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This week the world said good-bye to one of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century, Elisabeth Elliot. Her life and writings greatly shaped my faith journey.

Here are some of my favorite Elisabeth Elliot quotes:

Elisabeth Elliot quotes

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

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“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”

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

“I realized that 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 to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

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

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy.”

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

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today.”

“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”

Elisabeth Elliot quotes

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

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“Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”

“If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!”

“Failure means nothing now, only that it taught me life.”

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

“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.”

“We are women, and my plea is let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.”

May her wise words encourage you on your own journey. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

Follow this link to view the posts I wrote about this humble servant of the Lord.

Elisabeth Elliot on to glory

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Usually by this time in the school year—after class trips in the heat and humidity and helping kids struggle through final exams and tackling inventory and paper work and keep track of all the details regarding graduation—I’m just plain tired and in great need of an attitude adjustment.

Proverbs 25:11 says, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.” So I Iook to the wise words of godly men and women to help readjust my thinking and refresh my heart.

Here are five of my recent favorites for changing my perspective on life:

Fear Anxiety Worry

“Take a breath. It’s not a bad life, just a bad day.”

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Prayer Spurgeon quotes“Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” ~Charles Spurgeon~

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Jim Elliot quotes God's Will

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

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George Mueller quotes sacrifice service

“God judges what we give by what we keep.” ~George Mueller~

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C. S. Lewis quotes life God Christianity

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~C. S. Lewis~

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I’m praying that at least one of these quotes will be an encouragement to you. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

***This week the world said good-bye to one of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century, Elisabeth Elliot. Her life and writings greatly shaped my faith journey. Follow this link to view the posts I wrote about this humble servant of the Lord.

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Clothed in JOY

Renee Ann Smith —  May 13, 2015 — 16 Comments

Proverbs 31 woman who fears the Lord

“She is clothed in strength & dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” ~Proverbs 31:25~

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God is faithful Proverbs 31

“When my skin sags & my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm & faithful.” ~Psalm 73:26~

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I love the bottom pic of my sweet mom during her last days, looking through her jewelry and remembering. The people and events that eluded her struggling mind here brighten her Heavenly days as she waits for the family reunion to be complete.

God was faithful to her. He is faithful to me.

No matter what has gone before or what may come, He clothes me with joy and gifts me with laughter.

May He do the same for you. Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Why We Write

Renee Ann Smith —  May 7, 2015 — 9 Comments

My Book Therapy Online Storycrafting

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Typically I design my blog posts to inspire folks as they live their everyday lives and to encourage them to read Christian fiction. 

But the real reason I blog is that I want to interact with people—either my former students or friends far away or the new friends I’ve never met in person.

I blog to connect. 

Isn’t that the same for you, my fellow bloggers?

Each week you search your life for some spiritual lesson and struggle to put it into words that will resonate with others. You type up your thoughts, press publish, and pray that the seed you sow will find fertile ground in another’s heart. 

I, too, write to connect with others’ hearts. And one of the best things I’ve done to become a better “connector” was joining Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy, which is now at learnhowtowriteanovel.com. (This is an affiliate post about her program because I believe in it that much!)

Yes, the focus of MBT is fiction. However, Susie’s principles for writing scenes and putting a story together have helped me teach better, read better, write better, and blog better.

What’s unique about this writing program is how Susan May Warren
focuses on the emotional journeys that characters take
and how the lies they believe,
about themselves and about God,
shape how He shows up in their stories.

Isn’t that what our own faith journeys are all about?

Maybe that’s why the program has even helped me better understand how God works in my own heart & life.

You used to have to travel to a retreat to hear Susie teach—and go more than once if you really wanted to apply her teaching well. But now Susie has moved her program online.

Why don’t you check it out? Registration is open now until May 13. If you purchase the online Storycrafter’s course, you receive, training videos, various materials, and access to writing coach.

Access to a coach is HUGE! That’s why I’ve paid to to to writing retreats and seminars—so I could get my questions answered by a real, live person! Books are great. But a coach is better!

