Quotes from Elizabeth Elliot

elizabeth elliotElisabeth Elliot (born December 21, 1926) is a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca (now known as Huaorani) of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from Elizabeth.  She is an awesome lady who after her husband was killed by the tribe he went to minister to, she later went there and spent time with them so that she could tell them about God.  The book, “Gates of Splendor” tells the story of Jim Elliot’s journey to minister to this tribe.  There is something that she said in her book when she learned of her husband’s death and was frozen with fear and mourning – “Do the next thing” was what she heard and some days it was one step in front of the other but her words have always ministered to me…”Do the next thing” when worry and fear and emotions overcome you.  She is a women who has been there.  Here are some things she has to say from some of her books.  Thanks Elizabeth!

“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.” ― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman    

“Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.” ― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman    

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Secure in the Everlasting Arms

“If we hold tightly to anything given to us unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used we stunt the growth of the soul. What God gives us is not necessarily “ours” but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control    

“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.”
Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline    

“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.”
Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes

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