31 days of Quotes, Day 12….

"At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, Do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
leave all resultings, Do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be they psalm
Do the next thing"

~ anonymous poem, quoted by Elisabeth Elliot 

I could've quoted Elisabeth Elliot for 31 days and been a happy little camper.  She is the epitome of the wise, classy "old" lady I dream of being one day.  She has gentle grace written all over her!  Love flows out of her writing, and you just know you are genuinely loved by the one true God.  

{She is also one reason we spell Libby's name "Elisabeth." :) }

You can listen to her radio broadcasts online HERE.  I think I'll start trying to fit this into my day somehow.  Last time I tried, I couldn't get them, so I was excited to see they were available again.  You can also listen on demand.

Anyway, after hearing her quote "Do the next thing," a while back, I am constantly reminding myself of it almost every day.  It seriously keeps me going amidst the overwhelming thoughts of everything I need or want to do.  So simple, yet so profound in some instances.

…and if you're looking for a movie to watch and haven't seen End of the Spear, which is about her and some other missionary families, you should add it to your list!


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