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Elisabeth Elliot

“Let not our longings slay the appetite of our living.”

“When ours are interrupted, His are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) toward the goal of true maturity.”

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His Holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.”

“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”

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

-Elisabeth Elliot

She is so wise. I admire her oh-so-much. One of my “mentors.”

Just let those quotes soak in.

love them

God’s grace in my life today:

Mom is feeling better!

And a TV show reminded me that “now is the best moment.” I seem to need that reminder quite often 🙂

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Traits to Emulate

Traits to Emulate:

yay

My dad’s wisdom and faith

He doesn’t talk much, but what he says has great value. 

As Shakespeare eloquently said: “Men of few words are the best men.

By that definition (and pretty much any definition), my dad is one of the “best men.” 🙂 He chooses his words wisely, and people listen when he speaks. So many people admire him. When we were younger, my brother and I would laugh about how many people were always wanting to talk to our dad–he could sit in one spot at church without moving and yet end up talking to 10 different people because they’d keep coming to him! As I’ve grown slightly wiser, I’ve seen that people are drawn to him because of his wisdom and integrity. God has definitely generously given my dad wisdom.

He doesn’t have to read loads of theological books to understand the theology of faith: he lives out his faith every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard him say the words “Let’s pray.” My dad really truly believes with everything in him that God listens when we pray. Every morning for as long as I can remember, if I wake up early enough, I’ll see my dad on his knees talking to God before he starts the day. He doesn’t pray as a ritual or to be a good person. He prays because he loves talking to his Heavenly Father. Just like a little kid constantly wants to talk to his daddy or about his daddy, my dad constantly wants to talk to his Father or about his Father. Sometimes he’ll tell the same stories of God’s faithfulness or quote the same verses over and over again because they mean that much to him. My dad’s not perfect, but I couldn’t have asked for a better father. I’m so thankful to have a dad who loves God first, loves my mom second, and loves his kids third. So few men have those priorities these days. It is the grace of God that has allowed me to grow up with a father like him.

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My mom’s hospitality and sacrifice

I don’t know anyone else who gives as much of her time, energy, and love to others.

She’s quick to cook food for families when she sees a need, house guests whether she knows them well or not, help a friend even if they’ve never helped her and never will, and so on and so on.

She’s spent the last 21 years pouring out love on me (and the last 18 years on my brother too). And let me tell you, that in itself makes my mom a saint! She’s constantly encouraging me, loving me enough to point out my wrongs and correct me, expecting my best, believing I’m capable of doing anything I set my mind to, and reminding me of God’s faithfulness.

My mom has made so many sacrifices in her life. “The cost of discipleship” is real to her, not just empty words on a page. She had to give up so much to follow Him. But she will tell you that it was worth it: Jesus is worth it. She diligently studies her Bible daily and spends so much time praying for her family and for others. Very rarely do I ever hear her pray for herself, except for asking the Lord to make her more like Him. She puts the needs of her family before herself. She sacrifices her needs for the needs of others. Just a small example: last week, I was sick. Mom took care of me even though she wasn’t feeling the best either. Towards the end of the week, I was fine but she and dad had gotten sick. Mom cared for dad even though it would have been easier to stay in bed herself. Then we had house guests. Mom cooked, cleaned, and conversed even though she wasn’t feeling well. She also made a meal for a couple from church and dropped it off. She did all that stuff even though she wasn’t feeling well through any of it. People always talk about how love isn’t just a feeling: it’s an action. My mom is the perfect example of that. 

I’m so blessed to have that man and woman as my parents.

I’m so blessed to be their daughter.

I love you, Dad and Mom 🙂

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction 
   and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 
They will be a garland to grace your head 
   and a chain to adorn your neck.”

-Proverbs 1:8-9

i really do.

God’s grace in my life today:

He watched over my mom today even though she was really sick and protected her. He truly is the Good Shepherd.

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Grace changes everything

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”

-Titus 2:11-14

 love this verse

God’s grace changes everything.

thank You, Jesus

Salvation is here.

Saying “No” to ungodliness is possible.

Living a godly life is desirable.

Waiting is enjoyable.

thank You, Jesus

All because Jesus gave Himself for us. 

His death redeems us.

 His blood purifies us.

We belong to Him and become eager to do good.

thank You, Jesus

God’s grace changes everything.

 thank You, Jesus

God’s grace in my life today:

He’s provided me with a group of godly older women who have wisdom and insight to offer me, and are also humble and vulnerable enough to learn from me. 

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Weddings

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

   ‘Hallelujah! 
   For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 
Let us rejoice and be glad 
   and give him glory! 
For the wedding of the Lamb has come

   and his bride has made herself ready.'”

-Revelation 19:6-7

i can’t wait

God’s grace in my life today:

Had an great time at my friend’s wedding 🙂

SO excited for the wedding to come. 

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Sister, Sister

The way Christ bonds people together is pretty amazing. I’ve loved going to churches in different countries over the years and feeling at home with the people knowing that, even if we have nothing else in common, we are bonded in Christ. It’s really amazing how the love of God unites us. I’ve experienced it so many times in so many different places. Granted, I do tend to find some connection with almost everyone, even strangers. However, sometimes I’ve even had the thought that if we didn’t have Christ in common, we’d literally have no other reason to have started a friendship. But Christ changes everything. It’s awesome.

The most recent example of this was over Christmas break. I made a new friend in a new place and we instantly hit it off. So fast that someone asked if we’d met before! We obviously hadn’t, but were instantly connected as sisters in the Lord. 

So today I’m grateful for my sister in Rwanda. We’ve been emailing back and forth. She’s busy teaching and loving Jesus and others there, and I’m busy studying and loving Jesus and others here, but our love for Christ unites us. On my birthday a few weeks ago, I received such a sweet birthday greeting filled with kind words and encouragement from her. I finally got the chance to write back today, hence the “random” post on friendship.

God’s so good. He loves us and unites us as His adopted sons and daughters.

Friendship is such a beautiful gift from Him!

indeed

God’s grace in my life today:

I have new and old friends who remind me of God’s faithfulness and love.

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Baby in the house

I’m conducting this sleep experiment on myself. Before you pull out the “nerd alert” card, you should know that it’s for my Health Psychology class. Anyway, part of the experiment is that I need 8 hours of sleep every night. Since I can’t afford to sleep in (I have way too much to do during the day!!!), I need to start going to bed ridiculously early. Meaning, I need to sleep from 10pm-6am every night. For the next 6 weeks. 

Back to the life of a 5th grader.

Side note, I admit that I listened to/watched songs from High School Musical 2 this morning. And I enjoyed it, just as much as I did when it first came out (I loved it). So I guess I deserve this sleep schedule.

Here goes nothing.

and here…we…go…

God’s grace in my life today:
There’s a BABY in my house for the next few nights!!!!!

No, I’m not referring to myself. Or Houston. There’s a legit baby girl 🙂