Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe Place with Ruth Graham

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. But this was something else! It seemed like I was driving to the backside of nowhere. And there were several hills as I crested I could not see beyond the hood of the car and wondered  if I was going to drop off…

It amazed me that the  state allowed  roads to be built with such a steep grade – but it was private property so I guess that was OK. It was a bit scary – even for me.

The point for me to be there was to be quiet and alone. I was. Not another cabin in sight! Just miles and miles of mountains. Wonderful views.

“My” cabin was perched over the side of the mountain and behind my cabin was another one – again perched on the side of the mountain. I became interested in the foundations of these structures. What kept them there?

You can see what I mean!

photo 1 - 400

Which house looks more secure? photo 2 -

Reminds me of Matthew 7: 24-27  “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

And the hymn that says,

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

How firm is your foundation?

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 too casually. As an American citizen I want to express deep gratitude for those that have sacrificed and served me. They don’t know my name and I don’t know theirs but I honor them and their family for the service rendered. If you have a loved one in the service, thank you.

Let us pause this weekend during our picnics, cookouts, gardening, get-togethers – our fun celebrations – to remember and say “thank you”. Display our beautiful flag as a symbol of your appreciation and solidarity with those that serve our country with their lives.

Let’s tell Washington that we want our servicemen and women and our veterans treated with the best we can give.

Remember - Memorial Day

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 profound.

Isaiah the prophet is making a prophecy about the coming Messiah. He says, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor. Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NAS)

His name shall be called…

Wonderful – that takes care of the Dullness of life.

Counsellor – that takes care of the Decisions of life.

The Mighty God – that takes care of the Demands of life.

The Everlasting Father…that takes care of the Dimensions of life.

The Prince of Peace…that takes care of the Disturbances of life.

 

Are you feeling dull? Do you have big (or little) decisions facing you? Is your life seemingly a series of demands – urgent ones? Do you feel as if there is no purpose to life? Do you feel as if chaos is taking over?

Read the ancient prophet again. Trust his words. Know the truth of them.

This same prophet said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” (KJV) Keep focused!

 

 

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 better when the weather is perfect. (No. My mood does not depend on weather – but I find it easier to enjoy life when it is a pretty  day.)

Romans 5: 2b-3a  says, ” Let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Moreover, let us also be full of joy now!” (Amplified) Don’t you love that?!

Suppose you had an invitation to have a private audience with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. (Or whoever you think is awesome.) Wouldn’t you look forward with a sense of anticipation and excitement? I wouldn’t be able to sleep for weeks! Or remember when you set the date for your wedding – how eager and excited you were… You had to wait for it and the closer the day drew the more excited you got.

That is the kind of anticipation Paul is talking about! But Paul is not talking about something we have to wait for – it isn’t a future event.  We don’t have to wait for the fulfillment – we can experience the joy God’s glory now!

The preceding verse says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (NIV)  So…our ticket in is Jesus Christ. It’s like knowing Prince William who takes us into the Palace and we are allowed to stand, walk around, sit, play, eat in the Queen’s very presence! No restrictions. We have a relationship with her and can enjoy the access freely. As we enjoy the access and glory of royalty we are full of joy and happiness. (Please understand these comparisons are pale, at best, but I hope they get the point across.)

In the same way we have access to a relationship with the glory of God though Jesus. We can stand, sit, walk, play, dance, eat – live –  in His presence, freely. No restrictions of guilt, shame, sin, condemnation, unworthiness…only acceptance, unconditional love, joy and peace. That is a mind-blowing thought. And it is not some future event when we die – we do it now – today! That’s something to shout about!

 

 

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