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September 30, 2019

It's time to say good-bye . . . .

We are sad to say good-bye to all of our wonderful writers, readers, and followers, but it is time for RUBY to move on to other projects.

RUBY magazine has been a great resource for Christian women as they serve the LORD in their homes and with their families. When RUBY magazine began over 10 years ago, there were not a lot of online resources for Christian women. But now there are so many other inspiring resources available online for each one of you.  

In the past year we have realized that the ministry of RUBY is not reaching a wide enough audience, nor is it receiving the support and promotion that is needed to continue publishing the magazine.
We are grateful to our RUBY writers who have been faithful in submitting inspirational articles each month . . . they have meant so much to this ministry.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to Theresa Begin at Shoestring Elegance, our editorial assistant,as well as Sharmelle Olson, our administrative assistant. Your hard work, dedication and commitment to the ministry of RUBY is so appreciated!

There have been many others over the past 10 years who have participated in the ministry of RUBY that I can't name them all, but you know who you are and we are grateful to all of you. THANK YOU!

The RUBY blog and Facebook groups will no longer be active by October 5, 2019. Please email me with any questions. If you would like to purchase previous copies of RUBY magazine on Amazon, they will still be available. 

I will continue to blog at Vintage Mama's Cottage, so I hope you will stop by and see me there!

Much love to you all,

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: vintagemamascottage@gmail.com 

September 24, 2019

"Advice from My Dad" by Joan Leotta

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11 New International Version (NIV)

September 16, 2019

"Crazy Emotions" by Melissa Sturt

“But I don’t feel like doing that!” my child whined in my ear for the hundredth time. “That’s too bad...you have to do it anyway,” I replied.  As I said these words this particular time, I felt the good

September 12, 2019

"A Day like Any Other" By Carol Palmer Nugent

It was the spring of 1969—a day like any other day, the sun rising to melt the dew off the fresh green grass, a gentle breeze stirring the leaves, the fragrance of lilacs in the air. Yes, it was a day like any other for the rest of the world, but not for me. This was the day when my plans for a loving, normal, marriage and family came to an end and my hopes and dreams were shattered—for that was the day when he first hit me.

September 10, 2019

Now Accepting Submissions for the October 2019 issue of RUBY magazine!

We are now accepting submissions for the OCTOBER 2019 issue of RUBY magazine. 

Check out our submissions page for all the details!


September 9, 2019

"A Journey to Grace" by Kelly Kavich

So many times we fail, and we look to others for their approval and praise. We want tangible items to say we have succeeded and found the treasure of life.

However, in truth, this goal is not what the Lord has set as a success.

For Him, success is a life that is spent at His feet seeking Him and allowing Him to grow us and change us no matter how painful the process may be.

My life began 40 years ago, born to a young man and woman who would go on to serve God in full-time ministry. I was the third of four children, and the first girl.

When I was five years old, I would stand outside our home that was on a busy street in Indianapolis and raise my hands singing and praising the Lord. My little five-year-old thought process was that maybe someone would see and want to know Jesus too. 

September 8, 2019

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" by Joseph M. Scriven Hymn Story by Diana Leagh Matthews

Imagine your life held so much sadness and tragedy, that you willingly decided to take and live a vow of poverty. In our day and age, this seems extreme, but it is the story of the author to the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

The lyrics were penned by Joseph M. Scriven in the mid-1800s. Mr. Scriven longed to bring comfort to the mother who gave him life in 1819s Banbridge, Ireland.

He had not seen his mother in over a decade when word reached him at his Canadian home that she was ill. Sitting at his desk, he must have thought back over the events that separated him from his mother.

September 2, 2019

Here's the September 2019 issue of RUBY magazine!

The September 2019 issue of RUBY magazine features inspirational articles and poetry, devotionals and short stories, book reviews, and our monthly feature, the Kids' Korner with a story just for the young people in your family.

You won't want to miss "A Journey to Grace" by Kelly Kavich, "God's Waiting Room" by Lisa J. Radcliff, and "A Day like Any Other" by Carol Palmer Nugent. This month's hymn story by Diana Leagh Matthews is about "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" by Joseph M. Scriven. 

"Advice from my Dad" by Joan Leotta is a reminder to stay focused and pay attention to what is going on around us, and "I am the Bread of Life" by Gloria Doty offers encouragement for our daily walk with the LORD.

There are so many great resources for you and your family in this issue of RUBY magazine - inspiration, encouragement, short stories, testimonials, poetry, and book reviews. Don't miss it!


August 20, 2019

“Blessed Assurance” Hymn Printable from Vintage Mama’s Cottage

This beautiful printable reminds us that we can rest assured . . . “Jesus is mine!” You can save this to your computer and use it on your blog or website, or you can print it out to use

August 15, 2019

The Master Gardener by Norma C. Mezoe

“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  - John 10:10
Oh, no!  Watch out roses. Gene has a shovel…. Gene, my husband, enjoys growing rose bushes. However, he is an impatient gardener. When the bushes don’t begin leafing out in the spring as he believes they should, he replaces them.

August 13, 2019

Healthy Habits Giveaway sponsored by Katherine's Corner

Here's a great opportunity for you to re-evaluate and focus on getting healthy . . . we're joining Katherine, from Katherines Corner for her Healthy Habits Giveaway!


"How To Overcame The Vicious Cycle Of Worry" by Stan Popovich

(This is the first of three articles from Stan Popovich. Stay tuned to Ruby Magazine for parts two and three in the near future!)
Do you ever get stuck into that vicious cycle of worrying where you get overwhelmed with worrying and fearful thoughts? In return, this creates more panic and worry and eventually you can’t function because you are a basket case.

As the author of a managing fear book, I struggled with fear, anxiety, and stress for over 20 years. Eventually, I was able to overcome the endless cycle of fear and anxiety.  Here is a brief summary of what I did to get better.

