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A New Direction

DSC_3703_2Dear Comfort Cafe Friends,

Thank you for joining me these many months in our Bible Study series learning to love God and your neighbor as yourself. The study is now concluded, and in its place you’ll find my monthly blog. The monthly post will also appear at “Ruth’s Blog” page where archives are maintained.

I love blogging because I enjoy expressing spiritual insights and writing on topics that interest me. I find that the process of writing clarifies and orders my thinking. Most of the time the posts are devotional, but you’ll also find philosophical musings and practical content. And I love to write about funny things such as my post Ach! Backing Up Is Hard To Do! It’s my heartfelt prayer that this site’s content will bless, inspire, and encourage you mightily in the Lord.

Let’s keep in touch! Remember, you can always email me at ruthywood@gmail.com.



The Sure Foundation For Our Times

rock“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6).

Do you get the sense that the world is speeding up more and more? Technology continuously churns out new inventions that make scenarios never before imagined possible. Think cyberbullying, sexting, and bystanders videoing police. Society’s concepts of right and wrong have also undergone huge shifts. No sooner has gay marriage passed than we hear cries of “let’s make polygamy our new civil rights cause.” Transvestites are not nearly as compelling anymore compared to the attention given to transgender people. And the sexual orientation smorgasbord offers everything from straight to pan-sexual with all kinds of combinations in between.


Sometimes I get really disturbed by my world. I feel like I can’t wrap my mind around the changes, can’t process, can’t quickly enough grasp new and complex questions which deeply affect our society and my world.

I’ve found myself grasping for an anchor, a foundation, something that does not change at the whim of society’s latest social construct. That’s why the verse above is such a comfort to me. My unchanging God points true north as I navigate my way through this disorienting world.

My Place

Paul writes in Acts 17:26 that “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” This reassures me that I am living in the place and era God ordained for me. Here in Oregon, 2015!  I am inspired by the thought that, like Esther, I may be here on this planet today precisely “for such a time as this.” That’s why, when I feel overwhelmed at the increasing speed and spread of change (of both good and evil), I take comfort in this passage in Isaiah. God is my “rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.” I do not feel equipped to face these new and rapid changes, but God can certainly keep up and give me what I need!

Meeting the Challenge

Because of our challenging times, I believe it is imperative, more than ever, to be biblically literate. We cannot afford to feed only on milk or diluted Christian culture fare, because this makes us weak and susceptible to being deceived. How easy it is to get swept away in the tidal wave of popular opinion. Isaiah says, “He will be the sure foundation for your times . . .” However, we will not be able to stand firm if we do not know what we believe. And we can only know what we believe if we study the scriptures regularly. Additionally, we will only experience God’s foundation as sure when we take obedience to scripture seriously because disobedience weakens confident resolve, diluting spiritual power.


Do you, like me, find comfort and encouragement in this scripture as well? What does it mean to you, personally, to have this treasure?

As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. (Luke 6:47-48).