The Girl’s Still Got It – Week 1 Wrap-Up

Before I go into discussing this week’s reading, I would just like to commend this group for stepping out and introducing yourself to the group, as well as, sharing your thoughts and insights as you have been reading. Reading them has been such a blessing to me. If you haven’t had the chance to introduce yourself, be sure and take a few moments and do that today in the comment section. Especially in the online Bible study setting, it becomes more personal when we get to know one another. Also, be sure to share your thoughts, as you are reading, as well as, any questions you might have. I encourage you to share any prayer requests with the group or you can message me personally. I firmly believe in the power of prayer and would love to pray for you. One final note, if you have not signed up for this study and would like to, it is not too late; simply subscribe to my blog posts and you will receive the weekly assignments. We have such an incredible group of women and we welcome you to join us. With all that out of the way, it is time to dive into this week’s reading.

The title of this study is The Girl’s Still Got It. How would you define “it”? Ruth is such a tremendous character and we have so much to learn as we go on this journey together. The exciting thing is we all have a part to play in God’s plan. We don’t need to tire ourselves with coming up with various excuses. God created each one of us for His purpose to fulfill His plan. We must never forget that we “claim a special place in his Big Picture” (pg. 1). We simply need to make the choice to stop sitting on the sidelines and get into the game and start being obedient to His calling. Don’t think about how difficult the task will be, just take it one step of faith at a time. God is beside you as you travel along life’s journey just as He was for Ruth and Naomi.

A major issue in the beginning of this study is trust. How easy or difficult is it for you to completely trust God with every aspect of our lives? Along every part of Ruth’s  journey, God is whispering, “Trust me!” We will see this aspect in more detail in the coming weeks of this study. I pray that each one of us will be challenged to trust God more as the study progresses.

There are so many things that Liz mentioned in general about the characters of Ruth and Naomi, but I just wanted to hit on a couple of them. First of all, I love that these two strong women are working together instead of feeling the need to compete. Far too often, we fall victim to the comparison trap. We need to be working together and help and encourage one another instead of comparing.

The other character trait of these women that stood out for me is the fact that they made things happen instead of sitting and waiting. I agree that there are times that we need to wait for God’s direction, but then we need to get up and get going.

Chapter One starts off with getting the background on Naomi in just a few short verses. Naomi has been through a lot of change, heartaches, stress and disappointment. I am certain that to one degree or another we can identify with Naomi. We, just like Naomi, need to keep in mind, “God really is in charge, and he really does know what he’s doing” (pg. 11). He has a reason and sometimes we don’t understand, but we don’t need to, we just need to trust Him. God can take whatever we go through in life and use it for His purpose. He will be beside us and direct us even when, like Naomi and her family, we turn our back on Him. We will soon discover that God is the only one who can help us, just like Naomi. God continued to love her and will do the same thing for you, dear one.

I would love to hear from you regarding what you learned this first week. What was the most memorable truth you learned from Ruth 1:1-5?

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12 thoughts on “The Girl’s Still Got It – Week 1 Wrap-Up

  1. I did feel connected to the character of Naomi – when you have heartache and you just feel like there is nothing left. But you have to keep going – and you have to trust and seek God. I also really enjoyed the way the book is written and the scriptures in the back. As I said before I enjoyed reading some of the Psalms.

  2. I found the first week to be interesting, confusing and a few “ah ha” moments. I am enjoying the book and it is easy to read. One of the main reasons I decided to do this study was the fact that I am doubting my faith. I have wanted to expand my faith for many years, but I find myself overwhelmed, out of place at churches (and believe me I have tried many different ones in the last 10 years), questioning why I should believe and having difficulty understanding the bible. I find it very interesting that the first scripture for this week was “Trust in the lord, for the lord is the rock”, then to proceed to Psalm 9:10 “do not abandon those who search for you”, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the lord with all your heart don’t depend on your understanding seek his will and he will show you which path to take”. I feel that there is a reason why I read Jamy’s FB post that day. I hope this study, will continue guiding me on the right path and help me understand some questions on my faith.

    • Finding a church home is not easy. I will pray that you will be able to find one that fits your needs. Right now, I am thrilled that you have chosen to journey with us through the book of Ruth. I truly believe it is going to be an amazing journey for each of us individually as well. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the members of this study.

  3. God has whispered “trust me” so many times in my ears, especially in the last few years. Sometimes, I’m so overcome with sadness, heartache, and just the general trappings of life, that I don’t hear Him. That’s my fault. His mercies are new every morning…and He wants us to turn to Him in every aspect. Oh, if we, as believing women could only learn to trust Him with our whole lives! That is my heart’s desire!

    • Toni, I love that, if we would learn to trust Him in every aspect of our lives it would be life altering. At times it is so much easier than others. We have to make certain that the “noise” of this world does not drown out His still small voice. So, glad that you have joined the study.

  4. Connie – I always find it neat when I can hear God speaking to me. It seems to me that he is speaking to you as well in this book. My daughter graduated from college and moved back here, but lives on her own. Many of her friends are living elsewhere and she has been searching for a church. Ours just didn’t have anyone her age that she felt connected to – plus she is single and wanted to find a group that had singles in it. She also likes to discuss God’s word. She went to many, many churches and then finally found one. Just as it is sometimes hard to find the perfect dress, or place to work, or a good friend – so it is with finding a church that fits! 🙂 God however, is always with you if you seek him out. He will help you find a place to learn more about him and lead you to His Word if you continue to seek him, pray to him, and as you read in this first scripture – Trust in the Lord. You are right – he won’t abandon you and he will continue to want a relationship with you. Just know we are glad you joined the study. I think we all have doubts at times and we all struggle. It’s like climbing a mountain – some days you are at the top, some days you are sliding down the side, some days you feel you’ve hit the valley and will never get back up…. but you do. 🙂 I’ll be praying for you and others during this study that God will speak to you. And I pray you do find a church with encouraging people and God’s word leading it.

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