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    Books Worth Reading

    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.

    Gold Cord by Amy Carmichael
    The story of the Dohnavur Fellowship in Amy Carmichael's own words. An amazing testimony of the work of God.

    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.

    Toward Jerusalem by Amy Carmichael
    A collection of poetry and songs written for those who are about the King's business.

    His Thoughts Said. . .His Father Said . . . by Amy Carmichael
    The thoughts of a child of God are often troubled and questioning. The Father has an answer to all of them.

    A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
    My favorite biography of Amy Carmichael. Full of excerpts from Amy's writings, this well-researched book gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the great lovers of God.

    Love to the Uttermost by F. B. Meyer
    An exposition of John 13-21. The author digs deep into the events of Jesus' last hours in order to bring us to a closer, passionate devotion to the Messiah.

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

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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.

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  2. calledblessed
    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

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  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
    http://superangelsblog.com

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  4. Spiritualhigh777
    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.

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  5. wondering04
    wondering04

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

    Heather

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  6. A_Sweet_Fragrance
    A_Sweet_Fragrance

    @Miss Amanda - Thank you!

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