Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ties that Bind.

It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with his girls, because in someone else's field, you might be harmed.
-Ruth 2:22

This verse probably isn't one that ranks high on the list of  "power verses".  I'm sure a lot of people have read right through Ruth and never given this small, quiet verse much of a second thought. But the message, oh the message...

In short, this passage stems from the story of Ruth and Naomi,  a mother-in-law, daughter-in-law friendship, formed when Naomi's husband and sons die, and life just.gets.really.hard.  And by hard, i mean, you have no idea what these poor women experienced until God places them in Boaz' field.

This verse itself, is Naomi encouraging Ruth to follow Boaz because it means safety for her daughter in law.
What if you changed ONE letter - in one word above - it takes on a different meaning.  Capitalize the H, as in "....His girls".

I know i wax poetic over much that Kristen Armstrong has written in her devotional that i own, but she calls us to look at this verse and surround ourselves with His girls.

Do you have those girlfriends? You should.  Seek them out.  I have relationships that have come from childhood, marriages, children etc, but the ones that i think most highly of are those that i know i can call and say "Please pray for me." And they do. Right then. No questions asked.  What is more safe place to be than being surrounded by a group of women praying, interceding on your behalf? I can't think of anywhere.

Here is my heartfelt thank you to Kimberly, Natalie, Lisa, Laura, Diana, Connie, Paula... the list goes on too long, as i am very blessed to have friends that will hit their knees for me. i heart you all.

This post so sweetly inspired by Melissa over at The Inspired Room


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