Virtual Story Time

VIRTUAL STORY TIME   Have you read these books about Lilias Trotter?  Illustrated by award-winning artist,Tim Ladwig, they are a must see as well as a must read.  Published in 2015 and 2018, respectively, they are now available to be viewed on Youtube (links...

Watch Many Beautiful Things for FREE

"Many Beautiful Things is a moving, masterfully constructed story of faith that inspires and heals. It’s a wonder I’d never heard Lilias Trotter’s historic, cross-generational story before now. Her life gives pause and reflection amidst the busyness." ~ Gabe Lyons...

THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF ABIDING “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit . . ." ~ John 15:5     “Here in the last of the Parable secrets that we are studying, this lesson is taught us in a wonderful picture. It...

THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF PROGRESS “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”   ~ John 14:6  “. . . three of the great aims of the Sufis are to follow the Way, and to know the Truth, and to live the Life of God; and the question before them is how to progress from step to step in...

Think About These Things . . .

Think About These Things . . .

Such a lovely "beholding" today!  I went to the well -- and it was uncovered for me to look down.  Instead of the still circle of water I expected see, it was all heaving and rippling in swelling circles!  Then it stopped and grew quiet, and while I was wondering if...

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF LIFE OUT OF DEATH "I am the Resurrection and the Life"  ~ John 11:21   ". . .  the deliverance that is brought to us by Christ 'the Resurrection and the Life' goes deeper than the change in our position before God. It is the true opening of the...

THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF LEADERSHIP “I am the Good Shepherd.”  John 10:11a      "If we go back to the end of the last chapter we shall see that there is a link between that one and this one. We have seen there that the first stage is to be led forth by the Shepherd. We...

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF ACCESS ". . . I am the Door of the sheep." John 10:7 "Now if you will follow on, there comes through Him by the light the revelation of another wonderful secret: the secret of access to God. . . In the words of Christ, we have the step of drawing near to...

THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

THE SECRET OF ILLUMINATION "I am the Light of the World. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the Light of Life. Yet a little while is the Light with you. Walk while ye have the Light, lest darkness come upon you.   John 8:12; 12:35. Now life...

Ash Wednesday

THE SECRET OF SATISFACTION   I Am the Bread of Life. He that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth in Me shall never thirst. I am the living Bread that came down from heaven. If any man eat of this Bread he shall live for ever: and the Bread that...

Parables of the Christ-life

Available now for Purchase! facsimile edition of Parables of the Christ-life by I. Lilias Trotter "These are the things which, small as they are in this world's count, have the very pulse of eternity beating through them."   ~ Parables of the Christ-life ~   In...

Images of Faith, Devotional Edition (Volumes 1 & 2)

We are delighted to announce that the new devotional edition of Images of Faith is now available for purchase.  This, in contrast to our earlier edition (Volume 1), is complete with Volumes 1 & 2 and is in a reader-friendly devotional format.  It is reasonably...

A Way of Seeing

If you enjoyed our daily Lenten postings, they were taken directly from the book, A Way of Seeing: The Inward and Outward Vision of Lilias Trotter. This book is available for purchase from Amazon (click image above). Thank you for joining us for "Lent with Lilias"...

Resurrection Day

“Yes, life is the uppermost – resurrection life, radiant and joyful and strong – for we represent down here Him who liveth and was dead and is alive forevermore. . . Oh let us not dim it by a shadow of morbidness or of gloom. He is not a god of the dead, but a God of...

Lent Day 40

"The beauty of that old line of Hebrew poetry came afresh today. The thickest of the cloud storm would be just where He is passing. We see the dust now, we shall see His Footprints when He has passed along the way." ~ Lilias Trotter (17 August 1919; 20 September 1924)...

Lent Day 39

"The same lesson is reiterated all round by God: the simple ABC lesson that inadequacy and inefficiency on the human side are His conditions for working. 'He sealeth up the hand of every man, that all men may know His work.'" ~ Lilias Trotter (27 February 1904)  ...

