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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe Place with Ruth Graham

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“Transparent” is the word most people use to describe Ruth Graham.

No stranger to heartache, she seeks to provide a Biblical perspective to her journey of faith. She is warm and talks openly about her own need for a safe place as she journeyed through her husband’s infidelities, her subsequent depression, her divorces, her teenage daughter’s two unplanned pregnancies, another daughter’s bulimia, her son’s battle with drugs, grandson's special needs and returning to school at age 40.

Although born into the "famous" Graham family Ruth did not feel she had a safe place to unburden the secrets of her life. She felt she had to project and image and wear a mask that she "had it all together". She had to meet others' expectations of her. It was not until a mid-life crisis did that she fully discover the unconditional love and grace of God. Her life's passion is to connect people to that same grace and love she found, no matter who they are or what sin.

Named for her mother, Ruth is the third child of Rev. Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham.

Ruth founded the Ruth Graham & Friends Ministry in 2006. She seeks to minister God’s grace and restoration to those who feel marginalized within the church and to better equip churches themselves to address the needs of the hurting in their midst.

Ruth is an experienced conference speaker and Bible teacher. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows including: Good Morning, America, The Hour of Power, Focus on the Family, Moody Broadcasting, Fox & Friends, CBN, Life Today and CNN.

She worked in publishing for 13 years as an acquisitions editor and for five years was the Donor Relations Coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse. She worked as Major Gifts Officer at Mary Baldwin College. She graduated cum laude from Mary Baldwin College in 2000 and received the college’s Outstanding Adult Student award. She also has an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Eastern University.

Ruth has three grown children and nine grandchildren. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her life Bible verse is John 1:16.

Uncertainty

posted by Ruth Graham

About 4 years ago, we had an earthquake in my area of Virginia. When the ground begins to shake you understand uncertainty in a whole new way! Life is uncertain – to put it mildly. Especially these days. The stock […]

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Planned Parenthood – Savages

posted by Ruth Graham

How far down do we have to go until we feel the wrath of God because of our disregard for the life of the unborn? I’m talking about the culture where baby parts are harvested and sold for huge sums […]

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Iran

posted by Ruth Graham

President Obama announced a negotiated deal concerning its nuclear arms with Iran this AM. With my mind spinning I sat down to spend time with the Lord. As is my custom, I sing a hymn each day…this morning I sang, […]

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Old Car and Aging

posted by Ruth Graham

My car is old – 13 years old…216,000 miles old…it has a cassette player old…. Things are beginning to break down. For instance my CD player is broken. I loved to listen to audio books as I trek up and […]

Supreme Court

posted by Ruth Graham

The SCOTUS has ruled on same-sex marriage. They are in favor of same-sex marriage. I want to remind everyone that SCOTUS is NOT the SUPREME court – God is. And He is not in favor of it. Millenia ago God declared […]

Forgiveness is Not about Us

posted by Ruth Graham

I heard on the news this morning that we forgive to be free from the hurt an injury. I heard we forgive because God commanded it. I heard we forgive in order to move on from the tragedy. All that […]

Trans…everything

posted by Ruth Graham

Rachel Dolezal didn’t identify as a white…so she chose to become black. But, in reality, she couldn’t become black. It is something you are or are not. I was born white with white parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents. I am white. […]

Good Books

posted by Ruth Graham

There are two new books I’d like to recommend! First a disclaimer: both are written by friends! Your Sacred Yes, Trading Life-Draining Obligations for Freedom, Passion and Joy by Susie Larson. and Killing Cows, Six Sacred Cows Keeping You from A […]

Keeping Up Appearances

posted by Ruth Graham

How many people in recent years have been felled by a hidden sin in their life? It wasn’t bad enough to have their sin, mistake, crime found out but they compounded it by trying to cover it up. Presidents, Governors, […]

Sexual Abuse

posted by Ruth Graham

So much rain! I am sure the dear folks in Texas wonder if it will even stop. Maybe they are identifying with Noah by now. If only we could send some of that rain to California where they are suffering […]

War is Hell!

