Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Elisabeth Elliot

Through my mother's influence I've become a bigger and bigger fan of Elisabeth Elliot. After listening to a recorded talk of hers that my mom gave us, I've a new appreciation for her straight forward, honest, from-the-Bible approach to life. She truly strives to interrupt life through a Biblical lens and nothing matter how difficult or out-of-character it might seem to us.

In this set of five cd's, she talks on the simpler life. Totally and completely surrendering to God is the only way to have that simple, peaceful life... If you truly believed that the God of the universe was walking by your side every day, that He cared for you, knew all things that were and that were going to be, how would your life be different? Extremely! A life of faith is opposite of a life of fear. Even the most trying of times couldn't knock us from our safe and solid ground, Jesus Christ our rock and saviour!

Here are a couple of poems that Ellisabeth quotes that gave my heart a new prayer:

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes
All my own desires and hopes
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all
Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit
Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt
And work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now and forever.
Betty Scott Stam

Do the Next Thing
At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing.
author unknown

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