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Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 3

Linnea White

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Ruth, Week 3 | Threshing Floor

What a challenging task it must have been when Naomi asked Ruth to be obedient to her and lay at the feet of Boaz. However, Ruth so humbly did so saying, “I will do whatever you say.” (Ruth 3:5) During this time the people of God were under the Law of Moses and that meant that Ruth was eligible to have a kinsman redeemer. This was a part of Israeli family tradition. A man who was a close relative was responsible to care for a childless widow and thus carry on the family name (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). Naomi was not asking this of Ruth in a selfish way - she was doing so because she wanted what was best for her daughter-in-law. She wanted rest and security for her. She knew that in Ruth doing so she would be offering herself as a bride to Boaz.

The patience that Ruth must have had to bear during that time is a perfect example of the patience that we should strive to have during whatever it is we are enduring. She not only had to be patient and wait until Boaz was asleep to approach him in the night, but after she had to wait and see if he would accept her offer.

If you are wrestling with being patient in an area of your life right now, then the story of Ruth is one for you… myself included.

When Boaz woke to Ruth at his feet, I can only assume that he was a bit stunned. She asked him, “Spread the corner or your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9) When Ruth asked Boaz to spread a corner of his garment over her, I believe she was asking him to both spiritually and physically be her covering. Boaz saw Ruth for the woman she was and not for what life had thrown at her. He noticed in her “kindness, and that she was a woman of noble character.” Boaz vowed to be her kinsman redeemer if a man of nearer kin was not willing.

Ruth was a woman of integrity with a kind heart and great nobility, but to the rest of the world she could have been seen as a barren widow in a foreign land.

I believe that there is a specific reason why this encounter between Boaz and Ruth takes place in a threshing room. A threshing room was a place where grain was separated from husks. Where the old was being stripped away from the goodness inside. Ruth was being separated from the past. She was becoming redeemed:

From poverty to wealth.

From widow to wife.

From barren to fertile.

From foreigner to an Israelite.

IMG_0846This is a beautiful picture of the redemption and transformation that happens when we surrender and lay our lives down at the feet of Jesus.

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering

his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew

3:12

I challenge you this week to allow God to thresh out all that you do not need to be carrying and to lay down your life at His feet.

I challenge you to be patient in the time of waiting and trust that He is making something beautiful out of your life.

Trust that God can restore and redeem all things in your life.

Be blessed!

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 4

Linnea White

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The Be Free Series Continues: Week 4 | Forbearance

Forbearance is different than patience.

It is being able to be patient and to have self-control even when you are being treated wrongly. It is making the choice to not reciprocate when wronged.

IMG_0027Let me start with saying that this does not come natural to me. When someone treats me poorly my initial reaction is to either shut down or to say something back that is equally as stabbing. Although, I have learned to tame my tongue (most of the time) it is something that I continually have to make a conscious effort to do.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” James 3:9-12

This means that when someone says something that is downright awful to us, we should not speak back something that is also hurtful. What James is saying here is so convicting - how can we sing praise to God with the same mouth that we use to speak ill of others?

When we think of how others are made in God’s image, it allows us to shift our perspective about how we think of others - despite how they may treat us.

I challenge you this week to be quick to love and slow to speak.

I challenge you this week to think of others with the knowledge of knowing that they are man in God’s likeness.

I challenge you to be forbearing.

This week I will be challenged as well, and I look forward to hearing what the Lord shows you.

Lots of love, Megan

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My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.