posted by Ruth Graham

War is hideous. In recent years I think, in many ways, we have become immune to war’s hideousness and ugliness. We watch wars play out on television sitting in our living rooms. War is a decision men/women make in Washington […]

New Hostages

posted by Ruth Graham

I heard on the radio this morning that ISIS has taken more Christian hostages in Syria. And the politicians are wringing their hands wondering what should be done. So much is happening in the world but Monday morning the news […]

Martyrs

posted by Ruth Graham

We have heard that 21 Coptic Christians died at the brutal hands of ISIS over the weekend. They are martyrs for their faith. As I was having my devotions this morning the words of an old hymn written by Frederick […]

Appeasing the gods.

posted by Ruth Graham

I arrived back in the US Wednesday afternoon after traveling almost 20 hours from India – literally half way around the world. It was  a marvelous, fascinating, exhausting trip. A host of wonderful memories of sights and sounds. Last Sunday as […]

India

posted by Ruth Graham

Tomorrow, I leave for  10 days in India. I have never been to that part of the world so am looking forward to it greatly. We are going up near the Bhutan border…way north in the tea growing capital – […]

Irritations

posted by Ruth Graham

When confronted with something unpleasant or difficult how do you react? Do you try to eliminate it? Control it? Distract yourself? Talk to others about it? Get angry? Have a pity party? If you are normal you probably do a […]

Different Kind of Resolutions

posted by Ruth Graham

I think I have mentioned before that I do not make resolutions. I rarely am able to keep them – often I don’t remember them by month’s end. My intentions are good but resolutions become a source of defeat for […]

Merry Christmas!

posted by Ruth Graham

Rejoice – the Lord has come! There is Hope. Peace. Joy.

What Good is Christmas?

posted by Ruth Graham

This is Christmas week. There is an excitement and an anticipation. Strangers greet each other cheerily. Family travels great distances to be together. Lights glitter from windows. Good smells emanate from the kitchen. Children cannot sleep. Mothers are exhausted. And […]

Lasting Gifts

posted by Ruth Graham

Well…the house is decorated. The cookies baked. The presents bought – and most already wrapped. Others mailed out. I remember when I treated wrapping as an art form – each was decorated to perfection – almost like Martha Stewart. Gone […]

Stealing Christmas

posted by Ruth Graham

Have you ever felt dull? Tired? Like the color gray? Just no joy in living. No spark of excitement. Everyone on FaceBook seems to have the joy and energy for the season- but you. With the holidays coming on you […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Ruth Graham

Have a fun day reflecting on the many blessings you enjoyed this year!

The Blessings that Remain

posted by Ruth Graham

I may have posted this last year…it’s worth repeating.   There are loved ones that are missing From the fireside and the feast; There are faces that have vanished There are voices that have ceased; And we know they passed […]

Being Thankful

posted by Ruth Graham

I  got this some years ago. It is by an unknown author. It’s all a matter of perspective.   Being thankful for: The mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends. The taxes […]

You Exercised Your Freedom!

posted by Ruth Graham

We live in a great, albeit flawed country! It feels good to vote – when I go to the pols each Election Day I feel like it’s Christmas! I get excited about my opportunity to make my voice count. We […]

Vote!

posted by Ruth Graham

It is your civic duty to vote. No excuse. It is at the very heart of this great nation. I know I get sick and tired of all the politics and wrangling but this is the one time we have […]

The “War on Women”

posted by Ruth Graham

In recent years there has been discussion about a “war on women”. I am not sure what that means. Perhaps it started with a woman’s right over her own body, her right to choose. Or equal pay for equal work, […]

Who am I and why am I here?

posted by Ruth Graham

Back in the 1960s – 19870s there was this “youth revolution”. Young people were questioning authority, rejecting authority…many of these youth we labeled, “hippies”. They  threw over the conventional and traditional to come up with their own “relative” truth. I […]

O.T. God vs. N.T. God

posted by Ruth Graham

A friend recently asked me how I reconcile the vengeful, war-like God of the Old Testament with the meek mild Jesus. That is a question that has come through the ages. On the surface it does look like it is […]

