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Trust in the Providence of God – Ruth 2

by Jim Jamison

What can we expect when we choose to move toward God in quiet trust? There is a blessedness that attends the faithful follower of Christ that is delightful to behold. Choosing the alternative of sweet faith is always worth it in the end. Sweet faith trusts the providence of God. When we seek to find our refuge under the wings of God, we can be sure that He is working behind the scenes in ways that will astonish us. A significant part of God’s provision of God, found in the second chapter of Ruth, is through a man named Boaz (Ruth 2:3) His name is found 18 times in chapters 2-4. …… Interestingly, Ruth’s name is only found 12 times in the entire book. God brings a man into Ruth’s life who believes in the God of Israel the way she does and who is not afraid to say it right there in an open field to the people who work for him. As we move toward God and His people, He will bless us with the fellowship of people who love Him. God is more than able to meet our obedience and humility with abundant grace. God’s provisions are … READ MORE

The value of Sweet Faith – Ruth 2

by Jim Jamison

For many people, bitterness is a comfortable place to life. Teh have had a ow grade seething anger that has accompanied them as long as they can remember. They struggle with every circumstance that comes into their lives, because they always believe that they are somehow shortchanged in blessings. We often have a way of manipulating the circumstances to see only that we somehow have been short-changed in what they have been given. Sweet faith takes God at His Word, in the book of Ruth chapter 2 Ruth demonstrates that sweet faith. She begins by trusting the principle outlined in Deuteronomy 24:19 and asks for permission to follow the truths of the Word of God. Gleaning was an Old Testament provision given by the LORD for the poor and disenfranchised. She trusts the biblical principle of gleaning because she decides that the God of Israel is the only God, and He is the one whose wings are the best place of refuge. We see the providence of God working through her trust as she happens upon the field of Boaz and he provides a safe place for her to harvest, and even makes it possible for her to gather more … READ MORE

The importance of Mothers – Proverbs 31:31

by Jim Jamison

What my Mother Taught me:

– ON RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “you better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.”

– ON LOGIC: From her decisive words, “Because I said so, that is why!”

– ON FORESIGHT: Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

– ON IRONY: “Keep laughing, and I’ll giv3 you something to cry about.”

– ON STAMINA: “You’ll sit there til all that asparagus is finished.”

– ON WEATHER: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”

– ON THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

– ON BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: “Stop acting like your father!”

– ON ENVY: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who would gladly eat this food!”

God was so wise in giving us mom’s, they are the first person who influences how we will develop and grow. And they will continue to influence us throughout out lives. My mom died about 17 years ago, and I still hear her words ringing in my ears. I do hope that you were able to reach out … READ MORE