The Girl’s Still Got It: Chapter 1

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Here we go, sisters: our first week together! I’m delighted you’ve joined me and pray this study will be both fun and meaningful for you. If you’ve already done your reading and answered the Study Guide questions in the back of the book, you definitely get a gold star. If you haven’t, grab your book and your Bible and hang out with us anyway. This place is all about grace.

Introduction: “Before We Dive In”
Chapter One: “Off to a Rocky Start”
Ruth 1:1-5

Back in 2007 when I started researching the book of Ruth for this study, my working title was Beneath His Wings, inspired by Boaz’s blessing in Ruth 2:12, “May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Lovely imagery, and a wonderful promise…but a tad sedate for this Former Bad Girl!

Then The Girl’s Still Got It popped into my head, and the opening lines came right along with it: “Ruth’s definitely got it. Yes, that Ruth. The one in the Bible.” Which brings us to our first Study Guide question:

1. a. What words would you use to describe “it” in this context?
I think of “it” as a generosity of spirit. The kind of woman who pours into others without fear of becoming thirsty, because she knows the Source of Living Water will never run dry. Many women in the Bible fit that description. I think Ruth takes the prize.

1. b. Name an older woman you know who’s still got it. What has she taught you by example?
My dear friend Glenna Salsbury has definitely still got it. At 75 she’s traveling the world, teaching God’s Word, and looking gooood while doing it. Talk about a role model! She spends hours upon hours every week studying God’s Word, and it shows on her face. Radiant.

1. c. Now think of a younger woman who’s already got it. What can you learn from her?
Many of my Women of Faith sisters are younger than me—Lisa Harper, Angie Smith, Kelly Minter, Christine Caine, Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen. They’ve definitely got something to give: their absolute passion for the Word and for our hurting world. They long to make a difference, and they are.

1. d. What vital, meaningful truth might another woman learn from you?
Okay, now this is embarrassing. I’d rather hear your answers! My goal is simply to honor God and love people. 1 John 4:11 says it best: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Whew! Made it through the first question. Ready for the next?

2. a. Does trusting God come easily for you, or is it a struggle? Why might that be the case?
Nope, it doesn’t come easily to me. I like to pretend I’m in control of my little world (which is ridiculous because I’m so not in control of anything). I’ve learned over the years that fear is the real enemy. Fear of failure, fear of disappointing others, fear of being invisible. (Ouch. Whose idea was it to do this Bible study?!)

2. b. What would trusting God look like to you in a difficult real-life situation?
Honestly? It looks scary. And, at the same time, freeing. Our daughter moved to Australia for a year, hoping to settle there. Trusting God with her future was a huge test of faith for me. I prayed for her dream to come true, even if it meant (gulp) she would live on the other side of the world. She’s back in the U.S. now, for which I’m grateful. But I learned so much in that year. And so, of course, did she. Which brings us to our next question…

2. c. How might the following verses encourage you to trust the Lord even in hard times?
They’re all powerful assurances, but Psalm 9:10 is my favorite: “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” It’s the absolute truth. God is so faithful.

Getting a little more personal now…

3. a. Can you trust God with your past?
Oh my, oh my. Yes. It’s taken me years to realize that my Bad Girl past is the very heart of my ministry. It’s what compels me to help women who are stuck. I get it. I truly do.

3. b. Can you trust God with your present?
For me, this is the easiest of the three. I’m always going around singing Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I know, I know. But I really mean it!

3. c. Can you trust God to provide for your future?
This one is the hardest for me, until I remember who holds our future in his loving hands. As I often say, with God our future isn’t a question mark; it’s an exclamation point!

Wonder if Naomi felt that way when her life fell apart in Moab? Let’s find out as we press on to Chapter 1.

Study Guide Questions for Ruth 1:1-5

1. a. What’s the most traumatic event you’ve weathered during the last six months, and what made that experience especially difficult for you?

Two weeks ago I stood up and suddenly felt like someone had plunged a sharp knife into my knee. Couldn’t move, couldn’t put weight on it. This wasn’t my arthritis acting up; this was take-me-to-the-ER time. For the next five hours I was in severe pain, trembling all over, imagining my autumn speaking schedule disintegrating before my eyes.

1. b. Where did you turn for support, compassion, and a listening ear? How were your needs met?
My dear husband provided all of the above, but ultimately I put my faith in God to either heal me or help me cope. All I could say was, “I trust you, Lord.” When the ER sent me home in the wee hours of the morning, still in major pain, I fell into bed, not sure what would happen when the alarm went off two hours later and I had to pack for a speaking trip in Des Moines. But God whispered the same words back to me: “Trust me.”

1. c. What hope do the following verses offer those who suffer?
Of the ones listed, Job 36:15 was the one I clung to: “But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.” I definitely needed a word from God that night.

What happened next? Keep reading…

2. a. Looking at Romans 5:3–4: “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Is hope a sufficient goal for you?
I think hope is the only goal worth reaching for, and the one thing people need most. Alas, we can’t skip the hard stuff in the middle to get there. We talk about taking a leap of faith, but I think it’s more like a walk (and some days, a crawl). As long as we’re moving toward hope, we’re moving in the right direction. Still, it’s okay to say, “This is hard.”

2. b. Read Ecclesiastes 7:14 and Romans 8:28. How do you reconcile these two truths: that God oversees our bad times, yet “works for the good”?
It gives me great comfort to know God is in charge “when times are good” and “when times are bad.” Whenever God brings some challenge into my life, I have to believe that there’s a reason for it and that good will come of it…eventually. That’s our Romans 8:28 assurance: “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” It’s the waiting part that kills me!

2. c. What good have you seen come from the recent difficulty in your life?
So, the alarm went off at 4:00am. I got out of bed, forgetting about that knife in my knee, and walked across the room. Slowly, yes, and still wincing a little, but walking. You better believe I praised God! Didn’t jump up and down, though. That came later, when I texted my friends and family from the arena: “I’m backstage dancing! Claiming a miracle!” My husband texted back, “Gloria Dei!” Exactly so: Glory to God!

2. d. How has God revealed himself to you during this challenging time?
God asked me to trust him, and to my great surprise, I did. Rather than risk taking a whammy of a pain pill, I went to bed and slept. I knew if he wanted me in Des Moines to speak, he would make a way. And if he didn’t want me there, he would provide a replacement and take care of me at home. Forgive me if this sounds simplistic, beloved, but I think it all comes down to faith, as defined in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” I couldn’t see how this might end well. But God could.

Finally, our last question. (Fear not, this will be much shorter next week because we’ll have just one chapter to cover!)

3. a. According to the oft-quoted John 3:16, God loved and God gave. What one thing must we do to have eternal life?
In the words of Jesus in John 6:29, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” We gotta believe. Have faith. Trust. Different words, same basic meaning. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried out to God, “Help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 There’s no shame in asking for a greater measure of faith. Like grace, it’s a gift that God delights in giving.

3. b. What might happen if you shared this truth (found in John 5:24, 6:40, and 10:28) with a friend or family member who has yet to cross over “from death to life”?
Thrilling things have happened in the past, which means they might happen again. It’s the best news we can offer anyone. Please, Lord, give us the courage to speak boldly and love unconditionally.