Forgive Again and Again and Again

posted by Ruth Graham

I am sure you have experienced many occasions when someone has hurt you. Depending on the relationship with that person the hurt was a deep wound or you brushed it off. The ones we can brush off are easier to […]

Good and Evil

posted by Ruth Graham

The contrast between evil and good has been in the news and on our front pages this week. It was a thrill to see Dr. Brantley on the news yesterday as he left Emory University Hospital hand in hand with […]

Rest, Elijah!

posted by Ruth Graham

Many of us are familiar with the story of the great Old Testament prophet, Elijah. Quite a man. He confronted the wicked Queen Jezebel many times – stood for God’s truth and authority at his own risk. Jezebel, with her husband, […]

Hope vs. Despair

posted by Ruth Graham

Have you ever been depressed? Low? Lower than a “lizard’s belt buckle”, as my mother used to say. “Cast down”, as King David said in Psalm 42. David wrote he cried day and night while men taunted him. He thought back […]

The Iron Dome

posted by Ruth Graham

Last Saturday night, my little town did its fireworks – we do them the week after the 4th. As I crawled into bed, I could hear all the booms and see the glow from the explosions in the distance. Of course, I […]

A Pedophile’s Dream…Sex Traffickers Welcome!

posted by Ruth Graham

There is a lot of talk about the immigration issue and the situation on our Southern border. But I have not heard anyone mention that having all these unaccompanied children in our border states and beyond is a real dream […]

What Cancer Cannot Do

posted by Ruth Graham

It seems as if cancer is an epidemic! Sometimes I wonder if it is the stress-filled and face -paced lives we all live that create the environment for cancers. Everyone knows someone suffering from it – it robs so much from  the […]

Prisoner Exchange

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, there certainly has been a dust-up over the release of the American held captive by the Taliban in exchange for 5 Taliban warriors. I am quite sure there is a whole lot more to the story than we will […]

Foundations

posted by Ruth Graham

I was recently privileged to spend 3 nights in a log cabin way up in the mountains of Tennessee – not far from Gatlinburg. Now I grew up on the side of a mountain and am used to mountain roads. […]

Worth Dying For

posted by Ruth Graham

Our freedom is not free. It was purchased and is preserved by those serving in our military. They believed that our freedom was worth dying for. Our freedom is a beautiful thing. The world envies it. But we treat it far […]

Dullness, Decisions, Demands, Dimensions & Disturbances

posted by Ruth Graham

A dear friend from Houston wrote to me recently and she included a quote form Warren Wiersbe that is too good to not pass along to you all! It is from his book, His Name is Wonderful. I thought it was […]

Something to Shout About!

posted by Ruth Graham

What a glorious day we have today! Perfect Spring day with the sunshine, fresh mown lawns, crystal clean air, warm with a cool breeze. What I need is a hammock. and a few hours to enjoy… But regardless, everything is […]

Prayer of Examen – Being Still

posted by Ruth Graham

We have had a more than a week to worship the risen Savior! We were attuned to the sorrow of the Savior during Lent and more so during Holy Week. We celebrated the Resurrection with joy in our hearts. We […]

Come and Worship

posted by Ruth Graham

“Rise. O Church, and lift your voices, Christ has conquered death and hell. Sing as all the earth rejoices;  Resurrection anthems swell. Come and worship, Come and worship,  Worship Christ the Risen King!” Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen […]

Why Do They Call It “Good” Friday?

posted by Ruth Graham

“A cross of all things – a guillotine, a gallows – but the cross at the same time as the  crossroad of eternity and time. as the place where such a mighty heart was broken that the healing power of […]

Easter or Christmas?

posted by Ruth Graham

How many of you have heard it said, “Easter is them most important date on the Church calendar”? I know I have. But it bothers me. How can we make a value judgment? You can’t have Easter without Christmas. And […]

Skipping Spring!

posted by Ruth Graham

We had 5″ of snow last Sunday and this Sunday it was 60+ degrees. It’s like having whiplash! Last year we had a very early Spring…this year it is very late. Soon it will be 85 degrees – it seems […]

