(All dated quotes are from her diaries and travel journals)



“For if the Sun of Righteousness has risen upon our hearts, there is an ocean of grace and love and power lying all around us, an ocean to which all earthly light is but a drop, and it is ready to transfigure us, as the sunshine transfigured the dandelion, and on the same condition – that we stand full face to God.” Focussed


“Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light.” 1 August 1901

“It is water poured down into a low narrow channel that can rise into a fountain. Faith that come from the depths has a spring in it!” 10 July 1896

“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 go to learn before we have done with it.” 17 December 1899; 1 January 1900

“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 wind and expect them to be vehicles for the power of Christ to rest upon us. It is so simple and self evident – but so long in the learning!” 22 August 1902

“Trained faith is a triumphant gladness in having nothing but God – not rest, no foothold – nothing but Himself. A triumphant gladness in swinging out into that abyss, rejoicing in every fresh emergency that is going to prove Him true. ‘The Lord alone’ – that is trained faith.” 9 September 1902

“Faith is the link which joins our uttermost weakness to God’s almighty strength.” I came on that the other day, and it is so true, Faith that comes from the depths has a spring it it, like the water pressed down into a low narrow channel that can rise into a fountain.” 10 July 1896


“We felt that we must get our bit of quiet in the garden today, for soul as well as body. He makes the scraps of aloneness very very precious – and though there is no possibility of having a key or of ensuring the quiet lasting for a moment, 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.’” 3 March 1895

“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.” 3 April 1900; 6 March 1895

“The place where we wash His Feet with our tears has a great nearness to His Holy Place above.” 14 March 1926


“More and more one sees that prayer is a quiet time for thinking out God’s thoughts with Him and giving our “Amen” in the Name of Jesus. Was it not Galileo, when the light of some great astronomical law broke on him – or was it Newton? – who fell on his knees and said, ‘I praise Thee O God that Thou has let me think a thought that Thou has been thinking.’” 19 September 1908

“Turn full your soul’s vision to Jesus, and look and look at Him, and a strange dimness will come over all that is apart from Him, and the Divine ‘attrait’ by which God’s saints are made. . . will lay hold of you. For ‘He is worthy’ to have all there is to be had in the heart that He has died to win.” Focussed


“Today’s ‘first lesson’ was in these little mountain paths. I followed mine only a few yards further this morning and such an outburst of beauty came. You can never tell to what untold glories a little humble path may lead, if you follow far enough.” 13 August 1899

“There is a great sense of rest in being in the way of His steps.” 7 March 1915


“The milky-looking glacier torrent spoke with God’s voice this morning – so obedient to its course in its narrow bed, yet just tossing with freedom and swing in every motion. Such a picture of the ‘rivers of living water’ – bound and yet unbound.” 8 August 1899

“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 exceeding great reward.” A Ripened Life


“A flower that stops short at 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.” Parables of the Cross

“Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling.” Parables of the Cross


“Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things – even the treasure that He has sanctified – held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?” Parables of the Cross

“And a like independence is the characteristic of the new flood of resurrection life
that comes to our souls as we learn this fresh lesson of dying – a grand independence of any earthly thing to satisfy or soul. The liberty of those who have nothing to lose because they have nothing to keep. We can do without anything while we have God.” Parables of the Cross


“I am beginning to see that it is out of a low place that one can best believe.”

“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.’” 27 January 1904


“’The clouds are the dust of His Feet.’ 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.” 17 August 1919; 20 September 1924

“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!” Parables of the Cross

“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.” 12 February 1905

“We love to see the impossible done. And so does God.” 2 May 1899

“Yes: face it out to the end: cast away every shadow of hope on the human side as a positive hindrance to the Divine; heap the difficulties together recklessly, and pile on as many more as you can find: you cannot get beyond that blessed climax of impossibility. Let faith swing out on Him. He is the God of the impossible.” The Glory of the Impossible

“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?” 22 May 1899

“’God loves with a great love the men whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.’ Oh to learn how to fight through the battle in the heavenly places till the day comes. To attempt the impossible and expect the impossible it comes back to that again.” The Glory of the Impossible


