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Feb 17

“Winter Snowdrops” by Rejetta Morse

As snow falls from the cloudy skies
the cold winter winds blow
as tiny snowdrops rest below
the soft blanket of snow.
Soon at the bright morning sunrise
cold waters start to flow
from snow that melts above the bulbs
that rest below the snow.
that rest below the snow.

Feb 16

“Footprints in the Mud: Microwave Mentality vs. a Simmered Soul” by Beth Brubaker

Life goes too fast. We get caught in the fast lane of life, taking bits and pieces of God’s Word as we rush by, barely able to taste the goodness given before we zip off to the next task. It’s so easy to follow in the wake of others in the fast lane. Do you have a Microwave Mentality or a Simmered Soul?

Feb 09

“So Many Voices” by Nina Newton

Are you listening to so many voices all around you that you can’t hear God’s voice? “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given …

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Feb 03

“Intentional Love” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

February may as well be called the Love month. Valentine’s Day demands that we declare our love to our intended.

Then there’s President’s Day—which is, apparently, the best time to buy a mattress—and who doesn’t love a sale? If you live in a colder climate, the opportunity for snow days abounds. Kids love those. Moms, maybe not so much. I love so many things. Should I celebrate them all this month? I love my husband, but I also love ice cream. I love my children, but I have a few favorite television shows that I also love. Are they two different kinds of love?

Jan 26

“Shopping List from God” by Paula McVay

Sometimes people find my shopping strategies humorous when I tell them that I always pray before I embark on a little shopping trip. Seriously, I pray that God will help me to be a good steward of the money I have, that I might find the best bargains, and to realize what I do or do not need. I also pray that God will make me a blessing to sales clerks or anyone I meet in the stores.

Jan 13

“Vintage Conversations: A New Year Meditation” by Kathryn Ross

Last month I enjoyed introducing you to the “vintage voice” of poet, writer, editor, Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (1838-1912). From a volume of collected writings published when she was 65 years old, her ruminations on the celebrations of Christmas in her day captivated my spirit with a sense of familiarity. Though removed from her world by well over 100 years, our sisterhood in Christ and as women connects timeless truths. She spoke to me and for me in her musings. As the dawn of 2017 is upon us, I visit with Mrs. Sangster in another chapter from, The Joyful Life, published by the American Tract Society in 1903. We listen in on a “vintage conversation” between the author and her intimate friend from school days, Miriam.

Jan 12

“Amazing Recipes from Marilyn’s Treats” by Marilyn Lesniak

Marilyn Lesniak of Marilyn’s Treats has so generously shared some of her amazing recipes from her blog with us, so that we can pass them along to you. Be sure to visit her at Marilyn’s Treats for even more of her amazing recipes!
Cinnamon Sugar Cannoli: If you like sweet finger foods, then you have probably tasted a cannoli. A lightly fried shell rolled and filled with a cheesy cream filling is just the beginning of this heavenly treat. Sometimes chocolate chips or nuts are dipped onto the ends. This recipe though is a bit different. Cinnamon and sugar is added to the filling as well as being rolled into the shell.

Jan 11

“Songbirds in the Snow” by Rejetta Morse

Although the snow begins to fall with bright heavy flurries,
the cardinals lift up their heads and sing with no worries.
They cast all their deep fears aside – they trust God will provide.
As they shiver their soft feathers, the snow and strong winds blow.
They seek for shelter in the woods within the silent snow.
In birdhouses and trees they hide – they trust God will provide.

Jan 10

“When God Upsets the Apple Cart” by Beth Brubaker

Your apple cart is filled with a bounty of blessings. Good stuff is happening in your life and things are running as smoothly as they possibly can.

Family life is good, work life is good, and your social life is good. All is well with you, God, and the world.

Then God upsets your apple cart, spilling all of your shiny, fresh apples all over the road. “Why did God do that” you wonder. Everything was going so well!

Jan 04

“New Year’s Intentions or Resting From Resolutions” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

We’re all familiar with New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve even made some. Lose weight. Work out. Eat healthy. Spend more time in the Word. Be more generous. Enjoy my family more, and work less. You’ve tried before and failed, but this time, you’re determined to succeed!

