Welcome to the first week of our Ruth Bible study! I am so glad you are joining us and look forward to spending the next four weeks with you as we read through the whole book of Ruth!
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“No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, the safest and best place is inthe will of God.”- Warren Wiersbe
We’ve all been there – wanting God’s blessings but not His discipline.
When life gets hard and relief doesn’t seem to come, we begin to look around. Is the “grass greener” over there? Foreign lands and new opportunities tempt us when we are looking to escape the “famine” in our lives.
The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges, a time when Israel had no king and everyone did what was right in his or her own eyes (Judges 21:25).
As the book of Ruth begins, Israel is at one of its lowest points in history because the Israelites were living in unbelief, disobedience, and simply for themselves. Because of their choices, they were not enjoying the benefits of God’s blessings.
Knowing this information is important as we begin reading the book of Ruth. It is in this setting that we see Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, make the choice to move his family from Bethlehem to Moab.
Not knowing the history behind these two countries, the move wouldn’t seem like that big of a deal, except…
The Moabites were decedents from Lot’s incestuous union with his first daughter (Genesis 19:30-38) and were enemies of Israel. During Israel’s 40 years in the desert, Moab had caused Israel great harm:
“No Ammonite or Moabite or any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, even down to the tenth generation. For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam, son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you. However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the fuse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.- Deuteronomy 23: 3-6
Knowing a little of the history between the two nations makes the move seem more significant. Elimelech was literally moving his family into enemy territory.
He was not placing his faith in God and God’s provision but instead decided to move from God’s land of protection and out of His will.
Elimelech decided to live his life by sight instead of by faith and the consequences were fatal.
We see from this story that it is still better to be in the land of God’s will – even when you are experiencing discipline and “famine” – than it is to seek relief outside of His will while trying to escape discipline.
And we get it, don’t we? When we feel as though another land can provide better opportunities, a better future for our families, or wanted relief from the “famine” in our lives, we are tempted to leave God’s promised land and His provision.
We are tempted to live like Elimelech, focused on what we see rather than Whom we trust.
The land of easy and abundance is always tempting when we are weary, hungry, and seeking relief.
So from one friend to another, I’d love to encourage you if you’ve been tempted like Elimelech lately and the “land” you are in seems to be experiencing a famine. Trust God. Stay where He has you right now and trust Him to provide for your needs. We will see later in Ruth Chapter 1 that God does come through for His treasured children. He does come to their aid…
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! – Psalm 34:8
“God is present right where you are. Stay put and stand firm. It is always more blessed to be under the care of His will than anywhere else.” – Kelly Minter
Let’s Talk: What have you learned about God when you chose to stay in the “famine” and wait for God’s provision? Also, please introduce yourselves and share where you are joining us from! We can’t wait to meet you!
Love God Greatly!
Week 1 Video:
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Week 1 Challenge:
This week take an index card and on one side, write down the area of your life you would consider your “famine”. On the opposite side of the card, write down one verse that talks about placing your trust in God. Spend some time looking up several verses until you find the one that best fits this situation. Then as you go about your week and you begin wrestling with this “famine” in your mind, read the verse you wrote down over and over again and give the situation over to God.
Week 1 Memory Verse:
Week 1 Reading Plan:
TODAY begins Week 1 of our RUTH study! Grab your favorite beverage, crack open your Bible, and together let’s rejoice in the amazing ways God works through each of our lives!
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I believe this bible study is coming at the right time for me. I am 20 weeks pregnant and found out I may have a kidney disease. My faith has been on the way side but it is time for me to get it back. I NEED God now more than ever and I know this is His way of waking me up to that.
I currently live in Southeastern Oklahoma. I am a mother of 3 with one on the way. I am an assistant teacher for a head start program but resigned from that position this year. I am married to my best friend and we have been married for going on 6 years. I am ready to learn about Ruth and to see what God has in store for me.
Good morning Tiffany! We are so glad to have you with us on this journey of growing and drawing closer to God!
Also I’ll be praying for you and your sweet baby and family. I always felt that these studies were brought to me when I needed them the most and have done them all since that first one. So welcome and our prayers will be with you!
I’m from Kilgore texas
So glad you are joining us!
Yay, someone close to my area!!
I’ll be keeping you and your precious baby in my prayers.
Happy to be here so easy to follow and learn I am joining from Ghana. I am Jemima
Thank you for this wonderful study a blessing to see these outside observations
Praying for you Tiffany!
Tiffany, May the Lord enfold you and this new wee little one in His arms of grace and fill your heart with His peace that passes all understanding.
Even in the darkest of times, Gos is there, we just have to look at Him. Hope everything gets better, an I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. May the Lord be with you.
What would be considered a “famine” in my life? Just a hard time that I can’t let go of and trust God with?
First time doing a bible study. I am recently getting back into reading my bible and going to church. I live in Florida.
What a great study to begin your journey! We are so glad you have decided to join us. God Bless you!
I will keep you and your precious family lifted in prayer, Tiffany.
