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 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, because there are no such […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
December 18, 2017

Why I Love Christmas Editor’s Note: This article was printed in Far Above Rubies several years ago. While I am no longer in this stage of life, many of you readers are. To these mothers I say, “Do you understand the privilege you possess to mold and shape young lives?” Do your best and do […]

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