Lent Day 38

"Noiseless must be His Holy Habitation within us." ~ Lilias Trotter (30 June 1895)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 37

"When God delays in fulfilling our little thoughts, it is to have Himself room to work out His great ones." ~ Lilias Trotter (29 December 1903)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through...

Lent Day 36

"There is a great sense of rest in being in the way of His steps." ~ Lilias Trotter (7 March 1915) How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 35

"You are right to be glad in His April days while He gives them. Every stage of the heavenly growth is lovely to Him; He is the God of the daisies and the lambs and the merry child hearts!" ~ Lilias Trotter (Parables of the Cross)   How is God speaking to you...

Lent Day 34

"I have been thinking lately what a work for God it is just loving people." ~ Lilias Trotter (25 April 1891)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 33

"There is a vibrating power going on down in the darkness and dust of this world that can make itself visible in starting results in the upper air and sunlight of the invisible. Each prayer beat here vibrates up to the very throne of God, and does its work through...

Lent Day 32

"The morning star is so perfectly marvelous these days. It hangs in the dawn like a great globe of silver fire. Of all the images of Christ, it seems the one that is almost more than an image -- it is so utterly like Him in its pure glory." ~ Lilias Trotter (17...

Lent Day 31

"Take the very hardest thing in your life - the place of difficulty, outward or inward - and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom." ~ Lilias Trotter ("Parables of the Cross")   How is God speaking to...

Lent Day 30

"Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things -- even the treasures that He has sanctified -- held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?" ~ Lilias Trotter ("Parables of the Cross")   How is God speaking to...

Lent Day 29

"You can never tell to what untold glories any little humble path may lead, if you only follow far enough." ~ Lilias Trotter (13 August 1899)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your...

Lent Day 28

"If we can listen in stillness, till our hearts begin to vibrate to the thing He is thinking and feeling about the matter in question, whether it concerns ourselves or others, we can from that moment begin praying downwards from His throne, instead of praying upwards...

Lent Day 27

"God only knows the endless possibilities that lie enfolded in each of us." ~ Lilias Trotter ("Parables of the Cross")   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 26

"The history of His wonders in the past is a constant succession of new things and He is not at the end of His resources yet." ~ Lilias Trotter ("The Glory of the Impossible")   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God...

Lent Day 25

  "A flower that stops short of its flowering misses its purpose. We were created for more than our own spiritual development; reproduction not mere development, is the goal of matured being -- reproduction in other lives." ~ Lilias Trotter ("Parables of the...

Lent Day 24

"All the more beautiful will be God's triumph when it comes. The highest music is not the music where all goes on simple and straight and sweet, but where discord suddenly resolves tensions with harmony." ~ Lilias Trotter (12 February 1905)   How is God speaking...

Lent Day 23

"The baby new moon was hanging in the sunset tonight like a boat for the little angels . . ." ~ Lilias Trotter (11 February 1899)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own...

Lent Day 22

"Such a day of small things still, but on God's time, and that is enough: size as well as time space count nothing with Him." ~ Lilias Trotter (1 January 1902)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself...

Lent Day 21

"We are proving these days that time is nothing to God: nothing in its speeding, nothing in its halting. He is the God that 'inhabiteth eternity.'" ~Lilias Trotter (12 December 1920)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is...

Lent Day 20

"God wants to show us that nothing is great or small to Him." ~ Lilias Trotter (26 March 1924)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 19

"I am seeing more and more that we begin to learn what it is to walk by faith when we learn to spread out all that is against us -- all our physical weakness, loss of mental power, spiritual inability, all that is against us inwardly and outwardly -- as sails to the...

Lent Day 18

"Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling." ~ Lilias Trotter (Parables of the Cross)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 17

"God's guidance, if our soul's instinct is healthy, tallies with the sense of rest." ~ Lilias Trotter (30 September 1903)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 16

"The growing point of our soul is the thing with which the Spirit of God is especially dealing with and all depends on faithfulness there." ~ Lilias Trotter (23 September 1902)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God...

