I have been reading "Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot
this week....she writes...
That does not ask to understand,
But confident steps forward in
The darkness guided by Thy hand
A willing acceptance of all that God assigns and a glad surrender of all that I am and have constitute the key to receiving the gift of a quiet heart. Whevever I have balked, the quietness goes. It is restored and life immeasurably simplified, when I have trusted and obeyed.
I visited my prayer blog earlier tonight...and spent some time
reading through the posts, remembering those who might still need
prayer....people who I have prayed for who don't even read my
blog, people who don't even talk to me anymore....haven't attempted to get
in touch with me....but does that matter to God? I don't think so...
God teaches us to care for people, to pray for them.....regardless of
our own situations or our own hurts...we are to reach out to others..
I went back to 2003 this week...perhaps it was 2002, before I knew
the real depths of depression and what it would do to me....how it
would change my life, how it would affect my being...how it would
rip apart my marriage, how it would destroy friendships...I never
stop fighting the enemy...he is always there waiting to attack...
too often I let him have his way....
........Keep a Quiet Heart
I received a lot of emails this week..and sent a ton..tried to reach out to others....others who seemed to be struggling more than I....or perhaps age has taught me to be more accepting of how God is trying to perfect me...I know I dont hear as good or move as quicly as I used to...but I do keep learning as I grow older in the Lord....I am confident He wants to draw me closer to Him....(it's sounds good as I type it, now to set it firmly in my heart...)
I thought, read scriptures and spoke about honor, obedience, submission, faith, trust, honesty, love, and forgiveness at length this week....I have failed at one-time or another at all of them.....but I know they are key elements to serving God, serving each other, restoring relationships, renewing hearts....anytime we conquer one of them....we bring glory to the Lord....may it always be my heart's desire to bring glory to God
And many left behind;
But present troubles move me not,
Nor shake my quiet mind
And what may be tomorrow's cross
I never seek to find;
My Father says "Leave that to me,
And keep a quiet mind."