My mother is a big fan of Elisabeth Elliot, and I remember reading her books “Let Me Be A Woman” and “Through Gates of Splendor” as a young teen. But it wasn’t until I was an apprentice at MMR and went through the Preparation for Marriage class with Matt and Jenni that I really was convicted and changed by her writing. I read “Passion and Purity” in that class, and later my friend Kezia bought me a copy because she knew how much I loved it. On the inside cover she wrote: “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” – Prov 31:10 Beth, May you continually move toward being that virtuous wife. May your thoughts, words, and actions be Christ honoring and filled with purity. And if you never become a man’s bride remember that you are Christ’s bride and seek to be holy for him. I love you Betania, Your friend, Kezia My tattered copy of this book is filled with highlights and underlines. It was 8 years after she bought this book for me that I became a wife, and I found that I could relate to Elisabeth and Jim’s story in my years of waiting. But her words resonate with me now maybe even more, because the exciting dating/engagement/wedding is over and now the day to day obedience stretches out ahead, and each day the choice needs to be made to die to myself and follow Christ. Elisabeth Elliot was always very blunt and straightforward. She wouldn’t say to follow your heart, she would say to sacrifice your heart on the altar. She wouldn’t say dream big, she would say do cheerfully what God is asking of you today whether that is to forgive your brother or give up your deepest heart’s desire or die for the gospel. I am no good at this, and I hope that I don’t pretend to be good at this. But I am trying to apply her words to my life: THIS JOB has been given me to do, and therefore, it is a GIFT. It is an OFFERING that I can make to God. It is to be done GLADLY if it is done for him. It is HERE, not somewhere else that I may learn God’s way. In THIS job, not some other, God looks for faithfulness. In this daily washing of dishes. In this dealing patiently with kids who hit each other. In this choice of how to spend my free hour during nap. The question is always, do I love him? And if the answer is yes, my life needs to show it by sacrificing my will on the altar of obedience. Trusting that God does not ask us to die merely in order to be dead.. we die in order to live.