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Hope in the Midst of Emptiness: Part 3
Navigating the Effects of Emptiness
Ruth 1:19-21

"When they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "Is this Naomi?" But she said to them, do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
Hopelessness, bitterness, anger, grief, and self-pity. These are the very real feelings and effects of emptiness we keep coming back to in Naomi's life (and probably our own at times as well).

Hopelessness - She thought there was no way out, a way for her life to get better. Redemption of a fulfilling life was still possible, but she was blinded to that hope because her life could now never turn out the way she had been envisioning it.

Anger and Bitterness - Her dream was no longer possible. How could God, who is supposed to be for us, in love with us, and in control, allow this to happen? It  made her doubt who God is, believing He was against her and probably punishing her.  Anger and bitterness are almost inevitable. They're also the lack of friendliness, contentment and generosity.

Grief - She lost her most valuable possessions, her husband and two sons. This requires grieving. Naomi doesn't seem to grieve much, but it doesn't mean she didn't. She may have thought grieving is a sign of weakness and in turn needed to remain strong in front of others.

Self-Pity - More discreet, this is seen when she does not receive the kindness of the women of the city. She was self-absorbed in unhappiness. She didn't want to be vulnerable or express need. She thought she could handle it on her own and probably that people were being fake.

All of these feelings and more, combined with the thoughts, can get really messy. They feed each other. What we feel is real, true emotion we are never to have guilt over. But the thoughts behind the feelings are not always true. And these can lead to not so good behaviors.

It's important to feel what we feel and not hide from it. Identify it for what it is. Then deal with it before God and in His truth - the only truth that can set us free! It is possible to live with constant hope in the midst of any feelings that different situations can create in us.

Don't miss the final part 4 next month!

Winning Women Spotlight
Melissa Beer

Melissa just graduated as the salutatorian from Fremont High School where she was a three sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. Even more, she was very involved in leadership in her school and community including being a 4-year participant and 2-year student leader for the FCA huddle. She is a servant leader who has had a strong, godly impact and influence on many people. Through a challenging situation her senior year, she rose above adversity and used it to continue being a light of Christ and part of a purpose beyond herself. As she now heads to play basketball at Franklin College and study Quantitative Analysis, we are incredibly excited to see how God continues to work in and through her for His glory. Check out her blog below to read more about her true senior year victory.
Resources
FCA Bold and Beautiful: A 10-Day Devotional
A YouVersion Devotional

In conjunction with the 10-session small group study comes a new 10-day devotional offered through YouVersion, the Bible App. It contains memory verses and reflection questions and is written specifically for female athletes to help them understand who God created them to be as strong, godly women competitors.
Strength Beyond the Game
New blog post by Melissa Beer

Read about the process of how a life-threatening circumstance her senior year became a pinnacle part of her God-given and God-honoring faith. 

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From a Collegiate Male Athlete: Part Four
Intentionality: I believe when developing friendships with women to help advance the Kingdom it all comes down to intentionality. I remember my first interaction with a Christian woman when I came to Christ. I was immediately freaked out because she actually just wanted to know about me and how I was doing with no ulterior motive. This gave me a new perspective over how men and women can interact just as friends and insight into the "beautiful design" of women. I think this has the power to give the male athlete surrounded by the world the ability to see God's creation of women not for an object for sexual pleasure but for being a part of His creation meant to give him glory and praise.

Very well said. Real, deep friendships between men and women without ulterior motives, especially within the body of Christ, can be incredibly awesome. In fact, more of them are needed. Intentionality is definitely required though to get past the superficial relationships that become about what we want and get to deeper relationships built on genuine motives and desires to see men flourish first and foremost in Christ. Let's show them we really, truly care about and respect their well-being. 

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