Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe we’re almost through with our study of the book of Ruth?! We have loved every minute of it. The discussion in the comments, and the way you are sharing and listening and speaking truth to one another has been an incredible thing to watch. Thank you for loving each other so well! Back on Day 4 of our study of Ruth, we read how Naomi renamed herself “Bitter” in light of the difficult circumstances and grief she experienced. Here are two quick excerpts from the Day 4 devotional:
Naomi could not see past her circumstances. The hand was dealt, the credits were rolling. Naomi believed with her head that her God was sovereign, but she was too soul-weary to believe with her heart. And so she calls it. Game over. Name changed… She couldn’t imagine the bitterness becoming beauty, but her sovereign God could….
We are not named by our circumstances. We are named by our good God.
Today’s #SheSharesTruth assignment is this:
Is there a discrepancy between the names by which Jesus calls you and the names you give yourself? Are there circumstances in your life to which you are giving undue power, power that rightfully—and in reality!—belongs to our sovereign God alone? Sister, who names you today—your God or your circumstances?
Here’s the scoop on how to participate:
- Write your devotional/reflections/response to the above questions on your personal blog, OR on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #SheSharesTruth and #SheReadsTruth. (Feel free to use the image below!) You can even write your response in the comments section below.
- Link to this page in your post so your readers can read and participate in #SheSharesTruth, too.
- Share the link to your post (or Facebook post, Instagram, etc) in the LinkyTool below—just click it and follow the instructions!
- Visit each other’s links, starting with the person or two who linked up before you. Leave a comment there—tell them you see and hear them!
**Please share our heart, Sisters. Our desire is not for this to be a time of comparison or sizing up writing abilities or spiritual maturity. Eloquence and insight are lovely, but we know that is not the thing our God calls us to. So, let’s not call each other to that either! If you feel ill-equipped—GOOD! If you feel like you have so much to learn—GREAT. SO DO WE! Every single time we sit down to write. And if we don’t, are hearts are not in the right place. Let this be a safe place to learn and share and love each other WELL.