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Why Wasn’t I Celebrating On The Outside? by Elaine Davenport Wednesday, August 13, 2008

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16: 11

I used to follow all of the baseball games of our hometown teams. I loved baseball and everyday I walked two miles round trip to the library to check out books about baseball. Our team always lost. When they finally won; I’d yell and scream: “We Won! We Won!” I made sure that everyone knew…but most of the time I was sad…we never won. It was a great team personality wise and they had great skills; but they couldn’t beat the other teams.

Fast forward to my spiritual walk with God. I decided to have a personal relationship with God from the very beginning. I had always spoke to God all of my life but I didn’t know that He would talk back! I was so surprised when I found that out.

When I followed baseball as described above and my team would win I was happy. I came to realize that happiness is temporary; it’s just til you get what you want.

The Lord allowed me to serve Him and that has brought me joy…it’s like a quiet happiness couple with peace. It’s like a victory that’s continual…so I do celebrate for certain occasions but I’ve learned to do it before the manifestation of anything I’m believing God for.

I don’t celebrate on the outside, like I used to do for baseball games…by the time my victories come and they keep coming…I’m all pooped out from celebrating and confessing the Word of God beforehand.

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Ruth Ruth Woman of Truth by Elaine Davenport Tuesday, August 12, 2008

God is doing a new thing in 2008; but you gotta get close to hear Him.

Ruth, a Moabites went to a strange land,

Blessing Naomi and following God’s hand,

There she committed to work in the field,

Unaware and not knowing what it would yield,

But eyes were upon her, for she was quite fair,

And leaving her humility she never would dare

All day long, she endured and she toiled,

While Boaz had noted that she was never spoiled,

For she served with her spirit, her soul and heart,

She was obedient to Naomi, who was very smart,

Naomi told her to go see Boaz on the threshing floor,

Unknowing she went and God opened a door

He ate his food and went to lie down; only to meet

A beautiful Ruth the Moabites to lie at his feet,

She was a woman of honor and great dignity,

And his heart which was soft for her was in jubilee,

He wondered outloud to her how much he cared;

He would make intercession so that she would be spared,

From marrying the next kinsman in line for the land,

He’d have to find a way to keep him from taking her hand,

He explained to Ruth how she must sneak out without a squimish,

For her reputation must be protected and be without blemish,

Boaz was truly a man of God, his only course was to pray

For he knew that the God of Israel would make a sure way

He gathered the elders and all the wise men at the city gate,

It would all be done properly but they had to wait,

Boaz envisioned his Ruth from the previous night,

Sure enough the kinsman arrived and released his rights,

He took off his sandal and established the transfer of property without a fight.

So the matter was settled and the marriage took place,

To some it’s unlikely for it was a tough case,

But with God all is possible if you’re in the race,

Be Faithful, Be True, walk in His Peace,

Be like Ruth and you’ll get your release!

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