- Answer ONE or as MANY as you like! (From Beth Moore’s blog)

1. Turn to p.68 and review the first segment “For Discussion”: Describe a time when you were overcome by a man’s kindness. In keeping with the example of Ruth and Boaz, try to think in terms of an unexpected kindness.

2. Read Ruth 2:19-20 and review the climactic revelation in this Book of the Bible. After you read those two Scriptures, turn to p.85 and review the first couple of sentences of the paragraph in the middle of the page as follows: “It’s interesting that up to this point Naomi knew she had a kinsman-redeemer named Boaz but had no idea Ruth knew him; Ruth knew Boaz but didn’t know he was a kinsman redeemer. Suddenly these two pieces of information collided to potentially change the course of history.” Our divinely ordained collisions may not change the course of human history but they certainly change the course of our own personal history. Can any of you think of a time when God orchestrated an encounter or experience where you (or perhaps both/all parties involved) could say, “Only God could have known”? If so, share it. These would be really cool to hear in your blog comments so consider sharing one of the most meaningful examples.

3. Turn to p.95 and, if willing, share your answers to the “Personal Response” section at the very bottom of the page: “Describe a time when you’d done everything you could do and then had to wait for someone else’s response.”

4. Turn to p.108 and read the final paragraph on p.108 aloud (“If Ruth slept at all that night…). Then review the answer to the question in the middle of the page: “What did Boaz promise to do if the nearer relative chose not to redeem Ruth?” Then, share your responses to the discussion portion just below it where we were challenged to put ourselves in Ruth’s place. What kinds of feelings and thought processes would you have had in her exact situation?

5. Share a brand new insight she’s gained from this study regarding Christ as your Redeemer.

An Encounter (Ruth Week 3)

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We’re halfway through our study of Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy as we complete session three. This week was filled with many concepts, such as kindness, humility, righteousness, gifting and redemption. Each concept and lesson seemed to reach deep into my heart.

  • In kindness, I learned that I have more to give and my sacrifice only touches the surface of the field
  • In humility, I learned that I need to embrace humbleness rather than fear it
  • In righteousness, I learned that Jesus covers me in white linen
  • In gifting, I learned that I need to move from dependent to provider in my family
  • In redemption, I learned that I am an heir in the family of Christ

Although we are reading scripture from Biblical times, the messages are relevant to life today when we stop, read a verse at a time, and think about today’s application. If you turn to the back of the workbook, on page 169, Kelly Minter has created a playlist for this weeks study. We’ve selected one of the songs from her list, so enjoy the music God of Justice, We Must Go by Tim Hughes:

Prayer Requests

Thank you for posting your prayer needs, we have been praying for you individually. If you have a special request, so please post your prayer requests here.

Kelly Minter Quotes

  • When God has ordained the humbling, you can be certain that His love is the catalyst.
  • All are welcome at this humble table.
  • Apart from Christ, we are excluded from the right to dine at God’s table.
  • We all have something to give, even if we are broke or broken.

This Week’s Scripture Verses-NIV

You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor 8:9

Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:6-7

Group Discussion- Answer ONE or as MANY as you like!

  1. Are you in a season of reaping (cutting the harvest), sowing (planting the harvest) or both? How can you be generous in your season of reaping or sowing?
  2. Does God have you in a season of humbling, or have you walked in one in your past? What happened during your season?
  3. On page 70 Kelly asks “How did you find refuge under the wings of God?” If you have experienced His refuge, please share your story below.