I have been experiencing grief for six months. My mother lied to me my entire life, 45 years, about my real father. The reason I came to realize that she had lied to me was because the man she claimed was my father is Hispanic. But I did an ancestry saliva test, not because I thought she had lied to me, but only to find out my overall ethnicity out of curiosity. But the ancestry saliva test came back and revealed I do not have Hispanic genetics. So I began to realize I had been lied to. I never knew the man, my mother’s 1st husband, that she dishonestly claimed was my real father. I’ve had this hole my entire life to need a dad, especially since my mother’s 2nd husband sexually abused me for 15 years. I confronted her after receiving the saliva test results and she told me the truth. I also found out that my biological father had died of cancer when I was 26 years old so I could never meet him. I was able to contact a couple of my father’s siblings, who did not know about me, to confirm his death. My mother was married when she had an affair with him. My mother told me he didn’t know about me, but then told me he did. She has lied to me many times though my life so I’m not sure what to believe. There are so many unanswered questions that I’m having to face will not be answered on this earth.
I have relied on God, at times, during the process of my grieving. But, when I haven’t, I’ve relied on bingeing, over-exercising and spending to numb the pain. I’ve also realized how bitter and critical I’ve become in my everyday life.
But last night, I turned to God once again and he helped me grieve. I have a long road of grief ahead of me but I trust God will continue to help me as I rely on Him.
I am hoping the Ruth Bible study will be a source God uses to help me through my grief and I thank you for your ministry.
I am praying for you. My deepest pain is when I am lied too. It makes me feel like my happy memories with that person were a trick and tainted or that they will keep tricking me. I need healing there too. I have also lied and I’m forgiven. I will pray for your peace and comfort. I pray for transparency in your relationship with your mother. I pray that you will have a reconciled honest relationship. The enemy has stolen from you, but the Lord promises to restore all that was stolen. He is your father the perfect father. My father died when I was 7. I know what that lack feels like. He will fill every void. I’m healing with you and praying for you.
Hi, I am in NZ and am looking forward to this study. I am in an email group – and have been journeying with this group through the LGG studies for at least 6 months. Loving it! I am very thankful to be able to connect with my sisters in different countries!
Hi Linda! Welcome to the study!
I lived by sight and not by faith for most of my life. Not until I called on God to take control of my life did I open my eyes to what God had planned for me. I still have a long way to go but I know that God is with me and has forgiven me time after time after time.
Good morning Deb! Welcome to the study! It’s so wonderful and amazing how God works in our lives. I also am a not where I need to be and say I am a work in progress! God is good.
I am right there with you. I have lived most of my life saying that “I am a Christian”; but I have not “walked the walk.” Thank goodness for God’s grace and unconditional love and forgiveness. I believe you are in my group. I look forward to studying His word with you. Much love,
I’m in South Dakota. I’ve always loved the book of Ruth but I think I can honestly say that I’ve never been in a study that has started with this challenge of “how are you dealing with the famines in your life”? Most have been “oh poor Ruth – see how God provides.” While I guess there’s really nothing wrong with that, I’m seeing that beginning with the background of Elimelech’s choice gives me a whole new perspective. I’m excited to see where and how God with direct and lead me.
Welcome to the study Diane! I am so excited to dive into this study-I have not read the book of Ruth but have wanted to for a while. One thing I like about these studies is the questions we are guided to ask ourselves are real and really make us look inside us-not always pretty for me. So glad to have you with us!
Mondee ~LGG Encourager
I live in rural PA with my husband. My kids are grown and out of the house so it’s just the two of us! Our pastor just started preaching through the book of Ruth so I’m excited to see God use both of these studies in my life. Yesterday he covered the 2nd chapter so that study is a little ahead of LGG. God must have some special truths for me in the book of Ruth. This is no coincidence!
Yes dear. We are glad you are studying with us. Much love from us all.
You are so right, Sherry! It’s always so amazing when God lines up the topics in multiple arenas for us like that! I pray He will make clear to you exactly what He is wanting you to hear in His Word as you draw near to him over the next 4 weeks! Thank you for joining us!
Hello beautiful women of God. This is Roma Harold from India. I am glad to be a part of this group as well as the study of this book.
Hi Roma! From India!!! That’s awesome. A pleasure to meet you dear. Welcome to our Ruth study.
Hello beautiful women of God.
This is Roma Harold from India. I am glad to be a part of this study. I feel this study is meant for me, God speaks through various sources, as I was very upset since the past 3-4 days, was unable to concentrate on WOG, He spoke directly today.
Thank you so much.
I am in Waverly, Ga 31565..I love these studies!
Hello Jane darling. Welcome on board. glad you are joining us.
Hi, Jane! I am in Atlanta. So glad you are here with us. God Bless you!
Good morning! I’m so glad to join all of you. I believe the Lord placed this study before me at just the right time for me and my family. My husband is a rancher and we just started our own cattle company. We are in Wyoming where a spring storm hit us and we’ve lost a few cows. My husband is feeling so discouraged. I’m hoping as I share this study with him, he will feel God’s hand on us. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks with all of you!
