Marji Laine

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Ruby’s in Colorado – Thoughts on Chapter 2


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Mountains and motorcycles. Ruby’s in for a bumpy ride!

Ruby is off on her adventure!

Life hits some unexpected bumps as Ruby arrives in the Rocky Mountains. Today’s chapter author, Dianne E. Butts, suggests that Ruby has to go through difficulty, her own personal type of fire in order to discover a new path on the other side.

Think of the Refiner’s fires from Zechariah 13:9 and Malachi 3:2-3. These scriptures share how the Lord purifies His own, making them holy and without blemish. I really like the way 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 puts it:

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

And James 1:2-4 defines exactly what refining through the fire means: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces in endurance. And let endurance have its most perfect end that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Finding joy while enduring trouble seems an impossible task. But then God often puts His children in such a place so they will rely on Him to do what they cannot. And that submission, that humbling of spirits and acceptance of His strength and power, is the very thing that purifies.

Your Turn: What fires have you gone through in the past? How did you see God in that with you, if you did? What fires are you going through now? How can you look for Jesus walking with you through this fire. When you have gone through a fire in life, how did it change your relationship with Jesus?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. 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.

4 thoughts on “Ruby’s in Colorado – Thoughts on Chapter 2

  1. I have endured many a fire: losing a home, a stillborn baby birth, cancer, financial woes….raising nine children, enduring a prodigal….and all these fires always brought me to the feet of JESUS…deepening my walk with GOD immensely – knowing HE alone can provide the comfort, guidance, shelter, and peace that I need. God is my refining fire – my hearts one desire. I wrote about it in Towdah:


  2. I don’t usually read this genre, but I have to admit that I am hooked. I’m a sucker for symbolism in stories.