Ruth - Week 4: A Life That Speaks Volumes

With Erin Davis, Kristen Clark and Portia Collins

Ruth faithfully served Naomi and put her trust in the Lord. Through her story, God painted a picture of true restoration.

About the Speakers

Erin Davis

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, and together they parent four energetic boys on their small farm in the midwest. She is the author of more …

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Kristen Clark

Kristen Clark

Kristen Clark is the co-founder of GirlDefined Ministries and co-author of several books, including Girl Defined and Not Part of the Plan. She is passionate about promoting the message …

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Portia Collins

Portia Collins

Portia Collins serves on the Revive Our Hearts team as the Monthly Partner Specialist and co-host of the weekly videocast, Grounded. Her favorite part of her job is meeting the …

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Kristen Clark: Do you know you can do the most mundane tasks for God’s glory? Here’s Erin Davis.

Erin Davis: I am loving walking through the book of Ruth with you. I hope that you are loving walking through the book of Ruth with us. I hope you need no introduction, but just in case somebody is just joining us, tell us your name and anything else you want us to know.

Portia Collins: Hey, guys, it is Portia Collins here . . . and I don’t know what else to share.

Erin: Do you have a favorite color?

Portia: Purple.

Erin: Purple—the color of royalty.

All right. And your name and whatever else you want us to know, or tell us your favorite color if you can’t think of anything else.

Kristen: I’m Kristen Clark from the great state of Texas.

Erin: Yes, you’ve got to get that great state in there.

Kristen: And I’ve got a cute little Maltipoo named Sadie. I love her.

Erin: People who are listening, go, “Awwww! Sadie!” (laughter)

And I’m Erin Davis. In this session we’re going to consider our work as an act of worship.

So let’s catch people up. This is session 4. We are just finishing chapter 1, and we’re going to have to speed it up a little bit to get through it. But to recap . . . we’ve mostly been talking about this woman named Naomi. What has happened in Naomi’s life so far in this first chapter?

Portia, what comes to mind?

Portia: Naomi has left her native land and has gone to Moab where they have much trouble and just death. She experienced the death of her husband and her sons. And so then from there, she decides, “Okay. Time to go back home—got to turn around.” And she returns to Bethlehem, and Ruth decides, “Okay, I’m going to stay with you.” Orpah does not. And now we get to kind of learn a little bit more about Ruth.

Erin: Yes. We’ve made it all the way to session 4, and we’ve barely talked about Ruth. I feel like this book of the Bible could have been named many things. It could have been named Naomi. It could have been named Kinsman Redeemer. Nobody asks my opinion on the naming of books of the Bible. (laughter) But, certainly, Ruth is important, and we’ve barely talked about her.

So let’s catch up a little bit on Ruth. Kristen, would you read us Ruth 1:8–18?


But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge …

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