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I must trust God in him, trust God to do for both of us better than I know.” ― “What do women want today? There is dullness, monotony, sheer boredom in all of life when virginity and purity are no longer protected and prized.
As a missionary who has spent many weeks exploring Ecuador, I was well aware of the “Palm Beach” canon, which includes a shelf-full of books and two documentaries—most notably the works of Elisabeth Elliot and Steve Saint—related to the martyrdom of five men seeking to reach the then-untouchable Huaorani of the Ecuadorean jungle.
I must learn to relinquish the control I might wield over somebody else if the decision properly belongs to him. If ‘times’ have changed, have human longings changed, too? I am convinced that the human heart hungers for constancy.
I must resist my urge to manipulate him, needle and prod and pester until he capitulates. In forfeiting the sanctity of sex by casual, nondiscriminatory ‘making out’ and ‘sleeping around,’ we forfeit something we cannot well do without.
We are never wholly at the mercy of other people - they are only “second causes,” and no matter how many second or third or fiftieth causes seem to be in control of what happens to us, it is God who is in charge, He who holds the keys, He who casts the lot finally into the lap.
Trusting Him, then, requires that I leave some things to be decided by others. I say no to the last three questions, an emphatic no.
” ― “I took it for granted that there must be a few men left in the world who had that kind of strength.
I assumed that those men would also be looking for women with principle. "You get what you pay for.” ― “Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. It stands in the very teeth of suffering.” ― “I am convinced that the human heart hungers for constancy.
The proposal was sudden, but probably not altogether unexpected. Jim Elliot was disdainful of marriage ceremonies in general.
 Jim Elliot reasons in his journal, for example, that language school would be impossible while married.
I have spent much of my married life in language school, and I can’t say that I found this argument convincing; to Jim Elliot, though, it was such a conviction, that he required his fiancée to learn Quichua for the mission field before he would marry her.
A notable element in Elliot’s repertoire is her advice on Christian dating and relationships, which are boiled down into a palatable form in two books, . Elliot’s and Harris’ books advocate “courtship” over “dating,” believing that, as Don Raunikar put it, “Christian dating is an oxymoron.”  Over against “dating,” these authors seek to define “courtship” as a patient, prayerful process in which a couple more or less never escapes the supervision of a Christian chaperone.
Simply stated, Elliot is quite disdainful of what she calls “the dating mess.” Although some know her for books on missions, Elisabeth Elliot’s impact on the Christian dating scene is by no means trivial. While revisiting the story of Elisabeth Elliot’s “courtship” and eventual marriage with Jim Elliot in , the whole tale of their romance strikes me as incredibly overspiritual.
But this doesn’t come from the whole counsel of God: it comes from a few cherry-picked verses which they believed at the time to be the Spirit speaking in the Word.