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.

Nov 23

“Give Thanks through the Day” by Connie Arnold

At the start of another new day as the darkness slips away, this is a wonderful time to pray and give thanks for blessings coming your way.

Nov 22

“When Thanksgiving Gets Stuck in Your Throat” by Lynn Mosher

Not everyone will have a happy Thanksgiving…especially this year. Many are out of work; have issues relating to health, children, or family. Some are facing the holiday season for the first time as they mourn the loss of a loved one or as a divorcee. So, what happens to our thanksgiving and praise when our peace disintegrates into chaos?

Nov 16

“Don’t Turn it Off!” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

The truth is that our worth and value can never be found in others, because people will always let other people down. We can never get the validation we need from others because we will always need more validation from more people. And they’re too busy seeking validation from everyone else!

Nov 15

“Harvest of Thanks” by Rejetta Morse

While brightness of the days weaken
the time to reap is near.
The earth begins to sigh and rest
because harvest is here.

Nov 05

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Theresa Begin

One of the things I most look forward to about fall is the soup! Baking is wonderful, too! There is just something truly special about making a wonderful soup, picking up French bread, or making biscuits, and inviting family to come share your table with you.

Nov 04

Give Thanks Giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner

Please join us for the Give Thanks Giveaway and enter for your chance to win the great prizes in this month’s giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner! I’m joining my friend Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for her annual Season of Giveaways, she has several going on now! One winner will receive a set of 3 flameless …

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Nov 04

“How are You Thankful?” by Joan Leotta

When we started our own Thanksgiving celebrations, the family affairs that my husband and I both cherished were hundreds of miles away over snow and ice. So, we began our own traditions.

Nov 01

“Faucets of Living Water” by Sharon L. Patterson

One of the greatest truths of these scriptures not only in my life personally, but through my life in ministry to others is this: we are simply faucets for God. God places us in our family, locality, and nation.

Oct 26

“Country Auction” by Cynthia Knisley

Country Auction
(so that nothing is lost)
by Cynthia Knisley
Five, six, or seven, who will go eight?
A bargain a minute – don’t hesitate!
Lot 142, who wants this stand?
With a pot and a plan it would really look grand.

Oct 20

“Come Down to Earth and be Still” by Kathryn Ross

We are called to steward our earthly days in His Truth and to choose wisely how we shall live and build on the foundations laid in the moment in history allotted to us.

Oct 17

Autumn Craft Collection from all around the Blogosphere

With every season there is so much to celebrate! Don’t you just love to bring a touch of the changing seasons into your home? We do, too, so we have gathered up a collection of quick and easy autumn crafts and home décor projects just for the readers of RUBY magazine.

Oct 14

“Fall Wanders Away” by Rejetta Morse

As fall now wanders far away,
the waterfalls tumble and roar,
pushing through the mountain top
beneath the skies each day.
Around the falls, the bare trees stand,
and spread their leaves over the land.

Oct 12

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers Book Review by Carol Peterson

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is the story of a young prostitute during the gold rush days in California. The plot is loosely based on the account of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. But be forewarned: this is not a light story. It is definitely not a book you can read while sipping your afternoon tea.

Oct 10

Now accepting submissions for NOVEMBER 2016 RUBY magazine

It’s time to send in your submissions for the NOVEMBER 2016 issue of RUBY magazine!

Oct 07

“Vacations: Mom vs. Family” by Beth Brubaker

Vacations. The family loves to take them, but the moms? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong- moms do love to go on vacation as much as the rest of the clan, but her idea of a vacation is much different than the husband and kiddos. Let’s use a typical, low-budget family vacation. Camping Family: …

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Oct 06

Favorite Things Blog Hop

It’s time again for Thursday Favorite Things!
I hope you can join us because it is LOTS of fun!
Join us every week as we party and share at the best link party in blog land!

Oct 05

“Waiting for Grace” by Nina Newton

Some days I amaze myself. And then other days, not so much. I’m guessing we all have days like that. But there is just something about “grace” that seems to make me nervous. It’s almost as if I just can’t believe it’s true. Oh, I know in my head what God’s Word tells me about …

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Sep 30

Hanging Water Garden Giveaway

You are invited to join us for the Water Garden Giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner!
Enter to WIN and make a few new bloggy friends along the way!

Sep 28

“Why Write?” by Jewell Utt

A peaceful Sunday morning at church turned into a moment of high-alert for many people. A man dressed in a long coat, carrying backpacks and duffle bags, came to rest at our main entrance. Instead of coming directly in, he pulled a large piece of chalk out of his luggage and began writing on the sidewalk of both entryways: “Sinners are damned to Hell.”

Sep 27

Chili Mac and Cheese Hot Dog Casserole from Marilyn’s Treats

Like Chili Dogs? How about Mac and Cheese? If you can’t decide what’s for dinner why not make both! This Chili Mac and Cheese Hot Dog casserole is a one-pan dish goes from fridge to table in just 1 hour! After running all day and playing taxi driver for the kids you need this dinner in your arsenal. They will gather around the table without an argument and be ready to do homework and crawl into bed in no time.

Sep 09

Favorite Things Blog Hop / Linky Party “Autumn Dreams”

Every week we have a party! A Linky Party, that is, sponsored by one of our favorite bloggers, Katherine at Katherine’s Corner. This week the theme is “Autumn Dreams,” and we would LOVE to have you join us!

Sep 07

“There’s a Rock in My Sock!” by Lynn Mosher

Ever get a pebble in your shoe or your sock and think, Now, where did that come from? I’m a sock person. I wear socks a lot and, every once in a while, I find the tiniest bit of something irritating my foot. I turn my sock inside out, only to find a barely visible piece of grit. I shake out my sock and get rid of it. Irritations, like pebbles, come in all sizes. We all have them at one time or another, whether in our socks or in our spirits.

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