Ruth to lead Vespers Service during Staunton, Virginia’s Happy Birthday America Event!

Ruth will be the featured speaker for this annual July 3rd event in Staunton, VA.

Check out this story on newsleader.com: https://www.newsleader.com/story/news/2019/03/19/billy-grahams-daughter-feature-speaker-happy-birthday-america/3209872002/

 

Eyes That Wait

My new book manuscript is in! Praise the Lord! It’s like delivering a baby. Now the doctors (editors) say “Isn’t it nice. But let’s take off this toe and this finger and rearrange this arm.” The editing process is grueling.

However, the Word of the Lord is eternal and true.

Psalm 123:2 talks about us waiting on the Lord like a servant’s eyes are on the master watching how they might serve. But it says a curious thing “our eyes wait upon the Lord our God until he has mercy on us…” (KJV) How do our eyes wait? The Amplified version says, “our eyes look unto the Lord.” That is probably more of the meaning.

The Message puts it this way: “We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath, awaiting your word of mercy.”

While those translations are true and help us understand I began to think about my eyes waiting…

Eyes are a reflection of a soul – a window to the soul. I was recently in the store and I went up to one of my favorite associates. She was her cheerful self but her eyes were sad. I told her she looked sad and she began to cry. Yes. Eyes tell us quite a bit. They can tell when we are tired. Angry. Puzzled.

When we are frantic our eyes can be rather jumpy, not able to focus on any one thing – just going from one thing to the next.

To get our eyes to wait we have to settle. We have to focus. This scripture tells us to have our eyes wait on the Lord. Carefully, watching. Focus on Him!

What’s happening in Richmond?

I live in Virginia. It has always been a lovely, genteel state. Maybe we are a bit arrogant in our thinking of ourselves…UVA is called “The University”, as if there are no others…! My mother used to laughingly say, North Carolina was “A valley of humiliation between two mountains of conceit.” Her parents were both Virginians…going way back. And being able to trace your family “way back” is important to Virginians. They have the “FFVs” – First Families of Virginia!
Like I said, the attitudes can be a bit on the arrogant side.
What has happened to our governor, I can understand. What he did years ago should not play havoc with his life now. Not if he does not hold racist views. And I do not believe he does…he was a product of his time and culture. Right or wrong.
But he is now trying to use all the current buzz words to get himself free of this mess. Like he was born into “white privilege”. That he needed to be more “sensitive”. All that may be true and I believe he will come to terms with it.
For him and the abortion activists, this was a God-send. The media is not talking about his radical position on late-term abortion but on some years ago photo that may or may not have been him.
Why?
In his interview about abortion, he stated the baby could be born, kept comfortable while the parents and the doctors decided whether or not to end its life! That would be murder. He is an advocate of that. He is a pediatric neurologist for crying out loud. If a baby has to be kept comfortable till the doctors and parents make a decision…then they can end its life! That is ludicrous!
We ought to be screaming about the injustice and evil of this.
He doesn’t need to resign over the racist photo but his stand on abortion. Wake up folks!
This is pure evil.

Nashville Christian Family Magazine Article

Check out the article about Ruth in the current edition of Nashville Christian Family Magazine.  Access the publication here:

www.christianfamilynashville.com

How to Praise God

I had an interesting conversation with my 9-year-old grandson yesterday morning. He was asking how I could be sure God was the real God when there were thousands of God’s. He likes to argue.

The last Psalm, 150, which I read this last day of the year is full of praise for our exalted God.

It begins with the exclamation and command: Praise the LORD! When “Lord” is capitalized it is the Almighty God. Yahweh. It makes us have big thoughts about God – too often my God is too small. I need to think worthily of Him.

Then it says to praise Him in His sanctuary – that’s inside. Then to praise Him in His mighty expanse – that’s outside. So praise Him everywhere.

Then praise Him for His mighty deeds – what He has done for you. Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Not just plain greatness, but excellent greatness. That’s who He is.

Praise Him with trumpets. Trumpets usually herald or announce. Tell of His greatness to all you meet in 2019. Praise Him with harp and lyre – that is usually comforting and soothing. He is our comforter.

Praise Him with dancing – praise Him bodily. I’m not good at that. I was raised a staid Presbyterian so that sort of thing is difficult for me. We never danced! It is not my usual display. That’s something I need to learn.

Praise Him with stringed instruments. The strings of any instrument are under enormous pressure. A typical piano has 10 tons of pressure on its strings. Praise His while you are under stress and pressure. Praise will put it all in perspective.

Praise Him with cymbals. Cymbals are usually for celebration! So praise Him in the joyful moments to the coming year…and repeat it.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”

May God bless you greatly in 2019!

Mistaken Identity

It has come to my attention that a columnist named Ruth Graham has made disparaging comments about President Bush’s dog. That is not me. I do not know this Ruth Graham nor do I personally know President Bush’s dog! I think you all know me well enough to know this is not my style. I have met both 41 and 43 and find them to be very special gentlemen. Their family and mine have a long-standing friendship. Please understand that this is decidedly not my thinking. I regret any confusion.

Persecution

Last year, as you may know, I attended the “Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians” in Washington, DC. I was so moved by what I heard and saw that I knew I had to do something.
I asked a few local pastors and Christian leaders to meet with me over lunch to talk about what we might be able to do in our area.

