Monday, November 18, 2013

Corrie tenBoom

I can't remember when I first read "The Hiding Place" by Corrie tenBoom, but I do remember being challenged and inspired by her story (and was soon devouring any book I could find by her!)

Disappointment in love as a young lady...surviving concentration camps and all that entails...being separated from and losing many family members... I can't even begin to recount all she endured and suffered in her life (nor do I want to spoil her story for you, if you haven't read it).

What amazes me is that through it all, Corrie used each experience to draw closer to Christ.  Instead of closing herself off and shutting herself up in pain -- time and time again she cried out for mercy and strength, continually making herself vulnerable and never ceasing to love the people God brought into her life.  What a testimony and example.

A few of my favorite "Corrie quotes":

EVERY experience God gives us,
EVERY person He puts in our lives,
is the PERFECT preparation for the future that only He can see.

Child, it is not as much what happens, but how we take it that is important. God is watching to see whether we allow the problems to defeat us, or whether we will go through them in His strength, being made stronger for the next problem and ultimately for the final end battle. .. everything that happens to us in life is training for the work we will do next.

The deepest fellowship with Him lies not 
in resisting when suffering comes our way, 
but in going through it resolutely with Him.  
-Pamela Roswell
  (Corrie's companion and care-taker during the last several years of her life)


Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.

Any concern to small to be turned into a prayer
 is too small to be made into a burden.

Faith sees the invisible,
believes the unbelievable, 
and receives the impossible.

We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answers. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God's work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.

In the event you are curious to read more about her life and ministry, here are a few suggestions to get you started:


Anna B. said...

Love this post! And LOVE Corrie tenBoom! The quotes you shared are some of my favorites.

Desirae Clopper said...

Love those quotes! I've not heard most of them, but they are very though provoking and challenging!