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"The Life of Elisabeth Elliot"


"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2

Today’s devotional thoughts reflect on the life of Elisabeth Elliot. Raised by missionary parents, Elisabeth and her husband, Jim Elliot became missionaries to the Waodani Indians. This was an unreached people group in Ecuador known for their violence. In 1956, her husband was one of five missionaries tragically killed at the hands of the Waodani Indians as they sought to make contact with them to share the Good News about Jesus.

In the midst of her own grief, she chose to stay, to share the greatest gift of all with a people who didn’t yet know the truth of Jesus Christ. Soon after her husbands death, Elisabeth and her then two-year-old daughter Valerie moved among the same people, spending two years sharing the Gospel with and befriending those who killed her husband.

Elisabeth became a prolific Christian author. Her deep wisdom came with the cost of journeying through great pain in this life, evidence that God uses all we walk through in this world for greater purposes and good, more than we could possibly ever imagine.

Certain themes that permeate the writings of Elisabeth Elliot are those things we still need reminding of in all that we face in our world today – God’s all-encompassing love, finding joy in the midst of sorrow, faith, contentment, courage, and hope of a better tomorrow.

Here are some Elisabeth Elliot quotes:

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

  • “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”

  • “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”

  • “You can never lose what you have offered to Christ.”

  • “By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere."

  • “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

  • “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.”

  • “God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.

  • “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”

  • “Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that.”

  • “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”

  • “To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.”

  • “Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”

Much love and care,

Pastor Pat

Greece Assembly of God

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