Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Visit to Elisabeth Elliot's & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & LinkUp Party!


Hello everyone! We returned from three glorious days visiting Elisabeth Elliot and her husband, Lars. For those of you that don't know her, you must look her up! She is one of the spiritual giants of our day, and Elisabeth has been a spiritual mother to countless women in the spirit of Titus 2 where the older women are commanded to teach the younger women. She has endured much in her life, including the death of her first husband, Jim Elliot, and then her second husband, Addison Leitch. You can read about her, and her many wonderful writings (she has written numerous books) at www.elisabethelliot.org.

It was such an honor to not only be invited to their home, but to stay in their lovely bedroom overlooking the sea! (Elisabeth was diagnosed with dementia nearly a decade ago, and can no longer walk upstairs, where this lovely room overlooks the sea, as does the adjoining bath.) Downstairs in the living room, they had Psalm 95:5 on a large plaque above a huge picture window which showed the same vast, breathtaking seaside view:



Oh, there is so much more to say, but I need to get this blog out since tomorrow is Wednesday, and each Wednesday I host a Link-Up Party for Christian bloggers! 

I hope to be back to tell you about reading scripture to Elisabeth from the devotional she introduced me to, walking to church with them (Elisabeth in a wheelchair with her two godly, wonderful, young caregivers, Kea and Carrie) and later singing "It is Well with My Soul," watching my daughter, Mary, sing to Elisabeth and tell her how much she loved her (Elisabeth rarely speaks now, but when Mary asked her if she (Elisabeth) knew how much she loved her, she replied with a long, "Yeeeeeeeees!," eating Lar's wonderful Norwegian salmon (which I tried to copy last night for my family, along with making Kea's baked oatmeal yesterday for my family for breakfast), waking up in Elisabeth's room to the vast ocean, sitting in Elisabeth's seat overlooking the sea in her office and looking at all her books (most old authors like Samuel Rutherford and St. Augustine), meeting her sister, Ginny and going to her home, seeing Elisabeth's books on the shelf in her office with her handwritten notes in them, seeing her notes on her typewriter, scriptures and sayings around her home, and her photo album of the time with the Auca Indians. Lars, being such a gentlemen, took us all the way to the gate when we departed! 

And photos, I have so many photos, but I am overwhelmed, but want to share here on my blog and on my Instagram at JuanaMikels, as well as on FB on JuanaMikels (My blog automatically posts on my Google plus which is also JuanaMikels.) Many may have seen the instagram I sent out on the note she typed to herself on her typewriter:



I have so many dear ones! It was bittersweet as you can imagine with Elisabeth's affliction, but she is such a living model of "in acceptance lieth peace," no matter what her circumstances are. To God be the glory! 

I came back spiritually refreshed and ready to enthusiastically serve my family, which I learned from Elisabeth. 

Thank you to the bloggers who joined us by posting at our special two-week party on our last Wednesday's Link-Up Party while I was away! Now we are back to our once a week Wednesday Link-Up!

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It's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!
                             
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Remember, God desires us not only to be a believers, but to be wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ! May we listen to Him daily through His word, and obey Him!





Walk by faith,

11 comments:

  1. Praising God that our oldest daughter moved back to Raleigh after 3 years in NYC. Will you please pray for her new job, for God to help her get the word out about what her company does, and for people to respond positively? What can I pray for you?

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    1. Any results from the two tests your son took recently?
      Thank You and Praise You Father for Juana's wonderful trip to visit Elisabeth! We also Praise You that Juana's daughter has moved back to Raleigh. We lift up her new job, and know that You will be in every little detail of her company and what they do. We pray for a positive response. We love You Father, Amen.

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    2. Jana, thank you for your prayer and for your faithfulness! I totally forgot to praise that Alex passed both exams and is now eligible to be a real estate broker! Thank you for the very needed reminder for that praise, and for remembering what I forgot!!!

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  2. Sounds like a beautiful experience. I can't wait to read more about it once you have a chance to sort through your thoughts and photos.

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    1. I just ordered one of those shutterfly books to help me to do capture our memories of our trip to Elisabeth Elliot's lovely home. I will keep posting on social media in between this and that! Thank you Dana for the encouragement:-)

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  3. What a privilege you've had! Such a blessing! She has been a Titus 2 woman to with her writing that have grown, challenged and inspired me over the years. I'm existed about your posts to follow and would love to read about it. Thanks for hosting.

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    1. Oh, such a blessing it was. You may want to go to the search bar on my site, or easier yet, Marie, go to the Elisabeth Elliot link at the top. You can read more about her visits here, and how she's touched so many lives including yours and mine with her no-nonsense Biblical wisdom.

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  4. Libby is growing and growing! She is such a beautiful baby, no I am not biased! Prayers for complete healing of her little brain, and an upcoming Dr. appt on the 4th. Praises for her sweet life and for the wonderful blessing she is to all. Thanksgiving for her parents. God chose them perfectly, prayers of strength and peace over them.

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    1. Oh, Heavenly Father, we praise you for the life of little baby Libby. We praise and thank you that she is growing up a storm, and entrust her days and life to you. Lord, we acknowledge that YOU are the Great Physician, and can choose to overide a doctor's words. May You continue to develop her brain that she may bring You glory all the days of her life. May her parents be filled with encouragement and strength and may Your peace supernaturally be placed in their hearts. Amen.

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