3. c. For Elimelech and his sons, death had the final word. According to 2 Corinthians 5:1, what does our future hold?
Our future holds  “a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” All Naomi sees at this point in the story is an empty house, empty arms, empty wombs. She can’t imagine the restoration and redemption God has planned for her. Like the prodigal son, she needs to return. She needs to go home. She needs to believe in a God who forgives.

Now it’s your turn, sis. Respond to one or two of the above, if you wish. I’d especially love to know your response to this final question: What’s the most memorable truth you’ve learned from Ruth 1:1–5 in Chapter 1?

I’ll be checking in periodically this week and encourage you to do the same. It’s an honor to teach you the biblical story through my book, then apply those lessons through the Study Guide here. I hope it’s been helpful. Let me know how I can serve you best!

131 Responses to The Girl’s Still Got It: Chapter 1

  1. Betsy C. September 5, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Great! It’s a blessing to be able to sit here and imagine I’m listening to you speaking directly to me! Thank you for a wonderful, easy way to study Ruth together. Do we have an assignment for next week? Probably read Chapter 2, huh?

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 8:57 am #

      Oh, Betsy, thanks for the reminder. YES, please read Chapter 2 of The Girl’s Still Got It for next week. And bless you for being the first to dive in!

  2. Mary Anne Taylor September 5, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    What resonated with me this morning as I read was your comment that some days our faith walk is “actually a crawl..but as long as we are moving toward hope, we are moving in the right direction.” I can certainly relate to that statement… Watching my dad suffer this past year and waiting for the results of his lung biopsy this week, many days feel as though I am just “crawling” through them but without Jesus there would be no “hope” in my hope for my dad regardless of his diagnosis and like Naomi I feel as though I am in a foreign place and yet my heart rejoices that in life and in death we are winners in Christ if our hope is in him.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      So eloquently put, Mary Anne. My prayers are with you as you walk through this foreign land. But not without hope, dear sister. “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

  3. Ruthie September 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    When things get rough, I should stay where I am and trust God — not go running off thinking I can solve the problem in my own way.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      A good take-away, Ruthie. When we run off to Moab, as Naomi and her family did, we usually find ourselves in worse straits. So been there, so done that! God bless you for sharing, sis.

  4. Annette W {This Simple Home} September 5, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    My thoughts this morning, and as I was reading Ch. 1 was how God really holds us up and brings us through our darkest moments/days/years, which sometimes means death or near-death.

    After dealing with life-threatening heart problems when our oldest child was a baby (cardiac arrest at 17 days) we continued to say that God would bring us through. We also know we had it easy…we did not lose our daughter. They were still horribly difficult days of the unknown though.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Annette, I cannot imagine how dark those days must have been for you. I praise God that your daughter survived and your faith was strengthened. No doubt the Lord has used your experience to encourage and help others. God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Isn’t it wonderful that he doesn’t waste anything, least of all pain?

      • Annette W {This Simple Home} September 5, 2012 at 10:28 am #

        Oh, yes, He did! Not only to help others, but He also prepared us for our second child…once again with a life-threatening health situation (3 hour seizure when he was 1 year)…
        Then when we had our third baby…she screamed and screamed…and screamed (not colic) but was healthy. 🙂

        Our pastor contacted us to reach out to another couple whose children were very sick and in the hospital…and we have learned to encourage through it all. We continually say that parenting is not for wimps…but I have the feeling that those teen years are going to show how wimpy I really am!

        • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am #

          After all you’ve been through, Annette, those teen years are going to be a breeze. Okay, a fresh wind, at least. ;>)

  5. Bonnie September 5, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Just wanted to say thanks for doing this online, I forgot all about it, but will be starting asap!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Ready whenever you are, Bonnie. THANKS for joining us!

  6. n September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Ruth is such an inspirtaion to me. She followed God faithfully and fully…and did not look back. IT had to be rough leaving all behind and going to a strange new land….but she trusted FULLY…and GOD directed her to TRUST and OBEY….those are big demands. So many times it is hard to let go of the “wheel” and let God “drive”…we hate the unknown, we cling to our fears, we doubt our worth. GOD DOES NOT! That is AWESOME assurance!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      You have definitely nailed the human condition, my friend: “we hate the unknown, we cling to our fears, we doubt our worth.” Yes, yes, and yes! God not only knows our future, he designed it for us; his love stands ready to cast out our fears; and his death alone proves our worth to him. THANKS for sharing your wisdom here!

  7. Christie Smith September 5, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Liz! I had the pleasure of meeting you in person at Women of Faith in Spokane! I brought my book to show you that I was one of your “Boaz stories” on page 115. Such a blessing to meet you and hear you speak. <3 I think one of the things that has resonated the most with me in this chapter of Ruth is the not-knowing-but-keep-going-aspect of these women. Trust. I love how you said our future is an exclamation point. I am gonna right that down and put it on my kitchen windowsill so I can remember it while I am doing the dishes. As a military family, moving all the time, I have to trust God every time we are ready to pack up that he will pave the way. New doctors, dentists, grocery stores, neighbors, church families, every few years we have to start all over again. God has been my strength each time. But, I still forget that He will make a way sometimes. It seems a lesson I will be learning until the end of my days. 🙂 Thank you so much for this study. It is going to be my morning routine with a cup of tea!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Christie, it was SUCH a joy to meet you in person, after connecting online. LOVE your Boaz story, of course. And your “not-knowing-but-keep-going” phrasing. Every military family can identify with the challenges you face. Most of us have been down that move-the-household road a time or two, but to do it again and again…all I can say is, BLESS YOU for your service to our country. Looking forward to learning with you, sis!

  8. Roxanne Nanney September 5, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Hey, Liz,
    Our Wednesday Brown Bag Bible Study is going through “The Girl’s Still Got It” right now and we are exactly on the same schedule as your blog. How cool is that? Headed down in a few minutes to meet the ladies…there are 10 of us…we’ll take a picture and share it with you in a few weeks…I have some girls out today.
    Thank you for ministering to us!!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      COOL is right, Roxanne! Let me know how your study goes, and DO send a photo when all ten of you are there. It’s my JOY to minister to you, any way I can!

  9. Theresa Rypstra September 5, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I am doing this study in preparation for teaching our the Book of Ruth at our Women’s Bible study in the fall. I felt the Holy Spirit guiding me to do this. So, as I worked through the Intro and Chapeter one…I realized how God was directing me. I have identified with Naomi’s losses. Not just the death, but the famine too.
    to answer this question:
    1. a. What’s the most traumatic event you’ve weathered during the last six months, and what made that experience especially difficult for you?
    In Dec. my 10th grandson was born with a closed esphogus. Emergency surgery and two weeks in ICU repaired it then with other complications he struggled for a few months. He then began to grow and become healthy. Then suddendly after getting a common cold, he stopped breathing, went into cardiac arrest and then died 4 days later. On May 18th. He was almost 5 months old. Devesting to our family and our daughter, son-in-law and their three other chidren.
    Also inbetween Dec. and May, my husband got layed off from is 28 year old job, my son left his wife, my uncle died, and my mom was diagnoised with breast cancer.
    Life is hard.
    What has sustained me? Spending time with God, even when I didn’t feel like it. Allowing my self to mourn and forcing my self to get up off of the floor!
    I believe God’s Word and often His promises are all that I have to cling to.

