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Author: Rachel Ridler
Good Morning Mummy Meditators!
How is it being a mummy in your world this week? Are you on countdown to half term week? Or are you surviving endless night feeds? What is your biggest fear and what dangers lurk around the corner in your life? Well Ruth had some dangers that were lurking around her that we were looking at this week, through meditating on the following verse:
“So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.” Ruth 2:8-9
The Dangers of Gleaning
Last week we saw Ruth being a woman of gumption and taking it upon herself to provide for her and Naomi by gleaning. However, it’s not until this week that I have truly understood how dangerous that activity would have been for her as a single woman. Boaz makes it abundantly clear in this conversation. She was a foreigner. Poor. On her own. He knew his men would take advantage. And everyone else would probably turn the other way as it was happening (remember the story of the Good Samaritan….). This to me makes the decision to go out and glean even more brave. Ruth was certainly a risk taker, not afraid to step out to do what was right or for her family.
Not only was she at danger of rape or attack, but also the physicality of labouring in the hot sun would be a danger, especially if she had no access to shade, water or food whilst doing it. She could easily become dehydrated and die out in the fields too.
The Relief of Protection
Even though Ruth was brave, I am sure the dangers would be niggling in the back of her mind as she gleaned. Perhaps she was praying as she went, keeping up a constant conversation with God as her protection. But God knew that she needed that protection to be more public and visible. Boaz provides that protection, and I can imagine the relief flowing through Ruth, perhaps she wept with joy and thankfulness. I can picture her running over to the jars of water as she was parched from gleaning and drinking as much as she could to quench her thirst.
I wonder how the men and women who worked for Boaz felt about this? Did they welcome her happily, or were they frosty to her? After all, she wasn’t a hired worker but she was given the same rights and privileges. How do we feel about it when those we dislike become Christians? Do we feel pushed out or do we celebrate with them and welcome them into to the family and protection of God?
God Chose The Right Man
I had totally forgotten who Boaz’s family was, until one of the Mum’s mentioned that perhaps he was inclined to help Ruth because his mum had been a foreigner brought in to Israel too. Boaz’s mum was Rahab, the prostitute who helped save the spies in Jericho and was saved when the city eventually fell. Boaz would have known what it would have felt like to be the outsider, he would have seen the ways in which Rahab wasn’t fully accepted, or had to work harder to be seen on the same footing as everyone else. Or maybe he knew the joy of being included in the people of God, and wanted that for others outside of Israel too! Whatever his motivations, he has a real affinity with Ruth. It’s no coincidence that she ends up in his field and that he acts in this way. God set that passion for the outsider into his heart from birth. Once again Ruth is called “my daughter”. She is accepted here, just as she is with Naomi.
What passions has God put into your heart? Have you ever thought that maybe that’s not a coincidence? Maybe they have been put there for a specific time or reason? The thing that you want to tell others about or that moves you when you see it on the news, that is your passion. Run with it. Let God use it in you to reach and impact others. Boaz did.
The story between Boaz and Ruth takes an interesting turn next week – I do hope you will all join me in meditating on the following verse:
“When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned-and there was a woman lying at his feet!” Ruth 3:7-8
I’ll be going live at 8pm tomorrow night to start the discussion with you all over on the Facebook Group. See you there!
Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Mummy Meditators! Whenever you are finding time to read this post I hope it finds you well. I am sure most of us, after this weeks pondering, will say that we are probably in a better place economically and socially than Ruth. Although…
Hello Mummy Meditators old and new! And welcome to the start of a brand new series. For the next 8 weeks we will be studying the book of Ruth together and hopefully digging deeper than we ever have before. By taking the time to really think over each verse, my prayer is that God will reveal new truths about the situation that Ruth finds herself in. Maybe you will even find inspiration or cross over in your own life.
What do you do now then? The first thing is to read the verse below and write it somewhere ready for the week ahead. Maybe that is a “Verse of the week” board, maybe its a journal or notebook, maybe its post-it note to put on your car dashboard! Whatever will help you and wherever you will see it, put the verse there. This is the first verse of the series:
“They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.” Ruth 1:4-5
Tomorrow night at 8pm I will be kicking off the new series with our first Facebook live discussion. Do log on to the Facebook Community and say hi!
It’s our final interview with the Mummy Meditations Team – another of our Champions, Philippa. Philippa stepped up to look after Mummy Meditations whilst I was off on my anniversary trip to Rome and has continued to do an amazing job, running Facebook Live discussions…
Second up in our interview series is Rachel, the founder of Mummy Meditations and regular contributor to summary posts and Facebook Live Discussions. Here is a little more about her….. Introduce yourself in 10 words or less Community loving, hospitality providing, make-up free, creative…
Before we start the new series of Mummy Meditations on the 12th January, we will be introducing the members of the team! We hope you enjoy these informal interviews and feel like you know us more – we are all just mums trying to survive this chaotic life and stay close to God in the mayhem.
First up is our newest Mummy Meditations Champion – Sarah.
Introduce yourself in 10 words or less
Sarah, wife, mother, physio, trustee, blogger, Jesus and cake lover!
Tell us a bit about your family
We have 2 girls aged 8 and 5 and we live in a village just outside of Hull in East Yorkshire.
How does Christianity play a part in your family life?
Through needing His grace and wisdom and lots of it!!! Raising a family in faith is not easy and so I continually need and trust Him daily as we navigate family life together. I love how He is with us all though, even in the middle of the mess and mundane! There is no ‘one size fits all’….our family faith walk is as unique and as individual as we are! When I first I realised this, it brought a whole new level of freedom which was great.
How did you find out about Mummy Meditations?
I thought you would ask me that and I have to confess that I just don’t remember! However I will admit that I have spent far too much of my life on Facebook, but in the Lord’s kindness it must have lead me to here at some point…but quite how I just don’t know sorry!
What do you like about Mummy Meditations?
The simplicity of it with just one verse a week! I also love the community aspect and the encouragement and support that it brings.
What excited you about being on the Mummy Meditations Team?
In all honesty it was the accountability and challenge that this will bring! Because I had actually gotten behind with it all and so I felt the call to not only get back on-board but to actually get involved. And now that both my girls are at school, I feel that I have a bit more time and head space to focus, enjoy my writing and take up this new and exciting challenge!
Do you have any random hobbies or talents?
Hmmm…..nothing comes to mind re. talents (!) but I suppose I have a random hobby in that I have started to collect any 50ps with anything other than the usual design on. I always put a few in my girls stockings at Christmas as they enjoy finding and collecting them too and so I hope that this will be a nice tradition, keepsake and memory for them to enjoy for many years to come.
What is your claim to fame?
I don’t have any claim to fame sadly….as I always dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of Records as a kid but never made it! However only the other month I saw Frank Skinner in a petrol station on the way to my brother’s wedding, so I plucked up the courage to ask him for a surprise wedding video message for them on my phone which he happily obliged to do for me….so does that count?! Lol!
Hello Mummy Meditators!! I hope you have had a festive week, as we are now only 10 days away from Christmas. This coming week is no doubt going to be full of Christmas parties, performances and last minute shopping. So take 10 minutes today to…