Dear Above Rubies reader,
I am sure you are enjoying the new issue of Above Rubies.
In Todays Newsletter:
I know you enjoyed reading the article by Kate Collins on pages 4 and 5, "The Heart Strings of Your Children." You'll love to hear the latest news from Kate. She writes, "I want to share our biggest and newest news with you. Our ninth child and eighth daughter was born on Friday, May 2nd. Her name is Magdalene Promise--Maggie for short. She is a 6 lb, 11 oz. blessing that makes my heart sing for joy! I'm doing my best to soak up every moment of these sweet "baby moon" days."
Kate is the author of the most delightful book, DELIGHT-FULL (31 Days to a Happier Baby . . . And Wholehearted Motherhood). This is a wonderful book for mothers. I can't recommend it enough. Here's the link if you haven't already purchased it: Go to: http://tinyurl.com/Delightful31
You may remember reading LIGHTS IN THE WINDOW by Connie Hultquist on page 12 of this latest magazine. I have just heard the news a few minutes ago that Connie's 33 year old son was killed in a car accident last night.
Connie is now a widow and this devastating loss will be even harder to bear without her husband. You may also remember reading Connie's testimony of God healing her totally broken marriage, BRING HIM HOME which was reprinted in Above Rubies #86, pages 6-7. If you don't have the magazine, you can go to this link to read her powerful testimony: Bring Him Home
Thank you so much for your support for the ministry of Above Rubies. We appreciate it so much. I make this magazine freely available, but can only go to print as the money comes to hand. We had a long wait to print this last magazine. I trust we don't have to wait too long for the next one.
Recently, we were blessed to obtain some lovely CDs by Jan Mulder, a Christian pianist and composer, Jan Mulder who is originally from the Netherlands (but now lives in North Carolina). He has composed and arranged over 1,200 instrumental and vocal works and recorded over 265 CDs, including 10 solo piano albums.
In 2014 Jan Mulder and The London Symphony Orchestra received Gold and Platinum records for their very successful instrumental hymns album “Love Divine." I am going to send a FREE COPY of this CD to anyone who donates $100.00 and over. On this sacred album Jan Mulder plays tasteful arrangements of well-known melodies, such as "Abide with me," "How deep the Father's Love," "Amazing grace," "As the deer pants for the water," and "Great is Thy faithfulness." You can see pictures and more information by going to: www.Facebook.com/JanMulderPiano and www.JanMulder.us.
If God touches your heart to donate $100.00 or more, go to:
When God wants to say something, He says it more than once! He doesn't hide it in a corner. About the same time that Jim Clay was producing THE BABY WAR, another group of men were producing THE BIRTH CONTROL MOVIE. At the same time, God put upon all their hearts a burden to get out the message about the blessing of children and the deception of birth control amongst the body of Christ.
Both DVDs have different information and are different in the way they are produced. Both need to be watched by every couple and family in the church of God today (and out of the church). The church is the pillar and ground of truth. But, if we don't know the truth, we are like the Pharisees who are the blind leading the bind into the ditch. Alexander Pope, in his An Essay on Criticism wrote, "A little learning is a dangerous thing."
Jesus stated even greater words when He said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32). When we are not walking in truth, we are in bondage to the deception of the enemy. I would encourage you to purchase both these DVDs. Not only watch them yourself, but invite others in to watch them with you.
This BIRTH CONTROL MOVIE sells at $14.99, but ONLY $11.99 for you. Go to:
Do you have young people in your family? I would recommend both the following DVDs for your teens to watch.
This motion picture portrays the unique story of Pamela Bucklin from her birth in 1969 to her wedding day in 1991. It shares her temptations and struggles to keep herself pure and her first kiss for her wedding day, but how God keeps the best for her.
ONE LUCKY LADY
This DVD presents an insightful perspective on purity. When the subject comes up, one by one, each cast member reveals the age at which they had their first kiss. But, as the story unfolds, so does a message about purity that none of them had previously considered.
These DVDs will give your young people a wonderful vision to keep themselves pure in an age of impurity. I recommend them heartily. The Retail at $15:99 together, but I am making a SPECIAL FOR YOU FOR ONLY $9.99. Go to:
This is another wonderful courtship DVD, or I should say, betrothal. It is the story of Brayden and Tali Waller’s betrothal who decided to go beyond courtship and experience a betrothal just like in Bible days. Since this DVD, they have inspired hundreds of other couples to do it this way. All amazing stories. Brayden and Tali's story will to make you laugh, make you cry, and you will be inspired.
