Quietly Waiting

 

Healthy Simplicity - RuthChapter two contains a lot of dialogue. Boaz and his servant(s), Boaz and Ruth, Ruth and Naomi. You learn a lot about people from what they say and how they say it.

Ruth 2:5-9

5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
6  And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
7  And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.
8  Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
9  Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

As a good boss Boaz recognized that there was a new worker in the field. In response to being asked who she is, the head servant’s answer is interesting. He emphasized Ruth’s foreigner status, but at the same time he seemed to recognize her right to be there. He said she came “back” with Naomi. Implying that this was as much her home as it was Naomi’s. Perhaps I’m reading too much into one little word, but I think that anyone who knew the story (which apparently was everyone in the area) knew of Ruth’s unswerving loyalty to Naomi. This was someone who was not leaving anytime soon.

Ruth had made an unusual request. It would seem that she had asked to glean right from the already harvested sheaves instead of scouring the field for what had been dropped or left behind. Perhaps she felt she had nothing to lose in being so bold. She was a foreigner. People might not have wanted her in their fields under any circumstances so she boldly asked for a favour.

Apparently the head servant did not have the authority to grant this request so Ruth had to wait patiently for the boss to arrive to see if her request would be answered. What a lesson for us. She waited not knowing if she would be given her request. Not knowing if she was wasting precious time. This can be the hardest part of asking for something… waiting for the answer.

I remember the months and years that I pleaded with God for a husband. I probably cried a river in that time. Waiting quietly implies trusting. I think one of the reasons I had to wait was because God wanted me to learn to trust Him. As I look back now, I realize that about six or eight months before I met my husband I had finally come to a place of trust and quiet. Interestingly this roughly corresponds to the time my husband joined the church that I met him in. It was a time of maturing and growth for both us.

And when the answer came how glorious it was! Boaz not only granted her request, but he also placed her under his protection and gave her access to water. In the days before easily accessible water having ready water at her disposal would have saved her much time and allowed her to be able to glean more.

When I finally met my husband, God gave me the best friend ever. From the beginning we found little that we disagreed on when it came to major life issues. There was no long engagement. Within three months of meeting we were married. I remember a former friend being pretty negative about that. I wish I could see her now and tell her that a fast engagement does not have to equal divorce. Seventeen years later our love is stronger and sweeter.

Lamentations 3:25 says, “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” We waited for God to bring His choice into our life and were given a spouse beyond our expectations. Ruth waited for an answer to her unusual request and was given so much more. When we allow Him to, God always more than meets our needs. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

How has God provided for you?
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Our Great Saviour

Hymn - Our Great SaviourThis past Sunday morning my husband was a guest preacher at a church in our area. It was so nice to listen to someone else play the piano and to sing with the congregation. Not only that but also about three of the songs chosen were favourites of mine.

The first one was “Our Great Saviour”. I love playing this song. It is very pretty. But more than that I enjoy the lyrics. They remind me that no matter what I am facing Jesus is there to help me. I’ve turned to this song more than once when faced with some sorrow. I’ve written it out long hand and included it in a condolence letter to a friend whose four-month-old baby had just died. She said it was an encouragement.

Here are the lyrics to this song and a YouTube video in case you don’t know how it sounds.

Jesus! what a friend for sinners!
Jesus! lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him;
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my strength, my vict’ry wins. [Refrain]

Jesus! what a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my comfort, helps my soul. [Refrain]

Jesus! what a guide and keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my pilot, hears my cry. [Refrain]

Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find,
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine. [Refrain]

Baptist Hymnal, 1991

 

 Do you have a favourite hymn that comforts you?


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Library Time 49

Library Time - Healthy Simplicity

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I read two good books this week. I’ve found a book that my middle children will enjoy – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Can I just say I love the way that name trips off your tongue when you say it? ☺). It’s the first book in a series called “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. Three children Violet, Klaus and Sunny (14, 12 and toddler) lose their parents and home in one day in a huge house fire. A ruthless, distant relative agrees to adopt the children only because he wants to get his hands on their substantial inheritance. The children have to learn to be resourceful to defend themselves. I enjoyed this author’s writing style, and how he is always defining words and talking to the reader.

