Ruth Valerio spoke at the second main session at Youthwork the conference.  If I’m honest I was slightly confused by the choice of Ruth as a main stage speaker at a youth workers conference – she doesn’t have any real links with youth work, and is known to be doing doctoral studies at King’s College London, not an obvious choice for an early morning session to over a thousand youth workers.  But I was pleasantly surprised.

Out of all the weekend speakers she was the one who did a straightforward, logical exegesis of the passage, in this case Psalm 1. She broke the Psalm down under the headings:

  • Attitude
  • Response
  • Result
  • God’s promise

Here are some clips from her preach, I was re-enthused for digging into God’s word:

We can’t make ourselves feel these things [delight] … we need God to work in our heart.  Ask God to change your heart to stimulate you so that you long for a time with him.

Pigs rush their food, cows take hours chewing on the grass.  We need to chew, to meditate on God’s word.  But our response has to be active, not just reading about meditation, but actually doing it.

Growth is natural in the correct environment.  Where do we see ourselves growing most?

God’s promises are like bookends to the psalm.  Blessing is about being rooted in God’s word.

Often we’re journeying via stepping-stones taking leaps, rather than just following a path.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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