What if, instead of being determined, you decided to be intentional?

A resolution suggests a conflict that needs to be overcome, a solution to a problem. I’m overweight—that’s a problem. I resolve to exercise more and eat less. There’s the solution. But what’s the plan, the purpose, the real reason for it?

Jan 03

“Setting a Path for the New Year” by Joan Leotta

A Facebook game/challenge I recently took gave me a “saying” to use as my motto for the coming year. Another challenged me to discover the one word that should guide my actions in the coming year. Those are fun, but why would I trust a stranger or an unknowing algorithm to determine how I will think about or act in 2017 or any other time?

I prefer to march to the tune of another set of words, selected by the Holy Spirit, who knows my every thought, the God who knew me in the womb. I determine that specific path with an annual Bible Verse selection.

Jan 02

“Why Do You Do That?” by Nina Newton

Here at RUBY magazine we do our best to walk alongside new writers and give them an opportunity to develop their writing skills and to see their stories and words in print. And I frequently am asked, “Why do you do that?” Why would I invest my time in the lives of others who have much to say, but perhaps have not had the opportunity to develop the skills to write those words perfectly? Because we all started somewhere, and we all deserve a chance to figure it out.

Dec 28

“Change” by Sarah Johnson

My shop was just closing when she shuffled in,
Pale, gray and hunched, frail, bent and thin.
Her sweatshirt was clean, but well-worn here and there
Her face pinched in pain, but with friendship to spare
I asked, “Can I help you?”
She answered, “Yes, please.”
Then reached for my hand and gave it a squeeze.

Dec 27

FREE printable January 2017 Calendar

Every month as I am creating the RUBY magazine document and preparing it for print, one of the things I love to include is a printable calendar. There are so many amazing calendars out here that you can print off and use in your day timer, or use for your desktop wallpaper, or even upload them to your phone or other mobile device. And even though I’ve been doing a magazine, both digital and in print for a really long time, I guess it never occurred to me that I could make my own calendar pages!

Dec 27

“Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” Book Review by Carol Peterson

 Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life you Want Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy There are things we must do; things we should do; things we want to do. Unfortunately, it is hard to get things done. Hard to focus. Hard to settle on what is important. As I learn …

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Dec 26

Cozy Winter Soup Recipes from Vintage Mama

Even if you don’t have a cold or the flu, homemade chicken noodle soup is always a warm and welcome supper dish. This is one of those recipes that you can make up a big batch, store it in your freezer, and take it out when you need just one meal or if you have a big crowd. Stock up and be ready for company – or for the next time your family comes down with the sniffles!

Dec 25

Merry Christmas from RUBY!

May the joy of the season bless your home and family as you celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Dec 24

Three Tips for Healthier Holiday Partying by Katie Robles

Tis the season of holiday parties and truly fabulous food! We drool in anticipation with each invitation, but we also start to wonder what we’ll look like on the other side of the New Year. Here are three tips for a healthier holiday party season.

Dec 23

“Home” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

I don’t know about you, but I love to come home. I enjoy traveling, going out with friends, and running errands, but I always love coming home. I might be gone for a week or an hour, but as soon as I walk in the door, I feel relief. I’m where I belong. I love coming home, and I love being home.

Dec 22

“The Stars Rejoice at the Savior’s Birth” by Rejetta Morse

Now that the birth of the savior is born to us on earth, the fiery stars gather with joy to celebrate his birth. The silver stars sparkle beneath the midnight velvet sky. “Rejoice – rejoice.” They shout and sing and gleam as they sing.

Dec 21

“The Christmas Blessing” by Sharmelle Olson

As you get into the spirit of Christmas what is it that you see off in a distance?
You may be able to praise God and witness the good and magnificent silence.
As we give our gifts here at Christmas time it is the time to think of giving not receiving,
Yes, it’s a time to receive gift too but give time to the Lord at the same time you are receiving.

Dec 21

“Within the Shadows” by Beth Brubaker

Santa, sleighs and colors bright, illuminate the dark of night, but do not glorify the plight of the baby in the shadows.

