I always cringe at the question, “Where are you going for your holidays? “ We all want our holidays to be exciting and packed with adventure. In thinking about our summer to come, I had doubts if we would even feel like we had a holiday. For the past 20 years we have gone to my home town and hung out, same campsite, same week, everything is the same. In my prayer as I looked towards the summer, I was telling God that He would have to meet the needs that vacations bring.

Summer came and we did the same old holiday, but for some reason I decided to study the book of Ruth with my family. Around our campsite God made a book that I didn’t understand become very exciting. I related to Ruth sitting at Boaz’s feet telling him that she was his servant. Then I read that Boaz had noticed Ruth had a heart for him and he said hold out your shawl you can’t leave empty-handed. Boaz is an amazing man, but Jesus is our true Kinsman Redeemer, protector, provider and passionately loves me.

Summer is nearly over and as I look back I am thankful that I have rich wonderful summer memories. I am ready for the fall with arms full of His blessings.

Scripture: Read Psalm 23 and reflect particularly on Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, you anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over. How has God blessed you and caused your cup to run over?

Prayer: Lord, I pray that as busy ladies we will value those quiet times to sit at your feet as servants, listening and adoring you. Then, Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see what you put into our empty arms.

Contributed by Shirley Ryning