A Redemptive Love Story

I have long loved the book of Ruth. As a teenager I memorized it. I had just finished memorizing Romans 6 and was looking for something that was a little more challenging. I don’t know what led me to Ruth, but I’m glad I memorized it.

One thing I have discovered about Scripture memorization is that the Scripture really becomes mine. I find that as I review what I have learned it becomes a form of meditation. It calms me. Sometimes when I can’t sleep I start thinking about verses I have memorized, and it helps me relax.

I’ve also found verses I’ve memorized coming to mind just when I need them. For example, I met my husband on a Thursday night at his church. Ten days later he came to our house for supper and by the end of the evening we were engaged. The next day I was thinking about how my life had changed so completely in such a short amount of time, and I thought, “What have I done? I don’t even know this guy really.” Immediately my mind was flooded with the verse, “Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.” Ruth 3:18. Right away I was at peace. God had answered my worries with a verse that really applied to me. Hugo had finished the job of finding a wife in one day. If I hadn’t memorized Ruth, I wouldn’t have had this verse come to mind. I’m not saying God couldn’t have given me peace in some other way, but I was so glad to have this verse.

I’ve said all this as an introduction to say that in the days and weeks to come I’d like to bring a series of posts on the book of Ruth. I’ve taught this book a couple of times as a Bible college course and in our church’s ladies group. I’m hoping it will bless you, and I want to remind myself of all the reasons why I love this story.

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‘Ruth in the Fields’, Merle Hugues, 1876

What is your favourite book or portion of the Bible?


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Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    It IS a gorgeous story.
    Scripture memory is soooo important. Pastor gave us Sunday a book for memorizing so we have started with the kids to memorize some scripture together. They also have between 2 and 4 verses to learn for school each week (depending on their grade).
    I have started memorizing Psalm 119 and I’m at about verse 13 haha but slow and steady wins the race and it WILL be in my brain a long time as I say them EVERY DAY! 🙂
    Looking forward to the series!

    • JenSchon

      This year the children and I are working on Hebrews 11 together. I’m helping Micah to learn it too. It’s about one verse a week so I think he should be able to.

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