A Sweet Fragrance

    Books Worth Reading

    Studies In The Sermon On The Mount by Oswald Chambers
    The Sermon on the Mount would bring us to despair apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. Oswald Chambers expounds on the meaning of these commands of Christ and shows us that Christ enables us to follow His teachings.

    Rose from Brier by Amy Carmichael
    Written not from the well to the ill, but from the ill to the ill, this book contains the treasures of Amy Carmichael's spiritual life during the final years of her life. This collection of poetry, short stories, and encouragement for fellow-sufferers addresses many aspects of human suffering and points us to Calvary as the only source of peace and comfort.

    Set-Apart Femininity: God's Sacred Intent for Every Young Woman by Leslie Ludy
    In contrast to the shallow, selfish, pleasure seeking femininity found today, Set-Apart Femininity lays out a blueprint for life-changing, world altering femininity that is based on God's sacred call and purpose. This book calls young women to make an eternal impact on this world rather than indulge themselves in today's self-focused culture. Speaking forthrightly to the corruption of today's culture and its infiltration into the church, the message of this book drives deep into the heart of true set-apart femininity and the heart of God.

    Golden hours: Heart-hymns of the Christian life by Elizabeth Prentiss
    In this book, Elizabeth Prentiss puts into verse her experiences of both intense joy and suffering. Born out of a time of the darkest pain, these poems reflect the lessons learned by a life consecrated to God.

    Essays on Various Subjects Principally Designed for Young Ladies by Hannah More
    Written over 200 years ago, this thought-provoking collection of essays expounds on various qualities that are unique to femininity. Chapter topics include conversation, meekness, education, and religion. This book affirms the God-ordained distinctions between men and women and encourages young ladies to pursue excellence. A very refreshing book for those who desire to return to a Biblical pattern for womanhood.

    Vanya by Myrna Grant
    The story of a young Russian soldier whose faith did not die in the face of torture and martyrdom. The amazing miracles God did through his life fanned the flames of Christianity in Russia.

    A Day's Time-Table by E. S. Elliott
    Written over a century ago, this simple tale of one day in a young unmarried woman's life incorporates and reveals powerful truths concerning the relevance of God's Word to every detail of our lives. This fictional story is written in the style of a novel, yet is full of Scripture. God's design for womanhood flows throughout the book, untainted by modern feminism.

    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.

    Mimosa: A True Story by Amy Carmichael
    A young Indian girl one day heard of a Savior who loved her and from then on she chose to worship only Him even though for many years she could not remember His name. This story reveals the amazing power of our Savior's love.


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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