When You Can’t Sleep

posted by Ruth Graham

I woke up early this morning. Too early. Too early to get up but too late to go back to sleep. So I just lay in bed thinking….then I began to fret – worry – about what all I needed […]

A Worship-worthy God

posted by Ruth Graham

I am reading a marvelous book – it is slow going because it is so rich and needs my full attention: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (HarperSanFrancisco, 1998). In it he quotes Adam Clarke’s statement about God: “the eternal, independent, […]

Living Backwards

posted by Ruth Graham

I am a fan of Frederick Buechner. He has a way with words. He often says the most profound things in a simple way – or has a turn of a phrase that catches my mind off guard and causes […]

Journal Entry

posted by Ruth Graham

Lord, You know my heart – the dark places, the wounded places, the doubting places, the questionng places – and the happy, content places. They seem to be all jumbled together. The jumble is distracting – like noises in my […]

Olympic Standards

posted by Ruth Graham

It has been exciting to watch the young athletes compete in Russia – against lots of odds they went to compete against the best in the world. They knew the rules when they signed up. They knew what was expected. […]

Thank You to Those Who Serve

posted by Ruth Graham

I was visiting friends in Florida this week when I noticed the news of a snow storm headed to my home area of Virginia. I was enjoying warm, clear weather; I was with, as I said, dear friends; we had plans […]

Guided Prayer

posted by Ruth Graham

This is a prayer I sometimes use to guide my confessional prayer time…It may seem a bit formal but I find it helps. I am not sure of its source – perhaps the Anglican Prayer Book… I find this formality […]

Forgiveness Questions – Help

posted by Ruth Graham

I want to ask you some questions and I hope you will repsond. I have been thinking about forgiveness… I hear the term thrown around – especially in church or religious circles. Oprah and othere social gurus talk about it […]

MLK

posted by Ruth Graham

Today would have been Martin Luther King’s 85th birthday! I wonder…I wonder… If he were alive today what he would think and say of our racial divide. What would he have to say about God being eliminated from our national […]

Rescue

posted by Ruth Graham

This season we have heard stories of daring rescues, heroism and with the frigid temperatures we will hear of  more acts of rescuers risking their lives to help the helpless who are in peril. As you read through the Bible […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Ruth Graham

2014 is here! I trust you ushered it in with grace and peace welcomed you. In the South it is traditional to have black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years Day. The black-eyed peas represent coin money; the collard […]

Let’s Get Real about Bethlehem!

posted by Ruth Graham

Last July the world seemed to wait with bated breath for the arrival of the little Prince of England. No detail was left unnoticed.   Hallmark and others have given us a very unrealistic picture of Bethlehem. Our Christmas cards are […]

The Spirit of Christmas

posted by Ruth Graham

My daughter and I had a delightful time yesterday. Each year we take a day to go to the small town of Lexington to see the decorations, visit the shops, go “junking,” as my Mother used to call it, find […]

Unexpected Death – Purpose in the Senseless

posted by Ruth Graham

When businessman, Roger Rodas, bought his fiery red, Porsche Carrera GT he was on top of the world. An accomplished Wharton School of Business graduate he had made his mark as a financial analyst and was consider to be one […]

Thanksgiving in reverse

posted by Ruth Graham

When I sit down to make my Thanksgiving list what do I put down?  ‘Friends’ and ‘family’ (most of them!) are at the top of my list. Then perhaps ‘health’, ‘freedom’… Do I ever express thanks for ‘bad health’, ‘gloomy […]

How Do You Forgive Yourself?

posted by Ruth Graham

When we make a mistake it is easy to forgive ourselves – of course, depending on the mistake. I am thinking of a minor infraction – getting a speeding ticket. But if we repeat that mistake it becomes a little […]

AHC Debacle vs God

posted by Ruth Graham

I have not tried – I don’t have the time – but I have heard that it takes hours to get the Affordable Care Act to answer the phone in order to sign up for this new health care plan! […]

Shut Down – Default

posted by Ruth Graham

Here we go again! The leaders in Washington – regardless of party affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, age – are not leading. They will not let go of their own egos to try to do what is right for this […]

