Category Archive: Jesus

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.

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 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

“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.

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.

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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Aug 27

“Encouragement for When Your Hope has been Fiercely Shaken” by Ifeoma Samuel

After a long week of torturous waiting for test results to swing in my favour, it didn’t! I was tired of fighting. I was done filling the holes with hope. This war is waged against my peace and this time I was overwhelmed. Those tormenting “maybes” and “if-onlys” competed for my heart space. -Maybe I …

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Aug 22

“Salad in the Mailbox” by Norma C. Mezoe

                      At the age of 45, I was forced to find employment after my husband left me. I had never worked outside of my home, but God opened doors only He could have opened. Within three weeks, I was employed at a nonprofit organization. I …

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Aug 19

“Put it on Mute” by Toni Samuels

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. – Revelation 8:1 We live in a noisy age. Think about the variety of sounds blaring from the devices in our vehicles, homes and offices. Most of us are so uncomfortable with quiet that the moment we jump …

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Aug 17

“Some Lost Things We Need to Recover” by Sharon L. Patterson

Is it just me, or have you noticed we have lost some very significant things we desperately need to recover in our lives?

Aug 12

“ENVY” by Cyndie Randall

I am so envious.  I’m envious of people with really good teeth. Especially when they’ve never seen an orthodontist and they drink liters of black coffee between donut-chewing and not flossing. They do all this while smiling, by the way. I’m envious of women who OWN that two-piece swimsuit even after their bodies have sagged and settled. …

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Aug 10

“Putting on Godliness” by Cassidy Burdge – ‘The Christian Prepster’

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” -Colossians 3:12 NLT Wouldn’t that be great? Living a life clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I have yet to master this skill, but I try really hard to live …

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Aug 01

“The View from My Prison Cell” by Nina Newton, Sr. Editor

I look out the window of my prison cell and the world seems to go on as if nothing has happened.  The lace curtains flutter in the warm summer breeze that drifts through the window of my prison cell. But the invisible bars on that window imprison me in this dark place of sadness, pain, …

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Jul 27

“Extremes We Share” by Kathleen McCauley

A Post from the Ruby Prayer Corner The ocean is a mystery. Its quiet majestic power is often times disguised. Instead it sends off a message of calm, serenity with the constant movement of its waves. The ocean is a paradox of extremes which is brought about by its depth and currents. I am a …

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Jul 15

“The Power of Loving Well” by Carol Doyel

God has been moving powerfully in me lately, stirring my heart, tenderly revealing deep things to me – sadly some of the things that He has revealed in me are not so good. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about condemnation – but in His loving-kindness, he has drawn me to repentance for …

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Jul 11

“Help! I’ve Got No Room to Breathe” by Christie Browning

Recently, I wrote the following in my journal: “I am far beyond being stressed. I feel lost…without focus or a plan. I don’t like that feeling. I feel like I’m suffocating and about to run out of air, but there’s no room to breathe. I feel attacked on all fronts. I feel like someone has …

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Jul 08

“A Rant on the Red, White, and Blue” by Kathryn Ross

Red, white, and blue are the ONLY colors I’m flying in any flag to represent the United States of America. Our nation’s title is quite the oxymoron in these current days of manipulated divisions and contrived crisis. In addition to sense and reason, patriotism is politically incorrect. Helter-Skelter headlines terrorize and confuse the masses, eroding hard-won foundations by the …

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Jul 04

“Footprints in the Mud: Heart Band-Aids” by Beth Brubaker

  A car manufacturer is going to start installing an alert system in their vehicles to let the driver know if the driver left their child in the backseat. Sounds like a good idea- after all, parents who leave a child unattended in their vehicle has caused the death of many children. So when people …

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Jul 01

“Filled with Glory” by Lynn Mosher

No room for Moses. God gave Moses an enormous job: to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Following very explicit directions for structuring the tabernacle, Moses fulfilled all God’s commands. When Moses finished it, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle…And Moses was not …

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Jun 29

“Managing Your Fears with the Help of God” by Stan Popovich

Dealing with fear and anxiety can be very difficult. As a result, using the help of God can be very effective in managing your fears. With this in mind, here are some suggestions on how a person can use the help of God in his or her own struggles. The first step a person should …

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Jun 22

“Be-YOU-tifully YOU-nique” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

Only you can do that. There is no competition to be the best you because no one else qualifies. The only competition is the one you set for yourself. Or against yourself.