    I am still trying to answer this question:
    2. b. Read Ecclesiastes 7:14 and Romans 8:28. How do you reconcile these two truths: that God oversees our bad times, yet “works for the good”?
    Walking it out in faith will reveal the answer!
    God’s peace floods my heart when I am overwhelmed. I run into my Savior in whom is my strong tower! In my weakness, may God be glorified and show His strength and power. He holds the future!
    Thanks for the study.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      My dear Theresa, the loss of your grandson must be almost beyond bearing. I lost my mother on May 18, so it’s a day of remembrance I’ll always share with you. He IS our strong tower. You teach us all with your words about “spending time with God even when you don’t feel like it.” Well done, my sister. Bless you for sharing your journey with us.

      • Theresa Rypstra September 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

        Liz, I look for to the years of rememberance of God’s sufficiency in my circumstances. Thanks for the encouragement.

        • Emily September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am #

          Theresa, Thank you for sharing responses to both 1 and 2. Though I have never experienced a truly “Naomi” life as what you have endured over the past several months, I am impressed by the Scriptures’ order of “suffering to perseverance to character to hope”. You are a beautiful example of God working this in your heart if you live even a fraction of what you have expressed here. I find myself looking for hope so often, and I am encouraged for today to be ok with finding the strength to simply endure, which will someday bring hope. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for showing that the Word of God is Truth.


        • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

          You are wise to do so, Theresa. God often asked his people to remember what he’d done for them: “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you.” Deuteronomy 15:15

  10. Pat Mettee September 5, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Our group started with your “Bad Girls…” study and we fell in love with you. So, two weeks ago we started your “Ruth..” book. Last night we did chapter one and heard personal testimonies from several of our sisters who have experienced death of children and husband as well as infertility. Powerful, tearful, insightful, faithful…..So looking forward to continuing this study to see what God has in store for each of us.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Ruth’s story does begin on a very sobering note. Especially for a woman who loves to use a bit of humor when she teaches, I’ve found it a real challenge on the platform to start with Ruth 1:1-5! Yet, as you saw in your study last night, sorrow is a place of beginning for many of us. The loss of my mother was certainly the catalyst for my getting out of the pit, a Moab of my own making for sure. As you say, our true stories are “powerful, tearful, insightful,” even as they reveal God’s faithfulness. Hugs to each woman in your study!

  11. Betsy Palm September 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    First 5 verses of Ruth are pretty big life challenges: a famine, a big journey moving to another town, family, death. It’s all summed up in 5 verses!! Would all our difficulties and disappointments fit into 5 verses of our story? I’m so glad God sees the big picture of what my life on earth is going to be and I don’t have to worry about the challenges – past, present, future. Help me to look back on the hardships and see what God did in it! Keep my focus on my ‘big picture’ – to ABIDE in Jesus and ABOUND in the work of the Lord.

  12. Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    “Abide and abound”–a priceless truth, Betsy. I think you are on to something–the fact that God’s Word only spends 5 verses on their past and all the rest of the book of Ruth on creating their future helps us realize where our focus needs to be as well. THANKS for participating, sis!

  13. Kathy Welch September 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    The words of a song, Faithful God, by David Baroni sums up Ruth 1:1-5 for me……”there’s never been a night without a dawn.”

    After my mother died, my Dad lived with me and my husband for 4 years and then he passed away. Through all that time I felt I went through life in a semi coma….not fully engaged and alive with anything other than caring for my Dad. Now after seven months since my Dad’s been gone, I’m starting to waking up. The joy is back. I feel as if I’ve returned to “Bethlehem” (with Ruth and Naomi.)

    Liz, I heard you speak at WOF in Spokane in August. I feel in love with you and now I’m reading all your books. THANK YOU!!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      What a journey you’ve been on, Kathy. God bless you for caring for your dear father. Not all daughters would be willing. You are definitely a Ruth! And I rejoice that your joy is beginning to return. THANKS for joining us at WOF in Spokane (LOVED it) and for joining me here!

  14. Gayle Haddock September 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #


    After having the pleasure of seeing you live at “She Speaks” in July, I bought your book and felt absolutely called to lead this study. I am a single mom still waiting on “my Boaz” and Ruth has been speaking me for quite some time now!

    I’m thrilled to report that tonight I will begin leading a group of 25+ women through “The Girl’s Still Got It” at my church in Columbia, SC! We are using the DVD and group study guide, but can you imagine my excitement when I got the blog post and realized that we are on the same timeline as your online study? I feel like you just blessed with me with the teacher’s key! 🙂 I am looking forward to growing with you and the women that come along beside us in this study over the next 12 weeks. I’m especially thankful your knee is better and you are able to continue speaking this fall – it was an absolute delight to hear you in person this summer and I know you will bless countless others with your wit and God’s Word!

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your answers with us!
    In Him,

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Don’t you LOVE the timing on all this, Gayle? Just thrills my soul to think of it. If you’ve not done so already, pop on my Featured Book page and look for the red link to my Bible Study How-To Guide. Or paste this link in your browser: Many blessings on your efforts tonight!

      • Gayle Haddock September 11, 2012 at 11:19 am #

        Liz –

        Thank you so much for that tip! What a wonderful resource! We had 26 women from all seasons and stages of life show up on our first night, and were busting at the seams in the room we were assigned, so next week we are moving to a bigger room! Everyone loved the first night, where we covered the Intro and Ch. 1, and we will dig into Ch. 2 tomorrow night.

        So excited to to walk beside you through the book of Ruth and can’t wait to see how God works in this wonderful group of women!

        Praising Him,

  15. Ardith H September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Several years ago I led a bible study in an online “Cyber Circle” and we used your “Bad Girls of the Bible” series. What fun we had as we learned things that were taught to us had another side to the story. This time with your blog I can enjoy your leadership. Thank you!

    Your deeper look at those first five verses made me more aware of the hardships that Naomi and her daughters had suffered. I guess that I never made the connection that there were no grandchildren by either of Naomi’s sons. So empty Naomi’s life must have felt. Good thing that she had the Lord watching over her, even thought she didn’t think so.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Bless you, Ardith, for spending time with those Bad Girls of the Bible, and now with two of the Bible’s Good Girls. Well, mostly good, anyway. ;>) I’m always reminded of the words of Jesus: “No one is good–except God alone.” Luke 18:19

      You are so right about Naomi–no husband, no sons, no grandsons. Heartbreaking! Yet God was ever working on Naomi’s behalf, paving the way for the joy to follow, thanks to the faithfulness of his servant Ruth.

      Oh, I LOVE this story! Glad you do as well, Ardith!

  16. Pamela Green September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Liz , Thanks for your words of encouragement. Your Bible studies are helping me, help others. I never dreamed that this “former” California girl, at the age of 62 would be working with women getting out of prison. I am out of the glitz and glamor and I am in the trenches (North Idaho). I am using your books, Bad Girls of the Bible and the girls just love the title. In my effort to help someone who as a child was involved in a “sex pornography ring,” I used the verse,
    Romans 8:28.
    I explained that this verse doesn’t mean all things happen to us is good-but He is able to turn around every circumstance for our good. God is not working to make us “happy” but to fulfill His purpose! He does however; promise us ” joy” which as you know is something totally different!!!
    Every day is blessed because He is in it!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Isn’t it amazing to see how God uses each of us for his good purposes? Rejoicing at where he has you now, Pam: in the very center of his will! May he continue to bless your time “inside,” and fill your heart with joy unpseakable!