Dec 19

“The Blue Ornament” by Kim Kluxen Meredith

David, I know you are watching from Heaven. Please be with me during my surgery and help me not to be scared. My half-opened eyes nervously squinted back in the mirror. That morning in the pre-dawn chill of my bathroom I felt an intense desire to talk with my late husband. Perhaps God would let David hold my hand from afar.

Dec 18

“The Beauty in Trying” by Cassidy Burdge

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and told them exactly what his plan was and how the convincing process of having Pharaoh “let his people go” would take place. In Exodus 8:6, after the Lord explained how Aaron would stretch out his arm and frogs would appear, Aaron immediately did what the Lord commanded.

Dec 17

“Christmas Nuts” by Beth Brubaker

There are some benefits for not having excessive funds for Christmas shopping. I don’t have to deal with the loonies out there trying to find a bargain. Or so I thought.

Dec 15

Tips and Tricks for Hosting Holiday Guests

With the holidays in gear, it seems everyone is traveling to visit loved ones. For most of us, that means either staying with family or having family stay with us. For me, my in-laws come in from out of town and stay with us for the week of Christmas. Having a big family of our own, my husband and I take extra measures to make sure everyone is comfortable while there are an extra two people around. With kids in the house, it sometimes gets a little hectic, so we try to make sure my husband’s parents are as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of my tips to make sure your guests feel at home.

Dec 13

“Planning a Christmas Open House” by Beth Brubaker

It’s that time of year – too many friends and family members want to come over and visit during the Christmas holidays, but you just don’t have the time to host that many dinners! But what can you do to stem the chaos, yet enjoy spending time with everyone? Plan a Christmas Open House!

Dec 07

Favorite Things Blog Hop

The weekly Favorite Things Blog Hop is a great way to connect with other bloggers . . . . make new friends, learn lots of new stuff, and discover creative inspiration from all around the blogosphere. Here’s your invitation to join us this week for the Favorite Things Blog Hop!   Let’s start hopping! Please …

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Dec 06

“Writing Contests!” by Joan Leotta

In some ways every time you send a piece of writing to a publisher/magazine you are in a contest with the hundreds of others submitting for the prize of publication. I look at it that way, carefully crafting my work to meet the needs of the readers of that publication and the parameters set out by the editors. After all, if the editors don’t like it, the piece will never reach those readers.

Dec 05

Christmas Tree Birdhouse Ornament from Katherine Corrigan of Katherine’s Corner

Such an adorable tiny birdhouse to decorate your Christmas tree or add to any holiday display! Be sure to visit Katherine’s Corner for weekly creative inspiration, giveaways, and her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Dec 03

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” by Nina Newton

This is the time of year when we begin to see and hear all of the seasonal preparations for Christmas . . . as described in that well-known holiday favorite song, “the most wonderful time of the year.” Except for those among us who do not find that the holidays are a wonderful time at all.

Dec 03

“No Bells Ringing” by Pat Jeanne Davis

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The words coming from the fellowship hall’s sound system rang in Melanie’s ear. She walked toward her spot through a crowded room, hauling a large metal table. Today was the annual Christmas bazaar at the town’s Baptist church, and Mel was there to sign copies of a …

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Dec 02

“The Perfect Christmas” by Alisha Ritchie

Recently, a friend asked me to describe my favorite Christmas memory. I struggled to think of just the right memory, the perfect Christmas. The one that stood out from the rest like a Hershey Kiss in a pile of peppermints.

I searched my mind and heart for memories of Christmases past, from my own childhood all the way to when my kids were small and the wonder of Santa was very magical.

Dec 02

“Cookies Galore” by Sarah Johnson

Christmas traditions are a special part of everyone’s holiday season. Here is one of our favorites! Sarah Johnson shares with us her love of one Christmas tradition, “Cookies Galore!” We would love to hear about some of YOUR favorite Christmas traditions so we can share them with the members, readers, and followers of RUBY magazine.

Dec 01

“Christmas Houses” by Nells Wasilewski

As Christians we have a responsibility to witness to unbelievers, by showing love and respect for one another. God is working through us when we minister to the needy, treat those who are hurting with gentle care, feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

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