When I was in my twenties, Billy Graham’s radio message encouraged me to reach out to the world. I was busy with my world of church work, husband, and infant daughter, but decided to volunteer a couple hours a week at Shriner’s Hospital. That led me to write an article for Baby Talk Magazine about the blessing and appreciation of having a healthy baby. That was my first published article, although I didn’t write it as a writer, but as a grateful Mom.
In my thirties, after some disappointing events, I became disillusioned and considered leaving the church. Fortunately, after six months of pondering, I rededicated my life to the Lord, seeking direction. Then I noticed an ad in Decision Magazine about the Billy Graham School of Christian Writing. Attending that conference opened up a whole new world to me and I began my writing journey. That journey was not like singing and skipping along a yellow brick road, looking for a desired destination. It was trusting the Lord to be the light along my path, even when I could see no more than one step at a time.
Eventually, that led to my founding the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference where faculty reached out to thousands during the twenty-five years of my directing and continues now under others’ direction.
Over the decades my journey continued as 50+ of my novels were published. Then the nonfiction world opened up to me with the opportunity of compiling articles for the Divine Moments books, such as this one, and ten others now published. Hundreds of authors have shared their personal stories, humorous and serious. Readers have been entertained, faith has been strengthened, lives have been changed, and families have been reunited. All royalties go to Samaritan’s Purse, the organization founded by Dr. Graham’s son, Franklin, that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Each writer is touching lives throughout the world, directly or indirectly.
Billy Graham’s ministry has touched millions with one sermon. And yet, the preaching of one man led to Billy Graham’s surrendering his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. What a difference one person can make in this world.
How blessed I’ve been by Billy Graham’s life and words, beginning when I was just a young Mom and heeded the words God gave him.
His words reached me – one person – and all I had to do was surrender, take God’s hand, let him lead along the smooth or rugged paths.
God, through Billy Graham, has given me a blessed life I couldn’t have imagined –including being allowed to compile and edit a book about the world’s most famous evangelist.
In this book are 45 articles by people from all walks of life recalling special moments experienced through the ministry of Billy Graham.