This post is shared courtesy of Sarah Carey of a time and a season
For the feast day of Julian of Norwich: May 8th, 2012.
A conservative Christian site for women named her as one of the “Top 10 Bad Girls of the [Christian] Faith.” There’s a semi-cloistered community of Episcopal monks and nuns named after her in the United States. Feminists think she’s the bee’s knees. She’s captivated thousands, if not millions, since her death in 1417.
She’s Dame Julian of Norwich, Christian medieval mystic and anchoress.
This post is shared courtesy of Beth Brubaker of Footprints in the Mud
I woke up the other morning when it was still dark outside, fumbling my way to the bathroom because I didn’t want to wake anyone by turning on the lamp. However, I made the mistake of turning on the light when I got there- my eyeballs were assaulted by a searing yellow-white beam of man-made light, blinding me. My eyelids reacted like a mousetrap- slamming shut so fast I didn’t have enough time to take in my surroundings. No amount of lid-muscle kept out the radioactive rays that danced in reverse shadow behind my eyes, as I made my way to where I needed to be by feel instead, hoping I wasn’t blinded for life.
This post is shared courtesy of KatherinesCorner stop by for a chance to win the May Day Giveaway!
It’s Giveaway Time! I am giving you a jump start on Summer with the May Days Giveaway! Fingers crossed there will be plenty of participation for this one. I bought the tote and the necklace and was looking for a little something else to give you when I received an email from Jeremy. He is the representative for the designer Jennifer Ouellette. He generously offered to provide a prize for the giveaway. Not one, not two, not even three, but four Jennifer Ouellette headbands! The two headbands pictured and two more ( surprises). So lets get your summer off to a great start with some fun accessories.
The foundation of Ruby for Women is based on prayer and community. Here at Ruby for Women we have a community group called “We Are Praying for You”. This is a place for you to share your prayer request with the group as well as pray for your fellow sisters in Christ.
In order to best serve this specific group we would like to put out a call to serve for “Prayer Warriors”. We need 2-3 volunteers to help us monitor prayer requests and send out a call for prayer when prayer is requested. This would require checking the group 2-3 times a day and following up with those who have requested prayer. Assistance will be provided in order to get you started and would require no more than 15-20 minutes of your time a few days a week.
If you feel called to be a “Prayer Warrior” for Ruby for Women please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Thank you and have a prayer filled day!
In last week’s post I mentioned finally figuring out why I worry. For the most part I have managed to let go of that vice, and as a resslt, I spend more time in the now, trading the desire to be in some future or past moment, for this moment.
And God blessed my new attitude while sitting at a stop light.
I grew up eastern Oregon amid wide open desert expanses. Wildlife was (and still is) abundant near my home. Every morning during spring and summer, a Meadowlark’s song accompanied my coffee and devotions. Over time I equated its song with God’s Word – a sign of His gifts and blesssings. After moving from my home state several years ago, I have not heard the Meadowlark sing. Other birds seranade my devotions, and have a beautiful song, but they aren’t the same.
Congratulations Ruby for Women Blogger of the Week Donna McBroom-Theriot
Here’s a post courtesy of Donna’s blog “My Life. One Story At A Time.”
All Things Southern – The Cookie
This week we are excited to announce our very own Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! There are so many wonderful blog hops all around the blogosphere, and we would like to encourage you to find them and share them with us right here at Ruby for Women.
Just link up your blog post for Wordless Wednesday, and then share our link and logo with some of the other Wordless Wednesday hops. Looking forward to connecting with lots of new bloggy friends through our interactive Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!
andjoin the fun here, too!
This post is courtesy of Jeannie Pallett of Psalm 119: Greater than Gold – Devotions for Men and Women
Ever have those times in life when you feel as if the negative forces of life seem to take on life of their own and try to overwhelm you and drown you in difficulty?
When events go from one degree of tragedy to another? …And you begin to feel a spark of fear in your heart wondering what tomorrow will bring. Almost dreading the waking the next morning?
First thing we need to do is deal with fear. Fear will wipe out faith in a heart beat. Fear will steal peace from us and take us into a place of captivity.
As children of God we are free. We are captives only because the Father has captivated us with His love.
We rest in His love, secure and at peace in His embrace of love. He holds tomorrow, He knows each coming event, He sees each tear that falls and He hears us when we praise His beautiful Name.
The outstanding redbuds have opened! Like everything else in Central New York, these trees are three or possibly four weeks ahead of schedule! The deliciously aromatic lilacs are already starting to open and the fullness of the crab trees are just beginning their vibrant display of multi-colored pinks. The delightful dogwoods are just emerging, some deep purple magnolias are in full blossom, and the soft fragrance of the apple blossoms is in the air. This spring is early and this spring is suddenly gorgeous!
Question Of The Week
Mother’s Day is just around the corner…
This week, we’re celebrating Mothers!
What do you love most about your mother?
Do you have any special Mother’s Day traditions?
What are your favorite childhood memories of your mom?
Are you looking forward to being a mother or grandmother?
What do you love most about being a mom?
How has motherhood changed you?
Do you have any tips for mothers-to-be?
What are the best (and worst) Mother’s Day gifts you’ve received?
This post is courtesy of Sarah Carey of a time and a season
Friday’s Thankfulness Alphabet.
A – Apples, Anchoresses.
B – Books, Benedictine spirituality, Battle Road.
