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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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Our Ways

I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
Psalm 119:59

Photograph by Amanda T.

What is the path that we are walking?

What ways are we following?

Are our feet walking according to God's testimonies?

Are our feet walking according to the world?

We can easily "think on our ways," but are we doing anything about the conclusion we come up to? If we find that our ways are NOT pleasing to God, are we changing them?

What verse has been challenging you today?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Oft, Lord??

By Ana Renee

“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” (Matthew 18:21)

This phrase has probably echoed in our minds fairly often. “Surely I don’t have to forgive him for that.” or “God will understand why I can’t forgive her for this.”

Forgiveness is a very difficult issue, but one that is of vital importance.

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Why is Forgiveness so important?
Forgiveness is very important in the sight of God. It is because of His great forgiveness that we can have hope of eternal life (see Ephesians 1:3, 7). For this sole reason, we ought to forgive others.
“. . . even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” (Colossians 3:13b) 
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving on another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Another reason to forgive is obedience to Christ’s command. When Peter asked the question, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?” Jesus answered, “Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18: 21-22). He continued to explain forgiveness in a parable:

“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:23-35

Like the first servant, we have been forgiven the greatest debt that we can never hope to pay. Will we in return refuse to forgive a small debt of a fellow-servant?

How should we forgive?
It is easy to say, “I forgive you,” but it is difficult to actually live forgiveness. Forgiveness is a heart issue, not a mouth issue. We should not have to make someone beg for our forgiveness. Instead, we should be willing to forgive even before they ask without any hopes that they will ask.

Forgiveness is not
~Spreading rumors about the person who has offended us
~Continually bringing up the offense
~Shunning the person who has offended us

When God forgave us, He wiped the slate clean. He no longer sees us as transgressors, but as heirs (see Titus 3:7). We should follow His example and forgive without down upon the offender.

Proverbs 17:9 says, “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;” God covered our transgression because of His love; we should cover another’s transgression because of love.

It does not matter how “wrong” the other person was. God will one day look at our heart and judge us accordingly. Will He see a heart full of bitter un-forgiveness, or a tender heart of love and forgiveness? We must start today by asking Him to reveal any roots of un-forgiveness in our hearts then work to change that feeling to one of love and forgiveness in obedience to His Word.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blessings and Benefits

Psalm 103:2 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” The psalm continues to list many of the benefits that God has given to mankind (Forgiveness, healing, redemption, loving-kindness, mercies, etc.). I was encouraged by this passage and thought that you would be encouraged as well. As you read through, reflecting on the many blessings that God has given us, I suggest that you to start listing all that God has done (and is doing) in your life and thank Him for it.

Psalm 103
Photograph by Amanda T.
1   Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
3   Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4   Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5   Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6   The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7   He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.
8   The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9   He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger forever.
10   He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11   For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear him.
12   As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.
13   Like as a father pitieth His children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14   For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.
15   As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so He flourisheth.
16   For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17   But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children's children;
18   To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.
19   The LORD hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.
20   Bless the LORD, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.
21   Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.
22   Bless the LORD, all His works in all places of His dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Has God encouraged you through a special passage of Scripture recently?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Prayer

Shared by Amanda T.
Photo by Amanda T.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or wondrous thing to know;
I would be guided as a child,
And led where’er I go.

I ask Thee for the daily strength,
To none that asked denied,
A mind to blend with outward life,
While keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space
If Thou be glorified.

Author Unknown
(verse from Ester Ried, by Isabella Alden)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Recipe: Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

Shared by Ana Renee

All photos by Ana Renee
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1+1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients and mix well. Batter will be slightly runny.

Pour into 1 well-greased loaf pan 8 1/2”x 4 1/2” recommended).

Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until slightly brown.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Recipe: Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

Shared by Ana Renee

all photographs by Ana Renee

1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/4 all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
3 Tablespoons oil
1 egg

Combine dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix just until blended. Fill muffin cups almost full. Bake at 400˚ for 20-22 minutes.

Yields 12 muffins.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

The following hymn was written by George Croly (1780-1860).

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; thro’ all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
On holy passion filling all my frame;
The kindling of the heav’n-descended Dove,
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

How Can My Thought-Life Prepare Me For Marriage?

Though we have officially "closed" our study on thought-life, here is an extra article that a guest writer sent. I appreciated her views as a married woman and thought that you would enjoy reading this as well. ~Ana Renee

By Mrs. Christina W.

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Have you ever asked yourself this question? How can my thought life on a daily basis prepare me for a godly, Christ-centered marriage? My answer can be explained simply. Think: If I was married right now, how would my thoughts affect my husband? As someone pursuing the Proverbs 31 woman as her role model, she mentions that this kind of woman “does him good and not evil, all the days of her life”. It doesn’t say all the days she is married to her husband.  So, that means you have to start now.  How can you do good to your husband right now while you are still unmarried and maybe don’t even have a clue as to who that perfect someone will be?

Let me remind you that the woman you are today is the same woman you will be when you are married. In other words everything you are cultivating in your heart garden will keep growing unless you dig it out. The weeds of discontentment, bitterness, selfishness, dishonesty, unkindness and the list could go on, will still grow taller and wider in your garden and will take over the fruits of the spirit unless you get out your hoe and dig those weeds out.

More specifically, though, let’s say you are discontent with being single. You are cultivating discontentment in your garden. Why do you think you will suddenly become content when you are married?  Marriage is the most amazing union in the world, but it is also the most difficult to maintain. We are sinners and will always carry our flesh with us. Are you one of those young women who is always commenting on or thinking about other young men?  I’m talking about comments like “Did you see that guy in Science class in the green polo toward the front? He is so attractive! When he smiled at me it felt like I was going to faint! And his eyes! They were like pools of blue I wouldn’t mind sinking into for hours!” Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard or said similar things. But keeping your future husband in mind, how does that prepare your for the line in your wedding vows that says, “Forsaking all others”?

My goal isn’t to go through every part of your life because I want you to take time right now and do that on your own. How can you be the best wife someday in the future? By remembering the Proverbs 31 model and strive to do your husband good and not evil, all the days of your life. Think on things that are pure, honest, good, kind, and if it is worthy of praise, think on those things. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

1 year, 200 posts!

I am very grateful to the Lord for allowing us to reach one year at Rubies Like Ruth! I have learned many lessons in the last year with Rubies Like Ruth and have been blessed in many ways.

A special “thank-you” to every staff writer, guest writer, and photographer/artist who has given your time and talents to help Rubies Like Ruth be a blessing to others.

I look forward to what God might have in store for us at Rubies Like Ruth!

Ana Renee
Rubies Like Ruth, founder

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