Day 11

a life restored

from the a life restored reading plan


Ruth 4:13-17

BY Guest Writer

Text: Ruth 4:13-17

Life is hard.
Life is demanding.
Life has unexpected twists and turns.

Naomi’s life is a beautiful illustration that we must live life to experience a restored life. This is not easy. After all, who would hold up their hand and say “Bring on the tough stuff!”? Not me!  Yet, who we become and what we appreciate often come from some of the darkest days of life.

“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”
(Isaiah 45:3, NLT)

I thought that when I was ready to start a family, it would just happen. My mom certainly did not have any issues, so why would I? I did not know that some of my darkest days and years lay ahead. Miscarriages, surgeries, waiting, feeling let down time and time again for ten years.  Like Naomi I could have changed my name to Mara. As I pull back and look at the big picture now, the blessing of those long dark days and years led to my restoring relationship with Jesus and the greatest redemptive gift of my son. I had to live life to experience and appreciate a restored life.

And so, let us sit at the feet of Naomi, a grandmother cuddling her grandson who is the bloodline to our kinsman-redeemer, Jesus and glean wisdom and encouragement from the beauty of life.

God’s grace is a treasure of love. The love and loyalty Ruth and Naomi had for one another led to the deep love Boaz would have for Ruth and, therefore, Naomi. Our relationships with those we do life with are precious treasured gifts. Value them.

God’s restoration is a treasure of hope. Loss, grief and bitterness can bring us to our knees in desperation. Yet—by abiding in God’s promises, provision and love—hopelessness can be restored to hope. Lean into the God who is near, and settle in the strength of reliance.

God’s redemption is a treasure of restored life. In a life burdened with disaster and disappointment, new life can be born to redeem what was once lost. Circumstances on earth are temporal, but our Kinsman-Redeemer restores our focus on the eternal hope. Be grateful!

Today, may we pull back and reflect on the tapestry of life that is woven together for restored beauty through the power of the One who calls you by name.

Life is hard.
Life is demanding.
Life has unexpected twists and turns.
Life comes full circle with redemption coming from Christ Jesus.

“Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.  (Ruth 4:14-16, ESV)

What treasures of restoration have you found when going through a dark season? Let’s encourage one another today.

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Guest writer Debbie Eaton is a Southern CA girl who is passionate about the impact of daily influential God moments we have with one another. She deeply values being a follower of Christ, a wife of 27 years, mother of a teenage son, the beauty of friendship, writing, speaking, leadership and a good cup of coffee. She was the Director of Women’s Ministry at Saddleback Church. 

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166 thoughts on "a life restored"

  1. Bek says:

    When my young mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 58, I spent 3 months crying every single day. We are 7 years in to this cruel disease, and I know absolutely that the only reason my dad and sisters and I have been able to continue living well and enjoying life while simultaneously grieving is because of Jesus. The hope of Heaven is REAL, and being able to focus on that gives us an eternal perspective. What is terminal here on this side of Heaven is only temporary. Some day I will see my mom again, and the foggy stare will be gone. She will be restored. She will be “her” again, and she will know my name.

  2. Rach says:

    Perfect. I love hearing again and again of how God is faithful and he always restores us if we allow him.
    I’m going through a season of great loss but I trust that God is restoring and refining me in each moment. There are days getting out of bed can be hard but I cling to his promise to restore and make me whole in the end.

  3. Sarah Kent says:

    When I lost my mama in 2010 suddenly, I felt like my whole world was in turmoil. However, I leaned in God’s strength and found that I did not have as close a relationship with my father so that became stronger and I also grew closer to my brother. My relationship with God was also renewed. I was able to finish high school with honors and now I’m about to be a senior in college. When I felt like I could not go on, God helped me push forward and I was able to experience restoration of a joyful spirit that can only come from placing my trust in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

    1. Hi Sarah!

      I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your mother. Thank you for sharing the ways you’ve seen God’s restoration and encouraging us all today! Blessings to you, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  4. Deborah Biddle says:

    Pray for my son. He is going through a dark time, which is overshadowing our family. Thank for this study! It keeps reminding me that God is sovereign over all things and that His redemptive plan will prevail. Pray with me for deliverance , redemption and restoration to a right relation with God for my son. Thank you all.

  5. teacherandmommyof2 says:

    I am so encouraged by this study and all the comments! For many years , I lived a very rushed life. Not having time for friends or family and ultimately God. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had a problem until God brought my life to an abrupt stop. I lost my job of 10 years. HE quickly provided me another job. The money was half and the hours were half, so my family and I had some adjusting to do. At first I saw the extra time with my family a blessing but as time has gone on in this past year, I have somewhat resented struggling with bills and not having money. Through this study, I am learning and being reminded that God has a plan for me. I need to be greatful for this season I am in. HE is restroring my relationship with Him and helping my learn to be totally dependent on Him. something that’s taking time…

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