Ruth is the wife of Scott Matthews and the Director of The Second Mile Center in Detroit.  She teaches the children at the Center to “speak life”,
which is to be a positive force in the world.  As stated in Proverbs 18:21,
“Words kill, words give life, their either poison or fruit – you choose.” Her goal is to always put positive words in the air.
Every day, Ruth is confronted with “I can’t go to school” and “I can’t go to work”, which she responds with “yes, you can” and “let’s figure out a way to make it happen”.  To help these children find a better life, she tries to get them to believe they can do it, visualize it happening, and then work hard to achieve that goal.
In her own life, Ruth claims three statements daily: I am beautiful, I am loved, and I matter.  So that everyone can “speak life” to themselves, she  supports six daily rituals: (1) spend time with your creator first thing in the morning, (2) feed your spirit through prayer (read), (3) find some quiet time to reflect, (4) go to someone in your life for strength and support, (5) take random pauses to be thankful, and (6) encourage and believe in yourself.