A Favorite Quote

Lord, deliver me from the urge to open my mouth when I should shut it.
Give me wisdom to keep silent when silence is wise.
Remind me that not everything needs to be said, and that there are very few things that need to be said by me.

~Elisabeth Elliot

Unlikely words from a blogger, to be sure, but imagine what would spew forth from my keyboard if I didn’t consider this quote from one of my heroes. I wish I had time to tell you all the ways Elisabeth Elliot has influenced my life, but alas, it is late Sunday night and I am packing to leave for yet another trip to Seattle.  I’m getting my blog in order before I go to bed.

Tomorrow I head to Seattle for a three day Science field trip with five moms and nine girls; I’ll give you a report when I return and my life is back in order.

Question: Do you have a hero?  Leave a comment and tell us.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Kerrie
    March 31, 2010

    Looooove Elisabeth Elliot. Also find Anne Sullivan and Mother Theresa fascinating.

  2. Renee
    March 31, 2010

    Remind me indeed! Why *is* it so hard to keep my mouth shut??

    As for heros, well, I am really thankful for Sally Clarkson and her mothering wisdom.

  3. @mk_q
    March 31, 2010

    Elizabeth Elliot never fails to make me cry. As for my heroes? Sir Ken Robinson, for one. He gives an amazing speech on nurturing creativity in children here: http://bit.ly/12vjRt

    And Melissa Faye Greene.

    There are others, but those are the first two that come to mind.


  4. Tanya
    March 31, 2010

    Elisabeth Elliott, Gladys Aylward and Katie from Amazima….truly inspirational!

  5. Julie
    March 31, 2010

    Great quote! I should take that to heart more often.

    My heroes are Shiprah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives at the time when Moses was born. Pharoah ordered them to kill the Hebrew boys as they were being born. These ladies feared God more than they feared Pharoah, and they let the boys live. Moses was one of those boys, and we know the rest of the story. I only hope I can be half as brave as them when faced with such strong adversity.

    As for a hero that is still alive…I'll have to think on that one….

  6. jen
    April 2, 2010

    The one and only.. TRAMP FOR THE LORD. Corrie Ten Boom.

    And my grandparents.. both in Heaven and one still on earth (95 years this month!)

    And yes. I love EE. Quest for love.. Passion and Purity.. ah.. great stuff.

  7. Lisa H.
    April 3, 2010

    My heroes….Amy Carmichael, and Ruth Bell Graham….

    Lisa H>

  8. Christmas Quotes
    October 13, 2015

    nice quotes! 🙂


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