Saturday, July 21, 2012

Devotional by Ruth Bell Graham

     A couple months ago my mom bought a billy graham movie. Which I thought was just gonna be another documentary about billy graham's life. BUT It wasn't. It was an actual movie of billy's life. Well at at least the early years. It was really cool to be able to learn more about billy's life and to watch it in movie form! 
       His wife Ruth Bell Graham was a great woman of God! She wrote lotssss of books! My mom had gotten some of here books out of the library. One of the books she got out is letters from Ruth's attic. It's a devotional. So I wanted to share with you all one of the devotions!
                                              Day 1
                   Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, 
                   and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.- Hebrew 12:1

                                Traveling Light
   The Christian life is like climbing a mountain. For some people the climb is a gently sloping ascent; for other people the climb is like attacking the north face of the Eiger.
Christian Rossetti wrote:
         "Does the road wind uphill all the way?
          Yes, to the very end.
          Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
          From morn to night, my friend."

Whether our climb is easy or difficult, we need to be in shape spiritually and to travel light. To be in shape spiritually, we need spiritual nourishment and exercise. We need to spend less time reading about the bible and spend more time studying the bible. Then we need to apply what we learn-carefully and vigorously-to our lives, to live out daily  what we have taken in.
  To travel light, we need to lighten our loads. Some of us may need to trim off excess weight. Others of us have too many social involvements and too many meetings to attend. (remember the caution: "Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.")
    When the disciples were sent out two by two, they traveled light- "without purse, bag or sandals" (Luke 22:35, NIV).
     Times change, situations vary, and God's orders to his followers are individualized. But the need and the message continue the same-and the goal. It's up to us to be in shape and to travel light.

 Prayer for the day:
Father, please reveal the things that prevent me from fully obeying Your call. 
Thank You for guiding me as I drop these weights from my life.

Here are some pictures of Ruth. =) 

                                                      Billy Graham and Ruth Graham
                                                     Here's Ruth in her younger days.
                                                       This one was more recent.
                                              They were married 64 years the year Ruth died.
              I'd encourage you to watch the movie and also read some of her books!
               God's girl! =)


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  2. I *LOVED* that movie! Isn't it just inspiring?

    1. OMGoodness It is so inspiring!!!!! =)