God’s Calling on my life


“The Spirit of the Lord and King is on me.
The Lord has anointed me
to tell the good news to poor people.
He has sent me to comfort
those whose hearts have been broken.
He has sent me to announce freedom
for those who have been captured.
He wants me to set prisoners free
from their dark prisons.”

Isaiah 61:1 (New International Reader’s Version)

God’s calling on my life became evident to me while I was still very young. I was privileged to spend the first ten years of my life in southern Africa, where my parents were missionaries. I remember thinking it was a good thing my parents were telling these “sinful” people about God. One day I had a rude awakening. I was attending a daily vacation Bible school when I grasped my sinfulness and God’s grace. At the tender age of five I confessed my selfishness, lies, and disobedience, requesting forgiveness and empowering from my Heavenly Father.

More light was shed on God’s calling when I discovered what my names mean:

Ruth – Compassionate and Lucile – Bringer of Light

Hiker looking at map

I continued growing in my faith through my school years. My parents moved to Three Hills when I was eleven. Many godly men and women nurtured my faith. After high school, I decided to attend Prairie Bible College where I majored in Bible and minored in Christian Education. When I graduated, I was invited to stay on staff, working in the Prairie Bookroom (book store). During this time I also took my first writing course from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Life took some twists and turns. I thought God was calling me to be a missionary in Africa, like my parents. However, that door slammed shut. Instead God lead me to marriage and presented parenting children with special needs as my mission field. Several years ago the advocacy for my children widened into advocacy for all children in the Northern Lights School Division when I was elected as a school board trustee. A few months after that I entered my first writing contest and won first place in my age category. The prize was a free conference registration for Write!Canada. At the conference, it dawned on me that God has specifically gifted me and called me to be a writer.

This week I was challenged to come up with a 5-7 word tagline which describes my writing. This is what I came up with:

“Exploring life’s adventures through writing”

God has led me to write about many different topics which fit in very diverse genres: devotionals, special needs, parenting, contemporary fiction, light romance, memoir, adoption, education, Bible study, social media.

In the Balanced Challenge, Tricia Goyer’s question for Day 4 is:

“What have you been called by God to do? Take a few minutes away from work and family to sit with your Bible and talk to God. Believe that God placed your dreams and passions in your heart. Find a verse that speaks to you about this, and post it today on your blog.”

You saw my verse at the top of this post. I look forward to hearing about God’s calling on your life in the comments below.

If you’d like more devotionals, purchase my book Equipped!


  1. c van gorkom on March 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Thank-you, Ruth, thank-you very much.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on March 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Charles, you’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. jennifersmith1983 on March 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I love your story! Thanks for sharing it. I took a course through Institute of Children’s Literature too. 🙂

    • Ruth L. Snyder on March 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Jennifer 🙂
      I appreciate Institute of Children’s Literature and Long Ridge Writer’s Group because of the way they assign a published, experienced writer to mentor you while you’re working your way through their courses. Time and money well spent!

  3. Janis Cox on March 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Oh I love this. And you are right that we have the same thought today. I know God is bringing us together for a reason.
    Many blessings as we listen to His Word and follow His Voice.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on March 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Janis. I was vividly reminded this week that we are in a spiritual battle. We need to constantly be arming ourselves with God’s Word and listening to Him. Choices!

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