Obama Care and God

posted by Ruth Graham

The debate seems endless. Good people, highly educated people, thinking people are walking around in circles. What they are saying doesn’t make sense. They speak gobblety-gook. There are times I feel they puposefully complicate the issues so as to confuse […]

Is There a Safe Place?

posted by Ruth Graham

The debate about Syria continues. Obamacare seems to have many flaws that will cost our citizens dearly. The President’s foreign policy – simply isn’t. A convicted man hangs himself in his prison cell. Gas prices are on the rise because […]

When the Promises Fade

posted by Ruth Graham

God told Abraham at a time when he was way too old to have kids that he was, in fact , going to have a son and, through that son Abraham would be the father of many nations. That was […]

Fix It

posted by Ruth Graham

  I was away from home tending to my youngest daughter who was in the hospital last week. The doctors discovered she has an aortic aneurysm. We were taken off guard – it was a shock to us – especially […]

Safe in the church??

posted by Ruth Graham

Speaking of “safe places”…Would you put the fish bowl down on the floor in front of a cat? Would you put a martini in front of an alcoholic? The Catholic Church has been plagued with scandals of sexual abuse. Young […]

The Media, the Kardashians and Gods Laughter

posted by Ruth Graham

Have you noticed how the media has gone from an obsession over fires out West to  Edward Snowden to George Zimmerman to the royal baby? The media sets the agenda – what is important, what is center stage and for […]

Night Time Prayer in Light of the Verdict

posted by Ruth Graham

We all grieve that a young man died and another’s has been forever alterted. There is no happy ending here. Two mothers grieve. Two families have lost. And yet there are those who refuse to let them grieve in peace. The […]

In Defense of Marriage

posted by Ruth Graham

I am offended by the Supreme Court’s ruling this week. The great King David of Israel said, “Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in Heaven…” (Psalms 119:89) God’s word has told us that “He created man in His own […]

How Do We Experience God?

posted by Ruth Graham

H0w do I know personally when God is present with me or that I am personally in the presence of God? Both objectively and subjectively. I know God’s presence by faith. I don’t always FEEL it. Far from it – […]

What to Do with Storms

posted by Ruth Graham

Oklahoma has been under siege with the terrible storms marching through that state. The storms seem to be taking the same path. Not only the tornadoes but the flooding. Repeated damage, repeated fear, loss of life, unending anxiety… This morning […]

We Remember

posted by Ruth Graham

I am not sure why people say “Happy Memorial Day”. For those who have an empty place at the table, surely it isn’t  “happy”. But I pray they will feel the gratitude of a nation that knows their ability to […]

Why the tornado?

posted by Ruth Graham

The scenes from Oklahoma are beyond imagination. It is hard to take it all in. The massive storm, the fear of those fleeing its path, the destruction left behind, the loss of life, the heartache. How does one even begin? […]

Absolutely. What would you die for?

posted by Ruth Graham

Recently I heard a politician tell his audience that he would make sure a certain bill was put forward because of the emotional wear and tear on victims of violence. He got applause. I thought about what he had said. […]

Violence!

posted by Ruth Graham

The news is full of reports of violence. Homemade bombs explode killing and wounding. We are outraged and angry. Sad and bewildered. Understandably. We are so blessed to live in a country where these things are the exception rather than […]

Suicide

posted by Ruth Graham

I didn’t wake up today thinking my life would change. But it has. Suicide. The word is so cold and ugly. It is so stark and final. And yet it leaves so much behind. Unanswered questions. Unfinished business. Unspeakable grief. […]

He is Risen!

posted by Ruth Graham

Hallelujah! 

