Choose to walk the rough road together.

My husband and I often quote the following scene from the movie Knight and Day (Director: James Mangold, 2010).

Even if we’re not facing imminent danger like Cameron Diaz’s character, I agree with Tom Cruise that we’re better off together. And that’s one of the lessons we can learn from Ruth and Naomi.

Naomi didn’t have the type of skills Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz used to outwit and overpower their enemies. In fact, she seemingly had nothing to offer to her daughters-in-law, so she implored them to return to their mothers’ houses as she determined to return to Israel. However, Ruth refused to leave her mother-in-law.

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17 NASB)

What can we learn from these women?

  • We all want to take good care of our people.
  • No matter what our age or stage, life is full.
  • When we stick together we’ll be amazed by how the Lord can redeem difficult — and even painful — parts of our lives.
  • Older women can offer companionship, counsel, and wisdom to younger women on the journey, pointing them to our Redeemer.


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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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