  17. Annette G September 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you, Liz for this bible study – God’s timing is always perfect, I totally agree with you. Woke up this morning feeling drained and depressed. A wave of emotion hit me last night, missing my mom so very much. She passed away last October after a long illness, and it felt like it was just yesterday. I lost my dad 10 months before my mom, also from illness. And just this last December, the church announced that the program I was working for would close at the end of the school year. Needless to say, the last five months of my job was a slow death, too. The start of your bible study in my inbox this morning was just what I needed. I read “The Girl’s Still Got It” all the way through right after it came out, and going through it this second time will definitely “bless us all.” I look forward to the coming weeks!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Annette, you’ve surely been having a Naomi kind of year. I’m SO sorry. It blesses my soul to know you will be reading along with us. I pray the Lord will provide just the words of encouragement you need. Having lost both my parents, though not nearly so close together (I was 23 and 46), I can promise you that heavy cloud will lift in time. Stay in the Word, lean on the Lord, and know that you are loved.

  18. Sue September 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    I didn’t get me email. am late but am reading the blog, thanks Liz for doing this.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

      So sorry the email has yet to appear, Sue. Just jump on anytime. We’ll be here for you!

  19. Angela C September 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Without hope you don’t have “it” whatever you “it” is. Hope is essential to life.
    So when you say the “Girls Still Got It” I know she has hope which is helping her take the next step, do the hard thing, keep her focus or whatever is necessary. A woman is unstoppable with hope! Praise God that He is Jehovah Shammah — the God who is ever present in our lives and world. Holding onto Hope – Angela

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      We are in TOTAL agreement, Angela: HOPE is indeed “essential to life.” Bless you for sharing your take on the meaning of “it.” Something tells me YOU have definitely got it! God bless, sis.

  20. Kim September 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Borrowed this book from our local Library, as I spotted it in the “New” section. I then heard about your blog from another blog and signed up for the study. I think I’m going to go out and buy the book so I can complete the study along with you. Chapter 1 – Stick with Gods plan and not our own, no matter how desperate things seem don’t take matters in your own hands

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      Happy to know your local library has my book available. You’ve neatly cut to the chase, Kim, in stating the theme of Chapter 1. Taking matters into our own hands can get us in trouble. That’s one I know from experience. God was patient with Naomi, and he is certainly patient with us. Good thing, huh? Will look forward to you reading and following along, Kim!

  21. Janet September 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi, Liz!

    Thanks for this study. It came at a time when I was “hungry” for an in-depth study, shared with others.

    The thing that struck me most in the first chapter was that Naomi (guess I’m showing my age when I identify with Naomi more that Ruth) was at a time of transition in her life. I’m right there with her.

    On May 1st, our 24 year old son moved to another city after having lived with us for several months. On May 3rd, he went hiking on a mountain and fell. He had to be rescued by a helicopter, had a broken hip, concussion and back injuries. He was in the hospital/rehab center for almost a month. Today he’s walking, taking classes, and has just completed his first paper. If I hadn’t been able to turn to God–to call out to Him, to seek comfort and strength from Him, to hold onto Him–I would’ve been completely lost.

    Now that our son is moving ahead, my husband and I are, too. Sometimes it’s hard, because I can’t see very far ahead. I don’t even know what I’m looking for. But I do know God can see and will guide me.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      No shame in identifying with Naomi, sis. I did too (and it no doubt showed in the book). In many ways her story arc is the more transcendent one one. Ruth is impressive from the moment she opens her mouth and utters, “Where you go, I will go.” All the way through the story, Ruth behaves admirably. Naomi, however, begins in sorrow, sinks into bitterness, then slowly moves toward trusting God. Her story, even more than Ruth’s, ends on a triumphant note of redemption.

      So relieved to hear your son is recovering from his injuries. I held my breath when I read your comment, fearing what direction it might take. Praise God for his mercies. None of us can see very far ahead. Which brings us back to trust again. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It will be wonderful to hear more in the weeks ahead. God bless, Janet!

  22. Joy Nelson September 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    Dear Liz,
    Just found out about your blog today. Our “Hugs” Bible Study is doing your book The Girl’s Still Got It this fall. We will begin on Mon. Sept. 10th. I can’t wait to tell all the huggers about your blog site. We will be a little behind but since we are doing 2 chapters a week I think we will catch up quickly. Thank you for your wonderful book on Ruth. Hugs, Joy

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Oh, you’ll not only catch up, Joy, you’ll shoot past us! ;>) But no worries there. Jump in when you can and comment whenever the Spirit moves. I’m honored you’ve chosen my book for your HUGS group (gotta love that name!).

  23. Dr. Laurel Shaler September 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Thank-you, Liz! I absolutely love this book…your style of writing is wonderful. What I appreciate the most is how much effort you put in to thoroughly explaining everything. The references are great! I have already learned more about the book of Ruth than I have ever learned.

    As I was reading through what you shared about the battles we face, I am reminded of my own and of those that others face. SO many in my life have lost loved ones over the past year…I miss those that have gone before me, but am thankful for the salvation they all proudly proclaimed! I know they are all in Heaven…those left behind need prayer.

    The book and Bible study is the perfect thing at the perfect time. Isn’t it awesome how God can do that for everyone at the same time???

    God bless,
    Laurel 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      You’re so right, Laurel. The assurance of heaven for a loved one eases the loss, and compels us to share the Good News with all who are living, yet not alive in Christ. I’m planning on speaking at my own funeral! Seriously. Haven’t taped that message yet and hope it won’t be needed for ages, but it seems the right time to share the JOY of knowing God!

      • Bonnie Roof September 17, 2012 at 12:14 am #

        What a wonderful idea! Indeed – a perfect time to impact others with the importance of knowing the Lord.

  24. Bridget September 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm #


    Thank you so much for starting this study. I love the idea of an online bible study. It is good for people like me who lead busy lives. My women’s bible study is studying your “Girls of the Bible” video series. We love it! You really explain things to people, like me, who are just starting to read the bible and are not sure what all this stuff means.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      Bridget, I’m THRILLED you are starting to read God’s Word! Because I didn’t embrace the grace of God until I was 27, and knew ZIP about the Bible, I never assume just because some one is in church that they know “all this stuff”! I sure didn’t. Keep reading, keep studying, keep growing, sis! And thanks for joining us here.

  25. Angie September 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    I have so many racing thoughts on the first 5 verses of Ruth. I think of Naomi and her life experiences up until the point of verse 5. She had suffered bereavement, dislocation and poverty. I think about my grandmother who had a very difficult life, however her hard exterior could not overshadow her loving heart, she was a survivor. Were these the qualities that Ruth saw in Naomi? Is this why she stayed with Naomi? What were their conversations? A very “human” story! My grandmother taught me so much about life. I’m elated to say she confessed and accepted Jesus Christ in the last days of her life! Her love for me was like no other I had ever felt… I always told her… “Granny, to have so many grandchildren and great grandchildren, you make me feel like the only one in the world!”. Maybe others didn’t see her that way, but I did… Maybe Ruth felt the same way about Naomi… She saw a glimpse of her eternal light shining through her cracked exterior… :). God bless!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Angie, I absolutely LOVE your take on Naomi. We can’t know for sure what Naomi “looked like” to Ruth, but I think it’s entirely possible Ruth saw her through God’s eyes, just as you saw your grandmother through the eyes of love. And what HAPPY news about your grandmother embracing God’s grace in the last days of her life! That gives us all HOPE for those we love who keep resisting his irresistable grace. God bless, sis!

