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Ruby’s in London – Thoughts on Chapter 6

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You’ll never guess what Ruby discovers in England!

If you haven’t read today’s chapter, go check it out on the Write Integrity Press blog.

I can’t believe we’re already to Chapter 6. Tomorrow is my chapter’s debut – SQUEE! But today, author Jennifer Fromke takes Ruby to England.

While I think the crowds of London might have felt constraining to Ruby, the country estate probably freed her like nothing else. (Especially on the heels of her trip to the Big Apple.) And the fun and exciting things that happened to her on that estate stirred up some precious memories.

It occurs to me that since the Lord puts desires in my heart, then the memories that are special to me are likely special to Him as well. I don’t think there’s a specific verse that states that, but several indicate it. One is how little unimportant birds don’t escape the Fathers notice. How much more would things that I value be special to God? The other is a verse regarding prayer from John 15:7: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

The keyword in that verse, of course is abide. If you have your heart set on the Lord, then not only will He give you what you wish, but He’ll whisper to your heart what you should wish for.

So what do you treasure and why? I’d heard that you can tell by looking at your calendar and your checkbook, but I don’t think that’s always an accurate measure. To me, the best indicator is discovering what fills your in-between times. What do you think about while you’re stopped at a traffic light or waiting in a grocery line, or during other moments when you’re alone and silent?

Those worries, hoped-for conversations, fantasies, or memories display your treasures. Do any of them surprise you?

Challenge: Turn those thoughts into prayers that your in-between times will honor God, with the knowledge that your hopes and concerns are important to your Father because they are important to you.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom of 4 with the oldest a graduate of UT Dallas, now on a mission field in Africa. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Ruby’s in London – Thoughts on Chapter 6

  1. This chapter reminded me of Jesus’ admonition to the church at Ephesus. He warned them about “leaving their first love”. Ruby had apparently done the same. Her time in a simple English church stirred up memories of when she was still in love with her Lord. I think we all need those kinds of reminders from time to time.

    • Oh, that’s good. I think Ruby’s relationship with her Lord ebbed through her pain and found a re-ignition there in the UK.

      And you’re absolutely right. We all need to be brought back to our first love again and again to rekindle that flame.

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