31 days of gleaning with Ruth – questioning my way through a famine season

Welcome to 31 days…

Now I’ve done it! I’ve jumped into the deep end of this 31-day writing challenge with both feet. I’m treading water and LOVING IT!

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in the write 31 days challenge due to my two-year pursuit of a different God calling. I’ve missed it. Although I continued my passion for writing as a part of my teaching director responsibilities, I missed my blog.

I’ve also missed the community of faith writers. This past summer as I set a goal to learn WordPress and start over with a new blog site, I recognized just how much I missed learning about the craft of writing… and more. Pretty much every day, I’ve been excited about a new understanding and use of technology, software, and social media tools.

Better than all of those trinkets, I’ve been digging deep into the greatest treasure chest – worth more than silver and gold – the priceless word of God. I am continually overwhelmed as I write (and study God’s Word prayerfully) and glean understanding. More often than not I am humbled by all I don’t know, and daily I add at least one more question to my list of what I want my Heavenly Father to teach me.

So, thank you, Holy Spirit for calling me to this adventure of treading water in the deep end. Thank you, Suntanned Feet Man, for always encouraging me to pursue God’s calling, as well as the dreams He’s given me. Thank you to my friend, Ruth, who speaks hope into my uncertainty as we chop new paths blazed by our Great Pioneer of faith, Jesus. I appreciate your small and big nudges more than I could ever express to you this side of Heaven.

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I have joined with Kate Motaung and her company of faith writers at FiveMinuteFriday.com using Kate’s prompts for each day as listed below. True confessions, I am setting up my post the night before and rising early before work to write my posts. As I read the Scripture in Ruth and pray for inspiration regarding the word of the day, I begin to write in my journal or make notes in my Bible. Finally, I set the timer and type for 5 minutes. I am much faster at typing than thinking and typing.

So, here we go. I am thrilled you have decided to join my 31-day writing journey. I pray you experience Jesus through His word and glean Holy Spirit wisdom through the pondering exercises at the end of each post.

Simply click on the day you desire to read. And sincerely, thanks again!

31 days gleaning with Ruth

Day 1: How will I {WORSHIP} in the famine season?

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. Ruth 1:1

I was there when each of our two sons prayed to Jesus and asked Him to live in their hearts. I was also there when each of our two sons was baptized. And I was there when each of our sons, not wanting to hurt my feelings, asked me to stop talking to them about Jesus.

For me, wife of one husband and mother of two sons, these are opposite sides of the same coin. The best of motherhood on one side and the worst of motherhood on the other, at least for a mother who committed herself to raising sons in a Christian home.

As each of our two sons prepared to leave home for college I gave each one my ‘flying the nest’ speech. It went something like this:

I’ve taught you all I know to teach you. I’ve told you all I know to tell you. And I’ve shown you all I know to show you. You’ve been raised in the truth of the Word of God – certainly not perfect, but I’ve given you my best. And so now, I send you out to find your own personal faith – to make it your own and to know that you know what you believe.

Honestly, both of our sons love me and respect me. They did then and they do now. I know for a fact neither one wanted to hurt me. I also know for a fact they left on their own journey each one two years apart hoping to leave the church/faith stuff at home like all the stuff they left in their closets.

As our oldest left home, I asked the Lord for a Scripture to use in pray for this son. The Lord answered with abundant mercy to my weary mind, heart, and soul. He gave me a dream and truth from His word.

In my dream, I could see this son moving through an open door, which I was unable to walk through. I was terrified at first, but the Lord allowed me to stand at the door and look. To my pure delight, I could see our son walking with Jesus at his side, arm around our son’s shoulder, conversing and laughing along a path.

I awoke full of hope with this Scripture on my lips…

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

And I have been proclaiming this hopeful truth for our son regularly since 2009. Though he left our home in a spiritual famine, Jesus has been teaching me to worship Him through the truth of His word in prayer and continually holding up the dream He gave me for an anchor of hope.

As our second son left our home for college, I asked again for a Scripture through which to knot and anchor my prayers for him. This is the one who, after hearing my ‘flying the nest’ speech, left me with these words, “Mom, you have faith for me.” (In other words you do it for me)

This last leaving was more painful. I felt the spiritual famine. My heart pleaded for a dream. No dream. And the Scripture the Lord gave me was this…

I give thanks to You God for You are good and Your steadfast love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

My thoughts ran to Naomi (Ruth 1) and they still do at times. I wondered…often…many times with tears, “Lord, what does this mean?”

Give thanks even if my son is in a spiritual famine? Declare you are good even if he doesn’t remember the truth sewn into the fabric of his being? Proclaim and stand on the truth that your steadfast love endures forever even if he never receives your love for him?

I’ve been praying, I give thanks to You God for You are good and Your steadfast love for our son endures forever, as an act of worship since 2011.

And yes… it is true… and I do… Give thanks to You God. You are good. Your steadfast love endures forever…. even in the midst of spiritual famine.


  • Are you in a spiritual famine season?
  • What emotions are bubbling up as you read about worship through a season of spiritual famine? Will you record these emotions in a journal?
  • Will you take your thoughts, your questions, your emotions into the Throne Room of God, sit at Jesus’ feet and ask Counselor Holy Spirit to help you filter it all through the truth of God’s Word?
  • Will you allow God to teach you to praise and worship Him through the famine season? We give thanks to You God for You are good and Your steadfast love endures forever. Amen.