Lent Day 15

"For the world's salvation was not wrought out by the three years in which He went about doing good, but in the three hours of darkness in which He hung, stripped and nailed, in uttermost exhaustion of spirit, soul, and body - till His heart broke. So little wonder...

Lent Day 14

"Oh, the desert is lovely in its restfulness. The great brooding stillness over and through everything is so full of God. One does not wonder that He used to take His people out into the wilderness to teach them." ~ Lilias Trotter (6 March 1895)   How is God...

Lent Day 13

"The still pool of living water lies in every saved soul, keeping life within that little plot of ground, but there is a world of differences between a pool and a river. A river is wide open to its source and as wide open to the needs lower down. We need all barriers...

Lent Day 12

"The things that are impossible with men are possible with God. May it not be that the human impossibility is just the very thing that set His Hand free? And that it is the things which are possible for us to do that He is in a measure to let alone?" ~ Lilias Trotter...

Lent Day 11

"And it has come to me with a flood of joy that no matter if we are only crooked little chinks, the heavenly Sun can send through us not only light, but the revelation of His Image: 'the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the Face of Jesus.'" ~ Lilias...

Lent Day 10

"We have to do with One who 'inhabiteth eternity' and works in its infinite leisure." ~ Lilias Trotter ("Parables of the Christ-Life")   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own...

Lent Day 9

"We love to see the impossible done. And so does God." ~ Lilias Trotter ("The Glory of the Impossible")   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 8

"He makes the scraps of aloneness very very precious -- one gets a sense among the palms and fruit blossoms that one has so far as possible shut the door. And it is true as of old that 'the doors being shut, came Jesus.'" ~ Lilias Trotter (3 March 1895)   How is...

Lent Day 7

"The daisies have been talking again -- the reason they spread out their leaves flat on the ground is because the flowers stretch out their little hands, as it were, to keep back the blades of grass that would shut out the sunlight. They speak so of the need of...

Lent Day 6

"He didn't promise us ease and comfort - but He did promise joy which we may have in the midst of any weight or heaviness that may be ours to bear." ~ Lilias Trotter (17 July 1920)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is...

Lent Day 5

"The stretched-out hand of faith on earth, acting in union with the stretched-out hand of God's power in heaven. That is the sort of faith we have got to learn before we have done with it." ~ Lilias Trotter (1 January 1900)   How is God speaking to you through...

Lent Day 4

Let faith swing out on Him.  He is the God of the impossible."  ~ Lilias Trotter (The Glory of the Impossible)   How is God speaking to you through these words? Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent Day 3

"Life is grandly simple when the spirit of calculating results and consequences, even spiritual results and consequences, has been left among the things that are behind, when obedience is the one thing that matters, when God Himself, and no mere 'experience' is our...

Lent Day Two

"With God -- these are the wonderful words, this is the wonderful fact that changes earth's sordid surroundings into the heavenly places where we are seated with God."  ~ Lilias Trotter   How is God speaking to you through these words?  Through this painting? How...

Lent Day One (Ash Wednesday)

"Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light."  ~ Lilias Trotter (1 August 1921)   How is God speaking to you through these words?  Through this painting? How is God revealing Himself to you through your own surroundings?

Lent with Lilias

The spring flowers that stand all about my room in Arab pots of green and yellow earthenware bring a very real revelation of Him "by whom were all things created."  The clear happiness of the daisies, and the radiant shout of the celandines, and the deep sweet joy of...

Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus: A Story and a Song

Behind every song is a story.  Some of the richest stories come from the hymns-of-old and Sunday School favorites.  Who isn't familiar with the story of John Newton, former slave-trader-turned-clergyman writer of "Amazing Grace"?  How can one not be touched by the...

Arab Hospitality

    by Bonnie Camp Palmquist* We had just sat down for supper with our 3 daughters in the Middle Eastern city where we were living when the doorbell rang. Going to the door, we saw an Arab family with 3 little children, all dressed up for a visit. We...

The Lesson of the Palm Trees

Summer, 1928, Lilias began teaching Sunday afternoon Bible lessons in her room, studying life “over the Jordan” (Millennial Reign), as pre-figured in the carvings of Solomon's temple – an especially poignant experience as her own life was drawing to a close (August...

