Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
April 18, 2018

THINKING RIGHT I was probably about six or seven years old, when I first heard it. As a child, I recall being so struck by the simplicity of this now familiar verse, that I memorized it on the spot! Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I have always […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

Proverbs 31:16 “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” Spring is here! (Or for those of us living in ND/MN, it is just around the corner … I think). It is time to start planning our gardens. What will we plant this year? Where will […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
April 18, 2018

Do You Clean These? No matter how much cleaning I do on a “regular” basis, there are some things that just don’t get cleaned as often, but still require some good old-fashioned scrubbing. With the beloved Spring  Cleaning  opportunities coming upon us, here are some areas that you might not clean as often as other […]

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Train Up a Child
April 18, 2018

Built-in Best Friends Malissa Custer Every day, we have some sort of conversation about how to be a friend. Be unselfish. Be a good sport. Don’t be bossy. Don’t lose your temper. Don’t be proud when you are better. Know that we are all different and good at different things. When annoying things happen, don’t […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
April 18, 2018

Self-Pity and the Pansy Maybe it’s the time of year (will this winter ever end?) or the fact that I was mostly housebound with sickness in the family for a few weeks, but suddenly it seemed like everyone else was going somewhere, doing something, having fun and I wasn’t.  Disappointment loomed and before I knew […]

Good Things
Good Things
April 18, 2018

Lately, I have been thinking about the name of this particular section of “Far Above Rubies,” because the notion of “good things” can mean different things to different people. It can also represent a common thread for all of us.  Who has not, at one time or another, used the phrase, “It’s a good thing, […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
April 18, 2018

It’s been 8 months of winter and Spring is FINALLY here! In North Dakota, this means that temperatures are finally above zero and we can start to enjoy the No rattlesnakes. No tarantulas. No cockroaches. No hurricanes. The things we don’t have to deal with, that used to cheer me, placate me no longer! In […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
February 8, 2018

BEAUTY FROM ASHES It was a bitterly cold January night. The thermometer registered 18 degrees below zero. Normally, my husband and I ride together to church, but on this particular Sunday night, we drove separately. That explains why he found himself home alone when tragedy struck. Taking pity on our pets, who stayed in the […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink
Whether Ye Eat or Drink
February 8, 2018

Proverbs 31:15 says, “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” As I mentioned in a previous article, I was challenged by a friend to read Proverbs 31 every day for a period of time. During that time, as I read, I would […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
February 8, 2018

LOVE What do you think of when you think of the word, “love?” We use that word, sometimes, loosely. “I love a good, rare steak. I love that color. I love your outfit. I love my husband.”   All of those “loves” carry a little different meaning. This month, I want to share a few pointers […]

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