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Verse for Today

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

Mix together:
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil or applesauce
1 egg
Mix only enough to combine ingredients. Batter will be thick and slightly lumpy.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake at 400° for 20-25 (muffins should be lightly browned on top). Remove from pans immediately. Delicious served warm or cold.

Yields: about 12 muffins

Note: This recipe is very experiment-friendly. Use cranberries, raisins, or other fruits to replace blueberries.

"Bake on Wednesday" will return in August!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

More Changes :)

As I have thought a little more practically about posting monthly topics, I have realized that it would probably work better to post topics every-other-month. Thus, our next topic-month will not be August, but September.

Having non-topic months will allow several things to take place:
     ~We will be able to focus on the topic during its month and prepare for the next topic during the non-topic months (Writers will have more time to study and put thought into the articles they write)
     ~We would be able to keep our "Bake on Wednesdays" on the non-topic months
     ~If anyone submits an article that does not apply to a specific topic we are studying, we can post it

I am thrilled about our first topic month starting in just five days! Check back often in July for different articles, verses, and quotes reflecting the importance of purity.

P.S. If you have not yet voted for our next topic, feel free to do so on the sidebar!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Supper Solution

By Guest Writer, Amanda T. (read about her here)

Too often, we girls are sitting around the living room in bewilderment, tussling with the ever-present question, “What shall we eat?” Time gets later, and still no supper is on the table. Good ideas fly with, “We don’t have __________.” Of course we eventually scrounge through our odds-and-ends and find something . . . but our minds sometimes get tired with the puzzle of no menu.

Then up comes the suggestion, “Let’s find something on All-Recipes!” and to the computer we go. is a site my oldest sister found several years ago, and our family has greatly benefited from it (Though it does not always solve our problems :). My favorite tool is “ingredients,” where we can type in a list of things we have and a list of things we do not have. The computer will pull up any recipes on their site containing (or not containing) those ingredients. Previous consumers have rated the recipes and some have added helpful comments which all aid in our decision whether we want to experiment or not.

To enjoy this helpful tool, one does not have to be a member or pay anything, which is the best facet. Just go to and you are well on your way to finding your supper.

Do you enjoy baking? Share your recipe or tip (with or without a picture) and be featured on "Bake on Wednesday" at Rubies Like Ruth. There is only one Wednesday left of this feature!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Need Your Thoughts . . .

After prayer and consideration, I have decided to make a few changes at Rubies Like Ruth. Instead of posting random topics, I would like to focus on a specific topic each month.

For instance, July’s topic will be:

{Grab the button on the side}

I must admit, though, that I currently do not have the time to fill a whole month with articles. I know that many of you girls are committed to staying pure; would you be willing to share your thoughts with us? Why is purity so essential? Why have you personally chosen to stay pure? What does purity mean to you? How can a girl stay pure?

We would love to hear your thoughts! If you have an article, poem, quote, verse, song, and/or picture to share with us, please email me at by June 30, 2011.

Also, remember to keep Rubies Like Ruth in your prayers. It is my desire that this blog be used to strengthen and encourage sisters in Christ, and I want God to be honored and glorified in everything!

NOTE: During our monthly studies, we will not be posting "Bake on Wednesdays."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Recipe: Surprise Meringues

If done correctly, these are addictive, melt-in-your-mouth treats!

Before you start:
Place clean sheets of paper on cookie sheets.

2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat until soft peaks form.

Gradually add:
1/2 cup sugar
Beat until shiny and hard peaks form.

Fold in:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup nuts (optional)

Spoon meringues onto papered cookie sheets and bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes. The tops should be lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets for 1-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rubies Like Ruth Featured on . . .

We are honored to once again be featured on a sister-in-Christ's blog:

Thank you, Miss Linda for endorsing Rubies Like Ruth.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Little Corners

"I don't expect to reform the world, 
but I want to help enlighten my special corner of it."
From Wise and Otherwise, by Isabella (Pansy) Alden

We all have our "little corners" to work in, but with higher ideals we often overlook what we can do now, in our current corners: surprise our sister by doing her chore . . . send a friend an encouraging card . . . volunteer at church . . . the option are endless.

How will you brighten your corner today?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recipe: Squash Casserole

This is a great way to use some of your summer squash!

