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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For May
Living The Happily Ever After Story
5/08/2017

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ruth 4:13-17 KJV
(13) So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
(14) And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
(15) And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
(16) And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
(17) And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth a noble woman of Moabite, chose to leave everything she knew to follow her mother in law and allow her God to be hers. Could Ruth find happily ever after in Israel. Could she find all her hopes and dreams. The question seems simple enough, but what Ruth finds in Israel is kind people and a hard road ahead of her. She finds someone kind enough to allow her to gather the barley so she would have food for her and her mother in law. The owner of land would take a liking to Ruth only to have Ruth trick him into marrying her. Boaz would become her husband and she would bare a child. Naomi her mother in law would be will cared for and would care for he the baby has if it was her own flesh and blood. Though Ruth was married into the family she did not have to car for her mother in law, but she did. And Naomi would care for the young child as if it was her own. She would be a nurse maid to that child. Naomi friends would rejoice over the care given to her and this young child.

The story sound simple enough, sounds like Ruth got her happily ever after, but her journey was not simple to get there. Sometimes to reach happily ever after is to learn to be content with where we are. To be happy to be a mother/father or not a mother/father. To happy to be alive and to care for those you love around you. To care about those not so close anymore, but still so dear. To be content with your life is happily ever after story we all want and desire. The world cruel out there and not everyone has the ability to change their life to better themselves despite how hard they try. Yet God has a way of changing our life when we follow His will for our life. Ruth found following after the God of her mother in law, beneficial to her life. Her history would be the great, grandmother of King David and the future Messiah would be born into that family line. One never knows what you will do in this life, or who might be your ancestor to come. Ruth history and story was her own. She in history was a noble woman of faith from another tribe of people. We can deny that God uses people from all nations to be in the line of the Messiah birth. Ruth life on its own is important story to share of hope and love of Godís people to a stranger. That stranger coming into your church do they want your God to be their God. Are they there to worship with you and be apart of your family. Ruth was a part of the family of Israel.

Something Old Testament speaks is about living for God and the hope of that happily ever after story before heaven. Some might wonder can heaven be better, but the answer is always going to be yes. But to have a taste of heaven on earth is mighty fine way of living, whether rich or poor. Ruth found both riches and the happily ever after story, because Boaz was wealthy, but she got the happily family when she had a son. She had no heir from her first marriage.

What is your story, how far have you come to overcome life obstacles in your way. Are you living out your dreams, and your hope. Are you blessed by Godís loving hand. Faith begins the hope of the rest of your life. When you receive Christ has Lord and Savior, He will be your God through out eternity. He will enable you to have hope even in difficult storms in life. Trust me it was not easy for Ruth to go gather barley in the fields of Israel. It would not have been easy to gather what one did not own, to hope to survive. See the story of Ruth seems wonderful especially to know how it ends. But Ruth was in the soup kitchen by gathering after those field hands. What she did for others was a testimony of her compassion for her mother in law.

Dear Heavenly Father despite the battles of life, the hope of happily ever after rest in following you. Give us that hope daily of service to you and others, as giving the hope of the happily ever after story. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Philippians 4:10-13 KJV
(10) But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
(11) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
(12) I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
(13) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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