Ruth - Writing the Scriptures

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Today brings about the beginning of the end to my study of the book of Ruth. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed the time I have spent looking more closely at this story. So much more has come alive to me and I have gathered many truths upon which I'm sure I will hold closely for quite some time.

I am going to end my study time by trying a suggestion that was made in the book I followed throughout my study. I followed the study book for Ruth in the "Coffee Cup Bible Studies". These are written by Sandra Glahn. She suggests at the end of the study that we try something that was part of her classwork while in college. That was to write out the book of Ruth in longhand. I think that I should be able to write out eighty-five verses (she also did this with the full thirty-nine chapters in the book of Deuteronomy... so surely I can handle eighty-five verses!). As I write, I'm going to follow her suggestion as I go:

"As you write, chew on the storyteller's words. Notice the sovereign hand of God at work. Think about what a high premium the Lord places on caring for the needy. Marvel, as you write out the genealogy, how God weaves a story through human lives. Don't rush to complete the assignment. Take your time and notice details. Ask questions."



I'll let you know how it goes. I'm really interested in seeing what the Lord shows me as I take the time to write and meditate on the words of the book of Ruth.

In the meantime, I'm also beginning to look at the next book I'll be studying... the book of Colossians. I'm going to use the study guide from the "Coffee Cup Bible Study" series for this one, too. These books are easy to read and follow, provide some great background information as well as, practical examples to bring home the message.

This study will be a big change of pace from the book of Ruth, but I know will be just as rewarding as I learn and grow thru the time spent in study. I'm anxious to start... I've always loved Paul's letters. I hope you'll join me as I begin posting on Colossians in the next week or two!



6 Thoughts Shared:

Joan said...

Thanks for letting me study Ruth along side of you. Thanks for sharing what you learned. Looking forward to reading what you've learned from Paul.

Blessings

Meredith said...

Sorry you have had trouble with my site. Someone else has told me the same. I'm not computer savvy enough to know where the problem is. I have so enjoyed your Ruth study and the thought of the excercise is inspiring. I guess when there were no copiers or computers the only way to "hide" it in your heart was to write it over and over......did I get that from you? I have heard that recently somewhere......:)

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Don't you just love Ruth???

Scott taught this book two weeks ago and I was blessed beyond measure! If you have not checked out his teaching you might want to invite your friends to join you in going even deeper :)

Thanks for always leaving me with such encouraging, thoughtful comments!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Laurie Ann said...

I've really enjoyed following your study on this book. I think writing it out in longhand really gives it a special meaning! I have done this with some Psalms. I want to do it with Esther. Can't wait for Colossians!

Debra said...

Melanie,

I'm so glad you were blessed by this time you have spent in the Word. We are in the book of Colossians at church so I know you will be hugely blessed there as well.

Big hugs to you!

Tricia said...

Thank you so for always sharing with us what you are learning from the scriptures... I can't wait to read your insights from Colossians!

Blessings!