Jun 20

“It Took a Five-year-Old” by Vicki Killion

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.   Proverbs 3:5-6 It was two days before his fifth birthday when we got him – our first foster child. We were as nervous as firs- time parents of …

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May 10

“Beauty from Pain” by Stacy Lee Flury

As parents of teens in crisis, all we see is pain.  That pain is evident through our teen’s struggles and hurts, through their mental illness, disorders, and addictions.  We also see that same pain directed towards us through the avenues of their behavior.   It is often very difficult to handle and we get emotionally and …

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Mar 24

Hot Cross Buns from Vintage Mama’s Cottage

“Hot Cross buns have quite a history behind them; the idea of marking crosses on baked goods such as bread, cakes and buns goes right back to pre-Medieval times and was a visible sign that the bread was “blessed” and had the power to ward off evil spirits, as well as help with the longevity of the bread by stopping it going moldy or becoming stale so quickly. A cross marked on the dough was also believed to help the bread to rise.

Mar 24

“The Last Hours of Christ: A Disciple’s Denial” by Lanette Kissel

The Last Hours of Christ: A Disciple’s Denial (through the eyes of the apostle Peter) by Lanette Kissel I had been angry when Jesus had made that statement. How could He be able to foresee that I was destined to deny Him thrice? How could this possibly be? I knew that I had served Jesus …

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Dec 02

“I have wrestled with the light” by Heather C. King

I have wrestled with light against darkness this year and I have won.

It was a hard-earned victory, though, so while I have conquered, I am weary. For a start, I slipped together the parts of our pre-lit Christmas tree, plugged it in and noticed burnt-out bulbs dotting the tree here and there. Only, I couldn’t find the replacement bulbs. Anywhere.

Dec 02

“I Need a Silent Night” by Ruth O’Neil

One of the things that I really enjoy doing during the holidays is just sitting in the living room with the Christmas tree, all the lights turned off except for the tree lights, and just soak it all in. I pray for those that come to mind and worship quietly, thankful for my Salvation that was born on Christmas Day.

Nov 24

“The True Source of Happiness” by Maxine Young

I wish I could tell all of the people everywhere who gives true happiness. I wish I could let them know that God provides happiness that doesn’t end when the sauce does. I want everyone to know that a relationship with God is not just an excellent source of happiness; it is THE source. God treasures us so much that His number one priority is what is best for us, and how to get us to heaven to spend eternity with Him.

Nov 24

“THE GEOLOGY OF JESUS: Clefts, Cracks and Caves” by Carol Peterson

This morning I was singing, Rock of Ages, cleft for me. In the song, “cleft” means broken. And the song refers to Jesus’ body broken to save me from my sins. But “cleft” also refers to those broken cracks within rocks. The study of rocks, of course is the science of geology. Geology reminds me of Jesus.

Nov 18

“Ignore the wind and the waves” by Angie Hiskett

What happens when you allow your gaze to stray away from Jesus and focus on the wind and the waves? You sink. The waves surround you,they block out the light, and the love of Jesus.

Oct 01

“Saving Boo” by Stacy Lee Flury

If you have a teen or young adult caught up in a drug addiction, know that God is powerful through prayer to bring them home too. Don’t give up. Give in to God instead. He is the Anchor you need to hold on to as you pray for your child’s return.

Sep 28

“Making Upside-Downers: Life” by Connie Chandler

I read a book recently, that brought up a question that I’ve been thinking about a lot… What would life look like if we really believed in the resurrection of Christ? And I’ve come to the conclusion that this – the resurrection of Christ – is the key element in flipping everything upside-down.

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