Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
October 13, 2019

A MURMURING MINDSET In Exodus 12, the “Passover” event occurred, at which time Pharaoh finally let Israel depart from Egypt, from their bondage.  However, the Biblical text tells us that afterward, Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued after the Israelites with his army and chariots. At this point, our story begins… Can you even fathom […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink
Whether Ye Eat or Drink
October 12, 2019

Proverbs 31:25 says, “Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”   Many of us have heard the phrase, “It’ll be worth it, in the long run.” This can be used to encourage someone who is in the middle of a project and is seeking advise from someone more […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
October 12, 2019

SHUT-INS This is probably seems like an old-fashioned word. It means, “someone confined to the indoors” and can be from any number of things: accident, illness, being a new mother, surgical recovery, etc.  Any church, at any given time, will have various types of “shut-ins.”   Some will be for a shorter period of time, others […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
October 12, 2019

My “Mean” Mom Barbara Russell Shortly after I was married, I was at the grocery store, when much to my surprise, I came upon a CAN of ready to use beans and a CAN of ready to use pumpkin.  I was elated! I couldn’t wait to get home to call my mom and share with […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
October 12, 2019

Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting It is interesting to me, how in certain periods of growth in my life, I seem to “attach” myself to a particular song. As humans, this is a natural thing for us to do, as the combination of music and resonating words can be very moving to us. I have […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
October 12, 2019

I have a friend…well…I wouldn’t call “her” a friend. I have an acquaintance…no…I wouldn’t call “her” an acquaintance. I think the label I’m looking for is, Nemesis. Yes, once my friend, now my nemesis. I met “her” Christmas morning, 2017. My son introduced us. Things started out well; she was so polite, kind, even helpful. […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornaments of Grace
August 15, 2019

Family Friends Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from 2004, giving a glimpse into my life as a mother. They have been a part of our family since the beginning. Having grown up as an only child, my dear, departed mother-in-law used to say, “Books can be such good friends.” This was also the same […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

Proverbs 31:24 says, “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchants.” This verse in Proverbs 31 depicts the enterprising nature of the virtuous woman. Not only does she buy a field and plant a vineyard (v. 16), she also perceives her merchandise is good (v. 18). She then lays her […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
August 15, 2019

It’s good to brush and floss! Actually, it is VERY good! Do you brush and floss? As a former Dental Hygienist, that was a question I generally didn’t have to ask when I looked in my patient’s mouth! Just like a cosmetologist can tell if that hair color is “yours” or from a bottle, and […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
August 15, 2019

Unconditional Love By Barbara Russell Thirty years ago, I gave birth to my first child, a boy. Again, two years later, “It’s a boy!” my husband announced. I must admit there was a twinge of disappointment because I already had a boy, so I thought having a girl would be nice. But as the midwife […]

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