Mandy darling we are so glad you are studying with us. God is in control of your situation. And as you share His word with your husband, His peace will shine in your hearts. We love you.
I live in northeast PA. Im married to my college sweetheart and have 4 littles. On a regular basis, I’m not sure I’ve really stayed in the “famine.” I do know in a particular “famine” in my life, ive seen God heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He continually demonstrates how He is “restoring” the years of the locust” But, my tendency is to run from the famine or work the solution out for me. Control feels safe and the pattern of working it out on my own is deeply ingrained.
Nicole dear, so excited you are joining us. We can trust Jesus to let and give up control of our lives. For we know we are safe in His hands. God bless you dear.
I’m in Llano County, Texas. The beautiful hill country. Blessed beyond measure! LOVE studying the word of God and so glad to be part of this group of women.
Karen darling!!! Welcome. And we are excited to be studying with you too. The love and word of God binds us together. Blessing honey.
Good Morning! After a long “famine” of not being in the word God has been pulling my family back with a new church and a new desire to be with Him. I use to do these bible studies all the time but quit when I was diagnosed with cancer. God was with me through my fight and I am on the other end but the hurt my family suffered by this came later when we tried to find a new normal that includes the word cancer and all that brings with it.
God is faithful even though my husband and children dealt with my cancer differently. We just started to wander through a desert of indecision and apathy. I am leading them back to the light and feeding my soul again. I am so ready for this study and for my heart to sing. Central IL is where I am from.
Praying for you Christene!
Sweetheart! God loves you so dearly. And at this moment in your life He is standing there with you and your family guiding you to Himself. Rest assured that you and yours are safe in His hands. Just keep on in His word. We are so glad you are studying with us. Much love.
Good morning ladies!
This study is divinely appointed for me for sure! I have been in an emotionally and sexually abusive marriage for the last 17yrs and have begun taking steps to leave. I will not be filing for divorce as I do not have a peace with that but I also do not believe it is in the best interest of myself or my kids for us to remain in the home with him any longer. He is unrepentant and an unbeliever. I believe God has ordained this study for me at this time and I look forward to what He will teach me through it.
Dear Father, I bring your daughter and her family before you. You are the only King and Savior we know. So move in their lives, do what only You can do. Heal, save and deliver. May only your perfect will be done in their lives. Bring her husband to the Salvation of the cross. Dear Lord I put them in your hands, because nothing committed to you fails or us destroyed. Amen.
God I ask that at any cost you bring this man to his knees before you. That he would be new and lead is family in love to Jesus. That he would repent. That there would be miraculous healing of hurt heart in this home. I declare your victory over this family in the name of Jesus Amen!
The famine I am currently in is with my family and health. I have multiple sclerosis. I’m ready to be healed. There has been an attack on my once happy family. I’m ready to see that reconciliation and abundant joy.
Good morning! I loved Broken and Redeemed…looking forward to Ruth! I’m taking a leap of faith and attempting to walk by faith instead of sight in pursuing my speech therapy private practice. Even writing this statement brings anxiety. I’m here in rural, eastern Colorado…Flagler, CO.
Morgan honey! Welcome to our Ruth study. We are delighted God blessed you through the last study. God is leading you through all you need to do. We love you.
Hi! Today My husband and I celebrate 38 years of marriage. It hasn’t always been pretty but God has always been with us. Sometimes marriage in itself feels like a famine. I desire that God fans the flame of love in our relationship as we move towards the time in our life where major decisions are to be made in retirement from jobs and the plan He has for us.
Happy wedding anniversary honey. 38 years!!! Wow!!! God is faithful. We celebrate with you here at LGG. May his blessings be always be in your family and all you both do. Amen.
Hi. I live in Bristol, Tennessee. Totally excited to start this journey. The last bible study that I did Iwas unable to complete because we ended up moving. It was a difficult decision to stop the Bible study but moving away is a long and hard process. We moved to what my husband thought would be his dream job but 2 months in he realized that it was not so. He didn’t want to tell me because we just moved to be closer to family. Luckily he reached out to a former co-worker and we are happy with the new job and the city that we live in. (Think Geico commercial where the gecko jumps from Tennessee/Virginia state line). Looking forward to learning all that I can from this study and learning from others comments.
Millie dear, delighted to have you here. Thank God for moving for you and your family. May His love continue. Amen. We love you.
This study, I expect, is going to rock my world! I have been dealing with a lot of emotional turmoil on all fronts and I am hoping that this will fill my spirit and bring me closer to god! I’m participating from Fairhope Alabama – Utopia by the Bay!
