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What You Can Learn From the Marriage of Ruth and Billy Graham

What You Can Learn From the Marriage of Ruth and Billy Graham: You can learn from the marriage of Ruth and Billy Graham that it is possible for a marriage between an independent woman and a man with a mission to last a lifetime. Even though Billy’s travel schedule often kept them apart, he and Ruth were able to keep their marriage strong.

Here is information about the courtship and long-lasting marriage of Ruth and Billy Graham.
How Billy and Ruth Met:
Ruth and Billy met while he was at Wheaton College. They were introduced by Billy’s friend Johnny Streater in November 1940.

According to a Timeline provided by UNC-TV, Ruth and Billy’s relationship nearly ended in April 1941, but after Ruth told Billy she loved him, he proposed in June 1941.

Lifestyle and Residence:
Although during their marriage, Billy often traveled as much as six months out of a year, they did travel a great deal together. They traveled around the world twice together.

Their first home was an upstairs bedroom in Ruth’s parents’ home. Since 1956 Ruth and Billy lived in Montreat, North Carolina in a modest log home in a remote area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They named their home “Little Piney Cove.”

Ruth and Billy Graham Marriage:
Billy about Ruth’s death: “I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.”
Source: Mike Baker. “Billy Graham’s Wife Ruth Dies.” SFGate.com. 6/14/2007.

Ruth reflecting on their life together: “I didn’t know when I married Bill all that lay ahead; I wouldn’t have had the nerve to marry him. No, I had no inclination of what was going to happen in the future.”
Source: UNCTV.org

Billy about their marriage: “Ruth and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but we have a great one … For a married couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic.”
Source: BillyGraham.com

Anne Graham Lotz about her parents: “One of the most precious things is how Daddy has fallen in love with Mother all over again. He can’t take his eyes off of her. He’s so in love with her.”
Source: Nanci Hellmich. USAtoday.com. 12/10/2001.

Billy about life with Ruth after retirement: “At night we have time together; we pray together and read the Bible together every night. It’s a wonderful period of life for both of us. We’ve never had a love like we have now — we feel each other’s hearts.”
Source: Jon Meacham. “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Newsweek. 8/14/2006. pg. 36.

Ned Graham: “There never would have been a Billy Graham without a Ruth Graham.”
Source: MSNBC.com.

UNC-TV Program about Ruth and Billy: “As a family man, Billy relied on his wife’s strength and encouragement far more than any of his public ever knew … Her ability to make decisions about the household and family enabled him to pursue his ministry and travel abroad to the extent that he did–sometimes to over 10 different countries in a year.”
Source: UNCTV.org

Laura Sessions Stepp, December 2006: “Billy Graham sits next to Ruth’s hospital bed for long periods, stroking her arms and her face.”
Source: MSNBC.com

John Reinan, Charlotte Observer, about Ruth: “There’s an embrace. A few murmured words. And a smile from the woman who is the emotional rock of the world’s most famous evangelist.”
Source: UNCTV.org


3 Responses to “What You Can Learn From the Marriage of Ruth and Billy Graham”

  1. Dear God, make me a Ruth Graham and send my Billy Graham.

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  3. I thank God for Billy Graham and Ruth

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