Guns, My Mother and Easter

posted by Ruth Graham

The news is full of the gun control issue. Everyone seems to be concerned…I am beginning to wonder if I should go out and buy one just because I can and perhaps one day I will not be allowed to […]

Dennis Rodman

posted by Ruth Graham

The last post I wrote about silence in Heaven. Perhaps you are wondering – or not – why I have been silent. I have been traveling! My creativity does not travel well and my focus is on the task at […]

Silence in Heaven

posted by Ruth Graham

The 8th chapter of Revelation, verse 1 says, “And when He broke the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half and hour.” Think about that. All through Revelation up to this point we have been told that […]

Inauguration Day!

posted by Ruth Graham

Mr. Obama took the oath of office yesterday, privately. Today it will be public amidst pomp and pageantry.  Let us pause and pray for this man. He has been placed in this office by God. “But God is the Judge; […]

Lance Armstrong

posted by Ruth Graham

Earlier this week I wrote about the desire that we all want to be fully known and understood. It was prompted by Jodie Foster’s comment at the Golden Globes. Many of us live in fear that if we are known […]

To Be Known

posted by Ruth Graham

Jodie Foster made this  statement last night at the Golden Globes, “I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.” Deep down we all long to be authentic and have authentic relationships. Yet […]

Gun Control

posted by Ruth Graham

BeliefNet has posted a discussion about gun control on their homepage. They asked me to contribute a statement which I did. But I’d like to develop my thoughts here… Let me make this disclaimer: I do not own a gun. […]

2013

posted by Ruth Graham

Another year. But what did I do with the last one? Will this one be as difficult? Am I destined to be on this treadmill forever? Everyone is in a festive mood. But me. They are excited about a new […]

Presents

posted by Ruth Graham

Christmas is here! We have shopped, bought, wrapped… the “perfect” present for each one on our list. Did I over spend? Did I forget someone? What have I overlooked? What about the birthday Boy? Have I overlooked Him? Each year […]

God’s Silence

posted by Ruth Graham

It had been a long 400 years of silence. Malachi had been the last “official” word from God. Now the silence was deafening. Life went on but where was God? Did He care? Did He leave them? Did He forget […]

What does Jesus know about school slaughter?

posted by Ruth Graham

I don’t think any of us can get the school shootings out of our minds. The images haunt us. The news bombards us with speculation then finally facts make their way into the news. The analysts try to come up […]

Ho Hum. It’s Christmas Again…

posted by Ruth Graham

Christmas seems to have rolled around faster this year. Perhaps because I am older…Yikes! Perhaps it is because the stores begin to put out Christmas items in July and August.  And how many times can you hear “O Holy Night” […]

Why?

posted by Ruth Graham

I have watched the news with profound sadness and real questions. Questions are good and natural at such a time. Anger too. Wow. There is just not much to say at such a time. But I think of the message […]

Entitlements

posted by Ruth Graham

Found this on a website and it gives one pause: As of November 2012, Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay, held a unique position—the BBC called him “the world’s poorest president.” It’s a common complaint that many politicians around the […]

New Traditions

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, we made it through the 2nd holiday of the season…two more to go. I counted Halloween as the first though I’d rather not! Then Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I wonder why they all seem to congregate at the […]

General Petraeus and When Giants Fall

posted by Ruth Graham

I posted this to my other blog this morning and thought I would share it here. Let’s not forget to pray for the General and his family. We may never get the true story. I find it suspect that this […]

A New Day

posted by Ruth Graham

The country has decided. Mr. Obama will lead this country for another four years. Whether you voted for him or for Governor Romney, please pray for both men. They campaigned hard for their vision of America and gave their all. […]

Election Day!

posted by Ruth Graham

Well…at last the day is upon us! I don’t know about you but I am weary of the political season that seems to go on full time…never ends. As soon as tomorrow is over – if it is over tomorrow […]

Historic Storm – Does It Mean Anything?

posted by Ruth Graham

Wow! We are being hit with an historic storm of major proportions. Apocalyptic? That word has been used. It is an important question to ask. What is going on? Have we ever seen so many troubling things at one time? Everything […]

What Happened to Confession?

posted by Ruth Graham

It takes courage to be honest about your failures and flaws. I admire those that can take ownership of their “stuff”. If we are honest, most of us like to put on the “I’ve got my stuff together” face and […]

Who Am I?

