Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 21

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“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

As young ladies, we often think about The Next Step. And usually that either involves college/job, or guys. We tend to think we’ll start living once we reach adulthood, once we get a job, or once we’re married.

But living is today! Right now! We can’t always be focused on what’s ahead. Elisabeth Elliot made such an incredible observation. God gave us today and He asks us to trust Him with tomorrow.

Do you always look toward “The Next Step?” Or do you look to God instead of tomorrow? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 20

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

I don’t know about you, but this is very convicting for me. There have been a lot of times when I have chosen to do something that I thought would bring me pleasure instead of honoring God.

Whenever you or I are next tempted, let’s think back on this quote and ask ourselves, “Do I really love God?”

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 19

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“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It stands in the very teeth of suffering.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

God’s love for us was dying on a cross. It was dirty, bloody, ugly, and painful. The love of God is much higher than our human minds can fathom!

The lady who wrote this quote was a woman whose husband had died by spearing on the mission field in South America. This woman knew about tragedy. And yet she turned her gaze to God, understanding that tragedy doesn’t mean a lack of love.

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share in the comments!

July Resources for Young Ladies

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What gave me the idea to start Morning Glory? Lady In Waiting by Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones! It was reading this book that gave me the idea of starting a daily devotional over email!

Lady In Waiting is a book that I highly recommend to each of you young ladies! It takes you through the book of Ruth and encourages you to find satisfaction and contentment in Jesus Christ instead of pining away for your future husband.

Every time I pick it up, I find something fresh and inspiring! A lot of the book deals with the heart issues behind always being “on the hunt” for a guy, but there is plenty of practical advice.

This book does seem to be geared toward women in their late teens and early twenties, but there is no mature content that you should be concerned about.

I would highly recommend this book to any young lady who wishes to use her single years to grow closer to Jesus.  

Have you read this book? Are you interested in reading it? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 18

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“If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Here at Morning Glory, this is our goal! To be pure in heart! To love Jesus with our whole hearts! But that’s not a common goal of teen girls—or humans in general.

Sisters, we’re on a crash collision course with the world. We will be hated, mocked, and possibly even physically harmed.

Conforming to the world’s standards, however, is not our goal. Our goal is glorify God by becoming more like Him.

As Matthew 5: 8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” That is far more desirable than being thought “cool” or even “normal” by the world. I would rather be thought odd in this world—which is not my home—if I get to see God.

Have you been persecuted—however mildly—for your faith? What other thoughts or observations do you have of this quote? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 17

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“We never know what God has up His sleeve. You never know what might happen; you only know what you have to do now.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Isn’t this incredible? Even though we often cannot see ten steps ahead—or even two steps ahead!—God shows us the next step. He takes us by the hand and leads us through life and our uncertainty!

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 16

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“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

In my limited perspective, I often think that the way certain things happen in my life is all wrong. But God sees the whole picture and everything He does is bigger and better than even my most fantastic dreams!

Isn’t it so comforting to know that we can trust our God?

What are your thoughts on this quote? Do you have trouble trusting God? Have you ever been able to look back on your life and see how some things worked out for your good that you thought were bad?

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 15

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“By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Our world likes to tell us that being pretty will make us happy. Or dating a cute guy will make us happy. Or being the top of our class or sports or music—whatever. The world tries to make us believe that, doesn’t it? If we just get a little more of this, then we will be happy.

That’s not true. We are to find our satisfaction in Christ because He is the only One who can meet our needs.

Our fulfillment should come from Christ. Searching for it anywhere else will result only in emptiness.

Have you searched for fulfillment in places other than Christ? What brought you back to being satisfied in Him? Or are you still searching?

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 14

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“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

Haven’t we all believed that worship was how you felt in a dark auditorium with hundreds of other people singing beautiful music? I know I have! I used to think I wasn’t worshiping unless I felt goose bumps!

But Elisabeth Elliot’s observation is so true: worship is not about feelings! It’s an act. And we need to worship God despite how we feel.

What misconceptions have you had about worship?

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 13

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“One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

I have found this to be true in myself. It’s not just “Okay, here it is, God,” and then you hand everything over. Done.

It’s a continual process of constantly surrendering your life over to Him. Sometimes I get confused after I’ve surrendered something to God, only to find I’m clinging to it again. “But God,” I say, “I’ve already given it to You!” In reality, though, I’ve reached out and snatched it back.

It's a process. It takes a whole life. Because it is a life.

Are you willing to live your life in constant surrender and complete abandon to Christ?

Pursuing Jesus with Your Whole Heart: Part 1

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2

This verse encapsulates the theme behind Morning Glory: pursuing Jesus with your whole heart.

Pursuing Jesus with your whole heart is beyond difficult. In our fallen human nature, it’s impossible. However, with the grace of God, we can pursue Him with our whole hearts until we see Him face to face in heaven. That’s why there will be a lot of posts here on Morning Glory about pursuing Jesus with your whole heart.

There are two imperative commands in this verse for us: to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,” and “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.”