So although this course requires a financial investment, I think the quality of the teaching & the access to a coach make it more than worth it!

You can check out & register for the online Storycrafter’s Program at this link.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite Susan May Warren quotes from her beautiful novella Evergreen.

Online Storycrafting Susan May Warren

May you continue to flourish in abundant life for Christ!

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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C S Lewis Laughter

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” ~C. S. Lewis~

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Some of my best memories are dinner times during my childhood, when my whole family was happy, healthy & laughing together.
That will not happen again on this side of eternity.
I cherish those days.

Hold your kids close.
Call your parents.
Drop an email to your siblings.
And thank God for those He gives us to love.

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Because I’m Happy

Renee Ann Smith —  April 22, 2015 — 10 Comments

Happiness Joyce Meyer Bonhoeffer

“It is impossible to be both selfish & happy.” ~Joyce Meyer~

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“Happiness is not only a hope, but in some strange way, also a memory.” ~G. K. Chesterton

      “When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the others’ flame.”
~Augustine~

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”
~C. S. Lewis~

“Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.
Put yourself aside & help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
~Philippians 2:3&4, The Message~

You’ve added to my happiness by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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On Happiness

Renee Ann Smith —  April 20, 2015 — 12 Comments

Happiness C S Lewis Bonhoeffer

“It was when I was Happiest that I Longed most.
The Sweetest thing
in all my life has been the Longing to find
the Place where all the Beauty came from.

~C S Lewis~

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When I consider the state of the world, the peril for Christians, the suffering of friends and family who are ill, I find myself doubting God’s call to anything that touches on the dreams of my heart. How can I lay before God any requests concerning personal happiness when chaos & despair characterize so much of the world around me?

Yet personal dreams persist. Should I silence them once and for all? I look for wisdom among the Christian men and women who dealt with similar issues in years gone by.

One such is Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), a brave young pastor who stood against the Nazis in Hitler’s Germany. When his friends criticized him for falling in love and becoming engaged while a prisoner, he wrote the following comments in his letters concerning reaching out for happiness in the midst of trouble . . . 

“When I consider the state of the world, the total obscurity enshrouding our personal destiny, and my present imprisonment, our union—if it wasn’t frivolity, which it certainly wasn’t—can only be a token of God’s grace and goodness, which summon us to believe in Him. We would have to be blind not to see that.

When Jeremiah said, in his people’s hour of direst need, that ‘houses and fields [and vineyards] shall again be bought in this land,’ it was a token of confidence in the future. That requires faith, and may God grant it to us daily. I don’t mean the faith that flees the world, but the faith that endures in the world and loves and remains true to that world in spite of all the hardships it brings us . . . 

It was then always very clear to me that a person could take this step as a Christian truly only from within a very strong faith and on the basis of grace.

For here in the midst of the final destruction of all things, one desires to build;

In the midst of a life lived from hour to hour and from day to day, one desires a future;

In the midst of being driven out from the earth, one desires a bit of space;

In the midst of widespread misery, one desires some happiness . . . 

And the overwhelming thing is that God says yes to this strange longing, that here God consents to our will, whereas it is usually meant to be just the opposite.

We need not despise happiness simply because there is so much unhappiness.

We should not arrogantly push away the kind hand of God because God’s hand is otherwise so hard. I think it is more important to remind one another of this in these days than of many other things.”

So all good gifts come from God & should be treasured. We dare not turn them away.

This practical wisdom from one of God’s humble servants changed my perspective. I hope it encourages you today! Blessings, friends!

**I gathered my quotes from a wonderful biography: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. You can check this book out & grab a copy for yourself at this link!

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Putting on Humility

Renee Ann Smith —  April 15, 2015 — 16 Comments

Humility C. S. Lewis

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“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”
~C. S. Lewis~

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.” ~Colossians 3:12,13a~

This practical wisdom from one of God’s humble servants changed my thought-life. I hope it encourages you today, friends! Blessings!

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