Rosy honey welcome! God is set to transform you through His erode. So just be still and watch Him. Blessings
Rose dear welcome! We have Jesus!!! And He is more than enough for us. God’s word will surely bring you closer to Him. Blessings
Hello! I’m joining this study from Kuwait, a small country in the Middle East. I’m originally from Ontario, Canada but have been living and teaching here in Kuwait for 7 school years now. I’m newly married and my husband and I are expecting our first child, a son, this August. My husband is from the Fiji Islands, in the far south part of the Pacific Ocean, and we met here in Kuwait at Church & Life Group two years ago. I’ve always loved the book of Ruth and I’m looking forward to studying it with LGG this month.
Hello Kate!!! My parents did a short missionary work in Kuwait. So glad you are joining us. Congratulations on the coming baby. God bless you and keep you. Much love honey.
I am excited to start my first LGG bible study. My husband and I are both in a season of famine, so I’m eager to be renewed through God’s Word. If I wanted to join a small group, how do I do that?
Hello darling. We are delighted to have you. I’ll connect you with one of us who will get you into a group. Welcome honey.
After clicking around a bit, I found the list of online groups! Thanks 🙂
Okay love. In case you don’t get any, here’s the link to join a group.
I am from Penrose, CO and this is the first LGG study I have ever done. Thanks to my friend, Jan, for inviting me. I am excited to be joining for this one as I have long loved the book of Ruth. Excited to hear what amazing things God will reveal and do in each other’s lives through it.
Hello love. God bless your good friend for inviting you. May God transform your life through this study. Amen
Looking forward to this study – I facilitate a facebook group – mostly ladies from South-central PA – you can join us if you are looking to join a group!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/327912600929999/?pnref=story
I’m a mom to 3 in PA. We homeschool and have a wonderful church family – but I love the LGG studies for staying in God’s word daily!!
I am from New Mexico, I discovered LGG and these bible studies about 6 months ago. What an incredible gift they have been!
My family and I are in a famine at this time, I am filled with anxiety and unrest. Praying for God to speak to me during this study of Ruth.
Shanna honey! Praise be to God you found us. Welcome dear. May He continue to show forth for you and your family. We ? you. Amen.
Hello, I am in Colorado. I came in half way through the last study and am excited to start from the beginning of Ruth. After reading the introduction and watching the video already gives me relief. My family is in a battle now and I’m so excited to learn from the book of Ruth.
Holly honey welcome!!!! Glad to have you joining us. I speak to every storm in your life and family to give way to the love of Jesus. Amen. We love you.
In my famine periods, I’ve learned about God’s patience and gentleness. The Holy Spirit’s convictions and nudgings were very clear, but very quiet and not harsh (if that makes sense). A father always disciplines his children out of love. While God’s discipline certainly hurts sometimes, he makes me very aware of his amazing love for me during these moments. Praise him!
Also, I’m from New Mexico!
Oh honey it makes great sense. Welcome dear. We are glad to have you. God be with you. Amen.
Hello from Clarksville TN
Hello Tina dear, welcome! How are you doing today. Enjoy the study and enjoy God. We love and appreciate you. Blessings
Hi! Joining my first LGG study from Cape Town South Africa 🙂
South Africa!!! That is great. Am in Nigeria. Welcome dear. You’ll have all that God has ordained for you. We love you.
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be here. Already getting great insights into the book of Ruth. This too is my first Bible study with this group. I found a group on face book also so very excited to participate. Thank you all for being so organized and welcoming. Have blessed day everyone!
Awwww glad to have you honey. Enjoy God.
Eu sou Raquel, moro no Brasil e estou feliz em começar o estudo. Creio que Deus fará grandes coisas em minha vida e na minha família ??
Hello! This is my first time on here and I am super excited. I definitely feel a little bit of a “famine ” in my life right now. I am blessed with 20month old twins, a 3 year old,and a 9 year old. I love my family deeply, but I feel lonely. Like no one understands. At anyrate, this is a good time to start LGG! God made me find this for a reason and I am excited for this bible study!
Michelle honey welcome. You are not alone, you have Jesus. And our community of ladies will choke you with love. We are glad to have you. You are in safe hands. Do you need a group to study with? Just comment and we’ll set you up. Much love. Thank You Lord for Michelle.
Yes, I would love that. I know Jesus is right here. I need to lean on him more than I do sometimes. Thank you for your encouragement. I look forward to studying the word with you ladies ❤️
Hello ladies. I have been studying with LGG for a little over 2 years, now, and love every study so much. I was given a little bit of a different perspective reading today’s study. What if the family would have stayed in Judah?Naomi would never have met Ruth if her family had not left. Her son would not have married Ruth. There would have been no reason for Ruth to have gone to Judah, so Ruth would not have been in the lineage of Christ. Naomi’s husband might have been following God’s plan by trusting God to take care of them in the land of their enemies. Mine is a different perspective, but this story is telling me that whatever we do, if we have Christ in us, God will work everything out for our good. And maybe, even when it seems as if we made the wrong decision somewhere along our road and we suffer because of it, God actually has it all planned out. Maybe, in the scope of the bigger picture, we actually did just as He planned we would.
Debbie dear, indeed He works things together for our good. We might not understand but He knows what He is doing. All we have to do is follow Him. He got us. Welcome to another study.