August 10, 2019

Second Chances by Shara Bueler-Repka

I stare at the tattoos on this dude’s arm. There isn’t a free space on his entire limb. My eyes travel up to his head: A truck could drive through his earlobes and a scar trails through an eyebrow. I would not want to meet this guy in a dark alley.

August 8, 2019

"Runaway!" by Shara Bueler-Repka

“Don’t race those horses!” my dad hollered through the screen door.

His warning faded with every hoof beat. His voice drifted away with the breeze as Babe and I rode side by side with my best friend, Mary, and her horse, Bolt. 

August 4, 2019

Part of the Family by Norma C. Mezoe

In the early nineteen fifties, Judy was taken from both parents shortly before her fourth birthday.   At the time, she was living with her parents and eleven siblings in an old school

August 2, 2019

"Blessed Assurance" by Fanny Crosby - Hymn Story by Diana Leagh Matthews

Fanny Crosby went blind at the age of six weeks in 1820. Her blindness was brought on due to an improper medical procedure.

One day in 1873, Fanny was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp. Phoebe began to play a tune for Fanny, which she {Phoebe} had composed.

July 31, 2019

RUBY magazine August 2019


July 26, 2019

"Treasured Memories" by Nancy Frantel

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”James 1:17 (ESV)

While recently searching through several boxes of old family photos, I came across a surprise.

July 24, 2019

"Six Sweet Strawberry Recipes" by Nina Newton

This year we are planting just ONE tomato plant (in a container on our deck), and a few strawberry plants in pretty hanging planters. Last summer I saw a cute hanging planter made from two white colanders that I thought would be really pretty filled with red impatiens . . . or strawberry plants. But it was the middle of the summer by that time, and I already had our yard and garden project finished for the year, so I decided I’d wait.

"How Firm a Foundation" by Diana Leagh Matthews

Hymn Stories by Diana Leagh Matthews
The New Year is upon us, bringing new beginnings and new hopes and dreams for the future.

“Laundry Love Note” by Nancy Frantel

Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ─ I John 4:7 (NRSV)

“Mending a Broken Heart: Faith to Guide Me through Pregnancy after Miscarriage” by Sophie Anderson

Getting pregnant again after going through a miscarriage should be a joyful experience. It should be the promise of new life with a beautiful baby arriving.

"Old-Fashioned Orange Pineapple Fluff Recipe" by Nina Newton

We finally did it! With all the activity around here the past several weeks (months!) I’ve had a hard time getting anything done other than the million and one things that were screaming at me from my To-Do list. 

But, you wouldn’t know anything about that, I’m sure . . . . between the extra activities that came with end-of-the-school-year events, graduation, college preparation (did I mention filling out about a thousand forms, all asking for the same information?????), kids being sick, getting ready for the graduation open house, and general day-to-day things like paying bills and doing laundry, I frequently run out of time or energy to cook.

July 22, 2019

“A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Dream” by Nina Newton

According to financial expert and author Dave Ramsey, “A goal without a plan is just a dream.”

"Celebrate All Things Blueberry!" by Nina Newton

This month’s recipe collection features all things blueberry. Whether you want to make an old fashioned blueberry pie or try a couple of new, more adventurous recipes with the bountiful blueberry  crop this time of year, you’ll find so much creative inspiration from some amazing bloggers. Check out the original posts where we found these blueberry recipes and be sure to tell them that RUBY sent you!

” A Beautiful Way to Organize Your Space” by Theresa L Begin

Have you ever created something for yourself around your house that you think nothing of, only to hear all of your friends and family exclaim how much they love it?

"Love in a Bowl" by Cynthia Knisley

Today the soup crew arrives, arms filled with bags of herbs, cans of broth and beans, and bundles of fresh veggies. Two friends will bring soup pots and one a huge cutting board; each brings a favorite

"Seeing With My Heart" by Pat Jeanne Davis

John and I should be celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary, but it looked like there would be no celebration.  We were spending three weeks with John’s family and friends in England and

"Weeds…UGH!" by Shara Bueler-Repka

I hate weeds! When I see “pull weeds” on my list of chores, I cringe—‘cause, boy, do we have a lot of ‘em!  I think every species of weed God ever created lived on our place.

An excerpt from "When Valleys Bloom Again A Novel of World War II" by Pat Jeanne Davis

Jolie Fontaine
Main Line Philadelphia
Summer 1942

July 17, 2019

"The Greatest Comfort" by Sharon Patterson

There are many special memories of my mother although she left us far too soon at age 44.

"The Long Reach of VBS (Vacation Bible School)" By Joan Leotta

July is more than summer picnics and fireworks for the Fourth and French food for the Fourteenth (Bastille Day)—well, it used to be. 

"The Star-Spangled Banner Hymn Stories" Diana Leagh Matthews

Happy 4th of July! In celebration of our country’s birthday, let’s learn more about our national anthem.

"Farfalle with Spinach-A Reminder that God is in Charge of Our Plans" by Joan Leotta

Proverb 16:9 In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (NIV)Planning is one of my strong points—especially planning vacations. Although asking 

July 16, 2019

July 15, 2019

"Amazing Recipes from Marilyn's Treats" by Marilyn Lesniak

Marilyn Lesniak of Marilyn’s Treats has so generously shared some of her amazing recipes from her blog with us so that we can pass them along to you. Be sure to visit her at Marilyn’s Treats for even more of her amazing recipes!

June 25, 2019

"Savory Roasted Pumpkin Soup" by Theresa L Begin

It is that wonderful time of year in which pumpkins are everywhere.  I am in love with Autumn/Fall! (this is no secret to my regular readers)  Although, I do not participate in all things Halloween, I do so enjoy the Harvest time.