I'm thankful for her life and ministry on a personal level because, through her writing and speaking, she's been a close mentor to me.
I can look back over varied seasons and struggles where her practical view on faith and living the Christian life has given me encouragement or a needed gentle rebuke, inspiring fresh resolve to do the next thing, to keep a quiet heart, to trust, to obey.
In thinking about her life, I'm struck by the thought that in many ways, as she would admit herself, she was just an ordinary woman, nothing special. How then, was her life marked by such extraordinary sacrifice, by such wisdom and far-reaching impact? The answer, of course, is God. One day, one moment at a time, she made the choice to surrender, to turn to Him, and in doing so she was transformed more closely to the image of Christ, made more useful for His service.
This process, the daily opportunities to choose faithfulness, are the same for us.
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.”
"We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others."