I think I’m still right in the middle of my famine. I’m trying to be patient but it is difficult. I’m hoping this study leads me to a deeper understanding of His plan!
I’m from Central Indiana and have missed the last few studies but am looking forward to get back into the Word!
Welcome back! God is with you and guiding you in this journey, and it’s no mistake you are here. We are lifting you up in prayer today. He will bring good out of your situation, that is His promise. God Bless you!
How do I share this post with my group via FB messenger?
Patti, in your browser you can copy and paste the URL into your instant message and the blog post will show. But here is the link I just copied: http://lovegodgreatly.com/ruth-week-1-make-wrong-decision/
Hope this helps. Thanks fir sharing it ?
I’m from Pittsburgh PA. I have done these studies for quite awhile and always enjoy them. I love Ruth. Glad to be apart of this study. I’m not sure about a famine in my life at this time. I’m probably looking for something to big. It can be a small thing so I will be asking the Holy Spirit to show me.
Hi Nancy! Thank you for studying with us for awhile. Ruth is indeed a very good book that has tremendous messages for us to hear. As for famines, they can be tough to clearly recognize and seeking God’s help to see them is a most beneficial step to take whether small or large.
Hello, I’m Debbie from Indiana . Hoping to make it threw this one. I feel quilty talking bout myself. But am going threw some difficult times….my oldest daughter passed away 4 years ago oct 12 th…..and then a grandson was killed in a auto accident in oct of last year. Oct doesn’t seem to be a very good month. So I’m distill dealing with her passing and his. Trying to find some kind of peace . Besides there is many other things going on . But I’m determine to do this study.
Hello, My Name is Kimberly I am from Tennessee. We moved 2 years ago and are struggling to find a church in our new town. I just happened upon this study and can not wait to learn more about ruth!
Hi I am from Southern California and my cousin in South Dakota invited me to join the last study, which I am grateful for and enjoyed very much. My 93 year old mother is in the final days of her life and while these are dark times for me, I look forward to studying the book of Ruth with all of you as it is one of my favorites. I know it will help keep me in a close relationship with Jesus during this difficult season of my life.
Karen here. I am from Colonie NY. I have done a few of these studies but have never done it on a daily basis nor have I ever participated in a group. I am going to try hard to do both this time!
So excited to be with all you ladies as we study the Book of Ruth. I am in Pittsburgh PA. Peace and love to you all.
Joining my sisters in Christ from Puerto Rico. Looking forward to digging deeper in to the book of Ruth.
I am so excited and grateful to be a part of this Bible study! The timing of this study could not have been more perfect. I am looking forward to learning about how to stand firm in the will of God despite my “famine” and not compare myself or my circumstances to what may appear to be “greener” on the other side.
God bless you all!
Hi! I’m Cynthia living in Gonzales, TX my land of famine. I was born and raised in New Mexico. My husband and I moved to Texas three years ago to be closer to his family, we always lived near my family, and so I still wonder at times why we are here, but God is faithful. My desire to be intimate with God since moving here has compelled me to join you in this study of Ruth. Blessings to you all.
Hi, I’m Deb and I live in Australia. Blessings to you all!
A hearty hello from Heidi in Canada! Glad to be joining you. This is my second year with LGG & I’m so blessed when I put the time & effort into these studies. Looking forward to going deeper with God while learning my Bible better:-) God bless!
Hi I’m pradeepthi I’m live in Australia.im so happy to read bible studies every msgs gives me strength in spirit.my family is going on hard time because of wrong decisions.but the study of Ruthu is giving me more how to be togetherness and strong in faith.looking forward more studies .God bless u all and ur team .
Vicki from Lee’s Summit, Missouri and this is my first online bible study. Really enjoying the book of Ruth. I have been through many famines over the years and through each one my trust in GOD grows stronger!
Hi! I’m Becca from Pella, IA. I have been living my life by sight recently and have been feeling very distant from the Lord lately. My daily routine has become exhausting and honestly I have been looking for a “new” opportunity and how to get myself to that new opportunity. I scrolled across this study in my FB feed and felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to participate. I am excited to dive in and am praying this will put me back on the track of living for the Lord and not myself.
I was just scrolling through the comments looking for a friend of mine, when I saw your post. I used to live in Knoxville, IA for about 8 years. We’re practically neighbors! I have returned to CO now, where I was originally from. I hope and pray that you find all you need through this study and that God speaks to you personally and clearly right where you are. Blessings!
Hi I’m Marlynda from Hueytown, AL. I love the book of Ruth. Going to really enjoy this study.
Hi my name is Julie Desjardin, I live in Michigan. This is my first LGG bible study, being a stay at home mom, sell thirty-one, and finishing school I find that my time is limited and I have been giving of my time and not taking time for myself. So this I am doing for myself. I feel that God is trying to get me more involved in him and not just on Sundays. Our church has wonderful groups to go to but I feel that this is the best for me.
