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Saturday, February 14, 2015

RUBY GETS REAL: THE LAST BLOG POST.


It is February 14th.  Valentines Day 2015.  Saturday... 

It's a good day to end a good thing. 

 After long deliberation, I have decided that I will write my last post for this Blog.  It is #51.  I am officially saying good bye... again.  What is the saying? "Nothing lasts forever!"  Nothing does last forever.  I am saying good-bye to yet another online blog.  But before I do... I thought I would go back over the seventeen months and provide some interesting stats and stuff.

THE BEGINNING OF THE BLOG

My first post on this blog was July 13, 2013 entitled... I HAVE ISSUES.   After 37 posts on my previous blog BEARZ BLOG, I wanted to change things up.  So I started a new blog.   I needed to open up the worm can for lack of a better description.  I felt at that time that I needed a place to "be real" and to unleash my stuff.  So entitling my blog "RUBY GETS REAL"  was to be an encouragement to do exactly that... get real.  

"I HAVE ISSUES" was simple.  Just a statement of introduction.  A disclaimer for future posts.  And it unleashed another forty nine posts about my journey and issues.   I blogged about baptism, communion, prayer, faith and even one post was about my take on atheism.  If blogging is about venting... then I vented.  

THE VIEWS

Here are some interesting stats.  Oh yes, I have been sneak peaking on my blog stats every once in a while.  Just the curious side of me.  

This is my all time page views broken down by country. 

Pageviews by Countries 

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
1771
Canada
1300
Russia
100
France
90
Germany
46
Iran
23
Netherlands
18
Romania
16
Turkey
16
Ukraine
14

I am blown away when I look at this.  I don't by far have a popular blog, but there were 23 people in Iran who have found it.  100 in Russia.   Wow.  I don't know that many people outside my country... let alone in Russia. And more Americans that Canadians.  Wow.  Thank you all people out there.  I am wowed... really wowed. 

I have only shared my blog address on two sites.  Bloglovin and The God Journey.  

MY FAVOURITE POSTS AND MOST READ POSTS. 

Let's start with the latter.
My most read posts.  


I am glad that my most read post is the "THE FATHER WHO NEVER ABANDONS HIS CHILDREN"  If there was ever a message I wanted to get across, it wasn't my angst against organized or institutional religion.  It was about my Father.  Even though I felt that I needed to unload my angst, I also wanted to share about the love I was experiencing in the same moments.  God has always been revealing himself to me... through a lot of confusion, doubts, frustrations, anger... my Father's love has pushed through all those clouds and is touching me deeper than my muddled emotions. Maybe that is why I am coming to the end of this blog. Maybe it is a new chapter in my journey.  

My favourite posts:

Like a parent with children, I can't claim any specific favourites.  But I was to narrow down the posts that I would like to throw out there for final reading, (before my blog goes in to the forgotten section of cyberspace), it would be these. 




Remembering Jesus: The Original Story

Because Love Compels Me

There you go...  five out of fifty.   As I look at my selection, I am convinced I am leaving behind the angst and embracing the Love.  The angst separates me from people, the Love draws me closer.  I guess it wouldn't be rocket science to figure out where I want to go from here. 



So there you have it.  I am trying to figure out what I am missing.   An original computer graphic from yours truly.  How else can I say Goodbye from the heart.  My blog will still be accessible on line for viewing if anyone wants to read it.  And any comments will be forwarded to my email. 

Will I continue to write?  

The answer to that question will take me into the future, and the future is not the place for me to make any calls, decisions or predictions.  I don't know what lies ahead. 

 Let me leave you with this... something from the spur of the moment, but something straight from my heart to yours.  

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a place I'll never visit
A time I'll never know
A destination I'll never reach
For when this day ends 
And the next day comes
That day will become today
And that, my friend
Will always be the day 
Where I want to be

So if you ask me about Tomorrow
And what I will do when I get there
Just know this
I never will
(get there that is!)


THANK YOU!!!

RUBY NEUMANN


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015: HANGING OUT WITH HOPE



It's New Years Day and I was debating my post theme, when I discovered that 2015 will be the year that Snoopy makes it to the big screen.  I am a big Peanuts fan.  I have been since I can't remember when.  Snoopy was the first love of my life.  I admired that dog.  He was well loved, crazy, adventurous, creative and fun and everything I wanted to be (in human form that is). 

The sad moment in this revelation came when I discovered I have to wait until November to see the movie. Oh well, It will be just another thing to wait for. 