The other books was The Rule of Three by Eric Walters (a well-known Canadian author and I found more books on his website that I’m hoping my library has). The whole world has come to a screeching halt as all the computer systems crash. Adam’s neighbourhood has Herb to help them know how to deal with 19th-century living in a 21st-century world. There are good times but mostly scary times as neighbours learn who is to be trusted and who isn’t. I really, really enjoyed this book and can hardly wait for our library to get book 2 in. Eden Mill is safe…for now. As I was reading the book I kept thinking the names of the streets and highways sounded really familiar. Then I found out the author lives near us – cool.

16-year-old daughter – A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan. She’s really on a World War II kick, and is reading a lot of books related to the War.

14-year-old son – The Rule of Three by Eric Walter

12-year-old son – Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins.

10-year-old daughter – Exile by Grace Cavendish.

9-year-old daughter – Emma’s Not-So-Sweet Dilemma (Cupcake Diaries) by Coco Simon.

7-year-old son – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

3-year-old son – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 How was your reading week?
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Friday File 8

Healthy Simplicity - Friday File

We’ve had such a fantastic week. Two of my little guys were given new legos sets so they’ve had a blast playing with them. The baby has been playing with legos too, and he’s so cute to watch. He tries to act so big and grown-up, but when I’m nursing him he’s still my baby.

I came across a blog this week with tons of great printables for school – Mama’s Learning Corner. Starting next week I’m going to be printing up one or two a day for my seven-year-old to do during naptime. Also, if you subscribe to her blog you can get special printables just for subscribers. I did it and was able to get some fantastic worksheets based on Peter Rabbit. We’re big fans of Peter Rabbit here so these will be a big hit when I print them up.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Printables

I can relate to what this mom says about how people react to her 9th pregnancy. We’ve had so many negative comments over the years about the size of our family. Some were pretty much unrepeatable. I’m always amazed when people think they have a right to comment on something that is a very personal decision.

What Your Negative Reaction to My 9th Pregnancy Tells Me About You

This mom found a great way to instill a love of God and the Bible in her children. I hope I can do the same with my children.

The Power of Snuggle Time

After doing a post about my love of buttons this week, I found two more ways that I can use them.

Crochet-A-Day: Crochet Bracelet with a Button

Perpetual Button Calendar

 I enjoy watching the “Crazy Russian Hacker”. He has some good ideas, and I don’t know why but his accent makes me smile.

 How was your week?
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Dawning Hope

Healthy Simplicity - Ruth

Today we’re introduced to a new character in the story of Ruth – Boaz.

Ruth 2:1-9

1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2  And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
3  And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
4  And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.

We start to feel hope for Naomi and Ruth. We find out that Elimelech has a kinsman who is a mighty man of wealth. “Mighty man of wealth” – such a contrast to the weak and poor Chilion and Mahlon. Although a widow would generally be expected to be supported by her father’s family, we can hope that this man of Naomi’s husband’s family will help her.

Ruth didn’t waste any time sitting around hoping for help to show up. Right away she decided to glean in the fields as was allowed for the poor by law. God is much more likely to bless us if we’re busy working than if we’re sitting around whining or just hoping for something better to happen to/for us. God designed us to be workers, and we are always happier when we’re working (at least I know I am ☺)

We are reminded at the beginning of this verse that Ruth is a Moabitess. Moabites were looked down upon by the Israelites. In fact, a Moabite was not to be allowed entry into Israel as a citizen. “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:” Deuteronomy 23:3. Ruth could expect the cold shoulder or worse, yet she still got busy doing what she knew needed to be done.

Naomi called her “my daughter” showing a sweeter side but offered no advice or blessing. Maybe Naomi didn’t have much hope of Ruth being able to accomplish much.

I love the word “hap” in verse 3. She just “happened” to go to Boaz’s field. At least that’s how it seemed to everyone watching this story unfold. But we know that God is always working behind the scenes for our good. I don’t know how, but somehow God directed Ruth’s steps to the field of someone related to her (in a roundabout way). We continue to have a sense of rising hope.

Our focus is shifted back to Boaz as he comes out to check on his fields. I think his and the workers’ greetings reflect their positions. Boaz needs the Lord to be with the workers so they have the ability to reap. The workers need the Lord to bless Boaz so they can have a job. Again, there is an acknowledgement of God working in the background of our lives for good.