This confuses me a little. So currently we are struggling (our famine) with finances. My husband is in a job that is not paying enough for our family to survive. We keep needing to dip into savings to just pay our normal bills. His job is salary and then commission on top of that depending on how well his stores perform. Lately there has been no commission and the future doesn’t look good either.
So according to what I just read….we stay put and wait for God to provide? Is looking for another job meaning we are thinking the grass is greener somewhere else?
Then he’s debating going back into the army just so we can be more financially stable. Is this a wrong decision because we are not letting the Lord show us his provisions? It’s not like we can keep going on like this. Can someone clear this up for me. We pray continuously for guiadnace and wisdom in our decisions and for us to follow God’s Will. I can look at the Army as an open door He is providing for us or is that our own doing since we are the ones who persued it in the first place. I just struggle with this….obviously.
Chrissy, I completely understand your confusion as it was mine as well. Now that I have processed the lesson, I think the difference is that you don’t want to run to the enemy for relief. God does open doors for new opportunities when it is through trust in Him and prayerful searching. In the Book of Ruth, there was a lack of trust and escaping to a place God had said not to go. I hope that helps!
I believe you need to pray about your situation and let God close any doors that need to be closed for your family. I don’t think go out and applying for jobs is thinking the grass is greener, but I believe God needs his hand in situation. He will provide for your family!!
Hi! I’m from Illinois. My mom and I are doing this study together. After some bad experiences with church and “godly” friends deserting my life I’ve struggled with my faith and staying in the word daily. After the death of my grandfather I feel the need to find rest and comfort in the word. I’m also a stay at home mom of three and am doing this study to nourish my soul. Hoping to enjoy this study of Ruth!
Hi from South Africa. An avid follower of LGG. Refreshing blog and posts that speak to my soul through all the studies I have enjoyed thus far which I then share with others. Love learning the Word of a God in this way. Thank you
Hello from Alabama. In various famines, I’ve learned that God is faithful. Though I know this from past experience, I find that I’m having a difficult time letting go of what I assumed would be a famine-quelling relationship (loneliness is/was my famine).
Hello I’m from El Paso Texas my name is Vanessa I struggle a lot with anger,frustration and overwhelming I been providing for my family for the past 4 months since my husband has not been working my finances are a mess I’m in school As well trying to pursue my career I haven’t been getting good grades I feel like everything is a mess I don’t know what’s gonna happen
Hi ladies ?? My name’s Liz and I’m joining this study/community from Portland, OR. I’m married, working full-time, and preparing to go into overseas ministry in a couple years (after my husband graduated seminary in May 2018). I am in a season of life where I am figuring out how to mourn (in a healthy God-honoring way) the death of some dreams and expectations I had for this stage of my life, and through that, to learn how to rejoice over the unexpected things (both good and bad) that God has placed in my life or taken me through. This Ruth study feels like it is coming at the perfect time.
As I was SOAP-ing ? just a few minutes ago I was struck by the idea that sometimes we think we are doing what is “good” or what is best for our family (like Elimelek removing his family from a place of famine), when in reality we have not sought God’s wisdom or direction and in fact we are being disobedient in our actions. God’s wisdom is truly higher and greater than ours, and it was a good reminder to be seeking His will in ALL things, and never thinking that I can rely on my own understanding of the situation to guide me well. I am human and sinful and desperately need God in every single facet of my life.
Hello! I’m joining the LGG group from sunny Jacksonville, FL
Hi, I’m Sandra from MA. I saw that this study was beginning and had just been asking the Lord to get me back on track with quiet time and time in the Word and Prayer. After printing it out. I was reading through it while eating lunch and thinking how much I would enjoy doing the study with someone but didn’t know anyone who would be interested. Just then a friend walked in the room and saw me with the study and Bible. We talked and decided to do the study together meeting at lunch once a week and keeping each other accountable. Thank you for this study and opportunity to learn more about our dear Lord.
Hi! I’m Tracy from Maryland. I am very new to all of this, but excited to be hear and learn with you all. 🙂
I found this only with Gods hand, I have been praying for him to show me his plan for me, I am in a rough patch in my marriage and feels like the whole world is consuming me.. I am so excited to got through this study and find a new way..
I struggle with trust in my marriage because of a situation we have been through, and I feel like it has overflown into my relationship with God, I know he has a plan and it is his plan we should follow, but I struggle with so much..
I am in Weatherford, Tx and want to thank for this study, and thankful to the Lord for showing me this site, and study.. be blessed Renee
Hello my name is Tauni I’m from Ftw TX. I’ve bee signed up with LGG for awhile but I’m actually just now getting into it. The Lord is moving me into a new area of life and teaching me He is my provider, and my strength, and I can do nothing without Him. It’s been a hard lesson since I tend to run on the stubborn side. I have had back issues for the past 4 yrs and have had 2 surgeries. About 8 months ago I blew a disc and it is now pushing on the nerve root to my right side. They told me the only thing that would help it was surgery yet each time I thought I was going to get surgery the door was closed and God said no. So it’s been a hard road cuz I have always been very active and now I’m in and out of bed. Yet I have peace in knowing God is doing a great work in me and I was put here because He had to get my attention somehow. Sorry this was so long.