C- Cookies in the GC Caf, Candy, Candles that smell like cake.
D – Dependable people, Detergent, Dad.
E – Eggs that are scrambled, Encyclopedias, Energetic days.
This post is courtesy of Nina Newton of mamas*little*treasures
I know that I fill my blog posts with all of the cute, silly, funny, annoying, and amazing exploits of our daughters, but really . . . . . they are absolutely the most “favorite things” in my life! Our “little girls” are excited that we are going to be visiting one our ”big girls” tomorrow. It is so much fun when we all get together, with “Littlest Big Sister,” and her four gorgeous children ;o), and “Big Little Sister” and “Little Little Sister” get to play babysitter for the babies.
Those are the moments when God reminds me that all of the heartache of days gone by have now been redeemed in His time. We have a sweet family, though a bit different than the ordinary, but the pathway of life has a way of leading us to times of peace and joy after the storms and darkness. As it turns out, “Big Little Sister” and “Little Big Sister” both love photography so I’ve been bombarded with amazing photos that have been edited beyond recognition . . . .
Now that the weather is warm and the flowers are blooming, ”Big Little Sister” likes to wander around outside and check out all of the interesting stuff to photograph in the neighbors’ yards. Down by the lake she takes pictures of sand, stones, trees, grass, boats, the water, sunrises, and sunsets. Gardens, fences, old barns, weeds, wild roses, swamps, dead branches, rain-soaked leaves, mud puddles – she takes pictures of it all.
What can I say? She sees me taking pictures of a wide variety of unusual things . . . but most of the “unusual” things that I photograph are things that I have made ;o) So, then when she takes a break from editing all of her latest photos, she comes out to where I’m working on the latest crafty creation and jumps right in, making suggestions of where to glue this or how to cut that. I guess it runs in the family! Next time I’ll post some of the photos that “Little Big Sister” has been working on, and she is actually turning her creative photography into a business. Now that’s something to think about!
Have a great Thursday, and I hope you will take a minute to share a few of your favorite things on your blog. Then, pop on over to Katherine’s Corner and join us for the “Thursday Favorite Things” blog hop. Just leave a link to your post about YOUR favorite things and we’ll stop by to visit you later today. Hope to see you there! Nina
This post is courtesy of Deborah McCarragher of God Mission Possible: Unequally Yoked Marriage
Mother’s Day is a holiday with an interesting history.
Mother’s Day began nearly 150 years ago in the United States, when Anna Jarvis, a homemaker from Appalachia, organized a day (Mother’s Work Day) to raise awareness of something mothers hold near and dear to them: poor health conditions in her community.
Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else. Julia was a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,
When Anna Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”
This post is courtesy of Debra Elliott of Getting Through the Hurt and Learning How to Heal
II Corinthians 1:4 NIV
God has a grand purpose for you. He turned your “ashes” into beauty. One of your “beauty’s” from ashes is encouragement to others.
After an abortion you went through trials and tribulations and survived several journeys for a reason. You have been comforted in all your troubles and He wants you to comfort others who need encouragement through their “fires”.
Two wonderful bible verses that will help you encourage other women is Job 16:5 and I Thessalonians 4:18. Both verses speak of encouragement through your words.
This post is courtesy of Marcia Settles of Spirit, Mind and Body
We live in an instant gratification society. From microwaves, fast food, cell phones to high speed internet ON OUR PHONES; we cannot stand to wait for anything.
I once viewed a documentary where an interviewee recalled his college roomate, who was from Pakistan. The Pakistani roomate told this man, “Americans’ greatest fear is incovenience”. How true is that?
This post is courtesy of Angela DeSouza of King’s Daughters
This blog post is courtesy of Amanda Johnson of Forever In Him Ministries
During my quiet time I read about Amaziah, King of Judah. In reading about the kings of Israel, scripture is always quick to point out whether the king did things “right in the eyes of the Lord”. Those who ruled according to God’s law enjoyed a rewarding reign while those who did not follow God’s law suffered much loss.
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This post is courtesy of Cecilia Pulliam of the blog Out of the Closet and Into the Light
Worry. It is a relentless worm, wriggling and burrowing into my thoughts and heart regardless of my vow not to allow it entrance. I think I finally figured out why it keeps crawling back – control.
This post is courtesy of Linda Gill of the blog Being Woven
This post is shared courtesy of Lynn Mosher of Heading Home
This post is shared courtesy of Growing Old with Grace
Do you ever see something and say to yourself “That would be the perfect place for daydreaming,” or “What a wonderful place to sit and read.” These photos I found online are the ones that make those thoughts pop into my lil ol’ head!
This post is shared courtesy of wordsculptures by Keith Wallis
Great Grandmother’s Pillowcase
When I was twelve years old, my great grandmother Agnes passed away. Fading Kodak snapshots in old family albums prove we had moments together, but I don’t remember them. She moved to California while I was still small. The rest of my childhood would be spent in West Virginia — the other side of the nation…
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This Lovely Place
4 Secrets for Keeping Your Home Together When You Feel Like You’re Falling Apart
This post was submitted by Kristin Bridgman of Ponderings
Why does lingo have to change? It’s confusing to my little brain. It puts me in awkward predicaments. I risk embarrassing my teen-ager, not to mention myself. Actually, my sweet son does not get embarrassed anymore. He used to. . .