Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
August 9, 2017

Changes Recently, I heard someone say “Life is a series of adjustments.” It’s true. Yesterday is gone. I am only a part of today. I do not know what tomorrow holds because I have never been there. Actually, if the truth be told, I would rather tomorrow not be much different than today, because…I really […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
June 9, 2017

A Stroll Down Memory Lane It has been many years since we’ve been back. Admittedly, until the opportunity came along to travel to that part of the country, it had been awhile since I’d thought much about those days! I was so young, back then! I went off to Bible college when I was only […]

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 […]