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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Elisabeth Elliot = My Favorite

Over the past six months I’ve read two of Elisabeth Elliot’s books, Passion and Purity and Let Me be a Woman (I’m still reading that one). I want to be just like her when I grow up. Here is an excerpt from Let Me be a Woman:

Elisabeth Elliot is 85 and still writing books

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths leading home.” -Isaiah 58:10-12


“Here, I think, lies the answer to the barrenness of a single life, or of a life that might otherwise be selfish or lonely. It is the answer, I have found, to depression as well. You yourself will be given light in exchange for pouring yourself out for the hungry; you yourself will get guidance, the satisfaction of your longings, and strength, when you “pour yourself out.” When you make the satisfaction of somebody else’s desire your own concern, you yourself will be a source of refreshment, a builder, a leader into healing and rest at a time when things around you seem to have crumbled.”

“Single life may be only a stage of life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving. This gift for this day. 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 for today we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.” Here’s another one…

So good. Whether you’re single or not, ponder that last quote. Are you receiving the gift God is currently giving you with thanksgiving? Whew. Conviction is abundant in my heart right now.

Seek Him right now, you may not get another chance…

“It is for today we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”

2 comments on “Elisabeth Elliot = My Favorite

  1. Sophie,
    1. Thank you so much for the quote you made for me for Mother’s Day. Clay gave it to me yesterday and I love it!
    2. I can’t believe I’m just now finding your blog. Can’t wait to read through it. I love so many of the same people you do, especially Elisabeth Elliot.
    3. Just wanted to gently point out that the pic above of the lady with the baby is not Elisabeth Elliot, it’s Rachel Saint. 🙂
    4. I would really like to meet you soon. Maybe we can work out a time to do lunch?
    –Monica Hall

    1. Hi!!
      1. You’re welcome!! 🙂
      2. Eeee, kindred spirits!
      3. Haha, now, four years after this was published I know that! I didn’t even realize I had EE on there! Fixed it!
      4. YES! That would be awesome! My email is sophie[at]realtruthmatters[dot]com, shoot me an email and we can exchange phone numbers and go from there 🙂

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