Category Archive: Faith

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Aug 30

“Facing Down the Bumblebee” by Nells Wasilewski

Thought for the day:  Job 12:7-10 (NKJV) “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know …

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