I have to admit: I didn’t like Nancy Leigh DeMoss when she first started Revive Our Hearts. I had my “reasons”, but the truth was that she just was not Elisabeth Elliot. No one could replace my beloved “E.E.”, and Revive Our Hearts was most definitely not Gateway to Joy.
My husband would come home and mention how good Revive Our Hearts was that day. I just smiled guiltily as he laughed at me. He knew that no matter how much good I had to say, I couldn’t listen to Nancy because she was not Elisabeth.
It took me hearing this lady speaker on another radio program and really liking what she had to say—only to find out at the end that she was Nancy Leigh DeMoss herself!—to actually realize she might be worth listening to once in a while. And she really is. Even if her messages on quietness and rest make me laugh sometimes when I have two children screaming in the background.
But Nancy’s message at Moody Founder’s Week really hit the nail on the head. Enough to make me forget all my bitter notions about her not being Elisabeth Elliot. And, ironically, it was about taking time for that very quietness: a quiet time with the Lord. It was like my friend Lanier’s article “Devoted to Devotions” put into message form. Very convicting.
And, as always, Nancy Leigh DeMoss can be found on the radio, usually during nap times. And maybe, after twenty more years of listening, Revive Our Hearts will be almost as dear in my mind as Gateway to Joy: after all, both programs are based upon that everlasting love.
Did you listen to Gateway to Joy back in the day? Have you caught Revive Our Hearts since then? How about Founder’s Week? Is it an annual tradition for you, via radio or internet or perhaps in person? What was your favorite Founder’s Week message this year?