On The Blessed Routine of a Mom and Wife -E. Elliot

“The routines of housework and of mothering may be seen as a kind of death, and it is appropriate that they should be, for they offer a chance, day after day, to lay down one’s life for others. Then they are no longer routines.”

Elisabeth Elliot

On Having Time to Do the Will of God -Elisabeth Elliot-

“There is always enough time to do the will of God. For that we can never say, “I don’t have time.” When we find ourselves frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed and “hassled,” it is a sign that we are running on our own schedule, not on God’s”

“My times are in thy hand…” has become a part of my life. When the Lord has left me in agony of waiting over some decision, these words have put me a rest. His timing is always perfect, though it seldom seems to me, for my temperament longs for previews of coming attractions.”

“Time management…begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.”

Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

On Being Careful when Seeking Counsel -Elisabeth Elliot-

“The disciplined Christian will be very careful what sort of counsel he seeks from others. Counsel that contradicts the written Word is ungodly counsel. Blessed is the man that walketh not in that.”

― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

On Encountering the Cross -Elisabeth Elliot-

“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.”

― Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes

On the Cause of our Discontent -Elisabeth Elliot-

“The cause of our discontent: We simply do not believe God. The wilderness experience leads to the Promise Land. It is the path God chose for us. His Word is established forever, and He tells us in a thousand ways that He is our peace, His choices for us will lead to fulfillment and joy, the way of transgressors is hard. Do we suppose that we could find a better way than His?”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.51)

On Excruciating Choices -Elisabeth Elliot-

“We want to pray. “Lord, please remove the dilemma.” Usually the answer is “No, not right away.” We must face it, pray over it, think about it, wait on the Lord, make a choice. Sometimes it is an excruciating choice.

St. Augustine said, “The very pleasures of human life men acquire by difficulties.” There are times when the entire arrangement of our existence is disrupted and we long then for just one ordinary day -seeing our ordinary life as greatly desirable, even wonderful, in the light of the terrible disruption that has taken place. Difficulty opens our eyes to pleasures we had taken for granted.”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.47)

On Learning to Pray -Elisabeth Elliot-

“Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never been entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us (the chariots of Egypt, the waters of the sea, or the little waves in Belmar!), if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, bring us deliverance and joy.”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.33)