Entries by Ruth Graham

Memories Not Money

Happy New Year! I just got back this afternoon from spending time at my father’s home spending some time with him. This year I determined to give my children and grandchildren “memories not money”! (My youngest daughter couldn’t go because her son was ill. – We missed her terribly.) I took them to visit my […]

Christmas Brought to You by Martha Stewart

I posted this six years ago…it is still good! Does your house look like this? The carols are playing on the stereo. There is a blazing fire on the hearth – with extra split logs neatly stacked nearby. Snow is gently falling outside. All the Christmas cards and packages have been addressed and mailed early. […]

Strangers…But Sisters

Push is coming to shove now…Christmas is just 2 weeks away and I have birthdays before and after and a 3-day trip. How will I ever get ready? My neighbor had a lovely party Saturday night. Her house was beautifully decorated – as was the whole neighborhood. Yes, I did get my house somewhat decorated […]

Front-Row Seat

The Christmas carols are playing…I mailed packages this morning…I lit a pine-scented candle, I baked cookies yesterday to give to friends…it’s beginning to feel like Christmas! My neighbors have decorated their houses… I haven’t – yet. The pressure is on!! I’ll get my outside decorations up before this weekend when all my neighbors gather for […]

God’s Representative

This morning I was reading my Daily Light – as I have since I was about 12 years old. It is the King James Version because that is what I grew up with – the familiarity of the words brings comfort. I read of God’s glory. God’s glory is so dazzlingly bright and magnificent He […]

Gratitude

With family arriving, laundry to be done, meals planned and fixed, loose ends tied together, children under foot, good smells emanating from the kitchen, noise and messes it must be a family gathering. For some it is time of dread. Family relationships are strained, quarrels have never been settled. Jealousy arises. Fighting breaks out. Or […]

The Age-Old Existential Question

Back in the 70s many on college campuses were asking the critical questions we all must answer: Why am I here? Wh at is my  purpose? Is there a purpose bigger than just to eat, live and die? They looked for self-fulfillment. Many young people were asking the right questions but looking in the wrong […]

What a Legacy!

Today is my father’s 99th birthday! We will be celebrating his 100th year all year with memories of all God did in those 100 years. It is an amazing story of God’s faithfulness and grace. It is such a blessing to be his daughter. I am reminded so often by those that come up to […]

Persecution of Christians

This coming Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Persecution of Christians is on the rise – 250,000,000  (250 million) Christians experience some form of persecution. Did you know that in 2016, 90,000 people were killed because of their faith in Christ? That doesn’t include beatings, rapes, house burnings or intimidation. Open Doors is […]

Broken People

I just got back from a ministry trip to Ireland. My oldest grandson went with me and he thoroughly enjoyed his time there. He is into medieval history and the “Game of Thrones” and much, if not all, of that show is filmed there in Ireland. I’ve only seen one show and that was on […]