Thursday, September 27, 2012


Is it just me or is anyone else starting to think about Christmas? It's only a few months away!

The sound of Christmas music is already in our house due to the fact that I'm playing the piano for our Chrismas cantata. I've been starting to think about gift ideas too!

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to do a little promoting here... :)

Know some kids (or adults) that could use a super cute hat?

Maybe you know someone who could use a tote bag. They're the perfect park, library, diaper bag, etc.

Or how about a cute little wristlet?

Look no further than Far Above Rubies! We have a few things in stock, but we do custom orders as well! Maybe you even would like something we don't offer...shoot us an e-mail and we'll see if we can help you out! Now's the time to get custom orders in, before it's too late!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It Is Well

My time of devotion this morning was about Elisha entreating God on behalf of a couple that wanted to have a child. God blessed them with a son, but he eventually became ill and died. When the mother went to go to the man of God to tell him of the child's death, notice how she handled herself during this time of grief.

"So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well." ~ 2 Kings 4:25, 26

Can you imagine? Her son has died and instead of breaking down and telling him what happened, she replies with 'It is well.' I'm sure the tears were there, but there's also a peace there. A peace that God is in control. God knows the situation He has allowed into her life. How many times do we respond to situations with this same peace? When our world seems to be falling apart around us do we frantically try to pick up the pieces and make sense of it all or do we trust in the Lord and say 'It is well. The Lord has allowed this in my life and He is going to help me through it.'

I'm reminded of the hymn 'It Is Well With My Soul'. Not only are the words to this great hymn powerful, but the story behind it as well.

   "When the great Chicago fire consumed the Windy City in 1871, Horatio G. Spafford, an attorney heavily invested in real estate, lost a fortune. About that time, his only son, age 4, succumbed to scarlet fever. Horatio drowned his grief in work, pouring himself into rebuilding the city and assisting the 100,000 who had been left homeless.
   In November of 1873, he decided to take his wife and daughters to Europe. Horatio was close to D. L. Moody and Ira Sankey, and he wanted to visit their evangelistic meetings in England, then enjoy a vacation.
   When an urgent matter detained Horatio in New York, he decided to send his wife, Anna, and their four daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie, on ahead. As he saw them settled into a cabin aboard the luxurious French liner Ville du Havre, an unease filled his mind, and he moved them to a room closer to the bow of the ship. Then he said good-bye, promising to join them soon.
   During the small hours of November 22, 1873, as the Ville du Havre glided over smooth seas, the passengers were jolted from their bunks. The ship had collided with an iron sailing vessel, and water poured in like Niagra. The Ville du Havre tilted dangerously. Screams, prayers, and oaths merged into nightmare of unmeasured terror. Passengers clung to posts, tumbled through darkness, and were swept away by powerful currents of icy ocean. Loved ones fell from each other's grasp and disappeared into foaming blackness. Within two hours, the mighty ship vanished beneath the waters. The 226 fatalities included Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie. Mrs. Spafford was found nearly unconscious, clinging to a piece of the wreckage. When the 47 survivors landed in Cardiff, Wales, she cabled her husband: "Saved Alone."
   Horatio immediately booked passage to join his wife. En route, on a cold December night, the captain called him aside and said, "I believe we are now passing over the place where the Ville du Havre went down." Spafford went to his cabin but found it hard to sleep. He said to himself, "It is well; the will of God be done."
   He later wrote his famous hymn based on those words." ~ taken from Then Sings My Soul by: Robert J. Morgan

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows, like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, It is well, with my soul."

My sin, O the bliss of this glorious tho't
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!

O, Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." ~ Romans 8:28

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello Monday. I can hardly believe this is the last week of September!

Hello Fall. You are my favorite season...beautiful colors, chai, all things pumpkin, the list goes on and on.

Hello answered prayer. I love seeing God's hand at work and how He's interested in the big and small things of our lives.

Hello visitors. Looking forward to spending some time with Mrs. B!

Hello motocross. Another fun night out with the family!

Hello burnt hair. Yes, you read that right...burnt hair. Somehow at 25 years of age I can't properly use a hairdryer without burning my hair to a crisp! Part of yesterday afternoon was spent having Maggie trim the burnt ends with nail clippers because that's all we had at the time. :)

*Linking up to Lisa Leonard's Hello Monday*

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why I love my sister Maggie.

1--she is grrreat
2--her hair is blonde
3--she makes some delicious dinners
4--she makes me laugh
5--I am jealous of her iphone, because my android is way not as cool
1,000--she has good style


I've been sitting at the computer for quite some time now trying to figure out what to blog about. I let Maggie borrow the computer for a few minutes, and she took the opportunity to get my post started. :) I browsed through old blog posts while drinking a chai latte, but still I'm drawing a blank. It's not that my life hasn't been interesting, I've just been lacking the inspiration to blog lately.

Why don't we switch things up a little? Let's hear from you! Is there something you'd like to see me blog about?

And just because he's so cute...

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