This week is about the story of Ruth. She's persevering and kind. She embraces challenging situations that she could have walked away from, just so she can be there for Naomi, her mother in law. She embraces working hard to make ends meet. And she embraces the chance to ask for a start to a new life by laying at Boaz's feet.
PRAY: Get a pen and paper and a quiet space. Ask to be left alone for 10 minutes if you have to! Set a one minute timer (on a phone or actual timer, or use a clock/watch).
1 min - sit quietly and notice your surroundings.
1 min - God "so loved the world" , think about how that includes you
1 min - thank God for good things (a food, person, place, experience)
1 min - ask God about something you're finding hard. Note it briefly.
1 min - ask God what He might say about the situation you thought of above. Write any thoughts that come to you.
That's 5 minutes in prayer - good stuff! For the last bit, check that what you've written is filled with love, as God's character is. Do your notes match with what the bible says about God, or what the bible says about the situation you're thinking of? Talk with an adult about anything that is on your mind afterwards.
WATCH: Watch Ruth's story read it in Ruth chapters 1-4.
MAKE: a bracelet. Use 3 even strips of paper and make a plait how to plait is here: or just make a simple band and look up and write Ruth 4:14 on it, draw on it. As you are making it, think about situations in life and how God promises to walk with you, if you let Him. Think about how you can be there for family and friends - a call? A funny video? A note? Bringing shopping? Sending this bracelet to them?
We hope to see you on Zoom Sunday evening too!
Katie for the Oak Youth Team