Edges of His Ways


This is a devotional book that I have read over and over again through the years. In fact, I have owned this book for over a decade and am reading it again today!

Amy Carmichael was a missionary to South India from America. She left for India in 1895 and remained there without a break until she entered Heaven in January 1951.

Her life had a profound influence on Elisabeth Elliot, who wrote a beautiful biography about her life (which I also recommend!) called A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

This daily devotional springs from Amy’s personal walk with God and her daily time spent in the Scriptures.

An example of one of her daily readings:

May 23rd

Psalm 105:41 “He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.”

Have any of us any dry places? They may be out of sight of even loving eyes. We may be ashamed when we have so much to fill our lives with song and praise, and yet there are dry places of longings, weariness, disappointment, difficulty of any sort, failure.

Oh, blessed be the love of God; “the waters…ran in the dry places like a river.” There is no need to go on in dryness. “For The Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of The Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.” (Isaiah 51:3).


The best daily devotionals that I have read do not replace time spent in the Word, but rather whet my appetite for more of God’s Word. Edges of His Ways does just that and I highly recommend it to fellow travelers who may be weary or need a bit of encouragement along the way.


The Journals of Jim Elliot


I have begun reading The Journals of Jim Elliot. For those of you who don’t know who Jim Elliot is, here’s a brief bio from Wikipedia:

Philip James “Jim” Elliot (October 8, 1927 – January 8, 1956) was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

The Journals provide an intimate window into the spiritual walk of an ordinary man that God used in extraordinary ways – a man who was asked to pay the ultimate price for his Gospel witness.

One of my favorite quotes so far from his journals is this: “I pray, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn up for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one like yours, Lord Jesus.” ~ Jim Elliot

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