  26. Denise H September 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    What an amazing Bible Study! I’ve always loved the book of Ruth & thanks to your book & Bible study I now have a greater understanding of it.
    Romans 8:28 has been our family’s life verse since we took our leap of faith together 21 years ago. We’ve left family and friends to go where God leads to 3 different states & pastored churches that brought some amazing & faith building experiences to us. C.S. Lewis said of this scripture that -paraphrasing here–“we don’t don’t know how painful God’s good will be in our lives.” I can say amen to that & continue to trust God in all things as well as thank Him for all things-good, bad or difficult.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Wow, Denise. Three states, pastoring churches…clearly this must be God’s leading! Love the Lewis quote. In fact, I found the original: “We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ~ C.S. Lewis BLESS YOU for sharing!

  27. Deb V September 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Liz,
    I just love this new bible study. Thank you for leading us. Two years ago my oldest son told us he wanted to do a year long mission trip. During this time I really had to learn how to let go of my fears and my son and trust God. He was home for a year and now just in August he left for another year long mission trip. I’ve learned in the past couple of years that these missions are God’s mission not my sons and that God loves my son more than I can imagine. It is a hard concept letting go of my fears, but when I put my trust in God, He gives me His peace.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      You’ve given us a beautiful example, Deb, of trusting God and letting go. Whew. Really, really hard when it’s your own son! Yet how thrilling that he is following God’s leading: “thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

  28. Betty September 6, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Liz, I’ve done your Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible studies and loved them. At this time in my life after a long “dry spell” in my own Moab, I feel God has lead me to this online study…and in Ruth of all things! I wasn’t “ready” to attend a bible study in person at my church and this online study is perfect – to do at the times that suit me and flexible with my work schedule and other responsibilities. I’d say I just “stumbled” onto this bible study, but you and I know better – it was God’s plan in His perfect timing. PTL! I thoroughly enjoyed week one and look forward to the coming weeks. Thank you for following God’s plan for your life! God bless you!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Betty, I am so glad you “stumbled” onto our study. Faithful God! I totally get everything you are saying, and will look forward to meeting with you here. It’s a safe place and a grace place. Welcome, beloved!

  29. Rita September 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Just wanted you to know you are an answer to prayer..I attended the WOF conference here in DSM and bought your book and heard you speak and in my heart doing a dance..”I want to hear more of her..wish I could’ God heard and he sent me to this study on line..Thank You.. I just finished chapter One and being older, digesting slowly..

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      Reading slowly is GOOD, Rita…at any age! WOF in Des Moines was amazing. So glad you joined us there…and here! Do share anything you are learning. You’ve still got it, girl!

  30. Janet Prox September 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    What a joy to have a mentor like you. I am going to be leading this book as a Bible Study in our group this fall and having help with the answers to the questions, lets me know that I am on the right track. Bless you for doing this. I look forward to next week. I have to say my answers look a little short at times and words are not so eloquently put, but how important it is to have God leading the way. Reference the last question, I am wondering if Naomi wasn’t feeling “all alone” at this time. Sometimes mothers-in-law don’t always feel a close family connection with the girls, especially if they are raised differently, such as religion and love of the true God. She really has a lesson to learn with her own emotional being and that, in itself, can bring her closer to God. Thanks again for the insight from your point of view. Good to know we are on the same page (or in the same book).

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      I’m glad this blog will be helpful to you as a leader, sis. What’s most important to the Lord is how YOU answer these questions! This is just my 2 cents, in case my take is at all useful. I certainly get what you are saying about Naomi. She must have felt terribly alone. It’s in those moments that God can really get our attention. See you next week, Janet!

  31. Diana September 7, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    answer to last question/ faithfulness and unconditional love. I have a hard time seeing things through. I start and don’t finish., Ruth inspires me to do better and look to her for an example!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks for your honesty, Diana. I struggle with that same challenge. Some of us are called to be starters, others are more skilled at finishing. If we can find a partner (or perhaps someone to be accountable to), it might help us get where we want to go. You are so right: Ruth IS a fine example of someone who honors her promises, whatever the cost.

  32. TJ September 7, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    I think what I got from the first verses is that tradegy is always lurking around a corner. You have to be ready for it to hit. I feel like it takes a strong woman who knows God to make it through some situations. Sometimes I wonder where I would be without God. But I am always thankful that I have God in my life. Thanks for doing this online.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      Sadly, having lived apart from God for a decade of my life (not unlike Naomi and her lost decade in Moab), I know where I would be without God: NOWHERE! Praise God for his faithfulness; even if we aren’t ready when tragedy strikes, God is already there, ready to catch us when we fall. Whew.

  33. Leslie September 7, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I scrambled into my local bookstore on Wednesday to purchase the book so that I could join the study only to find there was one copy left and it was the large print edition. I scooped it up and, holy cow, I sure don’t need my glasses to read it! I was blessed most from the scriptures included in the study this week. I write scriptures on index cards to carry with me (advice from one of those younger women in my life who’s already got it) and the verses from this week’s study are so awesome – they are sooooooo index card worthy and will be added to my stack! Thanks Liz for this opportunity.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      Hubby has a large-print Bible I’ve been known to “borrow”…not a bad thing, those big letters! ;>) When I study a passage I use 14 translations, but when it comes to memorizing Scripture, NASB is my fave. So glad you are committing the Word to heart, Leslie. Well done!

      • Steffennie September 16, 2012 at 5:41 am #

        So this may be a crazy question, but I’ve never heard of the NASB version. What is it?

        • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

          No problem! That’s the New American Standard Bible: NASB. It’s one of my favorites because it’s very close to the original languages, easy to understand, yet a bit more lyrical than the most modern translations. I’m using 15 translations these days when I study, so I can squeeze every nuance out of every word for us. :>)

  34. Linda Hunter September 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Since I’ve studied Ruth before (and I was in the group that met at the Methodist Church when you were just beginning preparation for this), I am trying to stay with just the question you asked: Ruth 1:1-5 is a great setup for a woman’s drama! Naomi had no earthly hope. No husband, no sons, 2 daughters-in-law to be concerned with (both pagan). Naomi was devastated and in a foreign, pagan land of death. Wow! Makes you want to turn the page to see what will happen next.

    BTW, glad your knee is better. I have two grumpy knees…and I’m one of those 45 women going with you to Scotland in November. Looking forward to it, even taking my 2 daughters with me!

    Louisville, KY

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Linda, you’ve summed up the many losses in the first 5 verses of Ruth perfectly. Imagine hearing/reading this story for the first time, having no idea what might be coming next. Truly a page-turner! As for my knees, I definitely need them happy and functional for my two trips to Scotland this November/December. Thrilled you and your girls will be touring with me., for anyone who’s interested. ;>)

  35. Sue September 8, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    whats the most memorable truth i learnt was never take anything for granted, your life can change in a blink of an eye, have faith and God will see you through it.
    Thank you Liz, i can take my time and do this bible study at my own pace, when you a work full time and caring for an ill husband, its never easy to do a bible study but with yours i can, am getting so much more fulfillment from this and my soul is being refuel. blessing on to chapter 2.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      Sue, I’m so glad our post-when-you-can Bible study works for you. Life can indeed change in a blink of an eye. What a comfort to know that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Thanks for joining us!