We only have 15 copies left of this DVD and then they will be gone. It Retails at $19.95 but ONLY $17.95 until stocks gone. First in first served. Go to:
This book by Serene Allison is now available again. We had completely run out of this book because of focusing on Serene and Pearl's new book, TRIM HEALTHY MAMA. However, we continue to have requests for this book and so have reprinted. REJUVENATE YOUR LIFE has completely all raw recipes, each one an amazing recipe from Serene's incredible creative food brain! Serene herself no longer eats totally raw foods and includes all food groups. However, this recipe book is still an amazing investment for exciting raw food recipes. Serene still eats a high percentage of raw foods and it is good for us all to do this.
We only have 24 copies left of this DVD where you can watch Serene share her passion about health in her exciting and whimsical style. On this DVD she shares information on raw foods that she no longer implements in her life, but you will LOVE WATCHING her put together an amazing salad and other incredible recipes on this DVD. Once these 24 have sold, they will not be available again. So, it is first in first served for the last 24 copies.
They retail at $14:95, but I am making an INCREDIBLE SPECIAL FOR YOU for these last 24 copies for ONLY $5.00 each.
"I would like to thank you for your magazine. It's much more than inspiring stories to me. It also helped me realize what I truly wanted to do with my life. At 16 years of age, many homeschooled girls like me are dreaming of a future with a loving husband and many children. I am too, but I did not always think this way. When I was 13 my dream future was me, a husband, a well-paying job, and no children. I didn't care for babies, and I didn't like my friends' little siblings hanging around.
"To tell you the truth (this sounds a little silly now) I wanted to grow up and find out I was infertile. How sad is that? While organizing the house, I discovered my mother's old Above Rubies magazines and began to read them. The more I read them, the more I wished I had a giant family with ten siblings.
"I realized that the only way I could have that was to be a MOTHER to that kind of family. I began to notice a change, subtle at first, but the difference is so great now that you would hardly believe I used to think that way. To give you an example, my best friend's little sister recently told me that I was her favorite of her sister's friends, and that she wished I was her sister too. I almost cried. I truly love and enjoy the company of every small child that I am around. I send up a small prayer every time I think about it thanking God for realizing that when we pray for things, it is not always best for Him to answer it our way. What if He had answered my prayer and made me infertile? I would be devastated now.
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for giving me the inspiration to change my future. I now appreciate motherhood and am thankful that, as a woman, I get the privilege of being a mother."
I thought you would enjoy the link for the article about FAMILY TREES. It is a powerful article and the pictures are amazing. This is something you can forward to everyone you know. Go to: http://bit.ly/FamilyTrees
Dear wives and mothers, are you as a family praying for the persecuted believers? While we live in comparative peace and comfort, 200 million believers are being persecuted around the world and 100,000 are martyred for their faith every year.
How can we go on our merry way and forget about them? Hebrews 13:3 NLT says, "Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated as if you felt their pain in your own bodies." Don't you feel the heartache and responsibility to pray for them? Can I remind you to gather your family together each day to pray for these believers?
Here some links for your to learn more:
Here are some of the countries where extreme or severe persecution is taking place.
Pray for these countries. In our home we use a book called, Praying Through the 100 Gateway Cities of the10/40 Window. It gives information about each city and the needs for prayer. We don't pray for one each day, but pray for one city and country for a week or so and then go on to the next one. We find it very useful and helpful. This book is in our Above Rubies tore. Go to:
Victims blame others for the reason their life is like it is.
Victims wait for things to change, but never take responsibility to change themselves.
Victims are dependent on circumstances, and are always wanting others to supply them, such as social welfare, to change their lives.
Victims have a mentality which says, "I have suffered at the hands of another." "I was unable to prevent it, therefore I am powerless to control my destiny."
Victims don't have any vision. They survive from day to day. They don't have any plans, only nebulous dreams.
Victims are locked into their past, always blaming "my parents," "my brother," "my husband," or "my income." Locked into their past, they destroy their present and spoil any hope of a good future.
Sadly, victims pass on a legacy of defeat, failure, and bitterness to their families.
Take nothing for granted, for whatever you do
The "joy of enjoying" is lessened for you,
For we rob our own lives much more than we know
When we fail to respond or in any way show
The thanks for the blessings that daily are ours,
The warmth of the sun, the fragrance of flowers,
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn,
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn,
The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done,
The favors of friends, and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in a myriad of ways
Expecting no payment and no words of praise.
Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response to things of this kind,
For the "joy of enjoying" and the fullness of living
Are found in the heart that is filled with thanksgiving.
Christians are considered by many to be crazy, and with good reason as A.W. Tozer notes:
"A real Christian is an odd number anyway.
He feels supreme love for the One he has never seen,
talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see,
expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another,
empties himself in order to be full,
admits he is wrong so that he can be declared right,
goes down in order to get up,
is strongest when he is weakest,
richest when he is poorest,
and happiest when he feels worst.
He dies so he can live,
forsakes in order to have,
gives away so he can keep,
sees the invisible,
hears the inaudible,
and knows that which passeth knowledge."