We decided on a “prayer gathering” on the “International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted” on November 7th. We had about 500 people gather and we prayed – we talked about the needs of various areas and then we prayed! We didn’t talk about prayer, sing about prayer, preach about prayer – we prayed. It was a thrill for each one there – we felt God’s presence in a powerful way. It was thrilling!

Since then, we have met on a monthly basis to pray for our local pastors as well as to look to this year’s International Day of Prayer which is November 4th. It has been so rewarding to gather early on a Tuesday morning without coffee or “goodies” (until today thanks to my sweet friend, Peggy) and just pray for our churches to be aware, for pastors to be bold preaching God’s Word and especially those who suffer persecution simply because they love Jesus.

What a joy it was to see Andrew Brunson step off that plane in Germany on his way home! It’s what we have been praying for — and then to see him humbly kneel beside the President to pray for him. Tears streamed down my face. But for every Andrew Brunson there are 100s more. He was fortunate to be an American where the government would not forget him – not leave him behind. There are so many whose governments are the very ones oppressing and persecuting. It is dangerous to be a Christian in certain parts of the world.

According the the World Watch List, North Korea is #1 for persecution of Christians. That’s no surprise! (I am hoping that will soon change due to the opening of N. Korea to diplomacy.) Afghanistan is number 2. Somalia is number 3.

Let’s pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering.

I’m Back! With Pictures!

I’m back!

It was a busy summer and much has happened. Uppermost in my heart and mind is my sister, Anne’s diagnosis of breast cancer. She has a virulent form and they will attack it aggressively. I hate it for her. She has a great attitude and goes into this physically strong – she has taken good care of herself. I know she wants God to be glorified through out the process. (I have a lovely photo of the 2 of us at our Father’s 90 birthday party but I had to scan it to my computer and it won’t go into this blog! AHRRRUGH!)

This summer I have been working with my surgeon to get the correct balance of fluid in my brain. Not an easy process with some difficult side effects – as you can see – a “face plant”! But he is patient and I am wild about him and his staff. They treat me beautifully. Last time I went down to Richmond for the adjustment is was just before the hurricane…lots of rain and wind predicted. I mentioned my concern about driving since I had relatively bald tires, to a sweet friend in church and she volunteered to take me. So dear of her to spend her whole morning hauling me down and back. I am grateful for such special friends.

 

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My children and their families all spent a week together – and me – at our favorite beach. Such chaos! Such fun. A photo of them all except one who was upstairs watching TV and missed the photo call – we got it later. We has our Bible Museum t-shirts on

 

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We had gone up there to see the display honoring my Father. So grateful to the Green family for what they have put in the center of DC. It honors God and the Bible. An amazing collection of artifacts!

 

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We got together with family – all the cousins enjoyed each other. The grown cousins and the little cousins. Such fun!

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I saw a special friend — I always try to see her on the way back from the beach. Special lady — Jane Bateman and fabulous speaker. I love her

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Then I had occasion to go to Maine for a prayer event for the Persecuted Church and got to see my dear college roommate. We’ve been close for many years.

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Well, that’s probably all you need to know for now! But there is more to tell!

 

Stumbling in the Dark

I read this morning that God’s Word “is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). When that was written, in ancient times, folks didn’t have flashlights. To light up the night, they used torches – as they did when the leaders of the synagogue, arrested Jesus in the garden. Torches were not always suitable – casting too much light.

It brought a memory back to me.

Some years ago when my family and I visited the Holy Land, our guide showed us a small oil lamp that could be attached to your shoe or sandal to light your path. That’s what the Psalm is referring to: “a lamp unto my feet.” Its light only spread as far as your next step. You couldn’t see a long way down the path. You had to tread carefully as you navigated the path, not going farther or faster than your lamp shown.

It’s a good illustration for me. Jesus is that lamp – that light. He said, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

I know if I am walking into a dark place, I look for a light switch and if there isn’t one, I look for a candle. And if I see a light in the distance, I am comforted and head towards it. I have to respond to it either by heading towards it or turning on the light switch or lighting the candle.

Isn’t that what we all want – light? We live in a darkening world…we see people stumbling aimlessly into each other, into unsubstantiated claims by self-proclaimed prophets, into lies and false promises, into one relationship after another that do not satisfy… walking in darkness.

We have closed our ears and eyes.

It is sad. Especially since the one true Light is inviting us into a personal relationship with Him. He has issued an invitation to us: “Come unto me all ye that are burdened and heavy laden…”(Matthew 11:28-30). We have to respond to that personal invitation. Have you?

 

Billy Graham’s Vows to His Wife

This was written in long-hand on the day of my parent’s wedding:

“To love thee, to cherish thee, to protect thee as long as we both shall live. To be tender, kind, patient and true is the deepest desire of my heart tonight.

My darling, I love you with a love that knows no bounds and together under the leadership of the Holy Spirit we shall walk life’s road together.

May we be calm in His presence
May we rest our souls in Him.
May we feed on the fullness of His Word.
May we die to all things of time.
Bill”

They were married 67 years. And they both lived up to that desire. It shows the man of God he was even then…

I miss them both.