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, now you know a little bit about being Billy Graham’s daughter! It is part of what I am, not who I am. I get a kick out of the way people view me – as if I don’t live […]

Living with Billy Graham

posted by Ruth Graham

BeliefNet is posting a piece I did about my father and his relationship to the various presidents he has know…all since Harry Truman. A unique position to have. His long career had him in relationship with the high and mighty […]

“Conventional” Wisdom

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, we are in our second week of political overload. I am watching the speeches with interest. And I think my blood pressure is rising! But then I turn to the scripture and am reassured stat God is in control. […]

Deep Needs, an Abundance of Oil, Rainbows, God’s Blessings

posted by Ruth Graham

For those of you who follow me on twitter you know I heard a grand sermon yesterday. One of my pastor’s outstanding quotes was, “God uses our deepest needs to give us His richest blessings.” I have certainly found that […]

“Legitimate” Rape

posted by Ruth Graham

I am all fired up!  Congressman Akin makes me mad. The very idea that when a woman is raped and her body shuts down so that she doesn’t conceive is ludicrous. The Congressman said he had consulted doctors…I’d like to know which ones. […]

Qualifications

posted by Ruth Graham

The title of this blog space is “A Safe Place with Ruth Graham”. I chose that title intentionally. I want people to feel safe with me. I am just a pilgrim on this unpredicatable path called life. And I know […]

Sexual Revolution

posted by Ruth Graham

  I am posting a reprint of Cal Thomas’ commentrary for the The Washington Examiner. While it is not my writing it is somehting to think about. When women complain about men who can’t commit, they can thank — or […]

Update on My Father’ Health

posted by Ruth Graham

Many of you have heard in the news that my father is in the hospital. He was admitted Saturday night – actually Sunday morning early – for a bronchial infection. It isn’t life threatening but at 93 any issue is […]

I am intolerant!

posted by Ruth Graham

The word “tolerant” is used a lot these days. We are supposed to be tolerant of a wide range of things and if we aren’t were are deemed “racist” or some other ugly label. Well, I’VE HAD IT! We are […]

Why do we do what we do?

posted by Ruth Graham

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” These days with ubiquitous video cameras there is a good chance your behavior was captured digitally. Have you ever watched America’s Funniest Home Videos? Some of them are really funny and cute but some […]

Aurora Shootings

posted by Ruth Graham

I was out of the country when the shootings in Colorado took place but I tried to follow the news as best I could. My heart aches for those who lost their loved ones that terrible night. The coming days, […]

Individual Responsibility

posted by Ruth Graham

Recently there are those that think when a child’s team plays a sport they all get a trophy so no one will feel left out. They are all treated the same, those that played hard and those who sat on […]

Olympic Uniforms

posted by Ruth Graham

We were informed this week that the uniforms that our wonderful athletes will wear to the Olympic games in London were made in China. There was an outcry in this country – as well there should be. Majority leader of […]

50 Shades of Gray…Pornography

posted by Ruth Graham

The book, Fifty Shades of Gray, and the sequels are best sellers. I will state up front that I haven’t read them. I have read the reviews and watched Ellen DeGeneres’ spoof  on reading it for the audio version. From […]

Freedom!

posted by Ruth Graham

We celebrate our freedom this week with all sorts of travel, family time, picnics, fireworks and all manner of festivities. Have a safe and wonderful time. Our freedom is not free. It was bought with blood. We dare not take […]

What is Happiness?

posted by Ruth Graham

I went to visit my father for Father’s Day. We had a great time. While there I was reading a book on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. I ran across this quote on happiness from Dr. Anthony Clare: “Happiness is […]

Fully Known

posted by Ruth Graham

I was in Riverside, California two weeks ago. I spoke to the women of Sandals Church on Saturday and then the pastor, Matt Brown, “interviewed” me during the Sunday morning services – incorporating it into his sermon for Mother’s Day. […]

Memorial Day

posted by Ruth Graham

When we think of Memorial Day we think of the start of summer, 4-day weekend, cookouts, sales events…My granddaughter was watching TV with me this morning and an ad for a  Memorial Day  car sale was trying to entice us into buying […]

