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10 Inspiring Quotes from Elisabeth Elliot

Monday, June 15, 2015

One of the women who has inspired my walk with the Lord is the late, Elisabeth Elliot. Elisabeth (née Howard; born December 21, 1926) died this morning (June 15, 2015) at the age of 88. She was the author of several books, many dealing with themes of suffering, loneliness, singleness, manhood and womanhood, and family. Elliot was listed among CT’s 50 Women You Should Know, which mentioned how many of her 20 books became staples in many evangelical homes. Her Passion and Purity was one of CT's Top 5 books on singleness. Elliot leaves behind her husband and daughter, Valerie Elliot Shepard.

Here are 10 Inspiring Quotes from Elisabeth Elliot:

The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.

Must we always comment on life? Can it not simply be lived in the reality of Christ's terms of contact with the Father, with joy and peace, fear and love full to the fingertips in their turn, without incessant drawing of lessons and making of rules?

The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.

Choices will continually be necessary and -- let us not forget -- possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.

Christ is sufficient. We do not need "support groups" for each and every separate tribulation. The most widely divergent sorrows may all be taken to the foot of the same old rugged cross and find there cleansing, peace, and joy.

Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling – feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ.

God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.

Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.

One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.

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