I learned so much about my own life as I did this video. I pray it encourages you to know that God is never done with us. His work continues from season to season, and may even surprise you! Let God re-create you according to His purpose, for His glory.
Naomi hatches a plan for Ruth that involves lying next to a man in the middle of the night. Is it untoward? How does it end? Join us for Ruth chapter 3!
In Ruth chapter 2, it’s easy to be captivated by Boaz’s character. It’s what has caused many a woman to say, “I want my Boaz.” But Boaz is Boaz because of the Lord. It’s His heart we’re seeing. I pray this chapter moves us to pursue deeper intimacy with Him.
The day after Thanksgiving I finished the book of Judges in my personal study. Ruth was next, but I had just studied it not long ago, so I was planning to move over to First Kings. I literally turned past Ruth, then a couple seconds later, turned back, my insides churning. My gaze tilted slightly upward as I spoke in my heart. “Really, Lord? I thought John was the next Cling study.”
What’s that proverb? “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). I prayed as my insides kept churning and here we are. :) It’ll be a while before John gets edited, but meanwhile, let’s feast on Ruth together!
I’ve never done social media the way I’m “supposed to”. I’m sort of a rebel because I don’t care too much about all the rules. It probably means I’ll never have tons of followers. But thankfully, that’s not my goal anyway. Just let me cling.
This is our final week in the book of James. We have been convicted and challenged, as well as strengthened and encouraged. And hopefully through it all, we have grown closer to God. I pray that we draw near to God continually, knowing that He will draw near to us. May our permanent posture be to cling to Him!
So often we see God changing things up and we wonder, “What is God up to? What is He doing?” That’s me right now. Clinging is a daily lifestyle full of questions. I’m sharing some of that journey in a new Cling Vlog. Are you in a time of wondering what God is up to?
James chapter 4 is packed with truths we need to hold onto. As with all of this book, it’s convicting, calling us to see sin and regard sin rightly. Yet it’s also the chapter that gives us this amazing promise—“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
So much in my heart from my time in Israel. It’ll take a while to unpack it all. But this rose up one morning, and I couldn’t shake it. As I get older sometimes it seems life is passing me by. But I’ve only got one life to live—and I know what I want to do with it.
For some of us James is hitting hard in many areas. Hopefully we’ve been prayerfully examining where our faith is. But if somehow you’ve dodged James’s targeted words thus far, it’ll be impossible this week. We’re dealing with that poisonous instrument that we all own—the tongue.