Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | September 21, 2008


With the return of health came a return to work.  Her quick sympathy and loving help, by word and by letter, can hardly be represented.  “Aunt Fanny always understands me” indicates the source of her influence.  Pencil notes of hers, which are really treasures, lie before me, but only glimpses may be given.   [This written by M.V.G.H., her sister in MEMORIALS, showing the closeness of the relationship of Miss Havergal with her neices and nephews. . .she often took time to write them short notes instructing them and comforting them, this one apparently after one of the children trusted Christ as Saviour.]

If you knew how glad we all are!  But, better still, I know Jesus is glad.  He wanted you, or He would not have drawn you.  And now, dearie, just rest in Him.  Listen to all He has to say, and you will find He has “somewhat to say to thee” everytime you open His word.  Listen and obey whatever He says (John ii.5).  Mr. [James] Mountain said, “Our souls should be like aspen leaves, responsive to the least breath of the Spirit.”  Dear little thing, be one of the Lord’s aspen leaves; don’t wait for great strong blasts, but yield to the least whisper from Him of “this is the way, walk ye in it.”  And, now expect great things!  You don’t know what He is going to astonish you with.  “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”  Go to work for Him at once, put your little sickle in, and see if the Lord does not make the sheaves fall before it!  Don’t hold back from letting Him use you.  Your blessing will probably, if you are quite faithful with it, result in fresh blessing all around you to those who have been blessed already, and who knows what to those who do not yet know the fulness of the blessing!  Keep trusting the Lord Jesus, or rather let Him keep you trusting, and draw every word from Him; ask Him always, all day long, what to do, what to say.  Pray Mr. Aitken’s prayer:  “Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take my mind and think through it; take my heart and set it on fire!”
Your loving aunt.

Frances Ridley Havergal from MEMORIALS


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