Reread Ruth 4: 5-12
Happy Friday, ladies. I have a confession to make before I even get started. I haven’t read the first word of this week’s scripture or commentary before now. With my confession, though, I also have an explanation. I have the great pleasure of teaching a Bible class at our High School each afternoon. Last week, I challenged my girls to a social media fast in preparation for their spiritual retreat that is going on right now. They accepted, so we began on Monday morning, and it will continue until they return this evening. One of the girls keeps calling it a “cleanse,” and sometimes don’t we just need a cleanse? I couldn’t ask them to do something that I’m not doing. I’ll throw this post on the page for you and remove FB again until later tonight. I have to admit that it’s been refreshing.
Second to my social media fast, I’m leading a Bible study through Esther this semester. I’ve been spending more time there while touching base here as well. This week in Esther, there was a major turn of events. In Esther’s city, all of the Jews had been sentenced to death on one specific day. Esther’s life and the lives of all of her people seemed to be over. This week in our study, the events began to change. It’s called a reversal of destinies. As I read through the scripture in Ruth, she and Naomi have experienced the same.
I asked my group on Wednesday night if any of them needed a reversal of destinies right now. Most hands flew up. Mine was one of them. What could be the key? How could we cooperate with God to make that happen?
In Esther, it began with 3 days of prayer and fasting. I don’t know if that is where we need to start. But, I do know that one of the greatest gifts we’ve received for our own kinsman redeemer, Jesus Christ, is that we get to communicate with God. I know that there is power in prayer.
Today, I want to share a podcast with you from Jennie Allen who is an author and speaker. I love listening to Jennie and reading her books. She is a gifted teacher, and she shares with such genuineness. In this podcast, she’s interviewing Jill Briscoe. I can tell you that the quality of sound isn’t great, because she’s talking to her on the phone. But, the material is priceless. I hope you’ll bear with it.
At this point in my life, I am mesmerized by women of faith who are advanced in years but still following hard after Jesus Christ. I want to know their secret! I want to follow in their footsteps. I know nothing about Jill, but listening to her voice and hearing her wisdom has made a difference in my life. I wanted to share, and I want to encourage you to listen all the way to the end where she will pray for us! It’s powerful.