Meet Our Team Day 4: Ruth McDonald, Founder, Writer
I am Ruth McDonald and I’ve been married to my husband, Dan, for 28 years. We have two awesome children, Bennett and Maddie—both young adults. Our son, Bennett, was married just this summer to the love of his life and we welcomed Delanie into our circle of children. We make our home in Denver, North Carolina, a beautiful town on the lovely Lake Norman. We also have a love for Jack Russell Terriers, and currently have two of them zooming (yes, they always zoom) around the house.
My work centers around my home—being an at-home mom while my kids grew up, taking care of the house and the dogs (literally at least a half-time job), and doing the social media work for our family landscaping business. Then a few years ago, I began blogging and wrote a book, and from that passion to write devotionals came this website. I feel so blessed to know so many talented people who help me achieve my goals and who have played a huge part in seeing this dream of mine become a reality.
I became a Christian at age 11 in January 1982. For a few years, I had struggled to grasp the way to become a Christ-follower and, ironically, stumbled over the word believe. How could something so monumental be as simple as just believing something was true? One day, as the Spirit of God was working in my heart, I remember taking my Bible to the bathroom (I needed privacy from the room I shared with my sister) and reading through various Scripture verses. I came to Acts 16:31, and these words spoke to me: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” No magic. Nothing to be done on my part—only to accept this simple truth and forever rest in knowing He saved me for eternity. This was simply the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. No day compares.
When it comes to favorite Scripture verses, I have a hard time settling on just one. So many have helped me through my life’s journey and so many have literally changed my life. But for the sake of this article, I will choose just one: “Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).
This “coming” can apply to a lost sinner, but oh the times it has spoken hope and encouragement to me when life’s trials pressed in heavily against my wounded spirit.
My hobbies include traveling, reading, baking, shopping, writing, Zumba, and eating at new places with my family or friends. My favorite evening is Friday—double date night with my sister and her husband.
My dream vacation destination is also a tough one—I have many. I want to see the red-roofed mountaintop homes that slope upward from the beautiful seaports in Greece. I want to see white mountain peaks forcing their way into the clouds above picturesque Norway. I want to experience the dazzling views of the cliffs and ocean surrounding Hawaii. I dream of taking a catamaran tour around the islands with some of my favorite couples. And there isn’t a Caribbean island I wouldn’t want to spend time lounging on, enjoying its crystal clear waters. I’d like to visit Big Sur, California, and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. And this is just the beginning . . .
Vine to Branches is such a gift to me, and I’m so thankful God opened the doors to develop this site. My prayer is that our site would encourage people, yes, but also that it would prompt change in someone who is searching—searching for Jesus, or searching for help in their Christian walk. This is why we do what we do, and it is our privilege to provide material written from our hearts for the glory of our Jesus.