Airplanes and Bars

posted by Ruth Graham

I made a trip out to New Mexico last week to speak for the Lincoln County National Day of Prayer event. It is the largest per capita in the country. They had 1400 people in attendance at 6:30 in the […]

Media Reporting vs. God’s Reporting

posted by Ruth Graham

Charles Colson died yesterday. I have been interested in reading and hearing the media report on it. The media has reported his death. In a 10 inch column 3/4s of it recounts his transgressions during the Watergate scandal. And there […]

Doubts & Questions

posted by Ruth Graham

I had the privilege this week of speaking in Fort Worth for Lifeline Chaplaincy based out of Houston. They place good and godly chaplains in hospitals in Texas. A great group! While there I had breakfast with a special friend. […]

Easter

posted by Ruth Graham

He is risen! Hallelujah!

Good Friday

posted by Ruth Graham

From the cross Jesus declared, “It is finished.” for all of heaven and hell to hear. It echoed through the ages. The human experience was cosmicly changed. God had accomplished His plan to redeem all of mankind. When we think […]

Passion Week

posted by Ruth Graham

I am expecting my children for Easter. I am so excited! I have been busy getting the bedrooms ready – my house will be stuffed to the gills. I am trying to think  of things they may need or want. […]

The cat and the Israelites!

posted by Ruth Graham

I have had another blog site which I have enjoyed – it is more personal. But for some unknown reason the address for it does not work. It is the same blog host as this one and I am doing […]

Books that Inform

posted by Ruth Graham

A book that recently came my way is Indivisible by James Robison and Jay W. Richards. It is a good read. The have “put the  hay down where the cows can get it”. With all the many voices clamoring to […]

Trashy Public Discourse

posted by Ruth Graham

I don’t know about you but I am so tired of the trashy, inelegant public discourse. It’s not limited to Republicans or Democrats; liberals or conservatives – they just happen to be the noisiest right now. I was listening to […]

The Oscars and Acting

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, the long anticipated prize show is over. All the oscars have been awarded to well-deserving people. I have yet to see The Artist but did get to see The Help and Iron Lady. In my book, they were both very […]

Valentine’s Day and loneliness

posted by Ruth Graham

When you are alone at Valentine’s it’s the pits! The day after Christmas the stores begin hawking Valentine cards, candy, decorations…Everything is about romance and couples. Even the Animal Planet is about couples. Maybe you’d like to go to a […]

How’s it going?

posted by Ruth Graham

I have been off line for several days. It’s sort of nice to have to do things the “old fashioned” way. It’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t have the Internet and e-mail. Last time we talked about […]

Good Intentions and Regret

posted by Ruth Graham

Well, it’s that time of year…time to make resolutions. New Years’ resolutions are famous for breaking them. We have this notion that if we make resolutions we will loose weight, exercise, stop drinking, slow down, volunteer, spend less… if only […]

A Hallmark Christmas?

posted by Ruth Graham

  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 […]

The Transparency of Christmas

posted by Ruth Graham

I have been blogging about transparency. As we approach Christmas, and we read the all too familiar Christmas story what strikes me is that it is full of transparency. Mary was pregnant out of wedlock – a situation that could have […]

Herman Cain and transparency

posted by Ruth Graham

Politics is on everyone’s mind. By November 2012 we will be sick of it. The election process seems to drag on from election to election with no break. I don’t know about you, but Herman Cain seemed to be an […]

Learning Authenticity

posted by Ruth Graham

This morning as I was watching the news the reporter was talking politics…he was discussing different candidates – one in particular that speaks very bluntly and authentically. My ears pick up at that word: “authentically”. The reporter said people in […]

Thanksgiving

posted by Ruth Graham

This is a busy time of preparation for Thanksgiving. Family begins arriving tonight. The turkey will be stuffed and some things are already in the freezer in preparation for lots of family meals. We will have fun and laughter but […]

Welcome

posted by Ruth Graham

Hi, there! I am glad you have joined me. Welcome to “A Safe Place”. I hope you find this a place you can be yourself and I can be myself. Like two old friends over a cup of coffee. (But […]

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