kayla, Simple Joys: A Fall Series on Thankfulness

Ruth Modeled True Gratefulness | Kayla Marie

Announcing the Simple Joys fall blog series on thankfulness! Fall is such a beautiful time of year. I’m so excited for this opportunity to spend the next few weeks cultivating heartfelt gratitude towards God.

Our first post is from Kayla! She has written a compelling glimpse from the life of Ruth of what it means to be truly thankful!


Ruth 2:10 “So she [Ruth] fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him [Boaz], “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

Have you ever felt undeserving of something? In most cases, it’s when we feel like we don’t deserve something when we are the most grateful.

As the fall season rolls around, I find myself thinking more and more about how I’ve been blessed. The leaves are beautiful, the weather is nice, and I get to see family that I don’t usually see very often.

God made this time of year so wonderful. He has really blessed me in ways that I don’t even realize. With my mind on God’s blessings, I’ve also been thinking about what it actually means to be grateful.

Why is it that we aren’t always content? If God has given us so much, why do we crave more?

These questions lead me to study the life of a woman of dedication and humility. Her name was Ruth.

A Little Background

In the Old Testament of the Bible, we find the book of Ruth. Her story is really amazing because she was willing to forsake everything she was comfortable with in order to show her mother-in-law that she loved her.

Her story starts in a land called Moab, where there was a great famine. Ruth and her sister, Orpah, were married to the sons of a woman named Naomi. However, Naomi’s husband, as well as Ruth’s and Orpah’s husbands, died and Naomi decided that it was time to go back to her homeland in Judah, where there was more food.

Though Ruth and Orpah started on the journey with their mother-in-law, Naomi urged them to stay in Moab. Orpah agreed, but Ruth wouldn’t. Instead, she dedicated her life to Naomi and to the God of Israel (Moab was a pagan country where they worshiped false gods).

So there they went. Naomi, back to her homeland, and Ruth, off to a place unknown to her. This is where we learn about Ruth’s true humility and gratitude.

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The Key to True Gratitude

As we read the story of Ruth, we find that she meets a man named Boaz. He is very wealthy and has a large field of grain. Ruth starts to glean (gleaning was a common practice where one would pick up the leftover grain to take home) and Boaz notices her.

Instead of simply sending her home with the leftovers, he invites her to his feast and then sends her back to her house with an entire bushel of grain. Ruth is astonished! That brings us back to the verse at the beginning of this article.

Ruth 2:10 “So she [Ruth] fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him [Boaz], “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

Boaz’s answer is found in Ruth 2:11-12.

“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

What do you think about that? Because of Ruth’s humility, the Lord rewarded her by giving her extra food for her and Naomi. That wasn’t the only blessing either. Later, Ruth married Boaz and even became the great-grandmother of King David!

Ruth had put Naomi ahead of herself. She was willing to leave her home and her family because of her real love for her mother-in-law.

Because she had humbled herself and put other people’s needs before her own, Ruth wasn’t focused on how much she would get out of it.

Instead, she was caught off-guard when she was rewarded. She didn’t expect to be repaid and that made it so that she was truly grateful when God blessed her.

Humility is the key to being thankful. When we put others ahead of ourselves, we can find contentment with what God has given us and we will have the desire to share those blessings with those around us.

What Will You Do?

During this fall season, try coming up with ways to focus on helping others rather than yourself. Keep your eyes open to see how God has blessed you and share it with the people around you.

Remember Ruth and her attitude of humility and gratitude!


Kayla Marie Matlock is a Jesus-loving, music singing, 16 year old country girl. Though she has a quiet personality, she absolutely loves sharing her faith with other teens and spending time with her family. She’s homeschooled and loving it! In her spare time, you might find her curled up with a good book and some dark chocolate or writing a song with her sister on her guitar. Kayla hopes to fulfill her dream of spreading Christ’s love through her writing and currently writes for her blog, Embrace Purity.


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