“We have such faith that it is God’s way, just because it is so unlike ours!” 26 November 1904

“May He gather all the fragments of the Spirit’s working into His eternal purposes and keep them there.” 28 December 1912

“He is not bound to reproduce. He is the Creator: have we ever let our hearts and hopes go out to the glory of that Name? Look at the tiny measure of creative power given to man, in music, poetry, art – where there is a spark of it, how it refuses to be fettered by repeating itself. 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.” The Glory of the Impossible

“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 for us, if the price of power is weakness.” 27 October 1924


“Such a day of small things still, but on God’s terms, and that is enough. Size as well as time and space count nothing with Him.” 1 January 1902

“These crystals have a word for us too, for each of them sprang out of some atom of a growing point round which clustered crystallized this endless beauty of form. If we may but be a crystallizing point from which God can work, it matters nothing, how insignificant that starting point.” 8 November 1927

“How childish it must seem to them, up in heaven, when we treasure the importance of a thing by its size. ‘“Fulfilling His word’ ‘The meeting of His wishes’ – that is all that matters.” 24 October 1920


“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.’” 12 December 1920

“I am full of hope that when God delays in fulfilling our little thoughts, it is to leave Himself room to work out His great ones.” 29 December 1903

“We have to do with One who “inhabiteth eternity” and works in its infinite leisure.” 2 May 1914


“God only knows the endless possibilities that lie folded in each one of us!” Parables of the Cross

“All little miniature beginnings but all ‘beautiful in their time’, like the dark green August oranges in the court below. The fact that they have got thus far into being is more than a promise. Like all the promises of God they are (given the conditions) an accomplishment begun. His ‘Yea’ only waits our ‘Amen.’” 11 August 1906

“In all the outward withholdings of this year, God, as is His wont, has been “opening” a door where He closes a window.” 6 May 1904


“We ourselves are ‘saved to save’ – we are made to give – to let everything go if only we may have more to give. The pebble takes in all the rays of light that fall on it, but the diamond flashes them out again: every little facet is a means, not simply of drinking more, but of giving more out.” Parables of the Cross

“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 difference 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 down man-ward as well as Godward – to believe for the outflowing as definitely as the inflowing.” 3 August 1895

“Faith is to be exercised as much in giving as in anything else. There should be a definite going out of faith over every gift, of every kind, that the touch of God’s blessing may come with it.” 23 December 1901

“I have been thinking lately what a work for God it is, just loving people. . . . Sometimes all we can do is to keep them near us, and show the kindness of God to them, and hold them in faith and prayer till He comes to seek them.” 25 April 1891

“How the angels must watch the first day when that light reaches a new spot on this earth that God so loves – and the great wall of darkness is pushed back one tiny bit – and oh the joy of being allowed to go with His message that first day. How can His people hold back from that joy while one corner remains unvisited by the Dayspring!” March 1895

“Oh, the joy of getting lower and nearer and nearer the people. I think the time will come when we shall have no fixed plans, but just wander and stay and wander on again as the openings come and go.” 15 January 1895

“For the first time this evening we go out for a turn, after sunset, just along the lane leading out of the town in the place where you can see the irregular line of palms against the dead blue of the Eastern sky, the ‘old gold’ of walls and sand still clutching the western sky and the dark brown silhouette of a camel here and there – oh how I love it!” 16 April 1900

“A bee comforted me very much this morning concerning the desultoriness that troubles me in our work. There seems so infinitely much to be done, that nothing gets done thoroughly. . . We seem only to touch souls and leave them. And that was what the bee was doing, figuratively speaking. He was hovering among some blackberry sprays, just touching the flowers here and there in a very tentative way, yet all unconsciously, life – life – life – life was left behind at every touch, as the miracle-working pollen grains were transferred to the place where they could set the unseen spring working. We have only to see to it that we are surcharged, like the bees, with potential life. It is God, and His eternity that will do the work. Yet He needs His wandering, desultory bees!” 9 July 1907

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