Motivational Quotes

Best Elisabeth Elliot Quotes 2021

Brave. Inspiring. Loving. Strong. Wise. Determined. Faith-filled. Authentic. These are words that only begin to describe much-loved missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot who, for half a century, made an impact in our world through the amazing stories of her life and experiences. On June 15, 2015, she stepped “Through Gates of Splendor,” right into heaven, but her words and influence remain. They go on living. They keep on inspiring. They will remain, challenging us to live out love-saturated lives, to trust in God’s unfailing hope, no matter what struggles or loss we may face in this world.

Many of us came to know of Elisabeth Elliot through her story and work with the Auca Indians. Even after her own husband and 4 other missionaries were tragically killed at their hands, in the midst of her own grief, she chose to stay, to share the greatest gift of all with a people who didn’t yet know – the truth of Jesus Christ.

Her deep wisdom came with the cost of journeying through great pain in this life, yet many of us have gleaned amazing nuggets of truth from her experiences. Evidence still that God uses all we walk through in this world for greater purposes and good, more than we could possibly ever imagine.

Certain themes that permeate the writings of Elisabeth Elliot are those things we still need reminding of in all that we face in our world today – God’s all-encompassing love, finding joy in the midst of sorrow, faith, contentment, courage, and hope.

 

40 Inspiring Quotes by Elisabeth Elliot:

  1. “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
  2. “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
  3. “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
  4. “You can never lose what you have offered to Christ.”
  5. “The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.”
  6. “By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.”
  7. “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”
  8. “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.”
  9. “Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’”
  10. “God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “Failure means nothing now, only that it taught me life.”
  13. “God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
  14. “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”
  15. “The world cries for men who are strong, strong in conviction, strong to lead, to stand, to suffer.”
  16. “We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies to ourselves.”
  17. “The fact that I’m a woman doesn’t make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”
  18. “God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.”
  19. “If all struggles and sufferings were eliminated, the spirit would no more reach maturity than would the child.”
  20. “When you don’t know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you.”
  21. “…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.”
  22. “Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that.”
  23. “Everything if given to God can become your gateway to joy.”
  24. “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
  25. “If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
  26. “If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.”
  27. “We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom he has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.”
  28. “Of all things difficult to rule, none were more so than my will and affections.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “Money holds terrible power when it is loved.”
  31. “The cross means suffering. Suffering’s meaning is to be learned through the cross.”
  32. “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
  33. “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love him.”
  34. “I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
  35. “To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.”
  36. “If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd.”
  37. “Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.”
  38. “Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act, and this takes discipline. We are to worship ‘in spirit and in truth.’ Never mind about the feelings. We are to worship in spite of them.”
  39. “Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on him who has all things safely in his hands.”
  40. “You are loved with an everlasting love. And underneath are the everlasting arms.”
“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
“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.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor
“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.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control
“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“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.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”
― Elizabeth Elliot
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity
God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”
― Elisabeth Elliott
“Often a Christian man or woman falls prey to that cruel and vexatious spirit, wondering how to find marriage, who, when, where? It is on God that we should wait, as a waiter waits–not for but on the customer–alert, watchful, attentive, with no agenda of his own, ready to do whatever is wanted. ‘My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.’ (Ps. 62:5 KJV) In Him alone lie our security, our confidence, our trust. A spirit of restlessness and resistance can never wait, but one who believes he is loved with an everlasting love, and knows that underneath are the everlasting arms, will find strength and peace.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control
“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes
“If we hold tightly to anything given to us unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used we stunt the growth of the soul. What God gives us is not necessarily “ours” but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinguish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot, missionary to Auca indians in Ecuador”
― Elisabeth Elliot, The Journals of Jim Elliot
“Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender
“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart
“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes
“Stand true to your calling to be a man. Real women will always be relieved and grateful when men are willing to be men”
― Elizabeth Elliot, The Mark of a Man
“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
― Elisabeth Elliot
“A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself, and about the woman he loves, refusing compromise when compromise is wrong. But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness.”
― Elizabeth Elliot, The Mark of a Man
“It is a naive sort of feminism that insists that women prove their ability to do all the things that men do. This is a distortion and a travesty. Men have never sought to prove that they can do all the things women do. Why subject women to purely masculine criteria? Women can and ought to be judged by the criteria of femininity, for it is in their femininity that they participate in the human race. And femininity has its limitations. So has masculinity. That is what we’ve been talking about. To do this is not to do that. To be this is not to be that. To be a woman is not to be a man. To be married is not to be single – which may mean not to have a career. To marry this man is not to marry all the others. A choice is a limitation.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. 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.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender
“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. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Secure in the Everlasting Arms

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