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    Books Worth Reading

    Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
    A collection of letters written to the author's daughter on the meaning of womanhood.

    No Graven Image by Elisabeth Elliot
    The fictional story of a young single woman missionary who is given the enormous task of starting a work among the Quichuas of the high Andes. As she begins her life as a missionary, she quickly learns that she is supposed to project an image of herself as a successful, spiritual missionary. Then something happens that shatters that image and she learns to put no created image, no matter how "spiritual", in the place of God.

    The 1599 Geneva Bible
    The original 1599 Geneva Bible with notes written by the reformers. Nothing has been updated except the spelling. This translation is characterized by simple and beautiful language that is surprisingly understandable even to modern readers.

    Aunt Jane's Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss
    The heartwarming story of a Christian couple seeking to establish a home whose happiness flows from a beautiful relationship with the Lord Jesus. Biblical truths about marriage and family life are interwoven throughout this lovely story.

    They Found the Secret by V. Raymond Edman
    This is a book about the exchanged life, the life that is of Christ. This collection of 20 short biographies of men and women who discovered the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will increase your desire to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your own life. The Christian life is, first and foremost, about a mighty, resurrected Lord whose Spirit can indwell and completely transform those who surrender to Him.

    Whispers of His Power by Amy Carmichael
    A collection of 366 devotional readings taken from Amy Carmichael's previously unpublished writings.

    Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley
    An excellent book on living out Godly womanhood in a modern world. Packed with research and information on the development of feminism over the last 200 years.

    By Searching: My Journey Through Doubt Into Faith
    In this autobiography, Isobel Kuhn documents a journey of faith that will give every hungry soul a vision for the life that God offers. Although she walked this journey almost a century ago, her story of struggle and growth is written with a simplicity and clarity that is timeless.

    Thoughts Concerning the King by Elizabeth Prentiss
    Originally published in 1890, these selections from Elizabeth Prentiss' private papers represent the cream of her thoughts and relationship with the Lord. While simply a collection of quotes and poetry, the depth and insight of these quotations make this book a treasure indeed.

    Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins
    Natasha Vins tells the story of life as the daughter of the persecuted Russian pastor Georgi Vins.


Years ago, I was working in a very challenging situation with some very difficult children. I was getting up early and going to bed late with little reward for my work. For the first time in my life, I was learning what it was like to live with someone that truly hated me. Gradually, the situation deteriorated to the point that my job was basically a 24/7 suicide watch. It killed me. Some things happened that I actually could not handle. The following verses became my meat and drink during that time and afterwards:

Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
There is no searching of His understanding.
He giveth power to the faint:
and to them that have no might
He increaseth strength.

(Isaiah 40:28-29)

     The year following the above events I had a Russian artist paint these verses on a lovely tray. It hangs in my room. It will probably go with me wherever I go. The Lord keeps giving me tasks to do and will throughout the rest of my life. The thing I have learned through some very hard lessons is that for every task God gives me, I provide zero percent of the strength and effort to complete it. He provides the remaining one hundred percent. After all, it is His life I am living, not my own. He is sufficient.


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6 Responses to “To Them That Have No Might He Increaseth Strength”

  1. Anonymous

    Absolutely! I can’t count the number of times where God’s grace has shone through and kept me going.


  2. calledblessed

    What a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in tough time…or even in times that are not tough.  He’s there no matter what, it’s just that we can “see” him a bit more clearly when we’re at the end of ourselves.

    Thanks for sharing your story and for your contribution to STLS :)

    Daiquiri @ Call Her Blessed


  3. Anonymous

    Hi Miss Vanessa!
    What a great scripture to lean on in troubled times! I am so glad you were blessed by it. Making a plaque is a great idea to always remember the promise!

    I featured your article in today’s SuperSimpleSpiritualSunday: http://feelinfeminine.com/?p=287

    Have a great day!
    Miss Amanda


  4. Spiritualhigh777

    I have to remind myself all the time that God hasn’t left me. He is in control and most off he knows what I’m going through. Everything always works out for his glory.


  5. wondering04

    I am glad you have that scripture to cling to.  Some things are tough without scriptures to help us through.



  6. A_Sweet_Fragrance

    @Miss Amanda - Thank you!


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