With Cords Of Love: The Memoirs Of Elizabeth Dwight, Missionary Wife And Mother
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(*Please note: This Corner Pillar Press book is available only in paperback. We are in the process of making it available for Kindle, but as of now, the Kindle edition that has been linked to this book is not the updated edition that is part of the Completer to a Contender for the Faith series.) Elizabeth Dwight, and her husband Harrison, were among Americas first missionaries to Turkey. She accomplished what few women in her generation were able to domodel on the mission field how to be a godly wife and mother. She sought to raise her children for Christ in the midst of the same crooked and perverse generation that she and her husband were trying to reach. Her childrens conversion was her constant theme. She said, My children must be converted early in life is a sentiment which ought to be adopted by every Christian mother and deserves to be written in letters of gold daily before her eyes; or rather, so indelibly printed upon the heart as never, for one hour, to be forgotten. . . . True, it must be accomplished through the grace of God! Shortly after arriving on the mission field, she suffered physical complications that often left her bedridden. She attempted to instruct her children from her bed but struggled with feelings of failure and fear. She learned to rebuke her feelings and replace them with faith in Gods promises, trusting that as she employed the means of grace in her mothering, the Lord would make those means effectual unto their salvation. Her prayer was that as she raised her children for Christ, He would raise them up as missionaries. She encouraged others to do the same. She wrote, Your daughter may hereafter be a solitary example of true female piety to multitudes in an unchristian or a heathen country. Educate her as much as possible to be everything that is amiable, worthy, and desirable as a wife. She may, at some future period, be the sole companion and helpmeet of a man of God under labors most weighty and trials most severe. Life, under God, in some solemn hour, may hang on her skill and tenderness to sooth . . . . Will you then train [your children] wholly for God and give them up expressly to bear the glad tidings of salvation to those who sit in darkness if He shall see fit to use them? Her perseverance in raising her children for Christ, in spite of her scars, manifests Christs beauty and displays His worth.
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