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Tag Archives: Ruth

  • Trust Trustworthy People

    Posted on July 5, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    “‘I will do whatever you say,’ Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do” (Ruth 3:5–6).

    Sometimes we just do not know what to do, but God puts trustworthy people into our lives to guide us through the decision-making process. He speaks through trustworthy people. It is imperative to seek out trustworthy people so your emotions do not lead you astray. You can talk yourself into just about anything. One day you are convinced you need to move in one distinct direction, and the next day you feel the need to go in the opposite direction.

    If you are not careful, you will fall into a pattern of using “rabbit ears.” You default to the counsel of the last person who offered you advice. Yes, it is important to get input from a variety of people, but promise yourself and God that you will not commit to a decision until your counselors have properly weighed all the facts and you have prayerfully considered the various ideas offered by your trusting friends.

    In some situations you are at a complete loss regarding what to do. You feel you have exhausted your options and your emotional capacity is spent. You are at a crossroads and probably do not have the clarity of mind to make the best decision. This is where it is critical that you listen to trustworthy people. While you are in this funk or fog, look to them for guidance, and do what they say. Trust that God is speaking through them.

    What do you look for in a trustworthy person? They could be your spouse, your pastor, a relative, a doctor, a lawyer, a coach, or a close friend. Pray for someone who has your best interests in mind. This person is not looking to get anything from you; rather, he or she wants to give you outstanding advice and help you through this trying transitional period in your life. A trustworthy person is someone who understands you and your situation, perhaps having experienced a similar situation in the past.

    Traveling to an unfamiliar region of the United States or a foreign country can be disconcerting. Ideally, your preparations will include conversations with those who have been there.  They recommend what to see and what not to see, what foods to enjoy and what to avoid. The best scenario is for the experienced traveler to accompany you on the trip and offer you trusted advice along the way.

    In the same way, surround yourself with people who have been there; trustworthy individuals, a go-to person who will not lead you astray. If you are currently in the middle of an uncertainty, seek out three trusted people, discover the common theme in their counsel, and simply do what they say. God is probably speaking through them.

    “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice” (Proverbs 12:13).

    Prayer: Who are three people I know who can offer trustworthy advice for a pending issue?

    Related Readings: Nehemiah 13:13; Daniel 2:45; Luke 16:11–12; 1 Corinthians 7:25

    Post/Tweet today: We seek out trustworthy people so emotions don’t lead us astray. We can talk ourselves into anything. #wisdomhunters

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved. www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Ruth

  • Affective Affirmation

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd Bailey

    “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.” Ruth 3:10

     

    Affective affirmation engages the heart and soothes the soul. There is an emotional tipping point that takes place when someone brings acceptance, approval and comfort to a conversation. It builds trust in relationships and moves friendships toward vulnerability. Men long for approval from their wives and women desire attention from their husbands. Affirmation from those who know us the most—means the most. Their support provides security for us.

    We all want to feel special—we want to be the most important person to the one we love the most. This position of significance positions a relationship for success. The effect of affective affirmation is a healthy environment at home and at work. Negative brow beating and intimidation may get a short-term result at the expense of long-term commitment. We need affirmation like a tender plant needs nurturing. Affirmation grows relationships.

    “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.” Song of Songs 1:15-16

    Do you intentionally affirm another’s value to you? Do you treat them how you want to be treated and do you grace them with words of significant meaning? The Lord has you in a seat of influence during good and bad times. Therefore, use your role of supervisor, peer, parent, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend to free others with your approval. Speak into their lives by admitting your struggles and airing your concerns. Affirm them.

    Most of all seek effective affirmation from your heavenly Father. When you stumble and fall—He picks you up. When you sin—He forgives. When you forget—He remembers. When you lose hope—He gives hope. When you are weak—He is strong. When you are unsure—He is sure. When you are afraid—He is your peace. Your Father in heaven cares about you. When He sees you, He sees His son Jesus—you are 100% affirmed in Him!

    “I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.” Psalm 85:8

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your affirmation in Your son Jesus.

    Related Readings: Numbers 22:38; Micah 6:9; Luke 10:39; Ephesians 4:29

    Post/Tweet this today: Affirmation from those who know us the most—means the most. Support gives security. #affirmation

    © 2012 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Psalm, Ruth, Song of Solomon

  • Found Hope

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by Nicki Koziarz

    Nicki Koziarz

    "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4 (NASB)

    We were out of options. The day the Sherriff's car pulled into our driveway, I knew what was coming. After a series of unfortunate events, things had gone from bad to worse to hopeless.

    Her friendly, official, sheriff smile did nothing to relieve the emotional discomfort of this dreadful moment. The neighbors peeked through their blinds to see what was happening.

    As she handed me the papers, I took them with tears in my eyes.

    Looking at the baby in my arms and toddler peeking out from behind me, this kind woman genuinely said, "I'm sorry."

    "Thank you," I whispered, as I slowly closed the door.

    I sat down on our stairs and read through the official documents. Elaborate lawyer terms, forceful sounding laws I didn't understand, and words bolded in dark ink conveyed the dreadful news; "You must vacate the premises within thirty days."

    Foreclosure.

    It was unwanted and unavoidable. It felt shameful and embarrassing. And the foreclosure of our home was an aching process of letting go.

    The carefully painted mustard-yellow walls: I would miss them so much. How would I survive without the daily afternoon play dates with my neighbor and her children? And what about all those hot dog dinners my husband and I ate to save pennies to buy this sweet home?

    So much was about to be taken from us. Just like that.

    I didn't understand why God would allow us to walk this humbling road. We had trusted Him, why hadn't He provided?

    Any hope I had left in God faded fast. It wasn't something I could muster back up on my own. No, I needed others to fill the gap for me.

    In scripture Paul wrote, "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." (Romans 15:4 NASB)

    I learned during this devastating season, when our hearts become grounds of broken dreams, we may need to turn to the hope others have found.

    The Bible holds deep historical roots of hope waiting for us to uncover.

    We can find hope because ...

    Abraham and Sarah found hope by believing while it seemed impossible for them to get pregnant, it was possible for God. (Genesis 15, 17-18)

    We can find hope because ...

    Ruth and Naomi found hope by moving their lives forward after losing their family. (Ruth 3)

    We can find hope because ...

    Mary and Martha found hope when they saw Jesus could do anything, including raising their brother from the dead. (John 11)

    As I closed the door to our home for the last time, I accepted this place of brokenness. But I also made a choice to find hope no matter what.

    I found hope through the eyes of wonder my daughters had as they explored our new rental house. I found hope when my mom helped me unpack our boxes and organize toys. I found hope when my husband's heart drew closer to mine through this difficult experience.

    Hope is at the core of who we are as followers of Jesus. As we allow hope to flow into us, it will flow through us even in the most difficult circumstances.

    If you feel hopeless in this season of your life, will you look back at those who had hope in Scripture to give you courage to have hope for your future? Hope, it heals our broken dreams.

    Dear Lord, thank You for the hope You give us to heal the broken places in our lives. May we have the strength to find hope in all the places that feel hopeless today. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    If you are feeling hopeless, reach out to someone and ask her to share a time where God has given hope.

    What is an area in your life you are seeking hope from God? Leave a comment today and let's share our hope struggles.

    Power Verses:
    1 Peter 1:3, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (NIV)

    Romans 5:5, "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (NIV 1984)

    © 2012 by Nicki Koziarz. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org


    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Proverbs 31 and was tagged with John, Romans, Genesis, Nicki Koziarz, Ruth

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