  36. Laura September 9, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    This has long been my favorite book in the Bible. We had the verses read at our wedding, and I have been following him for 19 years this month!

    For the last few years our oldest, who is now 19, has been a major difficulty. Drugs, drinking, boys, on top of what we believed to be depressive episodes…with two younger children who were suffering from her anger, we gave her two choices after she graduated, get help or get out. She eventually chose to get out. Long story short, we have not seen or heard from her in 5 months because it angers her that we are Christians & set the house rules as such. I had become angry & resentful. I quit reading my Bible, and could not muster a prayer of any kind.

    A few months ago my 7 year old, brought her brand new “big girl” Bible to me with such excitement and said “Mommy! I just read the coolest story EVER! Have you ever heard of Ruth, you know, in the Bible? Let me read it to you.” Since that day we have tried to spend time together every day reading and discussing the Bible. Every night as she heads up to get ready for bed she calls down “Get our Bibles ready Mommy, I’ll be right back”

    I know that God used my beautiful Spirit-filled child to give me the message I couldn’t read myself. I have had to accept that God has lessons for me, my husband, and all three of my children in these experiences, but I can only worry about MINE. Theirs is on them. I have to just learn to be patiently and quietly faithful.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Having been that prodigal daughter myself once, I can imagine how difficult all this is for you and your family, Laura. Your 7-year-old is wise beyond her years, bringing you God’s Word to help maintain your focus. Thanks for sharing.

    • Bonnie Roof September 17, 2012 at 12:59 am #

      Your comments about your 7 year old daughter brought tears to my eyes – such a sweet story! I can identify with your problems – I encourage you to stay strong by staying close to the Lord. It is so hard to let our children fight their own battles but, they are more easily solved that way. There are times when the only thing we can do for our children is to pray. God wants your daughter to be healthy, fulfilled, & happy in him – your Christian example has sown seeds for her. He will further his life plan for her as you continue to patiently wait.

  37. Helen McKenzie Holland September 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Hello Liz,
    I am following the Bible Study, and hope this is the right place to make a comment on Ruth 1: 1 – 5. From the first 5 verses I take the thoughts that God leads you to the place where He wants you to be – for His purpose to be fulfilled – even though that place is far from your place of birth. My Mum moved from NE Scotland to Central Belt and met my Dad there. The end of the war years brought them to the South where I met and married Bill. We moved to Glasgow to stiudy for the work of the Church and the last 40 years plus we have ministered here in the SW – my Dad’s original birthplace. All our children have moved away to other places. Even in the midst of many difficult times – God has a plan for every person and He has one for You, just as he had for Ruth and Naomi.
    Lots of Love and Blessings from Scotland, Liz. Helen. x

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      Lovely to hear from you, my Scottish sister! So fascinating to see where God has led your family over the decades. Aye, isn’t it comforting to know that God has a plan for each of us? And that the word “random” appears in Scripture only 3 times in the NIV and never in reference to God? Blessings back to you, Helen!

  38. Brandi Luiz September 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I think question 2c was the one for me….
    I know that He is with me- He’s developing my character- He’s developing me, helping me to find Him. Even if I don’t think he is there, He is.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      You’ve stated a profound truth, Brandi: “Even if we don’t think God is there, He is.” He is not dependent on us to make him real. He alone is the definition of reality! As for your finding him, “if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 Such a powerful promise!

      • Brandi Luiz September 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

        Thank you for bein an encouragement to me in this season of my life…..

  39. Maribeth September 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Liz~ Thank you so much for this study! My work schedule doesn’t allow for me to attend a Bible study at our church so this format is perfect for me.
    As for the Memorable Truth in Chapter 1, for me it’s that events are going to come into our lives that we can not control. But the very point of that for Believers is that we aren’t supposed to control them. That’s God’s job. We just need to be in tune to follow His lead and not get in His way. I think Jeremiah 29:11 pretty much sums it up: God has a plan, it’s a good one, and we’ll be better off in the end.

    BTW: Just finished reading the “Ruth” novels. . . Loved them!! (and very appropriately cried during the wedding scene!)

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 10, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Delighted to have you with us, Maribeth! I’ve been thinking about what we actually CAN control in our lives, and am realizing that list is very short indeed! What a relief and a comfort to know our God is trustworthy and good, and that our future is safe in his mighty hands. Bless you for reading Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night as well. I’ve been digging deep in the book of Ruth for 5 years and loving every minute of it!

  40. Amy September 10, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I haven’t been to church lately and have been really missing ladies Bible study. So grateful for this opportunity! I’ve been struggling with well, chaos, and getting my life back on track. After my son was born I had two miscarriages and didn’t want to try again. But God had other plans. After thyroid surgery we were blessed with a baby girl. As much of a blessing as that is, it threw my body and my hormones for a loop and I’m still struggling to get back on track. I’m trying to not look like I have it all together because I don’t! I’m not sure why things have happened the way they did but I’m looking forward to brighter days like Ruth and Naomi came upon eventually. BTW, I saw the story of Ruth played out at Living Waters Theater in Lancaster PA. Have you ever been there? Their shows are amazing! Thank you for your study Liz, I am so looking forward to joining you!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 10, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Amy, I’m so glad you are here. Were Naomi and Ruth with us today, they would be sitting at your kitchen table, holding your hand, saying, “We know what chaos looks and feels like. We promise, it will get better.” I’m very sorry you’ve weathered so much heartache. And postpartum depression is been-there awful. While your hormones get sorted out, keep breathing, keep trusting, keep reading God’s Word. When you are ready, church and Bible studies will be waiting for you. This is a time of healing and regaining strength and getting to know your daughter. God is with you…always.

  41. Sara September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I just noticed you’ve started a bible study and I’m there! I’ll do a quick catch up 🙂 We’ve started a ladies’ bible study on Facebook (it too started last week). Come on over and say hi! It would tickle us to death 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 12, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      Thanks for joining us, Sara! Grab a copy of The Girl’s Still Got It and your Bible, and you’ll be rocking. Hugs to all our sisters in your Facebook study!

  42. Melisa September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I am just joining this and am getting caught up before chapter 2 comes out tomorrow. I love the book of Ruth!! I am looking forward to your study! Thank you for doing this online so we can all feel like we are doing it together in person!!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 12, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      Just exactly the vibe I’m going for, Melisa: “like we are all doing it together in person.” Sure is how it feels to me as I sit here typing on my laptop. Glad you’ve joined us!

  43. Sherrill Stout September 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    I felt like I was right there with Naomi, Ruth and Orpah as I read the study. That allowed me to more readily experience, at least in thought, what they might have been going thru. I haven’t dealt with their same issues, but God has been faithful in taking me through my own. Thank you for making this study available online. I look forward to seeing you in person at Northeast Christian Church in October.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 12, 2012 at 12:44 am #

      How nice to have a Louisville-area sister blogging along with us! We’ve all had our Moab experiences, that’s for sure. Lots more on that in Chapter 2, just posted! See you next month, Sherrill!