Their Works do Follow Them

And the results need not end with our earthly days.  Should Jesus tarry our works will follow us . . . God may use, by reason of the wonderful solidarity of His Church, the things that He has wrought in us, for the blessing of souls unknown to us:  as these twigs and...

Resurrection Day!

“Yes, life is the uppermost – resurrection life, radiant and joyful and strong – for we represent down here Him who liveth and was dead and is alive forevermore. . . Oh let us not dim it by a shadow of morbidness or of gloom. He is not a god of the dead, but a God of...

Interview with Biographer Miriam Huffman Rockness

We are delighted to share with you the following interview with Miriam Huffman Rockness about her newest publication, Images of Faith: Reflections Inspired by Lilias Trotter. Tell us about the background of this book - how did Images of Fatih come about? In a real...

Palm Sunday

"'Death is the gate of life.' Does it look so to us? Have we learnt to go down, once and again, into its gathering shadow in quietness and confidence, knowing that there is always 'a better resurrection' beyond?"   Today, the day we call Palm Sunday, begins in...

Fifth Sunday in Lent

"This dandelion has long ago surrendered its golden petals, and has reached its crowning stage of dying – the delicate seed-globe must break up now – it gives and gives till it has nothing left. What a revolution would come over the world – the world of starving...

Fourth Sunday in Lent

"Have we learned the buttercup’s lesson yet? Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things – even the treasures that He has sanctified – held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?”   What is this lesson of...

Third Sunday in Lent

“We ourselves are ‘saved to save’ – we are made to give – to let everything go if only we may have more to give.”   "We are made to give." What does that really mean? In a me-first culture which emphasizes self-gratification, this is a difficult concept to grasp,...

Second Sunday in Lent

"Take the very hardest thing in your life - the place of difficulty, outward or inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom."   What is the "very hardest thing in your life" - today? Where does...

First Sunday in Lent

"Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling."   Who wants to be holy?  Perhaps a better question would be:  What would a truly holy person look like?  One might suspect that what we would note about a person “further down the road to holiness” would be their...

Lent with Lilias

Ash Wednesday   Lilias’s classic work, Parables of the Cross, demonstrates through the life stages of plants and flowers how death is necessary for life to continue in the physical world – and in the spiritual: "Death is the gate of life." Parables of the Cross...

Upcoming Orlando Screening of Many Beautiful Things

If you live near Orlando, Florida, consider attending the upcoming free screening of Many Beautiful Things Followed by a Q & A time with Lilias Trotter biographer, Miriam Huffman Rockness.     Event Details: This free movie night is hosted by...

Light of Life – Fourth Week of Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent   The light of the angels who heralded the Good News of Light to a darkened world.  Luke 2:13,14 As early as Abraham, angels anticipated a descendant “through whom all nations would be blessed…” The Scripture today focuses on the role of...

Light of Life – Third Week of Advent

Third Sunday in Advent   The Light of Joy that unexpectedly brightened the hearts of a Humble Band of Shepherds     Up until now, everything has been in the future tense: anticipation; promises by the prophets; preparation by angels of the principle...

Light of Life – Second Week of Advent

Second Sunday in Advent   The Light bearing witness to the Savior who was born in Bethlehem. “. . . she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7   This...

Light of Life – First Week Of Advent

First Sunday in Advent The Light of the Hope of the Prophets “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. . .” Isaiah 9:2a Advent season – a time of anticipation… a time of preparation… As we light the first candle, we see the first flicker of hope – light...

Interview with Illustrator Tim Ladwig

We are pleased to introduce you to Tim Ladwig, the illustrator of Lily: The Girl Who Could See - a beautiful picture book about Lilias Trotter that delights child and adult alike.  Tim has illustrated twenty-five children's books, many of which have been recipients of...

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter

If you have just been introduced to Lilias Trotter or, perhaps, have only a nodding acquaintance with her - but wish to know more - then A Passion for the Impossible is just the book for you. Passion is the story of the woman whose life of faith and devotion inspired...

 

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