It is impossible to love deeply without sacrifice.
I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.
When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him.
Don’t just pray about what seems logical and possible.
Pray HARD about the “impossible.”
God will show you that NOTHING,
nothing, nothing, nothing,
is impossible with Him.
End of story.
One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.
—Elisabeth Elliot, Womanhood with Purpose
Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.
—Elisabeth Elliot, Keeping a Quiet Heart
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
When [our plans] are interrupted, His are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless, or wasted, or unendurable).
Faith’s most severe tests come not when we see nothing, but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith vain.
I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”