Our daughter, Mercy put beautiful wedding pictures and pictures of husbands and wives to Serene and Pearl’s song, I DO from their album, THIS IS OUR ROAD. To enjoy by watching and listening click on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bfh3tbzE6Y
You and your husband will find it delightful to watch it together. It will bring back memories of your wedding and your promise to love each other for ever.
To purchase the CD, THIS IS OUR ROAD, go to: http://bit.ly/ThisIsOurRoad
This is the title of my husband, Colin's Facebook blog today. I am sure your husband would be blessed by his messages each week. Your husband can go to his Facebook, Meat for Men, or if he doesn't do Facebook, he can go to his blog on the Above Rubies web page: Mens Daily Devotional Blog
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
Jesus said in Luke 10:2, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into the harvest."
True sons of God are men of action. They have their "boots on the ground." The kings of old led their armies into battle. They were leaders who never asked a man to do anything they could not or would not do. Today, things happen differently. Leaders direct from overstuffed armchairs in far removed prissy offices, making too many decisions that hinder the battle rather than help. This is what they call leading from behind.
We read in Revelation 19:11-14 that Jesus Christ leads His army from the FRONT of the battle.
In Revelation 4:10 we read that He "has made us unto God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
We all love conventions, but unless we get our boots on the ground, nothing gets accomplished. We can talk about mountain climbing until the cows come home, but to conquer that mountain we have to put our boots on the ground and start walking.
The Orange Pickers' parable talks about the great conventions of the orange pickers. They had Orange Pickers manuals, sermons, and songs, but with all their great conventions on orange picking, the ground was littered with unpicked fallen fruit! The harvest was lost for their were no boots on the ground!
Be encouraged. Colin Campbell
To read the Parable of the Orange Pickers, go to: http://bobzehr.com/id35.htm
"After my son was born last year, I was able to read an important book with the information that was used to help us (my doctors and I) bring my baby into the world safely. A large percentage of the population has a thrombophilia. It is not a disease, but for some it can affect pregnancy. In my case, all blood work comes back negative, but as my hematologist put it: "Sometimes there are *unknown* things that run in families." The book link I will give you was *extremely* fascinating to me, even after I completed a pregnancy on blood thinners. Dr. Barbara Toppin does not pretend to take the place of God, but she has brought the miscarriage rate (in her practice) down from the national average of 25% to 8%! It is not a Christian-based book, but is good information for any woman with multiple, undiagnosed miscarriages.. even early miscarriages.
"I am a fan of natural medicine when possible, but in this particular case I am praising God for modern medicine and the birth of my miracle child. The book is: "One in Four: Shifting the Balance on Pregnancy Loss" By Barbara Toppin. Go to:
FOR HUSBANDS WHO DON'T WANT TO HAVE A BABY BUT WIFE DOES
"Hello! I am sending this info to as many of my lady friends as I possibly can, in hopes that you will pass it on to your circles as well. Some of you on the list are connected to the women's health world or have a public sphere of influence. Please pass on this important info to protect women and save a life. This is an article that came out about a laproscopic hysterectomy procedure called morcellation. Go to: http://bit.ly/1m8mC9j .
"Simplified, the procedure basically chops up fibroids and the uterus into smaller bits so it can be sucked out of the laproscopic tubes versus women having to have an open procedure. The horror story behind this is that in the presence of cancer (not always identified pre-operatively) this chopping up propels the cancer throughout the body. The blew me away and I posted it to my Facebook and twitter feeds. Within an hour I received two different notes of folks that had personal experience with this happening.
"Two more people have subsequently written to say they are currently in the midst of having fibroids diagnosed and next steps are being discussed, so the info was timely. So I didn't want to hesitate to send a note to each of you to prevent one of you stepping into this horror story! Not on my watch! Please, please pass this info around to every mom, sister, cousin, friend you have. Please read the article."
Recently I read this quote from St. Francis de Sales, "Every Christian needs a half an hour of prayer each day, except when he is busy, then he needs an hour." Immediately I was convicted and wrote beside it, "This is for me." My life is exceedingly busy each day (as I am sure yours is, too). It's easy to crowd out prayer when there is so much to do in our day and our list is so long, isn't it? But what's the use of all our activities unless they are bathed in prayer? They are like hay and stubble which will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
It's the same with reading the Bible. The more activities we pack into our lives the less time we have to read God's Word. However, the busier we are, the more we need the sustenance of His Word. We'll soon get off the beaten track if we don't have daily doses to keep us in the right direction.
It affects our family life, too. When the schedule is full and everyone is going their various ways, it's easy for the family to become fragmented. Once again, the busier the family, the more need to prioritize gathering together as a family. Nothing is more important as gathering around the family meal table each day to connect, fellowship, pray and worship together. Other things may seem necessary, but they are often detours from the enemy to keep us from God's best.
Don't let good things in your family keep you from THE BEST.
In His love, Nancy Campbell