Good Things
Good Things
October 8, 2017

“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” Those are the words I saw printed on a sign in a local retail store when I was on a shopping “mission” recently. The plaque was not on my list of needs, nor did I purchase it, but it did […]

Good Things
Good Things
August 9, 2017

Just One More Thing by Jill Skalicky Time management is my nemesis. It is not my archenemy, but it is a source of irritation, and yes, sometimes failure. Good time management must involve a realistic assessment of how long a particular task will take to complete. It involves setting priorities. What is really important? Completing […]

Good Things
Good Things
June 9, 2017

A few months ago, as I was going through my files (as I do each year) and throwing out papers no longer needed, I came upon the file of articles I had written for the first volume of Far Above Rubies. It occurred to me that what I used to write about were usually things […]

Good Things
Good Things
February 10, 2017

Love and Largesse I am a “word nerd.” Yes, I like words. I like that they can stimulate mental imagery, help define who we are, express a thought. I like that sometimes, they can be so odd or foreign, that a dictionary definition is needed to be able to understand how the word was used! […]

Good Things
Good Things
October 3, 2016

When a “Nothing Book” becomes a “Something Book” By Jill Skalicky A “Something Book?” What’s that? I asked that question many years ago, when a friend told me she was adding to her “Something Book.” This is how she explained it: starting with a blank notebook that had side pockets, she would jot down ideas, […]

Good Things
Good Things
August 9, 2016

What are expectations? Something you are anticipating; something you presume will be; something you can count on. We expect obedience from our children. We expect a promise to be kept. We expect springtime and harvest, summer and winter. All are legitimate expectations, and there are many more. However, “I really expected better of that individual,” […]

Good Things
Good Things
July 20, 2016

My husband and I were blessed with three children, three wonderful in-laws, and eight grandchildren. We thoroughly enjoyed our family. Our three children were born within three years and four months, so there were busy times, but they were happy times. It was so rewarding, when they started giving us grandchildren. We thought “all the […]

Good Things
Good Things
April 5, 2016

By Jill Skalicky When a friend “drops in” without notice, a person can experience any number of emotions at that time: surprise, because this guest was not expected; relief, because if she/he had come by even five minutes later, you would have been out of the house doing errands; anticipation for what the visit could […]

Good Things
Good Things
February 19, 2016

A “Goodly” Heritage “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” Psalm 16:6 Sharon Weaver  In past issues of Far Above Rubies, I have written concerning my mom, her testimony, and her life lived for the Lord. I have so many memories of times spent with her, just […]

Good Things
Good Things
December 8, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Christmas For the December issue, “Good Things” is made up of special Christmas memories from friends we know and love of days gone by. An “old-fashioned Christmas” is valuable for many reasons, not the least of which is to help us remember what may be long-lost values! Just having a lot of things […]