our gem

kisses or hugs? kisses
indoors or out? out
over or under? over
yes or no? no
“cup”, “bup” or “buck”? now “buck”
laugh or cry? yes
lover or fighter? yes
dolls or trucks? yes
dogs or cats? yes
run or walk? run
loud or quiet? loud
serious or silly? silly
gentle or rough? ask stella 🙂

And that’s Ruby…”A little name for such a person.” 

I always get sad when I know our youngest will be losing his/her place as baby in the family. So I’ve been trying to cuddle and snuggle up Ruby all that I can. She is going through an extremely willful spell now – the worst to date – so our consistency, patience and love are being tested at a new level. We are counseling ourselves w/ the truth of Scripture when we’re tempted to grow weary in seeking to drive the foolishness from her heart. We are desperate for grace in this task of child-rearing but God is faithful even when we struggle. And as long as there is grace, there is hope for us and for her.

As I mentioned here, I have a hymn picked for each of our kids. It’s a special song I sing to them from early on and really is my prayer for them. Ruby’s hymn is “Jesus, I am Resting.” It is the perfect song for her and the way God made her…and it is the perfect song for me as I work with her and strive to train her in the way she should go. 

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

O, how great Thy loving kindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O, how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved,
Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.


from All I Owe, released 07 November 2006
Words: Jean S. Pigott
Music: David B. Hampton 

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  1. I am w/ you….when a new one is coming you snuggle up the one that is currently 'baby' I think its good too….b/c once the new little babe comes along, you cant remember not having them. I felt awful when I had liela…I wondered if I could love another kid as much as av….and I did…so I'm glad she got extra lovin before my little stinker came into her world and started making trouble. =)


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