Saturday, August 9, 2008

Keep A Quiet Heart


I have been reading "Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot
this week....she writes...
Lord give to me a quiet heart
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

I've many a cross to take up now,
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."

Anonymous

blessings
donna

6 comments:

Felisol said...

Dear Donna Pilgrim,
Your post, so honest and raw , is tearing my heart apart.
How you have suffered, and still is the woman who offers to pray for others.
Now I have just read Julie LBM's post about eight long years crowned with victory.
The final battle is not over for any of us until we're home free.
I'm sending your a flower from the Psalms which has been of great comfort to me many a time;
Psalm 37
A Psalm of David.
1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
God bless you this very moment, dear Donna,
from Felisol

Terry said...

Dearest Donna..You know it is not so! We all care for you and love you.
I think that you had better read some of the comments here from the Pals about you and even though they have not written you. because they haven't been able to go to several other blogs, they, I am sure are still praying for you!
Donna, I hope you have a happy weekend and not a sad one..Love Terry

passing-thru said...

Good Post Donna

Love that poem ---

Yes, we "keep" pressing on , -

Like ships passing in the nite, we have met and left many people on our pilgrimage -- everything we go thru , everything we learn IS TO BRING US TO THIS PLACE OF KNOWING
GOD IS OUR ANCHOR , OUR HOPE , OUR JOY , OUR PEACE --------praise be to God thru Jesus Christ for giving us HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS --

donna said...

This post wasnt intended to cause anyone sadness....I was just processing my thoughts of this week and how I want to continue to reach out to people....

the point wasnt about visitors to my prayer blog...the point was that it doesnt matter...we still reach out and pray for people....we don't always have to be on the receiving end of things...

and I actually had a good week....I rejoice in everything good thing He is doing

Terry said...

Oh that is nice to hear Donna!!!!
Love Terry

Vicki said...

I've enjoyed your postings here, Donna, and this especially. You're so right...it doesn't matter, only that we continue to rest in Him and reach out with His love to others. I can so relate to much that you've shared, and am still processing a good bit in my own life. Thank you for being a sweet friend. The Lord's love is shining in you.

Felisol, I must say, those scriptures are good for my soul tonight. Thanks for a good word, my sister across the sea.