MINI ABOVE RUBIES, No 3 for 2017
Dear Above Rubies readers,
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
I am sure you are gearing up to a wonderful family Thanksgiving. We’ll be having a sit-down meal for 80 – 100 people—still waiting on numbers. So, I better get working tomorrow to set up and cook! I love Thanksgiving, don’t you? I think it is one of my favorite family celebrations. We have so many great traditions and it’s an all-day affair
However, Thanksgiving should not only be for one special day, but our lifestyle. It’s the lifestyle of God’s kingdom. Colossians 2:7 says: “Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, and ABOUNDING therein with thanksgiving.” Have you noticed that the Bible contains extravagant language?
Our God is an extravagant God. He writes extravagant words. Nothing in the Bible is normal. John 10:10 tells us that Jesus not only came to give us life, but ABUNDANT life. He not only gives us peace, but peace that PASSES UNDERSTANDING (Philippians 4:7). He not only gives us joy, but joy that is UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF GLORY (1 Peter 1:8). God not only pardons our sins, but ABUNDANTLY pardons (Isaiah 55:7). And so, we could keep going.
Now we read that we are not only to be thankful, but to be ABOUNDING in thanksgiving. Some translations say: “OVERFLOWING in gratitude.”
What does it mean to abound? When we check the original Greek, we find even more extravagant adjectives. The word abound is “perisseuo” meaning “to superabound, to be excessive, abundant, exceed, over and above.” The Bible uses the same word in John chapter six where Jesus fed the five thousand men, plus others.
Jesus not only fed the people, but fed them to overflowing. When they were all “filled,” Jesus asked them to gather all that was left over, and they filled up twelve baskets full that “remained OVER AND ABOVE (perisseuo)” that which they had eaten.
I believe that we need to come into the TWELVE BASKETS FULL attitude regarding a thankful attitude, don’t you? We all say, “thank you” when someone gives us something or does something for us, but I believe we need to go “over and above” this normality.
How many baskets full do you have over? Perhaps one basket full? You may get excessive sometimes. But not too much. You don’t want people to think are “over the top.” Hey, that’s what you are meant to be! You are never meant to be average, normal, or boring. Especially when it comes to being thankful.
What about two baskets full over? How many times do you thank your husband each day? Do you thank him profusely for even the little things he does for you? Or do you take him for granted? Do you thank your children when they do their chores, or just take them for granted too?
What about three baskets full over and above? Appreciation and gratitude pour from your heart. You don’t have an entitlement mentality. You and I both know that we don’t deserve anything, and therefore we are grateful for every little blessing in life.
What about four baskets full over and above? How our hearts should be filled with thankfulness to God for all His blessings, especially for His great salvation. I cannot refrain from thanking Him every day for His sacrifice upon the cross for me. Our hearts should well up with thankfulness continually through the day for all the wonderful blessings God pours upon us. Often, we don’t see them because of our attitude of ingratitude. That’s why we’ve got to push into the OVER AND ABOVE TWELVE BASKETS FULL ATTITUDE.
What about five baskets full over and above? Are you becoming excessive? Is it becoming normal for you to say, “Thank you soooooo much.”
As I write, I have just gone outside. I was overwhelmed. A slither of a new moon was silhouetted behind the bare trees. It was the most beautiful sight. Of course, I couldn’t help but be filled to overflowing with praise to our wonderful God!
The TWELVE BASKETS FULL attitude can revolutionize your marriage.
The TWELVE BASKETS FULL attitude can revolutionize your family life. Just imagine everyone in the home with this mentality. Outdoing one another with thankfulness. What bliss to live in an environment of thankfulness, blessing, appreciation, and gratitude. It changes everything.
THE OVER AND ABOVE TWELVE BASKETS FULL attitude can change the lives of everyone we meet, and ultimately society.
Amen and Amen, Nancy
Once ahead I am going ahead in faith to print the new Above Rubies, # 94. I know it will be a blessing to you. I don’t have all the finance in yet, but am believing for miracles and trust that it will come to your home very soon.
In fact, I am believing for it to be in your home before
or at least in time for Christmas!
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We ask for your help to spread truth and restore
The honor of family, ordained by God’s law.
To encourage godly parents to be heroes in the land,
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As we work together to build God’s way in the nation
We’ll birth a great revival of true family restoration.
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Thank you so much, dearest helpers in this great work.
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I know social media can waste a lot of valuable time. However, it can also be a blessing if used wisely and with discipline. Nearly every day I post an encouraging word to you as a wife and mother on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! You will be encouraged, inspired, challenged, blessed, and fortified in your high calling as you read these posts. Here’s how to get on:
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“Thank you for your daily words of wisdom. My soul gets fed more from your FB posts than from the many churches we have visited in many parts of the country over the years.”
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I have mentioned this before, but I am still looking for more pictures of families at the meal table together or having devotions together. I know it’s not easy to get these photos, but would love some of you good photographers to have a try.
There is a difference of opinion about allowing Muslim people into our nation. I believe that there should be careful screening. It is a fact that many Muslims are coming in with an agenda to take control of our nation. That does not mean we despise them. We as a family have a great burden to pray for the Muslim people in USA and in all their countries that God will move mightily upon them and bring many to salvation.
