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September 27, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

Elisabeth Elliot
Keep A Quiet Heart

Count your troubles, name them one by one–at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Worry every day about something. Don’t let yourself get out of practice. It won’t add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.

Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.

Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man’s gotta live.

Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they’re going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.

Stay away from absolutes. It’s what’s right for you that matters. Be your own person and don’t allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.

Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people’s. You have your life to live, they have theirs.

Don’t fall into any compassion traps–the sort of situation where people can walk all over you.                  Bible reading, prayer.  If you get too involved in other people’s troubles, you may neglect your own.

Don’t let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what’s really relevant–things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones–they’re where it’s at now.

Filed Under: Manhood/Womanhood, Spiritual Growth

Now of course we know that Elisabeth Elliot certainly is saying these things in sarcasm to shock us with the folly of these things, but, oh how true it is that we often are our own worst enemy when it comes to majoring on the thing that will steal your JOY.

I’ve many a cross to take up now,  And many left behind;

But present troubles move me not,  Nor shake my quiet mind.

And what may be tomorrow’s cross I never seek to find;

My Father says, “Leave that to me, and keep a quiet mind.” -Anonymous

September 6, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart  …Pastor’s Help Mate

September 6, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate


Whatever you’re leaning on, whatever you’re looking to – to meet the deepest needs of your heart, will be the cause or the occasion of distress at some time or other—unless you’re leaning on the Lord.

The word Amen is from the word amenable, This is a person who is open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded.  A child who is easy to raise would be called amenable, cooperative, acquiescent, compliant, accommodating, obliging, manageable, controllable,  persuadable. Antonyms  would be unresponsive, resistant.

Last week John Wykes II asked if he hurt my hand when he shook my hand and we got to laughing about the types of handshakes.   The dead fish, or the knuckle breaker. Have you ever taken a persons hand and he or she did not respond, but it felt like a dead fish.

One time I was working in children’s church and I put my hand on a little girl’s shoulder to greet her and she tensed up and became very unresponsive.

Is this the way we are with the Lord. Do we resist His love and counsel.  Do you pull back from his guidance in His Word?   The Lord will never fail you. He will never distress you. He will never let you down.

Let’s look at  Psalm 131

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.

Now, let’s  look back to the previous Psalm. These are actually kind of twin psalms. Let’s look at Psalm 130, which just expands on hoping in the Lord. You fulfill Psalm 131:3, hoping in the Lord, by living out Psalm 130.


Psalm 130

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord ;

Lord, hear my voice!

Let Your ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in His Word I do hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

More than those who watch for the morning—

Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.