  1. “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us…”

This is the first command in this verse for us. We cannot pursue Jesus with our whole hearts until we have laid aside every encumbrance. My dad said to picture this as trying to run with a huge python wrapped around your body. Not very effective, right?

We must lay aside sin—and not only sin—but also distractions. Maybe too much time on social media? Clothes? Guys? Whatever it is, if it’s keeping you from running your race to the fullest, it’s got to go. 

Recently, I did a post called “How To: Defeat Sin in Your Life.” Check out that post for more practical advice on how to lay aside these hindrances, sins, and distractions.

  1. “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”

Sisters, here is the key to pursuing Jesus with our whole hearts.

It’s fixing our eyes on Jesus.

We cannot run toward something when we’re looking at other things! We cannot even lay aside hindrances unless we’re looking to Christ!

In my life, I’ve found that the best way to keep your eyes on Him is to spend time in His Word seeing who He is. If you see a gorgeous girl or super cute guy walk by…well, you’re probably going to stare. God is so pure, so righteous, so beautiful, that once you catch a glimpse of who He is, you only want more.

If you find that you’re getting distracted from the race set before you, it might be because you don’t know WHO you’re pursuing.

Also, in this verse, it gives you a glimpse of who Jesus is: the Author and Perfect of our faith. He is enduring.

Not only does this verse tell us to endure the race set before us by fixing our eyes on Jesus, but it shows us how Jesus did the exact same thing! He endured the cross, for the joy set before Him.

That just gives you a glimpse of the depth of this verse and the depth of Jesus. I hope y’all want to join me on this journey of pursuing Him with my whole heart. There are ups and downs. I have failed, and you will too. But God is bigger than our failures. Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

We just need to fix our eyes on Him.

Do you desire to pursue Jesus with your whole heart? Feel free to share your journey in the comments! 

5 Ways To Increase Your Joy

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By Brittanie

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is characterized by joy. In the first chapter alone, “joy” and ‘rejoice” are both said twice. Over the past month, I have started memorizing the book of Philippians with some friends, and have spent a lot of time reading Paul’s words, as well as reading commentary and sermons about these verses.

During this time, God has revealed to me ways that I am not fully embracing the joy that He gives, and I would like to share those with you in case you find yourself in the same boat.

As Christians, we have a crazy gift of joy, which is dependent on our relationship with Christ and our nearness to Him. This means that we don’t have to worry about being happy. Happiness is related to circumstances; it is related to things that might or might not happen; it is related to how we feel about what is (or isn’t) happening. Happiness is a temperamental feeling that shifts constantly and is hard to grasp, always slipping out of our hands with the first wind of bad news or unwanted circumstance.

Joy, however, is eternal and steadfast because it is born in us by a God who is eternal and steadfast. There are many things that will try to steal our joy, but if we remember where our joy ultimately lies and keep returning to that lovely Source of true delight, it is impossible for it to be taken from us.

Here are a couple of ways that my joy has been rocked this summer, using Philippians 1:3-8:

“3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:3-8 ESV

1. vs. 3 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you…”

When I am feeling negative, I get into the habit of thinking about past occurrences where I have been wronged by others, or when things seemed to go not as planned. But joy focuses on the good memories and recalls how God is faithful in our life and in our friendships.

2. vs. 4 “…always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy…”

My prayers will become self-focused when I am not embracing the joy of the Lord. Joyful people are prayer warriors for others. They sincerely delight in interceding for others; they pray God’s blessings and faithfulness to show up in the lives of those that are dear to them. When I realize this in my own life, that I am not delighting in praying for others, the only way I have found to fix it is to pray that God would give me a heart that lifts others up. (prayer is vital for joy!)

3. vs. 5 “…because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

This verse is talking about finding joy in light of the fellowship we have with other Christians. I remember specific days this summer when I have had thoughts of not wanting to be at church, or at Bible study, and wondering what in the world was wrong with me. Because I love the church, truly I do. I love the idea of being around people who have the same faith in the same Savior, who offer encouragement and love and prayer. Christian fellowship is something that should always bring to us a feeling of joy. From the moment of salvation, we enter into a partnership with every other Christian who has the mindset of loving others, serving Christ, honoring God, being led by the Spirit. That is a cause for celebration, my friends!

4. vs. 6 “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in the state of how things are now. When we dwell on what’s not perfect in our present situation, we will be disappointed. I am a sinner, I mess up daily, I’m still learning what it looks like to live like Christ. But God promises that He will complete the work that He started in us.

In other words, He will bring this work of salvation to its complete end of glorification, though the lifelong process of sanctification. Those are a lot of big words, but it basically means God is not finished with me yet. He’s not finished with you yet. He is the one who saved us, He is the one who is making us look more like Christ (sanctification), and He is the one who will ultimately remove all our sin and bring us into His eternal presence (glorification). And for that, I should be filled with joy.

5. vs. 7-8 “It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.”

This is the final joy I want to touch on, and it kind of encompasses all of them in one. I started thinking about the people in my life who, when I think about them, I am overwhelmed with affectionate thoughts. I made a mental list of those people in my life who I love so dearly, who I am so thankful for, because of how they impact my life. My best friend, my mentors, ladies at church, the people on my ministry team, my high school basketball coach, my old youth pastor—when I thought of each of these people, I experienced such a joy and sadness all at once.

