Category Archive: Christian women online

Mar 27

“Waiting for the Messiah: In Full Unity” by Donna B. Comeaux

When Avi first met Jesus, she discovered the depth of His love and compassion. In the midst of the Passover celebration, not far away from where she stood, people shouted praises, fanning palm branches high and low. Something moved her forward, arms gently caressing the ef’-od in her hands, her feet unable to stop until . . .
Their eyes met. No one ever described him, or told of the kindness in his eyes, the joy emitting from his face. If they had, their report was inaccurate. There was much more to him than the miracles they proclaimed . . .

Mar 24

“A Glorious Dark” by A.J. Swoboda – a celebration of Easter – book review by Michele Morin

For years I celebrated Easter as if it were a stand-alone holiday, singing “Up from the Grave He Arose” without giving much thought to the horror of the Dying or the silence of the Dead. Providentially, my early efforts to incarnate and to enliven an invisible God in the hearts of four sweet boys found a way into the obtuse heart of their mother as well.

Mar 15

“Senseless” by Thea Williams

What’s a girl to do? Here I am, trying to serve the Lord with my writing talents, and I’m running into stop signs. But we don’t sit at stop signs endlessly, do we? We pause, evaluate our surroundings, and use our best judgment to move ahead when an appropriate amount of time has passed. That’s just what God’s been guiding me to do. He’s assuring me He’s in control, despite appearances to the contrary. He’s instructing me to move forward in any direction that’s not blocked, making headway wherever possible. This article is the first step in that direction.
I’m figuring out how to work around my deficiencies, and not let them render me senseless. “If there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12

Mar 14

“I Am Waiting” by Suzane Avadiar

Have you ever waited?? For someone . . . for something . . . for the next step . . . for healing . . .for breakthroughs and miracles . . for life to happen? I think at least once in our life, we all experience a season of waiting; I know I have.

Mar 07

Where to Look for Writing Markets and MARCH Writing Prompt by Joan Leotta

My tagline (I am a writer and a story performer) is, Encouraging Words through Pen and Performance. As a writer for RUBY magazine, I pray that what I write, no matter the topic, will honor God, and serve you, the readers. I also hope that my writing will encourage others to write. Recently, I recommended RUBY as a place for a friend of mine to send her work. Imagine my delight when she told me that Nina had accepted her piece! This is one of the great joys of life, knowing that you have served another.

Mar 06

St. Patrick’s Day Sweets from Marilyn Lesniak of “Marilyn’s Treats”

I am so excited to bring you this special collection of recipes! Coming from a second generation Irish family means my dad’s side celebrated their heritage every day. When we all got together there was no shortage of green, stories of the old country, and singing of songs. St Paddy’ Day was always a great time and rivaled Christmas for my favorite holiday! This collection comes from many very talented bloggers. Please be sure to visit them and tell them I sent you!

Mar 02

“Secret Admirer” by Pat Jeanne Davis

“Maybe your secret admirer will shovel you out again tomorrow.” Trudi laughed at her mother’s words. “That’s as likely as a snow angel coming to my aid.” She didn’t know who’d shoveled their driveway this morning, but it couldn’t be an admirer. Trudi crossed the living room to the window and pulled back the heavy drapes. She swiped the sleeve of her terry robe down the misty pane and gazed out. “Ray’s attending a conference for another day, and he’s already extended the date for my proposal. So snow or no snow, the deadline is tomorrow.”

Mar 01

“Patches of Fog” by Judith Vander Wege

“Patches of fog won’t hold up under sun.” I clipped this intriguing phrase out of a newspaper, pondering its meaning.
“Patches of fog” reminded me of the confusion and depression I’d experienced.
“Lord, give me clear sailing,” is what I often cry when I feel the fog’s so thick I’d really rather die.
Then, just for a moment, He’ll cause the fog to lift.
But He says, “My grace, sufficient, is the greater gift.
“When at last, you’ve stood the test,”
He gently lets me know, “you’ll receive the crown of life. The trials help you grow.

Mar 01

MARCH 2017 Free Printable Calendar

If you are like most everyone these days, you can’t wait for spring! Here’s a fun calendar that you can download and print off or use it on your blog or website, or even set it as you wallpaper on your home computer. Be sure to let us know how you are using the March 2017 FREE printable calendar, and be sure to stop back for the April calendar, too. If you want to download the March 2017 free printable calendar to your computer, just right click on the image and “save as” a picture and you’re all set. Have fun as you celebrate the arrival of spring!

Feb 27

“An Unlikely Match becomes the Perfect Catch” by Sharon L. Patterson

“Have you heard…Coach P is dating the French teacher?” That was the scuttlebutt going around the high school where we both taught. I guess, in a way, you could say we had quite a crowd watching the development of our dating relationship in the spring of 1981. There was no Facebook or You-Tube, but there were 2300 sets of eyes on us five days a week that semester. What an unlikely match we were. He loved the outdoors and camping as well as coaching football and track. His attire included coaching shorts and tennis shoes. He loved math and science.

Feb 24

“February” by Thea Williams

In every season of grief, almighty arms held my family and me high above an abyss of uncertainty and pain. Those arms aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

Feb 23

“The Plight of the Powerless” by Michele Morin

Three groups of people come to Nehemiah with their complaints. They are all coming from a position of powerlessness. There is a unique fear that only the powerless experience. Most of us have no knowledge of it, but, like Nehemiah, we must find the courage to look at it squarely, for it is all around us.

Feb 22

“His Hands” by Alisha Ritchie

On August 24, 1996, I married my soul mate, Brandon, in front of all of our family and friends. As I walked toward him down the long aisle of the church, butterflies swarmed in my stomach. My palms grew sweaty as I realized every eye in the sanctuary was on me at that precise moment. I smiled as I glided along but on the inside, my nerves threatened to conquer me.

Feb 21

“Sing like the birds……” by Cynthia Knisley

Change is around us everywhere! By now the New Year is well underway, and we remember to write 2017 on our checks and correspondence. Our nation has a new leader who has promised all kinds of change that will affect Americans and countless others around the globe. Change in our personal lives occurs, embodying both joy and pain.

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.

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