Hi Tauna! Prayers to you for healing and relief from pain! I have disc and nerve issues also. We are so glad you’ve joined us on this journey to grow closer to our Father. I know he has great plans for you even if you can’t see them yet. God is good!
Hi my name is Darleen and I would like join a email study group. I live in Australia so it be so cool to have meet Australians via this study as well.
My email is
Welcome to the group.
Hi from Madison Ms! Recently remarried and we have 3 kids together. Looking forward to studying Ruth.
Hi!! I was curious if there were any groups meeting in Southern Colorado?
Yes. There is a group whose facilitator is in Westcliffe, with participants from all over. You can find it on FaceBook by searching for Love God Greatly! (with the exclamation mark).
Hi! I’m Miki. I currently reside near Sisters, OR. I have been feeling like my spiritual life is in famine at the moment, I am hoping that this community will help me to fall in love with spendin time with Jesus again and help make it my priority.
This is Karen from Mississippi and I am totally excited about this study! I am starting a little late and hope to get caught up soon but Day 1 has been awesome.
Hi my name is Lorie and I am from Colorado.
Hi I’m Fabiola from Denton, Texas. Looking forward to studying Ruth.
I’m Joining this study late, but i’m so excited that God has led me to this. I’m struggling in a lot of different areas in my life right now, and I prayed for God to show me a way to help deal with my stresses and learn to give it to him. He led me to this study and I’m so much looking forward to this.
I tried to sign up but it kept saying “please check the fields below and make sure sure you entered the correct information”. I entered my full name and my email, and trying two different emails and it keeps giving me an error message. Can you help? Thanks!
Checking in from Kansas. I am excited to do my first study with you. I love the book of Ruth but from the first lesson I am seeing it in a new way. Famine yes do I run or stay and let God finish His work. I choose to stay.
I’m just joining in today from Mansfield, Ohio. I can’t wait to see where God leads me.
What in these verses leads you to believe that Elimlech was out of the will of God? The scriptures do not state this. I acknowledge that the scriptures don’t state he was directed to leave Bethlehem; but why do you assume that he was out of the will of God?
Why do you assume the Elimlech is out of God’s will? Scriptures do not address whether he is out of the will of God or not.
I am a mom of four and I am lost. I do not know where I am needed to be. I have been worried about my children but I do not even have my heart where it should be. I started Ruth today and already has had my heart string pulled. I love LGG.
New Caney, Tx
Same boat here….mom of 4 and lost as ever
Your not alone.
My triggers have made appearance with this study too.
Hi everyone. This is my first time trying out this form of bible study. I currently live in the greater Seattle area, Wa. An area in my life that I would consider as a “famine” is gaining patience in a long distance relationship that I am currently in. I’m so worried of the future and if this relationship will work, despite our current distance, that I am forgetting to enjoy current moments with family, friends, and the times I do get to see and spend time with my significant other. I think God is calling me to be still and to let him handle the situation, now more than ever. I am having to sit with my feelings and faith more often now than before due to a foot injury I sustained last week, preventing me to go on long runs, as is my usual outlet. I grew up with christian values, but without going to church due to family struggles. I’m still trying to find a verse which helps me to trust and be still, in a way that connects to Ruth and Naomi.
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I’m just joining this study and am amazed at the quality of all the material. The week 1 challenge question really hit home. I’ve spent much of the year in the hospital due to progressive Lupus and have felt an enormous sense of famine in my life, specifically related to the absence of any sense of my purpose. I keep reminding myself “He is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me” Psalm 16:8
I missed this study when it first came out but Ruth is someone I’ve wanted to learn about. Now is better than never! I’m in this exact situation where my husband wants to move for better opportunities. But I always ask the question, is this what God wants for us. I pray that I hear His answer before making that decision.
Hello everyone! My name is Shannon Celestine and I am from Lafayette, Louisiana. This is my first study with LCG. I really believe this study is coming at the right time for me. My famine is my finances. I work as an Elementary Special Education Assistant & am beginning to wonder if this is what I need to keep doing. I am also wondering if I should stay with the school system or move into something else. I am so thankful for this study which is definitely coming at the right time for me. I love the story of Ruth & it is one of my favorite books in the Bible. Thank you ladies for accepting me. I am also interested in joining a small group on Facebook. (My name on Facebook is Mocha Williams)..Thank you!
Nice to meet you!! I am Athena. Definitely pray before switching careers. That can definitely be tough. It’s so hard to have a passion for something but the funds just not be what you need. Gods always provides and is an on time God, this may sound so cliche but I swear I love by it. He’s never let me down. I will be praying for you Shannon.
