Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
December 19, 2019

The Old, Oak Buffet Editor’s Note: This article is edited and reprinted from Dec., 1998. I love old things: old linens, old dishes, old furniture, and especially old houses, because I like to imagine how people lived in days gone by.  I find it fascinating to step back in time and try to put myself […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
June 3, 2019

I Will Never Be Ready I did not have one and neither did you. I cannot be one and neither can you. It is utterly impossible! Try as hard as you and I may, we will never reach the pinnacle of achieving the “perfect mother” or the “perfect daughter” award. There is no such thing, […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
April 6, 2019

SPRING CLEANING Spring is in the air! I think it’s really coming…finally! For us northerners, it has been a long, hard winter, with lots of snow, frigid winds, below zero temps, and more blizzards than we care to recall! With all of this behind us, we are finding it difficult to contain ourselves! Our excitement […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
February 4, 2019

BE STILL Wait! Before you read any further, find a quiet spot- a place where you can fully concentrate- and allow God to search your heart. It actually might be best to save this article to use in your devotional time. How about tomorrow morning? But don’t forget! Plan to read with an open heart […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
December 4, 2018

The Story of Christmas The stars were beginning to appear in the ever darkening night sky.  As they twinkled above the Judean hillside, the coolness of the soft, dusky air enveloped the slightly hunched figure of a tiny young woman as she inched her way forward.  The donkey on which she was riding was dependable […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
August 6, 2018

MY LEAP OF FAITH I’ve had many challenges in my life. It is safe to say most of them are ones I neither chose, nor warmly embraced. We all prefer “smooth sailing,” but life is not perfect. Every day, things come up that are not ideal: things I’d rather not have to face. We call […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
June 9, 2018


“I Will Help Thee”
 Do you know how it is to wake up in the morning and feel like the day is already over, because it is packed so full, that you hardly have time to think? In anticipating a busy week ahead, have you ever felt as if you were about to slide into […]

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 […]

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