So since I have to wait... I figure I can share with your the other things I get to wait for. 

1.  A completed bathroom
2.  Spring and new flowers
2 1/2. Fresh stawberries
3. My next visit to Calgary (still waiting, girls) 
4. A trip to *** ( still in the works) 
5. Two 50th birthday family celebrations
6. The next adventure


 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you
 (1 Peter 1:3-4 - NIV) 

I was thinking about hope.  I need a good dose of Hope going into the new year.  You know... something to wait for, something to look forward to.  Hope.  

 The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time.  It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more.
(Colossians 1:5-6 - NIV)

Last year was eye opening for me, but as much as my eyes were opened, I know the greatest treasure is one that I can't see. Hope reminds me every day.  Hope keeps me keeping on. Hope has an identity

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
(Romans 15:13 - NIV) 


Hope has an enemy in this world.  It is Reality.  Reality is that thing that gets stuffed in your face when you want to hang out with Hope.  When Hope offers joy and peace, Reality offers despair and gloom.  

 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  (Romans 8:24-25 - NIV)


I have a message to send:  I know some of you would rather hang with Reality instead of Hope.  But I have chosen Hope.  It doesn't make me ignorant, uninformed or blind.  Quite the opposite.  It makes me wise, understanding and focused.  

With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. 
(2 Corinthians 3:12 - MSG) 

FAITH


HOPE 


LOVE


AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN:

THAT'S IT FOLKS.  FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE... EVERYTHING ELSE WILL WASH DOWN THE TOILET... INCLUDING REALITY.  


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 
AND HERE'S TO FINDING HOPE, EMBRACING HOPE AND SPREADING HOPE.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

THE PERFECT GIFT


THE PERFECT GIFT

This Christmas... I want to share with you a story.  

I found a movie on TV.   If you can track down a DVD and watch it, it is a real good one.  Especially for those who are missing the real Jesus story in today's onslaught of meaningless materialism.  The opening picture caption links to the trailer of the movie. 

The info describes the movie as... 

"A stranger helps a teenage girl learn the meaning of Christmas."  

There is a girl called Max who lives with her single Mom.  The girl's birthday is on December 25th and due to such a date, the girl is bummed out with Christmas.  She ends up making friends with a long haired handyman  (named Jess) that is just "passing through" the town and has volunteered to build the local church's outdoor nativity.  

Max has a school assignment... an essay  "What is Christmas?"  As she spends her afternoons hanging out at the church with Jess, she learns about Christmas from the son of a carpenter.  (Yes, Jess introduced himself to the pastor as boy that grew up working in his dad's carpenter shop) 

While Max is having a history lesson from the travelling carpenter, Max's mom is faced with organizing the annual festivities at work... what starts out as a winter gala becomes a Christmas party when Mom stands up for the real identity of the holiday at her the board meeting. 

Is Jess more than just a travelling handyman that dropped into town.  Seems so.  

The pivoting point of the movie is when two men come to meet with the pastor and remind him that there is a city ordinance prohibiting the display of religious material in a commercially zoned area.. which the church borders on.    So the nativity scene is dismantled, but not for long... the members of the community gather together and rebuild it.  

Well because the nativity scene is re-erected, a city meeting is called to inform the town that the church is in violation of the ordinance and they must pay a five thousand dollar fine. 

Jess shows up at the courthouse and what he shares next ... well, listen to it yourself.  Just click on the  link below. 

THE PERFECT GIFT

"God never wanted to force his Son on anyone."

"When God  came to earth, he came to the least, the last, the lowest and the lost."

"While they were seeking God, they found the He'd been looking for them their whole lives."

I won't spoil the rest of the movie, just in case you want to watch it.  

The movie is the dose of encouragement that I needed this season.  If you have read some of my posts, you might get a picture that I have been somewhat discouraged when it comes to this time of year.  This year was no different.  The same cloud of discouragement came over me.  I am saddened that so much of what we call Christmas has been taken over not only by secular commercialism and materialism... I am grieved more by how religious tradition has taken Jesus and his story and covered it up.  Not only the story of a baby in a manger, the real Jesus story.  Who he was and who he still is and who we can be with him in us.  

GOD HAS COME TO EARTH FOR A VISIT. 
Listen to the story

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS...
Thank you, Jesus, for coming... 

Thank you, God for taking on humanity
 as the ultimate act of Love.  

Jesus, You are the Perfect Gift.

THANK YOU!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!!!