She found herself working in a field belonging to
Boaz. Ruth 2:3 NIV
Ruth's life was spiraling downward. Her husband died. She'd left her old home in Moab and wasn't accepted in her new one in Bethlehem. She was in survival mode, making the best of a bad deal by gleaning just enough to stay alive. Then God turned things around. The reapers began deliberately dropping handfuls of barley in her path. She started picking up undeserved blessings. Why? Because Boaz saw Ruth gleaning and told his workers, "leave them for her to pick up" (Ruth 2:16 NIV). Even though Boaz had never spoken directly to Ruth, she still received the blessing.
There's an important lesson here: You don't know what God has spoken over your life, but suddenly everything changes! Doors open, opportunities come, people you thought didn't notice you, or even like you, begin showing you favor. What's happening? Your steps are being ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).When the Israelites came into the Promised Land God told them, I'm giving you "vineyards… you did not plant" (Deuteronomy 6:11 NKJV). God can put you in situations where others do the work and you get the benefit. And you don't even have to worry, or get jealous about somebody else getting what's yours, because nobody can glean it except you.
Ruth started out for one destination and 'found herself' in another.
When Boaz called her name, she came from the background to aInstead of working in a corner of the field, she ended up owning the field. When God moves, that's how quickly it can happen. So be ready!
place of blessing in the foreground.
Above message was from Bob Gass –
The Word for Today – The VineDaily Bible Reading:Exodus 36-38, Matthew 9:27-38, Psalm 96, Proverbs 3:5-6
Thanks my dear freind and sister ,... so much for that!(You know who you are...)
Designed. Purposed. Treasured. Hidden. Prosperous. Blessed...Find You?
The writing above written by Bob Gass was so very inspiring to me, that I was reminded how, just on yesterday, I was just speaking about Ruth yesterday, to another sister in Christ who is also single! We were discussing how some single women that I've known, often seem to have a problem waiting on God and being consecrated fully to God. They often ask me questions like, "Dyanner, you just aren't interested in getting married again are you? You don't want to put yourself out there and date?" And the looks on their faces are just hilarious to me, just thinking about it. They look as if someone has given me a death sentence and they just feel so very sorry for me.
I have even had friends who have told me, "Oh, you justAs I strive to fulfill the purpose on my life and allow God this season to be consecrated solely to Him and His will, I find that there are others who have more difficulty with my choice than I do, in living my choice. I choose to obey God and do what God has ordained me to do for the set season according to the purpose he has for my life.. knowing full well that though the weeping [time or season of struggle, sufferings in the flesh and natural] may endure [last, be] for night.. [a set time, a night season, a hidden season, a season of consecrating]; joy [rejoicing, blessings, ease, prosperity, reward] comes in the morning [a new time, a new day season, a time of refreshing, unveiling and shining]..
need a man." "You are just a workaholic!" and my personal favorite
is this one, "You just need to come out of your comfort zone."
As I said, earlier, a friend of mine who actually understands the importance of consecrating oneself to God and going through a process of purification and perfuming.. both thought about how amazing it is, how many single women are still ...searching for love in all the wrong places. I see it every day. I happen to work at a college residential office and often see so many women of varying ages, races, skin tones, shapes and sizes. Though so much of their characteristics often vary and differ, one thing remains a constant: desperation to have a man in their lives, belongingness and intimacy. Some would rather have a man that will not work, will disrespect them, mistreat them, cheat in them and even beat them, than be alone. It is as if so many women have been brainwashed into thinking that the only means of worth is to have a man. So many of us are seeking for our abundant lives, wealth, esteem, worth and prosperity in the life of someone else, jobs and/or material things, outside of forming a life affirming relationship with God first!
But ...Is it really worth it?...When this abundance of life, things, money and worth is not attained by other means outside of God we are so very shocked that it does not work. Even if, by chance, whatever we seek after is attained, we do not have the momentum and drive to keep it maintained, due to a lack of teaching or understanding. You see, anything we achieve or attain, outside of God will only be for a short season. THats right, its only temporary. So.. all that hard work, manipulating, game playing, sex giving, food cooking, working and more working and bodily or fleshly exercise, works, or progression does not profit us little of nothing.
IT only last temporarily and we end up feeling like we have just wasting some
more time, less worthwhile with a lowered self image and self esteem of
ourselves and asking our selves.. "Was it really worth it?
