Your vocation: what is it?It isn’t exactly the same as your career or job, says Jeff Goins, though it may include them. Its scope is life-long: it is the theme you will return to again and again, however many times your specific job description might change. The fact that I've gone from teaching English abroad to housekeeping for wealthy summer neighbors in the rural United States doesn't have to rock my sense of calling: I just choose ... Read More about How to Find Your Vocation
“The preoccupation of seventeen-year-old girls don't seem to change much from generation to generation. But in every generation, there seem to be a few who make other choices. Amy was one of the few.” (Elisabeth Elliot in A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael)The thing I love most about women of faith is that each woman and each story is unique. Christ is revealed in different ways through their experiences and responses. ... Read More about Inspiring Stories of Women of Faith
Looking back at my teenage years is a bit of a blur, even though they were not all that long ago. I think it's a blur because of all of the deep confusion I felt at times, and the dozens of enormous, seemingly insurmountable questions I was facing. I led a sheltered, happy life as a teen. I was involved in church, I had great friends, I was busy and happy for the most part, but that was no recipe for success. I still had to swim to the other ... Read More about How Elisabeth Elliot’s Books Have Shaped My Life
“‘You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says, ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.'”If you, like me, grew up listening to “Gateway to Joy” on the radio every morning, you knew the next line was going to be, “This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot.” That soft, deep voice would proceed to tell you what she would be talking about with you today. And it was always biblical, profound, and pertinent.My mom, grandma, ... Read More about “You are loved with an everlasting love…”
I grew up on a steady diet of missionary stories.During the long Alaskan winters of my childhood, we had hours of read-aloud time. Curled up around our trusty wood stove, we soaked in the words and the life experiences of some of the greatest heroes of faith: missionaries. David Livingston, J. Hudson Taylor, "Ai-weh-deh", Mary Slessor, and many other lesser-known missionaries were familiar names in our home, almost like family friends.But ... Read More about 15 Missionary Heroes and Their Inspiring Stories
Many of us share a respect and admiration for Elisabeth Elliot, world-famous missionary, speaker, writer and woman of God. We’ve eaten up her books on purity and femininity and walked through her devotionals, but not everyone has heard of her book on gladly surrendering. But ladies: this is a don’t miss. I first read Discipline: The Glad Surrender three years ago with my sister and a friend. We’d meet up once a week at our favorite coffee ... Read More about Discipline: The Glad Surrender
There’s this local burrito place that my town is kind of famous for. The facts that the burritos are delicious and enormous (I will split one with you!) and that all of the employees have more piercings than original facial features, make it difficult to forget. However, when I get the craving for a burrito, an inward battle begins…and it has nothing to do with calories! Do I really want to go through that line and be pressured into making dozens ... Read More about careful girl vs. a big decision
by Elisabeth Elliot Every one of us who loves Jesus Christ is meant to reveal that love in the way we live. Missionaries are meant to be people who love Him enough to carry that message to others, whether they must cross an ocean or simply cross a street. When Jesus lived here on earth, His life witnessed to the truth, every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year. He did always those things that pleased the ... Read More about For Whom Do You Carry Your Stone?
If I know the language ever so perfectly and speak like a pundit and have not love that grips the heart, I am nothing. If I have decorations and diplomas and am proficient in up-to-date methods and have not the touch of understanding love, I am nothing.If I am able to worst my opponents in argument so as to make fools of them, and have not the wooing note, I am nothing.If I have all faith and great ideals and magnificent plans and ... Read More about If I have not love…
by Elisabeth Elliot When we are waiting on God, which I think every Christian ought to be all the time, we do not have a time schedule in front of us. We don’t know when or whether God is going to answer a particular prayer or do a particular thing or get us out of a certain situation or change any of the conditions of our lives. And sometimes we think of our lives as being on hold.I don’t think waiting on God is a merely passive thing. And ... Read More about Sit still, my daughter.
The week leading up to my wedding to Trent, I wanted to really focus on the promises I was about to make and their meaning, so I decided to journal my thoughts about my vows and the significance of the upcoming wedding…Submission Elisabeth Elliot always reaches into my heart with her words. This excerpt about submission from her book Keep a Quiet Heart was no exception, "A Christian woman, then, in submission to God, recognizes the divinely ... Read More about The Marriage Vows
When we talk of modesty, I always think of the story Elisabeth Elliot told of the Auca Indians. They wore nothing but a string around their bellies. But to them, the neighboring tribe who was lacking that tiny bit of adornment was walking around stark naked and terribly immodest. That did not mean that Elisabeth and her daughter Valerie adopted the same mode of (un)dress to minister to them. But neither did they equate wearing clothes to ... Read More about Is Modesty Immaterial?