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Elisabeth Elliot on Time

As I read various books I often collect quotes that stand out to me in my journal.

Elisabeth Elliot is one of the women who have most influenced my life. All these have been taken from her book Discipline: the Glad Surrender (which I refer back to frequently) from chapter 10 “The Discipline of Time.”

“I don’t have time” is probably a lie more often than not, covering “I don’t want to.” We have time–twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week. All of us have the same portion… Demands on our time differ, of course, and it is here that the disciple must refer to His Master. What do you want me to do, Lord? There will be time, depend upon it, for everything God wants us to do.

Elisabeth Elliot

“My times are in Thy hand…” Has become as part of my life. When the Lord has left me in an agony of waiting over some decision, these words have put me at rest. His timing is always perfect, though it seldom seems so to me, for my temperament longs for previews of coming attractions.

Elisabeth Elliot

“My times are in Thy hands.” Quite often they seem to be in the people’s hands. When I wish for solitude and no interruption the phone rings, people come, mail arrives that demands immediate action. Do I imagine that the interruptions come as a surprise to the Lord? Are they not, just as much as the planned things, a part of the pattern of things that work together for good?

Elisabeth Elliot

There is always enough time to do the will of God. For that we can never say, “I don’t have time.” When we find ourselves frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed and “hassled,” it is a sign that we are running on our own schedule, not on God’s.

Elisabeth Elliot

Frustration is not the will of God. Of that we can be quite certain. There is time to do anything and everything that God wants us to do.

Elisabeth Elliot

Offering to God the first hour of the day is a token of consecration of all of our time.

Elisabeth Elliot