  44. Nicole Shuglo September 13, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    The most memorable truth that I’ve learned from Ruth 1:1-5, is to live each day of my life in the full assurance that the story of my life has a happy ending! And to let the pure ‘joy’ of this promise shine its hope into the darkest places of my life- and my heart!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      You walked away with the right message from those early verses, dear Canadian sister! ;>)

  45. Phronsie September 15, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    Well, in answer to the end question: Going where God tells you NOT to go never ends well. You do not, in fact, know better than God! I’m included in the “you”. I definitely don’t know better than God because I’m within time and He’s not so He can see a little farther down the road than I can.

    As far as everything else: I had to laugh at Kilion’s expense. Poor guy lived up to his name. Also, in partial answer to Chapter 1 question 2a. Hope is a sufficient goal. Without hope, what else is there? The world is so full of everything BUT hope and we see how that turns out everyday when we turn on the news. A shooting, a suicide, etc. A good number of those are people who have lost hope, or never had it to begin with. Even something as trivial as hoping for a date night with your husband is enough to keep you going sometimes.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Hope IS what we have to offer the world. And as you say, it’s what keeps us going. Just found this great quote today from a Scotsman: “The most vital movement mortals feel Is hope, the balm and lifeblood of the soul.” John Armstrong

  46. Andrea September 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    We are getting ready to do this study as a Ladies Bible Study! I’m getting a head start. Several things jumped out at me. I don’t think I ever knew what the sons names meant. Interesting! The comment about death improving a family. I had to think on that a bit. As hard as it is to comprehend, I think I get it. If nothing else, it brings a person back to remembering what is important.

    I would also say that when times are e toughest, I rely on my faith and hope the most. I know when things are going well that I’m still connected to Him but not the same as when times are tough. He is always waiting on me!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Hmmm. I think you are on to something, Andrea. If we draw nearer to God when tough times come, no wonder he makes sure we experience difficulties along the way!

  47. Steffennie September 16, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    My most memorable thing that I got out of this first chapter and the verses is that God is always in control. Good, bad, or ugly He’s in control. He’ll sustain us through every step of the journey. Even through the grief of losing those we love.
    Nearly 2 years ago I lost a friend who I used to be close to. He died in a motorcycle crash. He was only 27. We went to the same church and youth group. When I switched churches and through life’s other struggles we lost touch. The day I found out he died I was devastated. Sitting in his memorial service with all these people that loved him (many of whom I’d grown up with and lost touch for the same reasons) it was a strange atmosphere. People would arrive and start talking and it felt like a reunion until we looked up and realized that the only trace of him there was a picture surrounded by flowers that he would have hated because he just didn’t like flowers. That night I learned how powerful grief can be and how much stronger our God is when He reaches down and holds you in His arms. There’s nothing like that feeling. He gave me the words to bridge gaps of years and for that night we were all one in our grief and in our healing.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Steffennie, I’m SO sorry for this loss you, and many others, went through. Very hard indeed. Yet once again, God used a tough situation to speak to your hearts. He’s SO faithful!

      • Steffennie September 20, 2012 at 3:51 am #

        I remembered something the pastor said that night and it was what showed me the light of hope that night. Maybe it will do the same for someone else in a similar situation. He said to remember 3 things:
        1. Life isn’t fair and it’s okay.
        As hard as it is there are blessings coming from it.
        2. Live everyday like it was your last.
        3. The smile will come back.
        We don’t know when and we don’t know how, but one day it’ll feel okay.

        Maybe that will help someone and I hope it does. I just felt like God wanted me to share that.

  48. Bonnie Roof September 17, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Having “it”, to me, means trusting God to guide & provide in ALL situations. The most memorable trurth learned from chapter 1 is that we never know what tomorrow will bring – good or bad – therefore, the importance of trusting God in ALL situations. I see so many young women who are spiritually mature enough to have “it” – I was in my 40’s before I was able to grasp the “it” factor. But, those experiences & lessons learned along the way have helped me understand, identify with, & minister to those encountering the same situations.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 17, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      It’s so true, Bonnie. Spiritual maturity has little to do with how many years we’ve spent on the earth, and more to do with how much time we’ve spent in God’s presence and in God’s Word. And YES, all those “growing up” years give us a wealth of experience to draw from when ministering to others. Isn’t it wonderful that God uses it ALL for his good purposes?

  49. Tera September 20, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Got started late but at least I am here now…lol. 😉
    As I reread the first chapter of Ruth in my minds eye I was envisioning the story line from Here Burns MyCandle… I could feel the despair and longing Ruth had for her mother in law.. I could almost hear the words she spoke to her,almost begging her not to make her leave..

    In Ruth’s case what did ‘it’ mean to me? I think that ‘it’was a deep desire to show Naomi that family is family no matter what. No death, no journey, no time ever changes that. I think unknowingly Ruth wanted to help her out of the darkness she feared Naomi was dropping into. Ruth had a love and gentle spirit that nothing could break. She when she learned about the God of Naomi home had a deep thirst for knowledge of who He was,and is.
    Her ‘it’ could be explained this way to me.. I’ve gone to far and I’ve invested so much of who I am that I have NO option but to stay with you(Naomi)… I can’t turn back. It’s you and me to the end no matter what!

    About 9years ago I had my Moab moment, God essentially sat me down and said,It’s now or never! You have to get out of the sin or I am getting out of you… No sugared words, no gentle spirit. It was a bottom line spanking that I wasn’t fond of at the time… But I knew that God had to deal with me that way or I would have remained in my grievous sin.. So for me it was I have No option but God.. He was the only one that had ever remained..
    I am looking forward to reading on to Ch2 see you there soon!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      So glad to have you with us, Tera. Never too late to join! Your take on what “it” means is really strong…and unique. Thanks, too, for sharing your journey with us. “No option but God” sounds like hard-earned wisdom to me.

  50. Genie September 20, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hi!! I’m late to the party, but I’m here. I discovered this Bible Study right before it began and had to get my book (online seller) and then catch up with readings and questions. Took me til week 3, but I did it. WooHoo!!
    To me, “it” is persistence in spite of fear, obstacles and trials. Ruth lost her husband, was willing to move to a foreign land with a culture very different from her own, then had her mother-in-law strongly encourage her to “return” to her own family and had to convince her mother-in-law to let her go with her to Israel, faced poverty in their new home (and possibly, rejection since she was a “Moabitess”) and through persistence reaped a reward–for herself and Naomi.
    What I took away from the first chapter is that I can avoid ‘unnecessary’ trials by staying in God’s will, BUT even if I walk away from God’s best for me, He will use ALL things for my good–however, I will face the consequences of my actions. Elimelech and his sons may have died early deaths even had the family remained in Israel, but if the family had remained in Israel, Naomi would have had the support she lacked in Moab. However, since God works ALL things for our good, Ruth became an ancestor of Christ’s because Naomi’s family was in Moab.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

      You’ve been working hard to catch up, Genie. Good for you! Aren’t you glad we serve a God who always has our best interests at heart?

  51. Stephanie Todd September 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Liz, I just got finished reading Embrace Grace and it was life changing. I have been saved since the age of 5, but was never taught about grace, just judgement. It has been a very long and trying last 10 years of my life, much tragedy, I believe now after reading Embrace Grace, that my heart processed all of it as judgement from God, I blamed Him and felt betrayed. But now I see that God had a purpose for all that I went thru and I can see His hand in it in a different way. I am now embarking on this study of Ruth and can’t wait to see what lies ahead. So very thankful for your work. Stephanie

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Stephanie, I am humbled and honored to hear that Embrace Grace helped you grasp the beauty of God’s gift. Of the 30 books I’ve written, that one is the most precious to me, because I sensed his presence the whole time I was working on it. He is so faithful! I look forward to connecting with you here as we work through Ruth’s story.