I had the immediate desire to write them all or call them and tell them of how much joy I found in remembering them. But that was also the moment when I was humbled to the reality that, in these relationships, I was not living out the fullness of joy that I am called to. Sometimes I remember these people with a selfish attitude or a hidden bitterness in my heart, instead of thinking about the godly ways they have touched my life and being grateful.

Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians from prison. His circumstances gave him every right to not be joyful, according to the world’s standards. But by God’s standards, Paul was able to experience tremendous joy, because he was not concerned at all about his circumstances. His joy was rooted in Christ, and He was able to focus on that and rejoice in the partnership he had with the Philippian church.

What a sweet reminder to us that our joy is also rooted in Christ, and that we can celebrate the fellowship we have with other believers who are partnering with us for the sake of the same gospel message!

Do you struggle with being joyful? How did this article help you? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 12

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“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

To me, this is a powerful quote. I tend to hold on to my problems, my dreams, etc. Somehow, it seems safest to cling to things—to treasure them or try to solve them on our own. I know my natural instinct is to hang on.

Doesn’t it make more sense, however, to let go? To surrender everything back to the One who was willing to die for me? The One who has completely mapped out my life from before I existed into eternity?

Doesn’t it make more sense to let go and trust God?

What are your thoughts on this quote? What have you surrendered to God? What have you still hung on to? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 11

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“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

What have you lost or given up as a result of your decision to follow Christ? What are your thoughts on this quote? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 10

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Last night, my family and I watched “Through Gates of Splendor,” a movie that follows the journey of Elisabeth Elliot and her fellow missionaries. Today’s quote bears much significance in the light of her story and the sacrifices she, her husband, and many others made to share the gospel.

“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

What are your thoughts on this quote? Share in the comments!

How To: Defeat Sin in Your Life

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As young ladies who desire to pursue Jesus with our whole hearts, we know our sin is a stumbling block and an entanglement to our race.
If you’re like me, you often fall into the same sin. It seems to claw your strength away—you simply cannot resist its pull. It seems too strong for you.
This sin is only conquered by God’s sanctifying grace in our lives.
So, what we need to do is to take God’s Word—which holds all the answers—and fight the sin in our lives, asking God to strengthen us.
I was at a counseling workshop several weeks ago and the speaker said something that I will never forget:
“The only way to defeat sin is to replace it with something good.”
We have this perspective that we must flee from sin—which is true. But we seem to stop there. When we run away from sin, but have no clear direction, we find ourselves running back to our sin.
So how do we defeat sin?
We fight bad with good.
We replace evil thoughts with good thoughts.
We run away from evil, but toward good.

“Now, flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2: 22
(emphasis added)

“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.”
1 Timothy 6:10-11
(emphasis added)

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Philippians 4:8

If all you do is push bad thoughts or emotions out, the evil will just return. The key is to not just run away from sin, but toward God.

Practical Application:
-Whenever you find yourself wanting to sin—with your actions, your emotions, in your thoughts, etc—stop immediately. Pray for God’s strength. Then turn your mind and your heart to Jesus. Here are some ways to do that:
         -Pray for other people
         -Pray for yourself
         -Recite Scripture
         -Read your Bible
         -Talk to a strong Christian friend
         -Remember God’s promises to you, such as, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” –2 Timothy 2: 13

How do you defeat temptation in your life? Share in the comments! 

Do You Know What You Believe?

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Do you know what you believe?
It can be easy to just go with the flow, can’t it? It’s easy to just accept what your friends say or what the world says. It feels good to be “one of them” and accepted.
But is that what God called us to? Did God call us out of the world just so we can think like the world?
Here are some verses to make you think. I challenge you to talk over what you believe about God, the Bible, and the world with your parents, especially if they are Christians. Also, I encourage you to talk with them about the recent Supreme Court rulings. Weigh everything that you hear against Scripture. Build the foundation of all of your beliefs on the Bible; it is the only solid foundation in this wayward world.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
Colossians 2:8

 “You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
James 4:4

 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
1 John 2:15

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
1 John 2:15-17

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Ephesians 5:11

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
1 John 1:7

“Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.”
1 John 3:13

 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.”
John 15:18-21 

Is this something you struggle with? Do you know what you believe?

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 9

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Day 9 of our special series, "Remembering Elisabeth Elliot!" Enjoy today’s quote!

“I do know that 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. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence—easier sometimes than to wait patiently.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

Waiting patiently is very difficult. When have you had trouble waiting on God? Share in the comments!

Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: Day 8

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In case you’re new to this series, Elisabeth Elliot just recently passed away. As a result, Tyler Smith with Logos Talk compiled this list of her most famous quotes.

If you do not know who she is, you can read a brief biography by clicking on this Logos Talk link.

            We will continue on with Day 8 of Elisabeth Elliot’s quotes, which will be posted Tuesday thru Thursdays every week.

Here is today’s quote:

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

What are you living for? Is it worth dying for? Share in the comments!

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