The man that God had for her, was linked to and positioned
where her purpose and obedience was. Imagine what Ruth would have sacrificed if she had not been obedient to Naomi..
Who am I? When we as women, ask ourselves and our Creator and Father God, the question, "Who am I?" instead of asking everyone and everything else; we learn who we are in God and find out our definition, worth, esteem and value in Him; as well as learn what our purpose is! We can then also begin working and walking in that purpose, ushering in the set season and time that God has purposed to open up the eyes of the Boaz, the blessing, that door of opportunity and the prosperity, that God has for us.
This also presents the awesome set time and season for the right purposed man of God to find, us as his wife.
A change of Focus!WHen our focus becomes the Master of all men, instead of being focused on having a man, thats when God will focus on us and ensure that we learn truly who we are and what we can accomplish in Him, while we are single.
WE will also realize truly what defines us, what our worth is, whatBeing happily single with sound, stable and peacefilled emotions, well being, health, and prospering in the Lord and in life is a pre-requisite to being happily married with all these things. If it is not attained or on the way to being attained, while one is single.. there is a distinct possibilty that it may be difficult to, after one is married. Whatever the state of mind someone is, prior to marriage, is the way it will be afterward. If we think that we are nothing, have nothing, be nothing and that we are tore up from the floor up.. while we are single.. Guess what??.. We will still be whatever we think we are, when we are married, only then, it will be so much more magnified to a greater degree, since there is more than just the one individual. There are two separate individuals which will merge and become one. ... However, whatever experiences, situations, circumstances and environments we saw in our lives , is most likely what we will draw back into our lives, unless we have learned who we truly are is derived from our relationship in and with Christ.
our purpose and potential is in God, the only one who can define and determine who we are and we then can begin having and enjoying the abundant life that Jesus Christ came to give us as a single woman.
What you saw... you will draw... into your life..
What you Saw.. you Draw.. When we have looked into the mirror of our own souls and lives.. and have derived some vision of who we are, whether good or bad. Beloved.. whatever we saw... that is also the people we will draw... into our lives.. If we saw ugly, torn up, messed up, washed up, pitiful, broke, busted and disgusted.. You guessed it... THat is what we will most certainly draw into our own lives.. If we want prosperous, successful and life affirming people in our lives, we must first see this person within ourselves. Ruth was blessed because she was obedient, she listened to her mentor and teacher, she followed leadership and she was busy working in the field where the harvest was. Because she was purpose minded and wiling to work for her own prosperity, God blessed her with the man who owned the fields she was working in. What a way, for God to reveal his word.. "Don't despise small beginnings"! Ruth found herself in God, her purpose and the blessing that God had for her! But if she had not found herself, found God and turned her nose up to working out in the fields.. she would not have been in the right place at the right time and in the perfect season to be found.. by the right man.... that would ultimately lead to the great purpose of being part of the lineage and ancestry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! What an awesome purpose !
The right place and
the right time, is all
in God for you to shine!!
FInding oneself is definitely key! WHen we find ourselves, then we find out who we are in GOD! We also determine what our true potential and identity is in Him. This builds and establishes our sense of self, our self worth and self esteem in Him, creating and validating us to be more stable, composed and definitely more confident and assured in Christ, Jesus and His word to us. We find our purposes and we become surrounded by His favor, His love and we become completely hid in HIM. Therefore, we then, can find and achieve our abundant life, prosperity, wealth, peace and all that we need.. in this life, including the ability to be found by the Boaz and not the Bozo.. that God has for us!!!!Find yourself.. Find Christ, Find your
Purpose.. Find Peace and
~Proverbs 31 ~"Who [but a true man of valor, worth, honor, integrity, godly character, distinction, and of God, A Boaz not a Bozo, a Jacob, not aJoker, an Issac not an Ishmael, The KING and not the Slave] can find a virtuous [pure, virtue holding, strong, empowerd, educated, rare, refined, beautiful, multifaceted, rich, precious, powerful, prosperous, fruitful, productive, accomplished, annointed, hidden, treasured, shining, successful] woman? Her price [worth, value, esteem, strength, character, wealth, cost, prosperity, fruitfulness, annointing, and purpose] is far above [much more greater than] rubies [a precious strong gem of passion, treasured and hidden in the earth, made by God's hands]."
So.. Keep on Shining Beloved of God! ~ Love ya much!
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