These first four verses really help us to focus on God and His provisions for us. God provided Naomi with a wealthy relative and a daughter-in-law who was not afraid to work. God provided Ruth with an internal strength to do the job that needed to be done no matter what the hardships might be. God provided Boaz with the wealth that put him in the way to be a help to Naomi and Ruth in ways none of them could have imagined.

That’s the wonderful thing about God. He can provide for us in ways we would never imagine. One of my favourite verses is, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20. And I’ve seen it happen so many times in my life. It’s one reason why a journal can be so beneficial so that in the hard times we can remind ourselves of what God has done for us in  past giving us hope in the present and for the future.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalms 42:5

And just in case you didn’t get it the first time, God repeats it again a few verses later…

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalms 42:11
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Buttons – A Multi-Purpose Embellishment

Quirky fact about me: I LOVE buttons. I buy them in bulk whenever I get a chance. My button box is overflowing so I also have button bags. I guess you could have figured that out just by looking at the top of this page.

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

 

 

I am always looking for ways to use buttons other than just for holding some piece of clothing together. A long time ago I made a vest for my sister and covered the two front pieces in buttons. I totally loved that project. I use them a lot in my digital projects. Here’s some pictures of some of the ways I have found to use buttons – every day.

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

To make it easier to tell whose dress was whose, we used a different set of buttons on each dress.

 

Years ago I dressed up this skirt with flowers made from buttons.

Years ago I dressed up this skirt with flowers made from buttons. By the way, don’t you love all the pink in this picture?

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

a close up – a little faded now since the skirt is getting old and has been worn a lot

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

hair clips and elastics – elastics threaded through button posts make a cute hair accessory

 

more hair clips

more hair clips

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

Instead of “tying” quilts I “button” them.

 Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

dressing up a plain jumper

dressing up a plain jumper

I needed to mend a seam in the front of my daughters skirt, but the mend was still visible. I added buttons to hide the mend.

I needed to mend a seam in the front of my daughters skirt, but the mend was still visible. I added buttons to hide the mend and a few more to make it all look intentional.

embellishing a purse

embellishing a purse

a close up

a close up

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

 

a magnet - I love how this button looks a big smile.

a magnet – I love how this button looks a big smile.

Healthy Simplicity - Buttons

a monogram for my gallery wall – I just made this last night and have totally fallen in love with it.

They also make great toys if your little ones are old enough to know not to put them in their mouth. Right now there are three children sitting on my bed sorting through the button box finding matches.

How do you use buttons? Do you have a favourite embellishment for projects?
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Library Time 48

Library Time - Healthy Simplicity

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Right now I feel like I’m swamped in books to read. I’m previewing a book for Eva-Joy. Noah has one he wants me to preview for him. I was given to books about/by Louis Zamperini (the man from Unbroken) that I want to read. I have a several books I borrowed from the library. I’m in the middle of one from the library called Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg. It is a fascinating memoir of a man who was the librarian for a prison. I’ve read several books by librarians about their job. Does that make me nerdy that I find books about librarians extremely interesting?

16-year-old daughter – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I know this was a re-read for her. She wrote a review of the book on her blog. You can find it here.

14-year-old son – The Maze Runner by James Dashner. A group of boys stuck in a large clearing surrounded by a maze that changes every night. How will they ever find the way out?

12-year-old son – The Maze Runner – You can’t keep a good book down in our house.

10-year-old daughter – Assassin by Grace Cavendish. This is part of a series of books that take place in Queen Elizabeth I’s court. Grace is a lady-in-waiting to the queen who relies on Grace to help her figure out the intrigues that go on at the Court.

9-year-old daughter – Ready to Wear (Sew Zoey) by Chloe Taylor. This is a series of books about a middle school girl who enjoys sewing her own clothes and starts a blog about her sewing adventures.

7-year-old son – Micah’s immediate response when I asked him what he read this week was – “Lego instruction books”. ☺ He was given a new set for his birthday so he’s been busy putting it together over and over again. So I said that could stand for his book this week.

3-year-old son – The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot. James Herriot wrote a series of children’s stories based on stories from his books for adults. They are all beautifully illustrated. We bought a “treasury” book that includes all of the children’s stories.

 What have you been reading lately?
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