The Legacy of Children – Straight Talk on Life Issues


There is perhaps no greater honor in life than creating a lasting legacy through your children. Setting a good example and honoring the sanctity of life can carry on through generations and impact countless lives. This week we speak with Kariss Farris, grandchild of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, and Rachel-Ruth Lotz granddaughter of Billy Graham. Together they are a shining example of the continued legacy of children.  


It’s easy to get stuck seeing life as a series of endless patterns that leave you feeling bored and burned out. Yet for followers of God, there’s no such thing as ordinary—we’re invited to experience Jesus at every unsuspected turn.

In Jesus Everywhere, author Kariss Farris shares bite-sized devotions birthed from her everyday experiences as a wife, mother, and business owner. Jam-packed with reflection questions, encouraging prayers, and scriptural insights, you’ll be inspired to take inventory of each day and emboldened to act on the wisdom you’ve gained as a servant and daughter of the God Most High. Meanwhile, you’ll journey with Kariss to notice each of life’s moments—whether routine or extraordinary—and uncover all that is vibrant, beautiful, and given to you by God.

Anne and Rachel-Ruth offer a warm and inspiring glimpse into their family life, sharing stories that reveal spiritual wisdom and practical insight for raising the next generation of Jesus Followers.

In order to instill truth that leads to genuine faith, parents and grandparents must be intentional. Using the metaphor of a relay race, Anne and her daughter, Rachel-Ruth, demonstrate how the baton of faith is passed from generation to generation through our witness, our worship, our walk, and our work. Within the framework of Anne’s exploration of biblical characters from Genesis 5, Rachel-Ruth tells family stories that will encourage, inspire, and motivate Christians to follow hard after Jesus and to develop their children and grandchildren into Jesus Followers.

Preparing to Meet Jesus is based on the Biblical account in Genesis that describes Abraham sending his servant to find a suitable bride for his son Isaac. It details how the faithful servant found Rebekah, a woman of remarkable character who met the father’s criteria. That story is an allegory of God the Father who sends His Servant, the Holy Spirit, to find a desirable Bride for His Son Jesus.

With this in mind, Anne and Rachel-Ruth explore 21 characteristics of Rebekah that the Father desires to be found in the Bride of His Son. They have used each of these characteristics as the basis for a twenty one-day challenge, with prompts for reflection and prayer, to prepare you for the critical moment of the “first look”, so that you are transformed into a beautiful “Bride who has made Herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).

Visual Legacy of Life

It began as a family tradition of displaying a Christmas stocking for each member of my family.  As grandchildren were born, smaller stockings hung with their parents’.  Then there were the great grandchildren.  Everyone has their own stocking thanks to the diligent efforts of my brother Curt.  Together it’s an impressive visual testimony of a legacy… continue reading →


One Hundred One Great Grandchildren

Peggy Koller was an only child and often felt lonely, so it was her dream to have a big family.  When Peggy married her high school sweetheart, she and William had eleven children.  This was followed by 56 grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren keep coming and coming.  Peggy now 99 recently welcomed her 101st great-grandchild!

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Rachel-Ruth Wright was born and reared in Raleigh, North Carolina, the daughter of Anne Graham Lotz and granddaughter of Billy Graham. Following graduation from Baylor University in Waco, TX, she married Steven Wright, a high school football coach, and now has three daughters. 

Rachel-Ruth teaches a weekly women’s Bible Study that through Zoom, has gone worldwide. She also shares God’s Word at numerous events around the country. She serves on the Board of Directors for AnGeL Ministries, in addition to chairing the weekly prayer team that undergirds her mother’s ministry. 

Her passion for leading children to Jesus and getting them into God’s Word compelled her to lead monthly missions’ chapels at her children’s school; to teach middle school children; and helped to inspire her mother’s first children’s book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me. She has co-authored two books with her mother, Jesus Followers, and Preparing to Meet Jesus. 

Kariss Farris is an energetic, honest, and fun-loving “girl-next-door” who desires to encourage other young women to seek Jesus in their journeys as wives, mothers, and businesswomen. 

Kariss is a gifted photographer, writer, and speaker. As Co-Owner of Pharris Photos & Philms, alongside her husband Joshua, Kariss specializes in wedding and commercial photography. Kariss travels the world photographing clients, educating other photographers, and sharing Kingdom business principles. As the eldest grandchild of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, Kariss has been surrounded by the word of God her entire life. Because of her family’s incredible influence in her life, Kariss is a gifted writer. She poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to-day experiences with her children, husband, and business through daily devos which can be found on her blog— and on Instagram. 

Most importantly, Kariss is a dedicated wife to Joshua and mother of five—Ellie (8), JT (6), Josie (3), Roxie (1), and baby Farris due in March 2024. In her downtime, you’ll find her gathered together with family at her home in Dallas, TX making messes and memories. 

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