I've been doing Kelly Minter's Ruth bible study with some really cool chics. I'm really enjoying it. Everyone brings their own thoughts and personalities to the study, and the teacher in me hangs on every word they say looking for a point or two that could be used in "growing" a message.
Ruth...what an amazing woman. I feel as though there have been times in my life that I have walked in her shoes. Then there are other parts of her life that I could only dream of walking as she did. Such nobility, integrity...the true virtuous woman.
One thing covered in the study was the word "hesed" which in the Hebrew means kindness. Some of the questions in the study made me stop and remember (once again) the amount of hesed my hubby has shown me. According to the world, and the Old Testament, he could have/should have thrown me away. The way I trampled on his precious heart is sickening to me. But no matter what I said and did, that man loved me and showed me amazing kindness. Now I'm no fool. I know there were times he must have contemplated smothering me in the night or poisoning my soup. (Thankfully he was far too afraid of prison!)
He has never stopped showing me kindness. There are times I think he has a bad motive behind what he's saying or doing...when it turns out there is a really logical and selfless reason behind his actions and words. (I hate it when that happens.) He just never stops.
I'm so grateful for his love, compassion, kindness, gentleness...the list goes on. He's a great man....and he's MINE :)