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 […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
February 8, 2018

I turned the bowl over with something akin to a caress. I traced the flamboyant fruit pattern adorning the wooden bowl with my fingers. My mind traveled back to one of the most treasured memories of my life: a trip to Ixtapa with my mother.  Recently, after my mother experienced a life-threatening health issue and […]

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 […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink
Whether Ye Eat or Drink
December 18, 2017

Proverbs 31:14 “She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.” While our family was stationed in South Korea for two years, I met an older Korean woman who was just as curious about our American family as I was about the Korean culture. She knew enough English for us to be […]