May 29, 2013

Candles in the Dark

Just finished another great book by Amy Carmichael. This one is broken into six short sections from letters she wrote to friends. Letters of hope and encouragement.

I thought I'd share bits and pieces from each chapter that encouraged me.

Hope they encourage you as well.

1. Discipleship

To a young worker:

"The fight to which we have been called is not an easy fight. we are touching the very center of the devil's power and kingdom, and he hates us intensely and fights hard against us. We have no chance at all of winning in this fight unless we are disciplined soldiers, utterly out-and-out and uncompromising, and men and women of prayer.

So first, give much time to quietness. We have to get our help for the most part direct from our God. We are here to help, not to be helped, and we must each one of us learn to walk with God alone and feed on His word so as to be nourished. Don't only read and pray; listen. And don't evade the slightest whisper of guidance that comes. God make you very sensitive, and very obedient."

2. Life and Work

The individual touch:

"Yesterday I read and read Luke 4:40. It was as if I had never seen it before. Those crowds - hot, sticky, clamorous, tiresome probably; but He did not see them as crowds. He laid His hands on every one of them - every one of them.

It's the individual touch that tells. He doesn't love in the mass, but in ones."

'When the sun was setting the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.'  Luke 4:40

To one facing an 'impossible' task:

"When the Lord leads He always strengthens."

His way is perfect:

"It doesn't much matter what happens to us. The one thing that matters is how we meet what happens...He is leading us through and on, and as for God, His way is perfect."

3. Pain and Suffering

In His care:

"Trials are not 'chastisement.' No earthly father goes on chastising a loving child. That is a common thought about suffering, but I am quite sure it is a wrong thought. Paul's sufferings were not that, nor are yours. They are battle wounds. They are signs of high confidence - honors. The Father holds his children very close to His heart when they are going through such rough places as this.

'Thy care hath preserved my spirit' - a lovely Revised Version Margin which helped me a few days ago - is my word for you (Job 10:12). Think of it; all day long you are being cared for, you are in His care."

The way to God's Best:

"...the depression that follows pain He understands too. 'My soul clings to the dust': no truer words were ever written. Sometimes just to know one is understood helps."

Fear not:

"Is there anything too kind for Him to do? No, there is nothing too kind for Him to do. So none of us needs fear for our dear ones. He who was so near to me then is as near to them, always."

4. Tests and Trails

Find harbor:

"...we are not meant to live in a perpetual stormy sea. we are meant to pass through and find harbor and so be at peace. Then we are free from occupation with ourselves and our storms - free to help others.

I want to live in the light of the thought of His coming, His triumph - the end of this present darkness, the glory of His seen Presence. This bathes the present in radiance. You won't be sorry then that you trusted when you couldn't see, when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared and no small tempest lay on you (Acts 27:20)."

5. Joy and Satisfaction

Unshadowed joy:

"I was reading Isaiah 43, and in verse 24 I saw myself: ' have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities.' 

And then for the first time I noticed that there is no space between verse 24 and verse 25, 'I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.'

Who but our Father would forgive like that?"

Joys are on their way:

"Joys are always on their way to us. They are always traveling to us through the darkness of the night. There is never a night when they are not coming."

"For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning."  Psalm 30:5

6. Love and Trust

The heavenly river:

"Yes, love is a glorious thing, new every morning. There is nothing to fear if there is love."

'Lord, do Thou turn me all into love, and all my love into obedience. And let my obedience be without interruption.' (Saint Augustine)

And on the last page of this book it shares some of Amy's last beautiful words she wrote down. It says here:

"As Amy's life drew to a close, writing of any kind became impossible. Her last letter, undated, was written in pencial in large, sprawling letters which straggled across the page:

"Precious child...if so dear to me, what to Him?"  Amma

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  1. Now I want to read this! Thanks for sharing at IP!

  2. This looks like a beautiful book, and a wonderful read. So full of inspiration and encouragement, especially for those times when life seems hard.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  3. I love Amy Carmichael. She's one of my favorites. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Blessings, Cathy.

  4. Yes, she is a beautiful writer. Her words still minister as they did when first written!

  5. Oh. I absorbed this. Absolutely absorbed it, and am copying/pasting a number of the quotes. Just so grateful for you, friend, and the way you help us find the light.

  6. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love Amy Carmichael! Her book "If" is one of my favorites. :)

  8. Thank-you all for stopping by. Glad Amy's words have encouraged you!

  9. Very encouraging in a true time of need. Thank you for sharing. Stopping by from the hop.

  10. I so enjoyed reading your post Cathy. I would love to read Amy's book, thanks for sharing with us.

    I also wanted to let you know that I have added your blog to a guest post I wrote, '50 Christian women bloggers to follow'. Thank you for the encouragement you share.


  11. Sounds like a great read. I love reading about missionaries. Great ending quote. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is a great post, Cathy! I discovered Amy's writing many years ago while doing research for our pastor, but I've never read one of her books. Now I think I need to.

    1. Amy's books are such an inspiration. I really enjoyed this one. Hope you get to read something of hers soon. : )


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