Category Archive: Ruby Blogger Team

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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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!

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 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 15

“Meatloaf Mishap” by Christie Browning

I believe it’s important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, I am completely comfortable in declaring that I am weak when it comes to cooking. No, this isn’t the type of bad cooking that produces dry chicken or overly bland potatoes. My bad cooking brings about burnt, charred, inedible dishes that make the stomach …

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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 08

“Solitude” by Kathy McCauley

The person called to solitude is a rare soul. Identifying this hunger or need in one’s soul is difficult. The hunger for solitude is sometimes disguised as restlessness — taking us the wrong direction. The one who is called to solitude is purely content with their thoughts, prayers, and presence with God. There is no …

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Aug 05

“Am I Beautiful?” by Mary Dolan Flaherty

I recently saw an article on my town’s website advertising a new program for tween and teen girls. It’s designed to promote self-confidence in a young woman through public speaking and addressing self-esteem Issues such as peer pressure, body image, and carrying oneself with grace and dignity. Mentors help each young woman reach her potential …

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Aug 03

“Tales of a Borderline Hoarder” by Beth Brubaker, Assistant Editor

I like stuff. I admit it. I like collecting it, looking at it and sometimes even using it- but when the stuff gets in the way of life, we need to reevaluate our habits. It started when I began indulging myself in all of my interests, flitting from one-to-the-other like a hummingbird amongst flowers, never …

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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 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 27

“Let Go and Let God” by Laura L. Zimmerman

This past week we said goodbye to my thirteen-year-old daughter as she left on a class trip for Boston. It was not only the furthest she’d ever been away from us – three hundred and seventy two miles, to be exact – but also for the longest period of time – four days. When we …

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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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Jun 15

“Dad’s Day Delights” by Marilyn Lesniak

The month of June announces the true beginning of summer! And the most important celebration in the month of June is Father’s Day. Give Dad a break on his special day, and serve up a few of these “masculine” dishes with recipes from Marilyn’s Treats.

May 24

Bible Study: Book of Esther

One of our favorite authors, Carol Peterson, has written several Bible study books on women in the Bible. One of her Bible studies is on the Book of Esther, and she is graciously sharing those lessons with us in the coming weeks. We would love to include you in our weekly Bible study lessons! Please visit our Bible study group for weekly lessons. A new lesson will be available every Monday for the next 27 weeks.

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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Apr 28

Friends in Community

The Ruby for Women community offers the opportunity for our members to share and promote blogs, books, websites, businesses, Etsy shops, or other family-friendly activities. We would love to include you in the Ruby for Women community, so please visit us and join the conversation.

Apr 22

“Moving On” by Heather C. King

He’s finding mercy in the mess, receiving restoration, learning from his mistakes, teaching others, and worshiping God for this salvation-gift.

Apr 14

“Turnips, Mustard and A Little Bit Of Faith” by Michelle Lazurek

Sometimes things that seem so small and unusable are still useful to God. He can take what we have and grow it, as long as our hearts are in the right place. Even people with the smallest faith can have the largest impact for the Kingdom.

Apr 14

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party

It’s time to share your blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! Please join us for this week’s linky party where you can meet other bloggers and make new friends.

Apr 08

Spring into Nature Giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner

You are invited to enter to WIN! The Spring Into Nature Giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and Simple Nature Decor.

Apr 04

“What’s on Your Mind?” by Toni Samuels

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things … And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9b, NIV)

Mar 29

“Choosing Words that Heal” by Heather C. King

In fits of rage and bursts of anger, right in the most intense point of conflict, we have to choose: Use our knowledge as a weapon and wound them where they are most sensitive….or lay it aside, choosing to protect the most tender parts of their soul.

Mar 28

“When Life Feels Like a Competition” by Ifeoma Samuel

There is a big difference between setting reasonable goals then making attempts to fulfill them and making unattainable goals and whining why things don’t swing our way.

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 17

“A Slice of His Story: St. Patrick” by Kathryn Ross

Patrick’s life was spent on noble endeavors to the glory of God and the complete captivation of the Irish. He did this, not with the power of the sword—but the power of the pen and God’s Word.

Mar 08

“Busy and Burned Out?” by Grace Esedeke

I was BUSY… and BURNED OUT… I needed to take a break. I knew I had to, but I felt a lot of things will fall out of place if I did. But I eventually did.

Feb 15

“While I’m Waiting” by Heather King

And it’s in the moments of waiting that God says exactly what I need to hear the most: Don’t believe the lies. Don’t fret over the future. Don’t question the calling. Don’t doubt God’s ability or willingness to care for you. Don’t think you’re alone. Be strong, and let your heart take courage.

Feb 12

Inspired Home Giveaway

It’s time for a new giveaway, sponsored by Katherine’s Corner and some of her blogging friends. Take a minute and enter to win the Inspired Home Giveaway!

Feb 11

“Technical Difficulties” by Ruth O’Neil

Have you ever had technical difficulties? Sure. We all have at some point or another. Sometimes life just throws technical difficulties into our days/weeks/months just to see how we will handle them. It is usually during a time of technical difficulty that I know that I am trying to do everything right and Satan is on the defensive.

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