A Great Deal of Living

This morning a friend mentioned the wonderful hymn writer Frances Havergal (who I wrote about in 2018). I searched the internet to learn more about her, and I discovered many words of wisdom from this godly woman. Here are my favorites:

“In perplexities-when we cannot tell what to do, when we cannot understand what is going on around us, let us be calmed and steadied and made patient by the thought that what is hidden from us is not hidden from Him.”

Frances Ridley Havergal

A great deal of living must go to a very little writing.

Frances Ridley Havergal

“We give thanks often with a tearful, doubtful voice, for our spiritual mercies positive, but what an almost infinite field there is for mercies negative! We cannot even imagine all that God has allowed us not to do, not to be.”

Frances Ridley Havergal

These three quotes teach me so much: I love considering that “what is hidden from us is not hidden from Him.” I love thinking about the slow task of writing and how, only after so much living, can the text come. I also love thinking about “mercies negative” and how much God has not allowed me to do or be out of His goodness to me.


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