A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
February 10, 2017

What Are You Thinking? If there is one thing that I remember from my teenage years, it is this truth that was constantly repeated by my youth pastor: Watch your THOUGHTS; they become FEELINGS. Watch your FEELINGS; they become ACTIONS. Watch your ACTIONS; they become HABITS. Watch your HABITS; they become your LIFESTYLE. You can […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
February 10, 2017

Counting My Blessings By Malissa Custer We went on a great vacation recently. I ate a lot of ice cream… that may be what made it so great? The reality of getting home from vacation hit like a ton of bricks, though. I was now back in my construction project house, where everywhere I looked […]

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! […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
February 10, 2017

I found myself pondering animal psychics. It was one of those afternoons; I was working on the computer all morning, staring at the blue of my screen, zoomed in doing some detail work on some portraits. After removing hundreds (yea, thousands) of blemishes, tucking chins, straightening teeth and removing wrinkles (I should be making at […]

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, […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink
Whether Ye Eat or Drink
December 12, 2016

It was Christmas morning. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, but I was quite young. That morning, I was very excited, more than usual, because I had asked for something that I was sure was in one of the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree: a stuffed animal puppy. You see, my sister […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
December 12, 2016

I GET TO: There’s much to be said about having the “right attitude,” when it comes to many things in life. As single gals, wives and mothers, we all should strive for- and demonstrate- a right attitude. So often, we get in a pattern: an ugly, downward spiral that is anything but “right.”  Sometimes, it’s […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
December 12, 2016

The Aged Woman By Barbara Russell Somewhere along life’s road, I graduated from the “Young Woman” to “Aged Woman.” It hasn’t been that many years ago when I was the young wife and mother, gleaning from “Far Above Rubies.” Oh, how I remember reading the article “Keepers At Home,” and the writer stating, “Ladies, it […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
December 12, 2016

“Character versus Personality” Do you think you really know someone that you have only ever corresponded with on the internet? Or have you ever seen something that someone has shared or said online, and it doesn’t seem to match who you have perceived them to be? “Being somebody” online can be tricky. There is first […]

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 […]