Ruth: The Loving Daughter-in-Law

51vK90XiXDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you to your mother’s house! May the Lord be kind to you as you were to the departed and to me!” Again, they sobbed and wept; and Orpah kissed her

mother-in-law good-bye, but Ruth stayed with her.

“See now!” she said, “Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god.” But, Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge, I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Wherever you die, I will die and there be buried. May the Lord do so and so to me, and more besides, if aught but death separates me from you!” (Ruth 1: 8, 14-17, NAB)

Ruth was a Moabitess, married to an Israelite, She believed in different gods than the Israelites. When her husband died, she could have chosen to return to her people and her religion. Instead, she chose to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and face an uncertain future in a foreign country.

I am often guilty of putting my needs ahead of others. However,  that is not what God wants. He wants me to consider the needs of others first.


The definition of duty is sacrificing what we want so someone else may benefit. This is what Ruth and Naomi did for each other. Naomi was downcast after the death of her husband and sons. Instead of focusing on her own sadness, she directed all her energy on the future of Ruth. Ruth followed Naomi’s lead. Her only motivation is her love for Naomi and that motivation is pleasing to God.

If we are focusing on our own happiness, we are getting in God’s way. Just because a need presents itself does not mean we have to respond to it. Like Ruth, we need to consider the needs of others through the eyes of love with God in our hearts.



Lord Jesus, Make me more like Ruth, willing to listen and heed my elders and extend a helping hand to those in need. Let me see past my own selfish needs to consider others. Amen.


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Christopher Mannino Visits

Myrria is visiting with Christopher Mannino today in the Dragon’s Lair. He is telling us all about his new book Sword of Deaths. Thank you for stopping by Christopher.




The Death laughed. He waved his scythe and the world behind her
vanished. Two immense eyes rose behind him, surrounded by leathery
skin. She heard the beating of wings.

“You are weak,” said the Death. “You’re nothing at all,
Suzie. Just a girl.”  He laughed again.

“Leave me alone,” shouted Suzie. She walked forward but
stopped as a sharp, shooting pain coursed through her.

“So weak, so worthless.”

“Go away!  Leave me alone!”

The man, the strange eyes, and the entire world shattered,
splitting into fragments of glass. Shards flew toward her, burrowing
beneath skin. So much pain.

She looked down. The glass was gone. Markings covered each
hand. The marks crawled upwards, moving onto Suzie’s neck—strangling

Something clawed at her throat, pulling her down, ripping
her apart. She gasped for air.

She exploded into a burst of light.

Book Blurb:



Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the
only female Death.  Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to
her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet,
something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship
carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed
Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the
horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her
friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First
Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?

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Author Bio:


Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative
outlet.  He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In
addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school
performance/production drama groups.  He spends his summers writing
and singing.  Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from
Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in
America and at Oxford University.  His work with young people helped
inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of
reading that truly brought his writing to life.


Katy Newton Naas Visits

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Guardian by Katy Newton Naas. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 August, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

by Katy Newton Naas
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: July 7, 2015

When Kinsey Lydell enters seventh grade, the only thing she wants is to fit in. But being like everyone else isn’t easy when you have epilepsy. Especially when that means a dog has to follow you around everywhere you go.

Drake, Kinsey’s assistance dog, has been her best friend since the day she met him. They have a special connection – he can sense her seizures before they occur. The other students have always loved having Drake in the classroom, making Kinsey feel special, not strange. But just a short time in a new middle school changes all of that.

Kinsey can’t help but admire Taylor Thompson. The boys like her and the girls want to be like her. But from the first day of school, it’s clear that Taylor is determined to make Kinsey feel like an outsider. Suddenly, her best friend – the one who lives his whole life just to protect her – becomes her source of humiliation.

Katy Newton Naas has teamed up with Willing Partners Canine Education, Inc.! For every copy of THE GUARDIAN purchased, Willing Partners will receive a portion of sales. Willing Partners trains service and assistance dogs to work with kids, adults, and veterans. Find out more about their program at the Willing Partners website

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Katy Newton NaasAbout the Author:
From the time she was old enough to talk, Katy Newton Naas has been creating characters and telling stories. As a child, they sometimes got her into trouble. She knew she wanted to write books when she won a Young Author’s competition as a second-grader for her short story titled, “The Grape Pie.” (Don’t let its tasty title fool you – it was actually a sad little tale!)

Katy devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobs in order to make enough money to buy more of them. Though she continues to age, her true literature love is and has always been children’s and young adult fiction.

Katy currently teaches middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, as well as children’s church. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in Reading and Language Studies. She enjoys her life out in the country with her husband, her sweet and rowdy young boys, and all her four-legged kids: Shakespeare, Poe, Morgi, Cappy, Ana, and Gray.

She loves creating both realistic and futuristic stories about kids, tweens, and teens, and feels so fortunate to get to work with them every day as a teacher.

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– 4 e-copies of Guardian by Katy Newton Naas

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