75+ Best Elisabeth Elliot Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Elisabeth Elliot was a Christian author and speaker. Profoundly inspirational Elisabeth Elliot quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Elisabeth Elliot Quotes

A real woman understands that man was created to be the initiator, and she operates on that premise. This is primarily a matter of attitude. I am convinced that the woman who understands and accepts with gladness the difference between masculine and feminine will be, without pretense or self-consciousness, womanly. – Elisabeth Elliot

God will not protect you from anything that will make you more like Jesus. – Elisabeth Elliot

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

The disciplined Christian will be very careful what sort of counsel he seeks from others. Counsel that contradicts the written Word is ungodly counsel. Blessed is the man that walketh not in that. – Elisabeth Elliot

A Christian woman’s true freedom lies on the other side of a very small gate…humble obedience…but that gate leads out into a largeness of life undreamed of by the liberators of the world, to a place where the God-given differentiation between the sexes is not obfuscated but celebrated, where our inequalities are seen as essential to the image of God, for it is in male and female, in male as male and female as female, not as two identical and interchangeable halves, that the image is manifested. – Elisabeth Elliot

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine! – Elisabeth Elliot

The God who created, names, and numbers the stars in the heavens also numbers the hairs of my head..He pays attention to very big things and to very small ones. What matters to me matters to Him, and that changes my life. – Elisabeth Elliot

A whole lot of what we call ‘struggling’ is simply delayed obedience. – Elisabeth Elliot

You will never understand why God does what He does, but if you believe Him, that is all that is necessary. Let us learn to trust Him for who He is. – Elisabeth Elliot

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others. – Elisabeth Elliot

I asked Him to give me the prayers He wants me to pray and to give or withhold anything according to his plan for me. Nothing is too big to ask of Him, not even an ocean lot. It is God’s business to decide if it is good for me. It is my business to obey Him. – Elisabeth Elliot

Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes. – Elisabeth Elliot

When ours are interrupted, his are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or years which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable). – Elisabeth Elliot

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

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. – Elisabeth Elliot

The deepest lessons come out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires. – Elisabeth Elliot

A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace. – Elisabeth Elliot

Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? Unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention? If, when the time has come for a commitment, he is not man enough to ask her to marry him, she should give him no reason to presume that she belongs to him. – Elisabeth Elliot

We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture. – Elisabeth Elliot

A man will be as much of a gentleman as a woman requires. – Elisabeth Elliot

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

George Macdonald said, ‘If you knew what God knows about death you would clap your listless hands’, but instead I find old people in North America just buying this whole youth obsession. I think growing older is a wonderful privilege. I want to learn to glorify God in every stage of my life. – Elisabeth Elliot

What I ought to do and what I feel like doing are seldom the same thing. – Elisabeth Elliot

Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us. – Elisabeth Elliot

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. – Elisabeth Elliot

Until the will and the affections are brought under the authority of Christ, we have not begun to understand, let alone to accept, His lordship. – Elisabeth Elliot

He is always doing something–the very best thing, the thing we ourselves would certainly choose if we knew the end from the beginning. He is at work to bring us to our full glory. – Elisabeth Elliot

Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer. – Elisabeth Elliot

I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God. – Elisabeth Elliot

Accept your loneliness. It is one stage, and only one stage, on a journey that brings you to God. It will not always last. Offer up your loneliness to God, as the little boy offered to Jesus his five loaves and two fishes. God can transform it for the good of others. Above all, do something for somebody else! – Elisabeth Elliot

To love God is to love His will. It is to wait quietly for life to be measured by One who knows us through and through. It is to be content with His timing and His wise appointment. – Elisabeth Elliot

Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling – feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of a God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ – Elisabeth Elliot

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

Lead me, Lord, to the Rock that is higher than I. Let me hear your word, give me grace to obey, to build steadily, stone upon stone, day by day, to do what You say. Establish my heart where floods have no power to overwhelm, for Christ’s sake. Amen. – Elisabeth Elliot

Remind me that not everything needs to be said, and that there are very few things that need to be said by me. – Elisabeth Elliot

This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness – in short, to learn the depths of the love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us. – Elisabeth Elliot

Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you – Elisabeth Elliot

God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now. – Elisabeth Elliot

I’m convinced that there is nothing that can happen to me in this life that is not precisely designed by a sovereign Lord to give me the opportunity to learn to know Him. – Elisabeth Elliot

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. – Elisabeth Elliot

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

When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him. – Elisabeth Elliot

God is 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

Sometimes life is so hard you can only do the next thing.Whatever that is just do the next thing.God will meet you there. – Elisabeth Elliot

Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering…. The love of God did not protect His own Son…. He will not necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process. – Elisabeth Elliot

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 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

If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look ‘little’ or ‘big’. – Elisabeth Elliot

You are loved with an everlasting love. And underneath are the everlasting arms. – Elisabeth Elliot

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! – Elisabeth Elliot

The world cries for men who are strong; strong in conviction, strong to lead, to stand, to suffer. – Elisabeth Elliot

Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a power base for the enemy, that is, a stronghold. – Elisabeth Elliot

It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life. – Elisabeth Elliot

If God, like a father, denies us what we want now it is in order to give us some far better thing later on. The will of God, we can rest assured, is invariably a better thing. – Elisabeth Elliot

There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for. – Elisabeth Elliot

The pain of loneliness is one way in which he wants to get our attention. We may be earnestly desiring to be obedient and holy. But we may be missing the fact that it is here, where we happen to be at this moment and not in another place or another time, that we may learn to love Him – here where it seems He is not at work, where He seems obscure or frightening, where He is not doing what we expected Him to do, where He is most absent. Here and nowhere else is the appointed place. If faith does not got to work here, it will not work at all. – Elisabeth Elliot

The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived – not always looked forward to as though the real living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow. – Elisabeth Elliot

The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness. – Elisabeth Elliot

To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity… the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God. – Elisabeth Elliot

Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for – Elisabeth Elliot

For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, ‘Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?’ – Elisabeth Elliot

The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover the simpler life, the greater peace. – Elisabeth Elliot

Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal. – Elisabeth Elliot

Sometimes we want things we were not meant to have. Because he loves us, the Father says no. Faith trusts that no. Faith is willing not to have what God is not willing to give. Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation. It is enough to know His promises to give what is good-he knows so much more about us than we do. – Elisabeth Elliot

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. – Elisabeth Elliot

Of all things difficult to rule, none were more so than my will and affections. – Elisabeth Elliot

The principles of gain through loss, of joy through sorrow, of getting by giving, of fulfillment by laying down, of life out of death is what the Bible teaches, and the people who have believed it enough to live it out in simple, humble, day-by-day practice are people who have found the gain, the joy, the getting, the fulfillment, the life. – Elisabeth Elliot

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. – Elisabeth Elliot

No marriage can survive without forgiveness. Marriage is a long term commitment between two sinners. – Elisabeth Elliot

A wife, if she is very generous, may allow that her husband lives up to perhaps eighty percent of her expectations. There is always the other twenty percent that she would like to change, and she may chip away at it for the whole of their married life without reducing it by very much. She may, on the other hand, simply decide to enjoy the eighty percent, and both of them will be happy. – Elisabeth Elliot

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

The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances. – 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

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

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 Elliot

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