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Quotes by the Elliots

Updated: Apr 4, 2021

This picture is found in Ellen Vaughn's book "Becoming Elisabeth Elliot."

I have found such encouragement and help from the words of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. May you allow these words to help you also.

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.” -Jim

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”-Elisabeth

"The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect."- Jim

“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”- Elisabeth

"Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!”- Jim

"Suffering is an irreplaceable medium through which I learned an indispensable truth: God is God."- Elisabeth

"I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.”- Jim

"Singleness should not be viewed as a problem, nor marriage as a right. God. In His love, grants either as a gift."- Elisabeth

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” -Jim

“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

“I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings. Remember that the shadow a thing casts often far exceeds the size of the thing itself (especially if the light be low on the horizon) and though some future fear may strut brave darkness as you approach, the thing itself will be but a speck when seen from beyond. Oh that He (God) would restore us often with that 'aspect from beyond,' to see a thing as He sees it, to remember that He dealeth with us as with sons.” -Jim


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