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Giving It All To God

This is a topic that I struggle with, just being honest. I find it hard to give my worries to God. Do I have doubt in His ability to change my life and help me? No. I think I’m afraid of not having control. I like to have control in every aspect of my life whether it be finances, health, school, or stress. When I don’t have the control I panic, and stress, and worry. Part of me sometimes feels like my worries aren’t big enough and I shouldn’t trouble God with them. The thing about God is that He can handle all worries, no matter how large or how small.

God is there.

God is right there, ready for us to give everything to him. To lay it all down and let Him have total control. God doesn’t want us to worry or stress over things, He wants us to know that He is there. He is with us and He will not let us fail. God is always going to take us down the path he has destined for us and knowing that should be comforting. He tells us this in His word.

“In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plan to prosper you and 20482299840_59bcb42aa6_znot to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

How can I give it all to God?

I honestly haven’t answered this question for myself yet. I tell myself and God constantly, “Ok God, I’m giving this to you. I will not worry about this any longer” and a minute later I’m back to worrying. Sometimes praise music helps me feel more able to give God control. Some of my favorites are No Weapon by Fred Hammond, Never Would Have Made It by Marvin Sapp, and Indescribable by Kierra Kiki. (Definitely, check them out, I’ll leave videos down below). Praise music has allowed me to easier give things to God, it relaxes me and makes me feel safe.

I’m not perfect and I’ll never be perfect. Giving it all to God is something I struggle with, a lot. I’m trying to get better at it. How do you give it all to God? Let me know in the comments down below and don’t forget to listen to the songs I’ve linked.

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What’s A Godly Woman?

Facts About The Book Of Ruth

  1. Date: Around 1000 B.C.
  2. Old Testament
  3. Themes to consider are:
    1. Friendship
    2. Loyalty
    3. Love
    4. Commitment

Friends In Christ

Ruth and Naomi have a beautiful relationship, and it’s one that is inspiring.  Friends, especially friends in Christ, are important to have. Why? When you’re down or you need a little help or advice, a friend in Christ is a wonderful person to have around. A true friend in Christ will give you what you need to hear not what you want to hear. They will also advise you on what’s best for you and what follows God’s word. Of course, turning to God first in prayer when you need help should be your first step, but also turning to a friend can help too. Treat it as an added step or being active in what God wants for you.

“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

If we haven’t talked to God first, a friend in Christ may also point this out to us. A friend that asks “Have you prayed about it?” isn’t trying to be a pain, but the opposite. They want the best for you. Be cautious with whom you seek advice from, some have selfish motives who ultimately want you to do something for them.RuthOne of my friends in Christ is my fiance. He’s someone who I can turn to and ask any questions I may have, do devotionals with, pray with, and more. His mom, my future mother-in-law, is also an amazing friend in Christ. Invest in friends that are not only your age but older, and even younger. You’ll never realize how much you can learn from young people until you open your hearts and minds to them. Young children are some of my best teachers because they are full of innocence and honesty.

Some questions to keep in mind when reading Ruth:
1. What makes someone a “friend in Christ”?
2. Who are my friends in Christ?
3. How can I be a friend in Christ to someone else?

Loyalty & Commitment To God

Having a commitment to God is the most important commitment you can have and it should be number one on your list of commitments. We so often fall behind in keeping up our commitment to Christ, myself included. It’s important that we can examine our own commitments to Christ.

Loyalty is also important. Ruth had loyalty to Naomi, but more importantly had loyalty to God. Loyalty and commitment go hand in hand and they work together to form one whole. When you are loyal you stick to your commitment and you work hard to fulfill your commitment. Fulfilling half your commitment to God or only giving it a quarter of your effort is not a sign of loyalty to God.

11 “Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband – how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:11-12

Ruth’s commitment and loyalty to God helped her, God helped her. The Lord kept Ruth and Naomi safe through Boaz. Ruth worked in Boaz’s fields where the men that worked there were ordered not to cause her any kind of harm. Ruth was given food to take to her mother-in-law because her Christ-like acts were recognized by Boaz. When we commit our lives and actions to God and are loyal to God, only good can come in return.

Some questions to keep in mind while reading Ruth:
1. What are commitments I have to God?

2. What does being loyal to God look like?

What Do Godly Guys Like About Godly Girls?

Ruth was in a position that is unthinkable and scary. She was widowed at a young age. I’m sure at some points Ruth felt like she may never find love again, it’s only human to think that. God had other plans in mind for Ruth, though.

coupleA Godly man is going to notice more than just your smile, how funny you are, or how beautiful everyone thinks that you are. While it isn’t wrong for him to think all of those things about you, they just aren’t at the top of the list of importance. What Boaz noticed about Ruth wasn’t her looks, but how she treated others. Ruth treated people with love and compassion, especially her mother-in-law Naomi.

13 “So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to concieve, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!” Ruth 4:13-14

Ruth was also a hard worker. When Ruth moved with Naomi, she worked hard to make sure she and Naomi were taken care of. Ruth worked hard in Boaz’s field and Boaz took notice of that. Ruth also worked hard at her relationship with God and learned about him daily through Naomi’s teaching and wisdom.

This section isn’t just about what Godly Guys want in a woman, but also what a Godly Woman wants in a man. These points above go hand and hand for each person. What’s important to know is, the more you focus on God the more you’ll be able to see what guy is “Godly” and a good fit for you. Don’t just settle for any guy, God doesn’t want you with just any guy. God has the perfect man picked out just for you, be patient and wait for God to bring him to you!

Some questions to keep in mind while reading Ruth:
1. What are qualities and characteristics in a “Godly Man or Woman”?
2. Why is it important to wait for the person God has picked for you?
3. How can I be a “Godly Man or Woman”?

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Written Arts: My Heart Will Sing How Great

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My heart will sing how great.

Your name I cry
to the Heavens and sky.
Above all things
You are my King.

My heart will sing how great.

Build me up
from nothing but dust.
Impossible things
You do for us.

My heart will sing how great.

For You should
not give to me.
But Your open heart
says differently.

My heart will sing how great.

One by one
You took my sin
just so I
may live again.

My heart will sing how great.

You stomp down evil.
You crush down pain.
You are not vain.
You raise the dead and
You cure the lame.
You befriend the castaways.
You comfort those astray.
You are so much more
so all I can say,

my heart will sing how great,
how great You are my God.

This poem was inspired by one of my favorite gospel songs, “How Great Is Our God”. There are a lot of versions of the song, the one down below is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!