“‘You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says, ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.'” If you, like me, grew up listening to “Gateway to Joy” every morning, you knew the next line was going to be, “This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot.” And this morning, our friend Elisabeth Elliot is resting in those everlasting arms–eternally, forevermore. The impact of this godly woman's life and testimony is immeasurable. Hers is a legacy that will live on long after today. "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
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.
Good morning, friends! It's @gretlouise here for #fridayintroductions. This month on Kindred Grace we've been introducing you to some of our heroes. And this picture is from when I met one of mine: I was nine years old when, along with my mom and grandma, I attended a conference with Elisabeth Elliot as speaker. I grew up listening to her radio broadcast "Gateway to Joy" and reading the stories of her missionary work with the very people who murdered her husband. I can still hear her voice talking about proper grammar usage and her abhorrence for certain terms that we often use loosely without considering the way they sound. And whenever I look around at the laundry and the dishes and the bookwork, I can hear her recite the poem, "Do the Next Thing." But perhaps the lesson she impressed most strongly on my heart is one straight out of Scripture. Because I find myself telling my baby girl over and over again, "You are loved. You are so loved." And I often find myself following that fact up with the rest of Elisabeth's statement: "'You are loved with an everlasting love', that's what the Bible says, 'and underneath are the everlasting arms.'"
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?