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Key Thought:

Life brings hardship, but God brings restoration.


Key Quote

“God can use hardships to bring restoration.” Pastor Dante Paiz

“In every scar life leaves, God is still working on a masterpiece.” Pastor Dante Paiz



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is a hobby that you used to dislike but have now learned to enjoy?
  • Talk about a time when someone gave you a chance when you needed it.
  • What is your favorite romantic comedy film?
  • What is the draw of songs and movies about love?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why does Proverbs say that “the tongue can bring life or death”? What is so powerful about our speech?
  • What character traits did Boaz and Ruth exhibit in this story?
  • How does hard work pay off compared to a woe-is-me attitude?
  • What are verses from the Bible that can speak life and inspiration into us?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What are you speaking over yourself? Do you speak positively or negatively in your self-talk?
  • What are you investing your time, money, and energy in?
  • What can you say over someone you love to speak life into that person?
  • Describe a time when you served others as if serving the Lord. What was the outcome?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for the story of Ruth and Boaz. Help us to be generous, selfless, and exhibit high character so that we point people to you. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Take a step back and write out the top 5 things you invest your time, money, and energy in. Take out the things that aren’t making you a better person and replace them with things that will.
  • Pray and ask God to give you 1 courageous thing to do in this coming week.
  • Speak life into one person every day for forty days. Keep a journal of what you say, who you say it to, and what you notice in yourself and others during this time.
  • Is there anyone in your life you can offer a fresh chance to? Identify one way to serve someone this week in this way.

Scriptures

The tongue can bring life or death… Proverbs 18:21 NLT

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Ruth 1:16-17 NLT

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. 7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.” Ruth 2:6-7 NLT

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NLT

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT


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