Friday, July 01, 2011

If I Marry

For some reason I randomly wound up on a biography of Ruth Graham (late wife of the Rev. Billy Graham) the other night. I loved reading about her!

She grew up in China as the daughter of medical missionaries. As a teenager she avowed to spend her life single, ministering as a missionary in Tibet. Due to increasingly unsafe conditions, her parents sent her to the United States at the age of 17 to enroll in Wheaton College (where she would eventually meet Rev. Graham.) During that trip she penned these words:

“If I marry, he must be so tall when he is on his knees, as one has said, he
reaches all the way to Heaven. His shoulders must be broad enough to bear
the burden of a family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm enough
to say no, and tender enough to kiss. His love must be so deep that it takes
its stand in Christ and so wide that it takes in the whole world. He must be
big enough to be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms must
be strong enough to carry a little child.”
-Ruth Graham

I was so moved by her vision and commitment at such a young age to the type of man she desired. What a precious example of a godly young woman with holy standards--and oh, how the Lord heard her heart's cry!

To you single ladies that read the blog (and Moms of adolescent girls) I hope this gives you great food for conversation and prayer.


Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Love it. LOVE it. So, so good.

Ashley said...

Great post, God really answers prayers I can testify to that. I am 29 and will marry in less than 4 months, the Lord is amazing in his timing and I feel blessed. Thank you for sharing. To all you ladies still single and desiring marriage, I stand to say it is worth the wait and I pray the Lord gives you the biggest hugs as he prepares you to meet that special man. Jmom thank you for sharing this, so sweet and such a testament to the Lord's faithfulness! Blessings, Ashley

wendy said...

I agree. Choosing the person you are going to marry is the second most important decision you will make in your lifetime. Your decision for Christ is the most important. ( in my opinion, I know not everyone is the same.)

Samantha said...

I was so moved when I read that quote, too! What wisdom and what a man to have lived up to her dream!

Lindsey said...

As a single lady...thanks so much for the encouragement to wait on the one!!