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THE U IN JESUS Tags: Christian.

 

THE U IN JESUS 

Before U were thought of or time had begun, 

God stuck U in the name of His Son.. 

 

And each time U pray, you'll see it's true, 

You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.  

You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name, 

For U, He was born; that's why He came. 

 

And His great love for U is the reason He died. 

It even takes U to spell crUcified. 

 

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand 

He rose from the dead, with U in His plan? 

 

The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew, 

And this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.  

 

When JesUs left earth at His Upward ascension, 

He felt there was one thing He just had to mention. 

 

"Go into the world and tell them it's true 

That I love them all - Just like I love U." 

 

So many great people are spelled with a U, 

Don't they have a right to know JesUs too? 

 

It all depends now on what U will do, 

He'd like them to know, 

But it all starts with U. 

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

“The Christmas Blessing” by Sharmelle Olson Tags: “The Christmas Blessing”

“The Christmas Blessing”

by Sharmelle Olson

 

As you get into the spirit of Christmas

what is it that you see off in a distance?

You may be able to praise God and witness

the good and  magnificent silence.

 

As we give our gifts here at Christmas time

it is the time to think of giving not receiving,

Yes, it’s a time to receive gift too but give time

to the Lord at the same time you are receiving.

 

The side of giving gifts is so miraculous

with the good and surprising facial expressions

on the faces of your family members,

 which are gracious

and leave you with a wonderful impression.

 

Sharmelle Olson is a graphic artist and designer, photographer and poet. She loves to share her poems in the RUBY magazine. Shar is also an administrator for RUBY community ministry and enjoys helping out around the community and making new friends there. She has been writing poetry and taking photographs since elementary school, and started doing graphic art and design work in the early 2000s. Shar has four children, two of whom are twins. Her first daughter is in her 20s, her son is 14, and her twin daughters will be 13 soon.

 

“The Blue Ornament” by Kim Kluxen Meredith Tags: “The Blue Ornament”

David, I know you are watching from Heaven. Please be with me during my surgery and help me not to be scared.

My half-opened eyes nervously squinted back in the mirror. That morning in the pre-dawn chill of my bathroom I felt an intense desire to talk with my late husband.

Perhaps God would let David hold my hand from afar.

During the past four weeks I had distracted myself with decorating the house for the holidays. I knew I would be off my feet for six weeks after my ankle operation. I needed to be organized.

Presents were purchased and wrapped. The outside lights strung. Multiple Santa figurines guarded the family room and a stately seven-foot spruce tree stood at attention in a nearby corner ready for tinsel and fancy balls.

When David and I married, the first ornament we put on our tree was his childhood slate-blue ball.

On one side, the large orb was inscribed with his name and the year of his birth in white flocking—David 1948.

Our children called it ‘Dad’s ball,’ and it has forever maintained its premier status.

Peeling back the yellowed tissue paper, I had plucked the fragile ball from its faded cardboard box.

I searched for a sturdy branch to support the weight of the ornament. I secured the metal clasp to the limb and stepped back to admire my work.

The familiar flocking of his name and year of birth faced towards the inside of the tree.

Worried if I removed the ball to switch it I might drop it in my haste, I left it in place and vowed to come back to fix it later.

Showered and dressed, I stumbled downstairs for a quick cup of coffee.

Oh darn, I forgot to check the tree’s water level last night!

How I hated to crawl on my stomach under the branches like a military soldier scooting under a line of barbed wire. But I filled the pitcher in resignation and headed into the family room.

When I turned on the wall switch to tend to my last Yuletide chore, the tiny colored lights on the tree flickered and I noticed the blue ornament facing me with its white lettering, David 1948.

You ARE here!

“Thank you God.”

I flicked off the switch and grabbed my purse. My ride was waiting to take me to the hospital.

Kim Kluxen Meredith is an award winning published author. Her book “Listen for the Whispers: Coping with Grief and Learning to Live Again” provides a platform for her national / international inspirational speaking engagements. More information about her message of hope and resilience can be found on her author web page at www.kimkluxenmeredith.com

“The Beauty in Trying” by Cassidy Burdge Tags: “The Beauty in Trying”

Sometimes I become overtaken by things. Whether that be the beautiful sun rising in the morning on my way to school or the paralyzing fears I have that seem to find me quite often.

Either way, I become overtaken by things. The first one is great and one that I love. The latter, however, is one that I’m not too fond of.

Despite the major differences between the two, I still make an effort to seek the moments in life where I am forced to hand it all over to God. This past week I was reading in Exodus about Moses and Aaron and the crazy amount of effort they put into carrying out God’s will.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and told them exactly what his plan was and how the convincing process of having Pharaoh “let his people go” would take place. In Exodus 8:6, after the Lord explained how Aaron would stretch out his arm and frogs would appear, Aaron immediately did what the Lord commanded.

I can almost guarantee that after Aaron heard the Lord’s plan of making frogs appear out of nowhere, that Aaron was doubting and possibly thinking, “Oh my goodness, how stupid will I look if these frogs don’t appear?” But Aaron impressed me by the fact that he just stretched out his hand and did as the Lord commanded.

Imagine what would have happened if Aaron decided to sit this one out because of his fear of messing up?

Fortunately, I think Aaron knew of something that I tend to forget. The Lord has not called us to succeed; he has only called us to try and to make an effort to carry out God’s plan.

When the Lord calls us to crazy things outside of our capacity and we are overtaken by the fear of messing up, remember that the most beautiful thing to the Lord is to look down and see his children trying to follow his lead.

There is immense beauty in the effort and the thought of, “You know what, I’m just going to go for it and trust that the Lord takes over!”

XOXO, The Christian Prepster

Cassidy Burdge is the Christian Prepster, a high school student living the Christian lifestyle in a preppy state of mind. She has a deep love for sharing Christ through her writing and blogging, and she is excited to be part of Ruby Magazine. Cassidy blogs about anything from Biblical teachings to book reviews. You can connect with Cassidy on her blog, The Christian Prepster at https://thechristianprepster.wordpress.com/

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