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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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; […]

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” […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

Previous Posts

New Hostages
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 broadcasts were filled with news about the Oscars: who won, who wore wh

posted 2:12:38pm Feb. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Martyrs
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 Faber came to  mind:   Faith of our fathers living still In spite of

posted 9:19:57pm Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Appeasing the gods.
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 we drove to the tent (a temporary, bamboo structure

posted 11:36:32pm Feb. 15, 2015 | read full post »

India
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 - but the weather will be very pleasant - in the 50s and 70s. I am hoping to get a glimpse of the H

posted 1:13:56am Feb. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Irritations
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 little of it all. And the longer it goes on the more intense the reaction get

posted 8:23:09pm Jan. 10, 2015 | read full post »

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