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Train Up a Child
April 18, 2018

Built-in Best Friends Malissa Custer Every day, we have some sort of conversation about how to be a friend. Be unselfish. Be a good sport. Don’t be bossy. Don’t lose your temper. Don’t be proud when you are better. Know that we are all different and good at different things. When annoying things happen, don’t […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
April 18, 2018

Self-Pity and the Pansy Maybe it’s the time of year (will this winter ever end?) or the fact that I was mostly housebound with sickness in the family for a few weeks, but suddenly it seemed like everyone else was going somewhere, doing something, having fun and I wasn’t.  Disappointment loomed and before I knew […]

Good Things
Good Things
April 18, 2018

Lately, I have been thinking about the name of this particular section of “Far Above Rubies,” because the notion of “good things” can mean different things to different people. It can also represent a common thread for all of us.  Who has not, at one time or another, used the phrase, “It’s a good thing, […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
April 18, 2018

It’s been 8 months of winter and Spring is FINALLY here! In North Dakota, this means that temperatures are finally above zero and we can start to enjoy the No rattlesnakes. No tarantulas. No cockroaches. No hurricanes. The things we don’t have to deal with, that used to cheer me, placate me no longer! In […]

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 […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink
Whether Ye Eat or Drink
February 8, 2018

Proverbs 31:15 says, “She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.” As I mentioned in a previous article, I was challenged by a friend to read Proverbs 31 every day for a period of time. During that time, as I read, I would […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
February 8, 2018

LOVE What do you think of when you think of the word, “love?” We use that word, sometimes, loosely. “I love a good, rare steak. I love that color. I love your outfit. I love my husband.”   All of those “loves” carry a little different meaning. This month, I want to share a few pointers […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up a Child
February 8, 2018

Capturing Their Heart By Malissa Custer When you were young, did you ever notice something that your parents loved, and wonder why it was so precious to them? When I was a kid, my grandma had a bunch of odd knick-knacks and glass paper weights that meant very much to her. They were always dusted […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
February 8, 2018

Get In a Good Book Perhaps one of the biggest downsides of technology in general, and social media, in particular, is that it is just so easy to waste a lot of time! It is simple to open an app and spend much more time than you intended just scrolling, and then realize that you […]

Good Things
Good Things
February 8, 2018

Music has always been a very special part of my life. I started piano lessons when I was nine years old and continued to do so through the 9th grade. Music is very important to me. Several years ago, I wrote an article about how the Lord made me aware of the fact that my […]