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(R) Ruth – Refuse to Accept Rejection! Take Risks! Deal Actively With Life!

Lindsey, I spent months preparing to do these final 26 days of prayers for women of the Bible, and when I was reading about Ruth, something I read reminded me of your initial rejection from “America’s Got Talent”. This is what the Women of Faith Bible says about Ruth: “Ruth was not naive. She likely had faced the indignation of her own people when she married Mahlon, an Israelite. She was aware of the initial resentment against her in Bethlehem. But she refused to accept rejection. Instead she placed herself in the Lord’s hands as she went out to glean in the fields…” Another book, Women of the Bible summed up Ruth’s character like this: “Generous, loyal, and loving, she is strong and serene, able to take unusual risks, dealing actively with life circumstances”. I believe much of this can be said of you, making this a special prayer indeed.

Heavenly Father, I welcome this day with you. All of your creation sings joyfully your praise. The birds sing, the chipmunks chatter. The mountains and hills sing joyfully and the trees clap their hands! Thank you for this wonderful creation Lord. And thank you for the third woman from the book of Ruth that I can use in my A to Z prayers… Ruth herself!

And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. (Ruth 1:16-17)

and here is the scripture I referenced as I started my thanksgiving:

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)

Lord, what a joy to know that I can come to sit with you. I look forward to starting a new prayer for your daughter again, especially today since I am on the letter R and am using scriptures regarding the story of Ruth. Lindsey, this is a special prayer for you. Today I am not praying for you right now or for your future. Instead I am thanking God for giving you the gumption to refuse to accept rejection! You were rejected in front of millions of people, yet you refused to accept that. Instead, you chose to take it as a challenge to do even better. And thus I thank the Lord for the wonderful example you are to the millions of young women watching you. I thank God that you can be a role model for them today. I thank God for that terribly hard and bitter day of complete rejection because God used it to show how he can turn all things into good! And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

Ruth:

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(O) Orpah – No Risk = No Adventure!

Lindsey you are a daughter of the living God.  I pray that you will be able to relinquish control over to him and let him be the master planner. I pray that you will choose your path well.  I pray that you will live the adventure that only God can bring to you. I pray that you will feel totally safe even when taking the risks needed.

Hello Heavenly Father. I welcome another day with you.  I welcome another day with yet more amazing things in your creation before my very eyes. Thank you for letting your beauty and glory be evident to all who look upon your creation. And thank you for the story of Orpah as the woman in the Bible for the letter O:

And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons; Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me. And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. (Ruth 1:11-15)

Lord, I am here again. I’m here to pray for your daughter Lindsey, and perhaps today’s scripture is an indication of what to avoid!  Avoiding the risk of travel to another land was Orpah’s choice. But look at the rewards that Ruth received by taking that risk! Lindsey, I pray that you would continue to walk with God and to take the risks set before you. I pray that the rewards would be great for you now and in the future. I pray that the Lord would give you the wisdom to see the path to follow and the courage to actually walk that path. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

(N) Naomi – Inspire Others

Lindsey, may you inspire others as Naomi inspired Ruth. She was such an inspiration to Ruth that Ruth refused to leave her and clung to her. May others see such inspiration in you.

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the changing weather. Thank you for the warnings that are part of your creation … warning about a change in weather. We say “it feels like it is going to rain” or “it looks like rain”. Thank you for the weather indicators. And thank you for the inspiring story of Naomi for the letter N:

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept. (Ruth 1:6-9)

AND THEN…

And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. (Ruth 1:14)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here to sit with you. I’m here to lift up Lindsey your daughter and to pray for her again today. Lindsey, I pray that as you cling to Jesus along your journey that others may be inspired and want to follow you and the God that you worship. And the glory will go to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

Naomi:

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