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Hello everyone! I am from Lafayette, LA & this is my first Bible Study with Love God Greatly! I am so excited to be doing the Ruth study. I love the Book of Ruth (it is one of my favorite books in the Bible). My famine right now is my Finances which is really hurting me. I work as an Elementary Special Education Teacher Assistant & am unsure if I am to continue in my job. I really love what I do & I love working with the students but everyday I am worried & stressed about how I am going to make ends meet. I am really excited to begin the Ruth study to see what God has to tell me & show me during these 4 weeks and beyond. Thank you for accepting me into this study. I am also interested in joining a small group on Facebook. (My name on Facebook is Mocha Williams). Thank you!
This is my first Bible study with LGG. I’ve gotten invitations before and have visited the site multiple times but this is the time I’m supposed to be a part of this amazing study and group. This one day, the first day, I’ve learned so much more. Sure I knew it was a tragedy that Naomi faced and when I saw the movie it felt even more heartbreaking, I think the part that I didn’t pick up on and many preachers or teachers don;t stress is the fact that disobedience looking for something better in a time and land that wasn’t GOD’s will was the reason for the tragedy. I can see how our distrust or urgency can cause us to go out on our own and try to get what we need because that’s our human nature, our instinct to react to the situation and not wait for GOD to do HIS thing. I’ve done it and the consequences weren’t favorable. We see it in other places in the Bible as with Sarah and Hagar, Sarah’s wanting a child and going outside of GOD’s will to have one. But GOD blessed Sarah anyway as HE promised. I’ve been waiting for 15 years for a husband, a godly man whom I can be in ministry with, pray with and pray for and who will pray with and pray for me, make me laugh, sing to me, encourage me as I encourage him and grow old together. I will be 68 next week. GOD promised me 15 years ago HE would give me a house and HE did, the car of my dreams (an old Mercedes) and HE did and a man that would love me because he’d love GOD with all of his heart and I’d finally be loved by a man as GOD intended. I’ve got tired twice in the 15 years and have gone on my own to find my Boaz and both times after investing 9 months into each of the relationships (5 years apart) I figured out I was not doing GOD’s will. HE promised me the man and HE’ll have to send HIM. But look at all the time I lost because of disobedience, the man is to find the woman, not me hunting him down. There’s no victory in disobedience. This study is timely because GOD has worked on me and now I’m ready to receive HIS blessing and my Boaz. I pray GOD sees I’m ready and grants my petition. I’ve certainly gone before HIM (especially in the past few months) concerning this. I serve multiple ministries and do outreach to the homeless on my own as well, I have compassion and a heart like CHRIST and I contribute that to GOD, I tithe and am living righteously as best I can because I fear GOD, and when I say that I mean it, I really fear HIM, but that one act of disobedience regardless of my following HIS commands and my repentance and asking for forgiveness for sins committed knowingly and unknowingly hasn’t given me my heart’s desire my mate. HE’s not a man to lie and HE’s a promise keeper even at 68 I can believe it will happen. Ruth is for such a time as this in my life.
Forgive me I forgot to intro myself, I’m Sheila De Gruy, I live in Los Angeles and currently on disability due to Cervical disc surgery in June and a total knee replacement scheduled in October. As you can see I’m getting ready for my Boaz. I’ve been in healthcare for over 40+ years, in administration and as a director. The hospice agency I worked for closed last August and I’ve not worked since. It appears that 67-year-olds (according to society and man) are not a high priority in hiring as is evidenced by submitting 120 resumes and having only 2 interviews. But GOD is able and HE will continue to provide.
Nice to meet you Sheila. Yes God’s way is the only way. It is oh so hard to be patient. I can only imagine how difficult it must be. But you have seen that he not only hears but has answered your prayers. He wants only what is best for you. And those men… Were not. It’s so hard not to just want what we want at the time right? But I tell you what, I look back sometimes and I think to myself thank you God for not giving me what I wanted at that time and for him knowing what was best for me. He knows what’s in store for you. Oh the plans he has. What beautiful things await. ❤️
Looks like many of you have started quite a long time ago. I am Athena, I am from a very small town in AZ. I’ve just plugged in and looks like I’m a little behind so I’ll be going at my own pace. But I am looking forward to this study. I’m going through a tough time all over. But I know who has my back and this study couldn’t have come at a better time which is why I am here. God’s time is the best timing. ❤️
Im Joy, from the Philly suburbs. Discovered LGG on Pinterest while scrolling thru Modern Day Ruth pins. Excited to learn more about Ruth as I am refocusing on my faith.
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Hi there! How can I find the other weeks for this study of Ruth? I can find the videos on youtube but not the same content as above. Thanks!
My family (siblings) and I are facing challenges in finance due to lack of jobs and my sisters and I concerning marriage.
We are trusting God not to deviate from his will for us in this
Good evening ladies, wow this website is amazing iam currently reading the book of Ruth Anointing so fussinating i would be lying if i say iam not enjoying the book iam hooked i can’t put it down.
I’m doing your Ruth study in my Bible study group (not just for LGG studies, gave up on having a group for your studies). I would really love to to join your Facebook group, but I am still banned from breaking some rules a few months ago. I promise to not break rules again and to participate in your studies.