November Prayer Verses & Devotional

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May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge. (Ruth 2:12)


Boaz spoke these words of blessing to Ruth, the Moabite who was gleaning in his fields to support herself and her mother-in-law Naomi, both widowed and who had returned to live among God’s people in the midst of poverty, sorrow and great loss. God answered this prayer for Ruth beyond her wildest dreams.  Not only did Boaz become her kinsmen-redeemer bearing the cost of restoring Naomi’s lost estate but he took the widowed Ruth to be his wife honoring God’s heart for the broken in need of rescue. Through their line, eventually came king David and then our Lord Jesus! Ruth who was from a nation that was God’s enemy was grafted into His family.  Boaz was a type of Christ. The gospel message lived out in real people’s lives for a witness to us.

As believers, we too, being broken and need of rescue have been grafted into God’s family.  Jesus is the true and ultimate Kinsmen-Redeemer. We who were His enemies by nature have become His bride.  We have been given an eternal inheritance through Jesus at great cost to Him. What joy to be the object of God’s hesed love!

Hesed is the Hebrew word for God’s love for His people. It includes His covenant kindness, steadfast, faithful, unfailing, great love. His lovingkindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness and loyalty.  This BIG love of God is able to take in our painful losses and wrap them in His sure promise of peace and joy that lasts.

Praise the Lord, our Kinsmen-Redeemer who lavishes us with His hesed love and turns our mourning into dancing!


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gift of hesed love.  We ask Father that all the beloved residents You have brought us will live in this Great Love that is theirs through Jesus.  May you take in each sorrow, each wound, each betrayal, each fear, each bitter tear into Your encompassing love and bring healing, wholeness true lasting joy, peace and hope of renewed life in Your family.  May each precious woman know you as her Kinsmen-Redeemer and live in that secure relationship. Protection from lies and grace, grace, grace!

In Jesus precious, powerful name we pray.

Taken from our November Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here: Refuge for Women - Chicago Prayer Requests

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

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One of our residents is hoping to go on an extended mission trip when she graduates the Refuge program.  She has been busy filling out applications and answering questions regarding where she would like to serve and what is drawing her to want to serve on a mission trip.  One of her applications asked what it means to her to be a Christian.  We love her response!

“For me it means living in full surrender, living, not as my own, but as a vessel for God to use to express His unfailing, reckless love into the world! It means understanding His Word. Knowing it for myself and striving to understand it to the best of my ability through daily reading, reflection, and commentary of more mature believers. It mean falling short every day and knowing that He loves me anyway and that I am saved through His sacrifice and grace. It means loving others more than myself, no matter what my earthly flesh may judge them for. It mean following the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go and spread His love and offer of salvation to every corner of the earth and experience His presence through fulfilling the needs of the needy. It means that every tiny moment and cranny of my life is known by God and can be used by Him to bring His Glory and promote the advancement of His kingdom.”

~ Resident Oct 2018

October Devotional

May God give you every desire of your heart

and carry out your every plan as you go to battle.

Our boast is in the Lord our God,

who makes us strong and gives us victory!

Psalm 20:4 & 7b

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How incredible that Almighty God invites us to pray!  He actually commands us to pray but He also invites us to pray because He is relational and delights in our coming to Him in worshipful, needful prayer.  Blasé Pascal says that God “instituted prayer in order to allow His creatures the dignity of causality” C.S. Lewis added to that comment saying in his book, God in the Dock, “It would perhaps be truer to say that He invented both prayer and physical action for that purpose.  He gave us small creatures the dignity of being able to contribute to the course of events in two different ways…. through work and prayer”. And I would add to that by saying through work and the work of prayer, for it can be after all, hard work.

I also believe the Holy Spirit prompts us to prayer throughout our day (and the night watches) and if we are listening and respond, we have the privilege of joining Him in the good work He is in the midst of doing.  Exciting stuff! So, I try to be alert in my spirit and listen for and respond to His promptings to pray. I don’t want to miss His invitation to join Him. I'm sure you don't want to miss His invite either!

Thank you for asking to receive Refuge for Women – Chicago’s prayer needs.  Consider this an invitation to join in the good work God is doing in our guest’s lives by lifting up these needs in prayer to the One who can use them to effect real change.  Your prayers have eternal, real consequences


Heavenly Father, thank You for using our prayers to bring about Your good purposes for Refuge For Women-Chicago.  The desire of our heart is to see healing, wholeness and salvation for each our precious residents. Grant us daily victories in the constant spiritual battles we fight.  We ask for Your provision for our entire monthly expenses. We will boast in You, Lord our God who makes us strong and gives us victory. In Jesus perfect, powerful name we pray.

Taken from our October Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge for Women - Chicago Prayer Requests