Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
April 6, 2017

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?   By Grace Custer The clock is ticking. Minutes, days and weeks are passing! Whether rich or poor, young or old, every person is given the same number of minutes in every hour, and the same number of hours in every day. When my allotted time is used up, my […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
February 10, 2017

WORDS “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 We’ve all heard the familiar phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Perhaps you chanted those words to a school yard […]

Ornament of Grace
An Ornament of Grace
December 12, 2016

This Old House Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Far Above Rubies in December, 2000. Now, 16 years later, our children are grown, and our house has passed its 100th year … I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression, “If these walls could talk…” Well, I’ve never really had the opportunity to speak before, […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
December 12, 2016

Growing in 2017 Don’t we all love a newborn baby? Whether boy or girl, there is just no other creature that is so sweet, so soft, and just so very precious as a brand new, hours-old infant! We women enjoy discussing their traits and observing which family members the child “takes after,” etc. While it […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
October 3, 2016

JUST TRUST ME “Just trust me!” How often, over the years, have I spoken those three short words to a questioning, whining, or defiant child of mine? For me, as a mother, it seemed such an easy, obvious command to give. It sounds so simple to say, yet why does it often seem so hard […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
August 9, 2016

Peace in My Storm By Divine design, every human being is unique. Each one of us has our own particular likes and dislikes, preferences and tendencies: those qualities which shape our personalities to be distinctive from one another. Some people are risk-takers and others prefer to take the safe route, if given a choice. Our […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
July 20, 2016

The Hidden Life of the Pastor’s Wife Living in a preacher’s home is all I’ve ever known. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of the days my father attended Bible college in preparation for the ministry, and when we lived in Iowa where he served his first pastorate. I was raised believing Sundays were […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
April 5, 2016

Esther’s Unforgettable Example The sixteenth book of the Bible reads like an ancient fairytale in a faraway land.  Displeased with his queen, King Ahasuerus (secular historians call him Xerxes) of Persia banished Vashti from the palace and began a nationwide search for her replacement.  It may have sounded exciting to some young women, but to […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
February 19, 2016

Who Can Find a Good Man? Who can find a Good Man? For his price is far above silver. (In fact, he’s worth his weight in gold!) The heart of his wife doth safely trust in him, for he has promised to be faithful to her and her alone. She will have no need of […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
December 8, 2015

Christmas Memories Hello. My name is Joanna Rose, and I would like to tell you my story. This may be hard for you to believe, but once upon a time, I lived in a box. It was actually one of those thin, white kind, with the clear cellophane over the front of it. I’ll admit, […]