½ stick of butter
1 quart squash (frozen or fresh), sliced
1 onion, sliced
½ cup evaporated milk
¾ cup grated cheese (cheddar)
Salt and pepper to taste

1 ½ cups cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons melted butter

Sauté squash and onion in butter till tender. Add cheese. Stir till melted. Add evaporated milk, salt and pepper; stir. Pour into casserole dish. Top with buttered cracker crumbs. Bake at 350˚ until the topping is slight browned (approximately 30 minutes).

Note: We have only tried this recipe using crook-neck yellow squash, but others might work just as well.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Like a Cicada

A few days ago, someone called my attention to a cicada that was coming out of its old skin. Being the first time that I have actually seen the shedding taking place, it was fascinating.

As I snapped pictures of the cicada, I thought of how people are like cicadas. At the moment of salvation, a man sheds his old nature like the cicada sheds his old skin, and is made a new man.

Recently in my devotions, I have been reading a lot of verses about the transformation that takes place at salvation. As a believer, it has been such an encouragement and blessing to remember the wonderful work at the cross and the hope we can have in Jesus if we accept His work on the cross. It is also the greatest privilege to see the same transformation take place in another person.

Please take a few minutes to re-read some of the most beautiful verses in God's Word about our transformation.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24)

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (Romans 6:6-10)

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:9-11)

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

It is my prayer that each of you has experienced the joy of salvation - the transformation of the old man to the new man.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Courtesy to Strangers

"Who was that quiet appearing girl that came into church quite late, last Sabbath?" I asked a friend of mine who was an active member in the church which I had recently joined.

"Did she wear a striped shawl and a dark dress?" inquired my friend. "If so, it was Annie Linton, a girl who is a seamstress in Mr. Brown's shop."

"I did not notice her clothes in particular," I answered, "but her face attracted me; I should know it among a thousand faces. How could you pass by a stranger so indifferently, Mrs. Greyson? I expected that you would ask her to remain at Sabbath school, and go into your Bible class, but you did not once look at her."

"I did not once think of it, and if I had, probably she would not have accepted the invitation, as she is a stranger in town, and undoubtedly will not remain here long," my friend replied quickly, by way of defense.

I said nothing more, for Mrs. G. was really an excellent Christian woman, with this one fault—carelessness—which sometimes caused her to make grave mistakes. But I could not help thinking about the stranger girl. Her large, dark eyes and finely formed face revealed more than ordinary intelligence, and in some way I gained the impression that, if not a Christian already, she desired to be. It seemed to me that she left the church very reluctantly, and was half waiting an invitation to the Bible class.

 The next Sabbath she came again and occupied the same seat,—just in front of my own. She bowed her head very reverently during prayer, and once during the sermon I saw her lip quiver with emotion, and a tear came into her eye. The services closed, and the stranger lingered as before. My friend, good Mrs. G., again forgot to speak to the girl. She passed out of the church slowly, and did not come again.

I thought she must have left town, as I had not seen her for several days; but one Sabbath, as I attended another church, I saw her again. She seemed a little more at ease, I thought, and there was a quiet smile on her face. After the services were concluded, I saw many a pleasant smile given to the stranger girl, and I understood the secret of the changed look upon her face. I made some inquiries, and learned that she had joined this church, and was earnest and active in all its work. I also learned that she had made a profession of faith just before coming to our village, and had an unusually happy experience. How much the indifference of our own people had to do with her finding a home in another church, I know not.

Several years have passed since this occurred, but I have never forgotten it. Many a stranger's hand I have clasped, as I thought of Anna Linton's sweet face. I was young in Christian experience then, and that lesson was a profitable one to me. Speak to the stranger, Christian friend, with the assurance that God will bless your efforts to throw sunshine and cheer and welcome into the hearts of others—strangers though they be.


Once again, this is a story that has made me think. How do I act towards strangers – especially those visiting my church? Do I put myself in their place and sense that they are lonely and need a word or two? Or do I selfishly ignore them and visit with my little group of friends? What would Christ do? We never know how a few cheerful words might help someone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Recipe: Granola Bars

By Guest Writer, Amanda Tero

1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup flour (either whole wheat or white)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease a 9x9” baking pan. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add applesauce, egg, and raisins. Mix well. Spread into the baking pan and cook for about 30 minutes or until the edges are a light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Read about guest writer Amanda Tero here.

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