Friday, July 29, 2011

Let me introduce you to Amy Carmichael


I want to share a little bit about the author of a quote that I included in the new Encouragement clear art stamp set that I designed for Layers of Color. It is the one by Amy Carmichael, one of my spiritual heroes. Her story was very influential in my decision to pursue a missionary life.

Amy Carmichael was an Irish missionary to India. She served God faithfully for 55 years in the field without furlough. She started the Dohnavur Fellowship that, to this day, ministers to neglected children. She exemplified sacrificial love and devoted herself to serving these children for most of her life. Amy Carmichael card detail
While ministering in India, Amy wrote several books that showed her great love for Christ and the Indian people. The quote I included in the Encouragement stamp set is from a poem called Fret Not Thyself, taken from her book of poems called Toward Jerusalem.
Amy Carmichael card

Fret Not Thyself
By Amy Carmichael

Far in the future
Lieth a fear,
Like a long, low mist of grey,
Gathering to fall in dreary rain:
Thus doth thy heart within thee complain.
And even now thou art afraid, for round thy dwelling
The flying winds are ever telling
Of the fear that lieth grey
Like a gloom of brooding mist upon the way.

But the Lord is always kind.
Be not blind, be not blind
To the shining of His face,
To the comforts of His grace.
Hath He ever faileth thee yet?
Never, never. Wherefore fret?
O fret not thyself, nor let
Thy heart be troubled,
Neither let it be afraid.

Near, by the footfall,
Springeth a joy,
Like a new-blown little flower
Growing for thee, to make thee glad.
Let thy countenance be no more sad,
But wake the voice of joy and health within thy dwelling,
And let thy tongue be ever telling,
Not of fear that lieth grey,
But of little laughing flowers beside the way.

For the Lord is always kind.
Be not blind, be not blind
To the shining of His face,
To the comforts of His grace.
He hath never failed thee yet.
Never will His love forget.
O fret not thyself, nor let
Thy heart be troubled,
Neither let it be afraid.

If you want to know more about Amy Carmichael, I highly recommend that you read her biography, which is aptly called A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot.  Amy blessed so many during her lifetime. And her story and writings continue to inspire so many others today all over the world.

“In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.”
Psalm 2:4-5
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18 comments:

  1. Hvala za ovaj krasan post. Karta je baš lijepa. :)

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  2. Yet another stunning card Nina - love your colours and the alternating buttons and roses :-).
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. This is beautiful, and I love the quote! My children have the Amy Carmichael Torchlighter series dvd and they love it. She was an amazing woman!

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  4. Wonderful post today, Nina, and GORGEOUS card!

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  5. Hi Nina! This card is so beautiful!!! I love the quote most of all. Amy Carmichael has influenced me greatly growing up incl my interest in missions. Thank you for sharing this :)

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  6. Your card is absolutely breathtaking. Amy C. was an incredible woman of God. I have the book by Elizabeth Elliot that you mentioned. Lovely post you shared today.

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  7. ANOTHER---BEAUTIFUL! LOOOOOOVE that paper and lace!

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  8. Gorgeous artwork! Such a beautiful word of encouragement!

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  9. Awesome! I love Amy Carmichael! And I love that you used one of her quotes in your stamp set! Gonna go take a look at that set right now.

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  10. Oh Amy Carmichael has so encouraged and inspired me in so many ways! I love her stories, poems and books too... thank you for translating it into that BEAUTIFUL stamp set.......... that makes it a MUST for me if I can hunt down a source for the stamps! :)

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  11. Beautiful card and Beautiful encouragement!

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  12. Amy Carmichael is one of my heroes too. I have to get this stamp set! Your card is just gorgeous too! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful card Nina, but an even more beautiful story of Amy Carmichael's ministry in India. Thanks for the book recommendation. I am so glad that you have created this stamp in tribute to your faith and Amy's words.

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  14. A huge influence in my life too... that biography is excellent, as are all of Amy's poems and writings... my favorite poem of hers has always been Make Me Thy Fuel. Thanks for sharing so much of your heart in this set - I can't wait to have it here. Hugs to you - have a sweet weekend!

    Dina

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  15. We never know how God will minister through love and good deeds. He certainly does thought because Christ is in us...the hope of glory!
    I was very taken with the poem and will pursue her other writings as well. There is always a solace God provides when truth is spoken no matter how difficult. This poem captures that. Thank you for sharing it on your blog. Now I will copy this poem and send it to a dear friend of mine with M.S. who is dealing with being a shut in. This will bless her. Thank you again.

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  16. lovely post, nina and beautiful card!

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  17. Beautiful poem and gorgeous card, ty!

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