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I am posting for Wendy today. Hello, Wendy!

Ruth Bell Graham, Billy Graham’s wife, knew what it was to pray. She had prodigal children and difficulties throughout as she largely raised their 5 children. Her book “Prodigals and Those Who Love Them” (1991) has some special words of wisdom for a mother’s heart no matter the state of her children’s hearts.

When our congregation takes oaths in infant dedication and baptism, part of the vow essentially says, we will promise to use all of the tools available to us to point and lead our children to Christ.

This is a challenge and a reminder to me when I think on it. “All of the tools available to me”….what are the tools God has made available to me? Am I using them? Am I praying for wisdom as I use them?

Today’s post offers some encouraging words for mothers (of spiritual and/or physical children). I pray they help us see and use the tools that are available to us every day.

In Christ Love, Erika

The Possible and the Impossible

by Ruth Bell Graham

We mothers must take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible. We are to love affirm, encourage, teach, listen, and care for the physical needs of the family.

We cannot convict of sin, create hunger and thirst after God, or convert. These are miracles, and miracles are not in our department:

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Listen, Lord

by Ruth Bell Graham


Listen, Lord,

a mother’s praying

low and quiet:

listen, please.

Listen what her tears

are saying, see her heart

upon its knees;

lift the load

from her bowed shoulders

till she sees 

and understands,

You, Who hold

the worlds together,

hold her problems 

in Your hands.

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