Elisabeth Elliot was a mentor to me through her writing, especially Passion and Purity and Let Me Be a Woman. I heard her speak at SEBTS for what had to be one of her last speaking engagements because reports I read said she had suffered with dementia for the last ten years. Here are posts I enjoyed on her life and passing:
- 9 Things You Should Know about Elisabeth Elliot from The Gospel Coalition
- Elisabeth Elliot: A Third Way Woman from The Gospel Coalition
- Do the Next Thing: A Mother’s Gratitude for Elisabeth Elliot from Desiring God
- Peaches in Paradise: Why I Love Elisabeth Elliot by John Piper
And on other topics:
- The Church Is Not a Sanctuary: On the Ground in Charleston from The Gospel Coalition. We mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in Christ whether at the hands of ISIS or at the hands of a white-supremecist. We don’t mourn as those without hope, but we do mourn. We mourn the loss of their lives and what they meant to their families and community. We also mourn the feelings safety and security so many churches in our own country no longer feel when a stranger walks in. Could we be next? Are we prepared to show up anyway? Our brothers and sisters around the world gather together knowing it could bring punishment, imprisonment, or even death. We must prepare for the same, and prepare our children for the same.
- From the Southern Baptist Convention, Kevin Ezell (NAMB president) said, “Less than half of our church plants have a sending church. They need your contact, support and investment in their lives.” (HT: Send Network). Our plant is currently being supported by one church in the Pearland area and the finance committee of our current church in PA will decide if they are going recommend supporting us in a meeting next week. We are praying they will, but we also believe if they don’t, God will use other sources to help us spread the gospel in the Houston area.
- Teri Lynne reminds us we are not beyond God’s grace in our lives.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 1995, I was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. A few hours earlier I had begun swallowing one Valium every 15 minutes with the desire to end my life. I was broken and desperate. I looked around and could only see the mess I had made, the ways I had failed, the pain I had brought into the lives of people I loved.
Thankfully, people who loved me were there and ready to help me. I spent time in counseling and began the healing process. In the 20 years since, I have learned so many important lessons about who I am in Christ.
I read Cruel Beauty this week, which was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast with lots of Greek mythology mixed it. It was a good, quick read. I requested three more YA fiction books from the library. Summer just feels like the right time to travel to other worlds and get lost in good stories. I also read parts of Between You & Me and Side by Side. (links are affiliate links)
I read two posts this week that recommended books based on your Myers-Briggs personality type (summer reading from Modern Mrs. Darcy and classic books from Flavorwire) and they recommended the same book for INTJs: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. My plan was to listen to the audio book version of Persuasion this summer, so I’ll stick with that.
From the Bible:
Two verses stood out to me this week:
- “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4:19
- “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.” Philippians 4:17
Around the house:
We had a house showing last weekend so the boys and I went on a hike. It turned out to be a much longer hike than we planned, but it was fun!
David finished level two of swim lessons this week! Proud of all his progress and how brave he was to go each day.
James has one more full week before he goes back to school, so we’re filling our time with lots of fun activities, like going to his favorite park.