...of Ruth V & gift # 3

Ruth, chapter 4.

Ruth’s book closes for our reading pleasure with Boaz locating the “rightful” kinsman-redeemer. Boaz is afforded the opportunity of claiming land and Ruth as his wife because the kinsman-redeemer was not able to do so. They married and had a son.

At his birth, 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! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For you daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Ruth 4:14-15 NIV

Naomi then puts the child on her lap and cares for him. Again, the women present spoke, “Naomi has a son.” They named him Obed, (Ruth 4:17 NIV) which means, “serving.”

Okay, there were some women around when Ruth gave birth to Obed and they told Naomi that her daughter-in-law, who loves her…, how did they know that Ruth loved her mother-in-law?

Had Ruth told them that she loved Naomi?

Did Naomi mention that Ruth loved her?

It was because of what Ruth did. Ruth "spoke" of loving her mother-in-law with her actions. Love is a verb.

Application: Let my actions "speak" of loving my mother-in-law.

Today's gift is a 'Friendship Teapot.

It comes with a card that explains what each part of the teapot represents in a friendship. I purchased this in Japan about three years ago. I had no clue who I wanted to give it to so I just hung on to it. But now I do...

...MEL, over at A Voice For Moms! Mel seems to express a great concern for our political leaders. What I get from her is that we, mothers, should be well-informed and prepared to use our voices for our children. Thanks Mel. I love you!

"See" you all on Monday!



  1. Larie thank you!!! I collect teapots and that one is extraordinary!! Wow I can't even find the words about how this blesses me.

    thanks for your sweet words about my are indeed correct in your assessment of why I write :)


  2. Congratulations to Mel!! That's a beautiful teapot Larie.

    I love how you are persevering in your relationship with your MIL.

  3. Mel, is an absolute sweetheart and dear friend. I'm so glad the Lord used you to bless her. God bless you and your family.


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