When you go to the party alone

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It’s time for “Five Minute Friday” over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:                                                      “Alone”.   Counting flowers on the wall   I attended the Five minute Friday Twitter party last night.   “Ok I’m here for the party.  Over in the corner near the punch #fmf”   Silence.   I followed …

Currently – 8/13/15

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I have a two foot tiny tornado living with me now.  It looks like my life rewound about 20 years around here. Currently I’m: Watching:  Doc McStuffins Listening to:  the sound of a toddler drink milk through a sippy cup. Gazing:  at a living room full of toys, books, and an upside down toddler chair Hearing:  my son ready himself for …

Tribute to a God-traveled life – 52 weeks

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“And how blessed all those in whom You live, whose lives become roads You travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!  God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain and at the last turn – Zion!  God in full view!”  Psalm 84:5-7  I’m so old I remember when tacos came out.    …

How Christians abuse the grace card

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:                                                Ten.  Go Ten lepers yelling at Jesus from afar.“Jesus!  Help us!  Heal us!”He comes near enough to look them over closely.“Go show yourselves to the priest.”And they went on their way.  Only, as they went,they were healed.Immediately one turned …

Free to what?

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:                                                free.   We reached a milestone this week.My little grandson, Sawyer, is now old enough to ride the kiddie rides.I want to cry my eyes out.That little squishy, fat, roly poly baby of last year is now a 22 …

Why blastingpeople on social media doesn't work and the model Christ left for us.

Why blasting people on social media doesn’t work

Ruthie Gray Uncategorized 10 Comments

I don’t know what we believers are thinking these days, blasting people on social media in order to make our point 100% authentic.   “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”  Proverbs 18:19 Check out Facebook and nine times out of ten within the first thirty seconds of scrolling you’ll see …

Why I won’t tell my kids which one’s my favorite

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:                                                favorite.Go. “She’s your favorite, isn’t she?”  The oldest asked, as I kissed the middle’s cheek for the 50th time that day.No.  She was not my favorite, but she did have irresistible cheeks.All of my kids have asked this …

How Father’s Day strikes chords of fear and hope

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:  fear. GO. I remember the phone call well.  The fear springing up in my belly, raising the hair on my neck, my body starting to shake.“Your dad has been in an accident.”Ruptured spleen.  More surgery on top of numerous …

Gender changes and Worldview

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   It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:  world.GO. Women are entering barber shops for a straight blade shave.  It’s the new rage.“It’s like the goal is to eliminate gender in the world”, remarked my husband.I wonder…I have no qualm with a woman wanting no hair …

The truth about the pink plus sign

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:  gift. I had just decided no more kids.  Working, stressed, and three kids begging for attention. Upset.  Angry.  Ungrateful for The gift. Swollen.  Everywhere – hands, feet, BELLY.  Tired.  Angry.  Ungrateful for The gift. She arrived, all in pink. …

The truth about launching our kids

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       Grief.  That’s what I’m feeling this morning.  Please allow me to wallow once again.       Mamas, don’t ever let anyone tell you that once your kid leaves, you grieve for a season and then its over.     True lies.     I know, I know.  You’re tired of hearing me whine about my kids leaving home.        It’s where I am.  …

Challenge of the laundry load – 52 weeks

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  “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!”  Psalm 68:19.           Saturday morning I sat, curled up on the couch, nursing my cup of coffee.  Jim, on a mission (as always), cordially invited me along for a Lowe’s/Walmart/breakfast trip.  I hadn’t even showered yet.       Um.       My plans included a leisurely morning, laundry, and blogging.     Sometimes we …

Five Minute Friday – BLUE

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:  blue. Blue has always, always been my favorite color.  Not navy blue.Baby blue – only a bit darker.My wedding colors were blue and peach.My first kitchen my husband and I painted a garish Williamsburg Blue.  (May I just say …

Currently (a peek into my day)

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Here’s a list of things I’m doing currently:   Watching:  Sesame Street.  What?  You thought those days were over for me – the empty nester who’s been mourning her loss for over a year?  No, I don’t watch it to bring back memories, or because I love it so (although I do have an affinity for Super Grover or Cookie …

How to determine if your dream is from God

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“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11     Have you ever possessed a desire burning deep in your soul that you later realized became a reality because it was placed there by God? Growing up an only …

Challenge of the faulty alarm clock

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Kate Motaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:  rise. The alarm didn’t go off at 6:30 this morning.  I overslept!  My daughter would be late for work because I wasn’t there on time to babysit Sawyer (number one grandson)!I ran downstairs, aware that there were a …

The journey (continued) – 52 weeks

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         She followed him through the fragrant, shady trail, pine needles crunching beneath her feet, rhododendron against the hills. They stopped to admire the view below – rocky, steep ravines, cascading waterfalls, rivers.      She followed him to the top of the mountain, realizing why He had brought her here. The spectacular view both amazed and thrilled her.  She …

The journey

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday  – set the egg timer, write for five minutes, and post it to Kate Motaung’s blog! Today the word prompt is “follow”.        She followed him through the fragrant, shady trail, pine needles crunching beneath her feet, rhododendron against the hills. They stopped to admire the view below – rocky, steep ravines, cascading …