Elisabeth Elliot

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

 

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?

When I was young, I felt like God had a special call on my life.  I dreamed of joining the ranks of  missionaries such as Elisabeth Elliot, Amy Carmichael, Lottie Moon, or Gladys Aylward who literally changed the world for God’s glory.  After an overseas mission trip to Venezuela at the age of sixteen, I realized that full time, foreign missions was not where God was calling me.  I struggled for several years wondering how He would (or even could) use me.

By the time my fourth child was born, I gave up most hopes of serving God in a role that seemed of any importance.  I was too busy chasing babies and changing diapers to chase dreams and change the world.  One day I was in the middle of cleaning up yet another mess and feeling quite sorry for myself, when the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “These kids are not keeping you from your calling.  They are your calling.”  And it hit me… 19964901_10154441737321511_870556589_nraising four kids that are totally committed and sold out to Christ can potentially have four times the impact on God’s Kingdom than I could have ever had alone.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”  Raising my children to fear and love the Lord was my calling.  I was right where God wanted me to be.

Elisabeth Elliot once said, “If you are a mother, you don’t need to worry about looking elsewhere for service to God. Motherhood is your service.”  God is not limited by what He can accomplish through us because of our current station in life.  If we are living in the will of God, it is He who has placed us where we are at any given time for His glory and His purpose.  We don’t have to leave home to serve God or others.  Sometimes a smile at a passing neighbor, a phone call to an old friend, or a whispered prayer for someone in need can have as big of an impact on a life as those who are hearing the Word for the first time.

This week my three oldest children have joined with fifteen others from Bude First Baptist Church to be the hands and feet of God in Arlington, Texas.  Even though I am not there with them physically, I am with them in spirit.  The good works that they are now doing didn’t start with the invitation to participate in this mission trip, but in our home during the quiet moments of learning together what it is to live a life in obedience to Christ.    19970606_10154441742851511_1946792139_n

I cannot wait for them to get home and share the stories of how God changed lives through their faithfulness this week, but I especially can’t wait to see the change that has taken place in each of them.

Have a blessed week, y’all!

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A Different Set of Circumstances

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”  – Elisabeth Elliot

Christ in Me

As a young adult struggling to figure out my place in this world, few people offered the guidance and wisdom than the writings of Elisabeth Elliot.  Her words comforted me, challenged me, strengthened me, and grew me into a better person.  I read her writings of her life by the ocean and dreamed of one day meeting her at her sea side home.  Her love for animals and belief that they too are eternal beings deepened my admiration for her.

During a particularly difficult time in my life I wrote to her telling her how her daily devotions arrived to my inbox each day to tell me exactly what I needed for that day – as if she watched my life and knew – even though most of the writings were written some twenty years earlier.  I never expected to hear back from her but was greatly encouraged when I received a handwritten postcard from her and her husband, Lars.  Along with a brief message the instructions were given, “Trust and obey.  There really is no other way to be happy in Jesus.”

She has now passed Through The Gates of Splendor, has been reunited with her first two husbands, and has met face to face the love of her life – Jesus.  I look forward to joining her there one day.

The Life of Faith

“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived - not always looked forward to as though the "real" living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived – not always looked forward to as though the “real” living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.” ― Elisabeth Elliot    (These five beauties are my personal pets: Scarlet, Cosmo, Angel, Boondocks, and Rose Bud.)