As a wife, missionary, mother, speaker, and more, Elisabeth Elliot had a passion for Jesus I pray to imitate.
At one point this remarkable woman of faith evangelized to the very people that killed her husband, starting a life of ministry that would uplift countless Christians. In the midst of adversity she penned many lines about entrusting our life to the Almighty God.
I plan to read more of her writings, but for now quotes of hers often pop up, and they are always challenging statements that reinforce the sufficiency of Christ.
If you’re struggling with anxious thoughts, take a moment to open your heart and take in her godly advice.
Words of Wisdom
1. “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
2. “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
3. “Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”
4.“If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.”
5. “God never denies us our heart’s desire except to give us something better.”
6. “God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.”
7. “If all struggles and sufferings were eliminated, the spirit would no more reach maturity than would the child.”
8. “…the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by his letting us have our way in the end, but by his making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what he taught his disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
9. “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love him.”
10.“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’”
A Next Step
Want more help facing anxiety God’s way? I recently released a new printable Bible study for this very purpose, called Pursuing His Peace. The study also includes printables of some of these quotes!
In a 3-week journey across selected Scriptures, Pursuing His Peace points you to the sustaining love of Christ and His worthiness of trust.
It offers spiritual and practical wisdom to let go of worry and enter into worship. Covering core verses like Philippians 4:6-7 and more, this study presents verse-by-verse questions to glean understanding from the passage and apply it.
Daily commentaries, prayer prompts, and extra resources – such as memory verse cards and watercolor Scripture printables – also help you rest in God’s Word and who God is, encouraging you to replace anxious thinking with God’s gracious truth.