Train Up A Child

TRUE CONFESSIONS I feel drained and emotional. It’s 1:37 in the morning and it is silent in the house. The washer is humming and the dishes are drying. The toys are put away and the toilets are cleaned. At the end of a day like today I feel inadequate, I don’t feel spiritual, and I […]

Keepers at Home

Grateful, Thankful and Blessed I feel, just as the title communicates, having had the father I had. I think about him often and miss him daily. Some days- like Father’s Day, his birthday, and my parents’ anniversary- cause me to miss him more. In August, it will be 3 years since he passed away. He […]

Whether Ye Eat or Drink

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins It was going to be a busy day. Plans were made for the afternoon to decorate at the church for a bridal shower. Since I was going to be out, I had planned on doing a few errands before heading over to the church. Then came a call from someone asking if […]

Ornament of Grace

Choose Joy I stood to my feet as the invitation hymn began. The message had pierced my heart. It’s true, I told myself. Probably because of the “busyness” of life, I had not been spending enough time with the Lord lately and I was feeling the distance. “Prone to wander Lord I feel it. Prone […]

Ornament of Grace
Ornament of Grace
April 5, 2015

Making A Difference An anguished hush hung in the room.  The only light there was, entered from a small window in the wall behind the place where a lifeless body, wrapped in burial clothes, lay on a mat on the floor.   The women who crowded into the upper chamber that day were clutching an […]

Good Things
Good Things
April 5, 2015

The hardest day of my life was my husband’s 75th birthday on May 23, 2011.  At 8:17 pm that day, life as I knew it vanished forever – that is when God called Jack home.  Yes, he had cancer; yes, he had been in the hospital for over 2 weeks with pneumonia; yes, the doctor […]

Train Up A Child
Train Up A Child
April 5, 2015

I am a…MOM.  That would be my definition.  That is my full-time job. After all, if you don’t stay at home with them, you have to pay someone full-time money to do it.  Along with that position comes so many subtitles, and it is exhausting, overwhelming, mind- numbing, and constantly-shifting HARD work.  It is something […]

A Heart for Wisdom
A Heart for Wisdom
April 5, 2015

Keeping One’s Heart in an Online World “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 What exactly does it mean to keep one’s heart? Why is it even necessary? Your heart is a very precious commodity; according to this verse, it contains the issues of life. […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
April 5, 2015

Times change SO fast! Reviewing the years since “Rubies’” last run, time and life seem to have changed/escalated/evolved /devolved (choose your vernacular) at an alarming rate. The most obvious, and in the forefront, is technology, and more specifically, the World Wide Web. It has not only grown exponentially, but has finally invaded just about every […]

Keepers at Home
Keepers at Home
April 5, 2015

Supper’s Ready! Don’t you love to hear that expression?  Generally there is a wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen that accompanies that awaited statement.  Or is there?  There was for me growing up, and I have continued with the practice of making supper and having my family at my table. Of course, it’s only my […]