We have a very dear Muslim friend who has now come to know Jesus. In fact, he was in the mosque in Nashville, Tennessee and had a vision of Jesus on a white horse who said to him that the next day someone would come and tell him about Jesus. The next day our grandson, Zadok, arrived to purchase a car from him and told him about Jesus. He came to Jesus soon after and we now consider him part of our family and all our family celebrations.
But we cannot bury our heads in the sand about the agenda of the radical Muslim people. Did you know that by the sixth century Christianity was firmly established in Saudi Arabia? But 100 years later it was completely replaced by Islam which is now the official Saudi religion. The whole state of a nation can easily be changed
Look how the Muslim invasion is already changing the nation of England.
Mayor of London ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Birmingham ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Leeds ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Blackburn ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Sheffield ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Oxford ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Luton ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Oldham ... MUSLIM
Mayor of Rochdale ... MUSLIM
Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques
Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
Muslim Women ... 78% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Men ... 63% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Families ... 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!
They are also invading our schools with their agenda. Check out the following article.
EDUCATION OR INDOCTRINATION? Islam in Our Schools
The following is an important article to read. We need to be aware of what is happening in public schools and what children are being taught if they happen to be in the state education.
Protect the preborn and end abortion. Demand that Congress end the unconscionable taxpayer-funding of the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood received over $500 million in forced taxpayer funding last year.
LIFE AT CONCEPTION ACT
Over 4,000 babies are aborted every day in our nation. That's over 1.6 million every year! By passing a Life at Conception Act, you can end abortion in America!
The Supreme Court itself admitted in Roe that once Congress establishes the personhood of unborn children, they must be protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which explicitly says: "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property."
Since the Supreme Court is waiting for someone to tell them who the law counts as persons, let's not wait another minute!
Your petition will let your Senators and Congressman know that their constituents support full protection for the unborn and that they must stand for life in Washington.
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STOP SENDING US TAX DOLLARS TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
Tell Washington to pass the Taylor Force Act and deny financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and stop the murders of innocent Israelis and Americans.
In 2016, Taylor was murdered in a knife attack while on a Vanderbilt University trip to Tel Aviv, Israel. His attacker was a Palestinian man who was paid with U.S. tax dollars by the Palestinian Authority, a known terrorist organization, to murder Taylor. The terrorist was killed by police—but his family was left with a lifelong lucrative financial reward:
• Pension for life that is triple the average salary in the West Bank
• Free tuition for life
• Free health insurance for life
• Free clothing allowance for life
• Free monthly stipend—ALL courtesy of U.S. tax dollars.
This practice of financially incentivized murder is known as #PayToSlay. We must stop it.
Each year, the U.S. government gives $300 million in U.S. taxpayer money to the Palestinian Authority for the promotion of peace in the area—but that’s not how the PA uses it:
• In 2016, the PA paid $135 million to terrorists jailed in Israel
• And $183 million to family of terrorists and to incentivize future attacks
• That adds up to more than $300 million to reward and incentivize acts of murder—in one year alone.
When you sign the petition to pass the Taylor Force Act, you:
• Lend your voice to millions of others who are uniting to tell Washington to end #PayToSlay
• Support ending U.S. taxpayer money as financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until the PA stops payment for acts of terrorism, including financial incentives and rewards to terrorists and their families.
• Show your support for current legislation. In August of 2017, the Act was introduced to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and passed by a vote of 17 to 4. As the Act is prepared for presentation to the Senate and House of Representatives, it’s critically important to show support for The Taylor Force Act by signing the petition.
CONGRESS SHOULD PAY THE SAME AS AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR HEALTH CARE
Why should they make us pay for something they don’t have to accept, and we don’t want to have?
Currently I have a few copies of back copies of Above Rubies still available. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. Apart from the last issue, #93, I have copies of #85 – 92. If you are missing any of these issues, you are welcome to contact me for them. I would love you to be blessed and encouraged. Every magazine has different stories and articles that encourage and inspire you in your great calling.
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Theresa Bowen writes: Do you view your home and family table as a nexus for work, education, worship, community, evangelism, and training in servant leadership? It can be! You don’t have to be Martha Stewart or have a large home to practice true, biblical hospitality. Biblical Hospitality is a unique, divine assignment that pleases God, blesses the home, provides for community, and creates learning and serving opportunities that can last a lifetime . . . a foretaste of heaven.
With household budgets becoming more and more strained, travel can be a challenge! A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network provides a creative, economical alternative. A Candle in the Window is a growing, worldwide network of Christian households delighting in hospitality. Our hope is to multiply the blessings we have experienced in our own home through hospitality as our members travel, share a meal and open up their homes to one another.
Our mission is to provide an ever-expanding online directory to our members, and a secure in house communication network in which to contact potential hosts to set up a conversational dinner and/or overnight stay when traveling through their location.
And while saving money is extremely appealing, we believe the greater blessing will be through hearing of God’s faithfulness recounted around countless dinner tables.
To read amazing stories and testimonies of the power of hospitality go to:
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING AGAIN!
Have a wonderful weekend,
In His love,