  52. Anita September 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I just finished lesson one today. What I have learned in Chapter 1 was that Naomi went with her husband (probably no choice), with there two sons to have it “better” and I wondered why they didn’t stay where they were? Where was their faith? I think this chapter had me asking more questions that were not answered in Ruth. But when I think about it, there are so many questions that I ask myself too in trouble times – where is my faith? I can’t even imagine what Naomi went through after her husband and sons died. I am thankful I don’t know. Thank you, Liz for this study. I was blessed too to hear you when you were in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a few years back, I love how God uses you!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs September 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Anita, I always end up with more questions than answers when I study God’s Word, and I think that’s okay. ;>) The main thing is to keep reading, keep probing, keep asking. So glad you’re here!

  53. Kelley October 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I’ve only just started this study. Oh, I am so in Moab. The 2 things I am taking from this lesson are Fear is the real enemy and “There is no shame in asking for a greater measure of faith. Like grace, it is the gift that God delights in giving.” Thank you!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs October 10, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      We’re glad you’re with us, Kelley. You are definitely not alone in Moab. My prayer for you is this: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17 The more you know him, the more those fears will subside. Praying for you right now, dear sister.

  54. Sherry October 5, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Liz, I just started your study on Ruth and love it! I like how you break it up verse by verse and explain what it was like back in those days! I’ve never had anyone explain why having a son back then was such a big deal, or the meaning of the names of Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon, Kilion, Orpah, and Ruth & how it fits into their story. It’s all so cool!! I’ve studied Ruth before but never to this depth of understanding.
    Let see, I’d have to say that the most memorable truth from Ruth 1:1-5 for me, would be…. that it was a great reminder that our God is a forgiving & loving God and that He is always, always in control, even down to the smallest detail. I love the quote from Frances Vander Velde “God loves us as He leads us through the shadows” and I loved Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    During the past two years I have felt like I’m in a foreign place, of constant, continuing, medical issues for our family. I’ve learned to surrender daily to trusting God. Dealing with constant health issues is not easy, but knowing He is in control gives me such a sense of Peace that only He can give! Reading this first part of Ruth was a good reminder that in ALL things, seen & unseen, God is in control!!
    Looking forward to hearing you speak at a women’s conference later this month! 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs October 10, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      Love your enthusiasm, Sherry! The quote and Scripture you mentioned are two of my favorites as well. Few things test our faith like health challenges. Your testimony of trusting God and resting in his peace is a powerful example of faith in action. Well done. Promise you’ll come find me for a hug when I speak in your town!

  55. Cathy Gross October 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    After 37 years of nursing in the ER and CCA my back was damaged, a herniated disc. I worked for months until we realized what was causing the hip pain.
    My time off for treatment and then surgery, a return to work and a reherniation exceeded our companies allowance. I was let go. Who am I when I am no longer able to nurse sick people? God taught me I am His, that is my identity. So I get rehired by the same employer, non-patient job and given my seniority. Yeah! Eight days later, back needs surgery again. This time the pain was so bad all I could do was sob and say the Name of Jesus. Got home after surgery, unable to eat for four weeks. So what’s all this about? At this point only He knows. But as a 58 year old woman born into an unstable home and was badly broken, I know that my God provided even when I did not know His love, even when I shamed Him. Holding onto Him in the storm and discouragement is easier when you see His faithfulness. Maybe Naomi had some of the same past experience. Age is a blessing if you gained wisdom along the way!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs October 10, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      My heart goes out to you, Cathy. I can almost feel that pain because of your vivid description. You’re so right: God alone knows what is next for all of us. I’ll be praying your journey with Naomi and Ruth will be a sweet reminder of how faithful God truly is.

  56. Lisa October 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!! Our ladies group will be starting “The Girl’s Still Got It” TONIGHT! I am very excited. We just recently finished your study Loved By God and everyone just loved it. We are expecting the same with this new study. We have a group of approximately 20 women who come together from different churches every Wednesday night. It has been such a blessing to each of us as we have studied God’s word together, spoken of the many blessings God bestows on us and shed a few tears when sharing about our trials. God has been faithful to us and we can’t thank Him enough. I am looking forward to going through this study with my “sisters”. I have read this book through and now we are going to be tackling it each week. I thank you so much for your heart to share with us your knowledge and insight to the Bible. You are an inspiration to me. You have helped me understand just how precious His word is. From all the ladies at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

    In His Name

    • Liz Curtis Higgs November 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      How thrilling to know you began this study a month ago, Lisa. I trust it is going well, and that our Bible Study Blog is helpful as you walk through each chapter with Ruth. Hugs to our Bethlehem Baptist sisters!

  57. Vickie Kushniruk October 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I just started “The Girl’s still Got It”. And am enjoying it so far. My 18 month old even baptized it for me. (You have kids, am sure you understand.) Anyways, this is my first time doing an online bible study, can’t wait to see what God has in store. I know I need to grow my faith and appreciated you mentioning it was ok to ask him for help with that. That’s what I love about reading your books Liz, you always speak right where I am. Thanks for ministering to all us “bad girls” (I think it was mainly just a seasonal thing for me but depends on the day) lol. btw, I had to copy your comments re: Romans 5:3–4 on facebook, so many people I know need hope and need to know sometimes that road is hard but that doesn’t mean God isn’t with us.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs November 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Forgive my delay in making you welcome, Vickie! Over the years I have signed many “baptized” books, with their wavy pages. So clean though. :>) God is absolutely with you, however rocky the road. Keep reading, keep walking, and keep in touch, dear one.

  58. Debbie November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Two friends and I just started this Bible study and it is amazing. We love the blog and your perspective on it all. Can’t wait for the next chapter!

  59. Peggy November 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Naomi having lost her husband and both sons living in a foreign country deep in sorrow, grasped for the faith and love in the Loving God she had learned about in her childhood home. She having left all behind, most probably never to return, decided she needed to go HOME, back to the place of her childhood. She found the open arms of an everlasting Father welcoming her back. Just like her, I’ve traveled the road away from the security and safety of the Lord who provides all. And oh, the joy of sweet reunion with the Savior with confessions and repentance I return to Him. “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

  60. Colleen January 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Two months ago, my husband of 14 years confessed to sleeping with another woman, apparently falling ‘head over heels in love with her’. We have 2 baby girls under 2 1/2. All my dreams for my family are shattered! But all I know to do is to run to God!! I pray Ruth’s vow to Naomi, to my Lord! I promise to cling to Him! And beg that He does not turn me and my little girls away. I pray that as God had a plan for Ruth and Naomi, he has good planned for our future too!!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs January 28, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      How my heart grieves for you, dear Colleen. Yes, cling to the Lord. You can be VERY sure God will not turn his back on you or your daughters. He definitely has a good plan for you and your wee girls. I am praying right now for God to show himself to you in some tangible way, so your faith might be strengthened. Please, Lord. Protect and provide as only you can!

      • Colleen January 30, 2013 at 2:57 am #

        Thank you do much Liz! xo


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