3 Important Lessons We Can All Learn From The Story of Ruth

3 Important Lessons We Can All Learn From The Story of Ruth

One woman can teach us so much.

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Most of us through Sunday School or Bible study have heard about the story of Ruth, the woman who decided to leave everything behind and follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after both of their husbands die. If you didn't know (and you probably didn't), one of my middle names is Ruth and the other day I decided to investigate about my namesake from the Bible and ended up learning three valuable lessons from her story that I'll share with you today.

1. Have faith even in hard times.

Ruth constantly had faith in God. Even after the death of her husband and having to move to a foreign town that was in the middle of a famine with her mother-in-law, she still trusted in God even though she had no idea what the future held. She had faith that he would continue to be there for her and would provide whatever she and Naomi needed.

Just like Ruth, we need to learn not to forsake God when times get hard. I know it's difficult to keep trusting in God when everything seems to be working against you, but remember the things he has done for you in the past and remember that He will not put you in a situation that you can't handle.

2. Don't allow your past to define your future.

Ruth lost her family when her husband died and because she has no children before he died, she was all alone except for her mother-in-law. Her decision to move to Bethlehem with Naomi must have been nerve-wracking because she was from Moab, a city the Israelites despised. Despite all this, she forged on and was able to start a new life with a new family

In the same way, we should not let what happened to us in the past define what we will do with our future. It's never too late to start over and choose a different path and although it may seem scary we, just like Ruth, have to have to confidence o try something new and exciting.

3. There is value in having good character.

Ruth was great character. She was a hard worker, loyal to her mother-in-law, and showed integrity in her relationship with Boaz. Although things were hard at first, it paid off when she finally got with Boaz and started a new family with him.

We also should develop our character and make sure that no one and no situation can ever compromise it because a good character is not something that can be bought or stolen.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

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We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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