854) Wisdom from Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom  (1892-1983)

The ten Boom family were Dutch Christians who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust of WWII.  When their home was raided after an informant tipped off the Nazis of their activities, the entire family was imprisoned.  Corrie and her sister were sent to a Nazi concentration camp.  She was miraculously released from prison just days after her sister had died there.  God brought incredible beauty and healing through her difficult experiences, and her words still have great relevance and impact in our world today.  She authored a number of books and was most famously known for The Hiding Place, the incredible story of her life.  The title refers to the secret place where the family hid countless Jewish people needing help in their home, and is based on this scripture, “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114).”


Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength; carrying two days at once.  It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time.  Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.  You sit still and trust the engineer.
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.
You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.

Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain.  There are two things we can do when this happens.  We can kill that love so that it stops hurting.  But then of course part of us dies, too.  Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.  I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do.

Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God has to pry your fingers open.

There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surrounding; it’s something we make inside ourselves.

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog; to the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.

If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.  If you look within, you’ll be depressed.  But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.

A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be big enough for our needs.


Proverbs 3:5-6  —  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 119:114  —  You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

Philippians 4:7  —  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


God dealt with our whole situation on the cross; there is nothing left for you to settle.  Just say to Him, “Lord, I cannot forgive and I will no longer try to do it; but I trust that You in me will do it.  I can’t forgive and love; but I trust that You will forgive and love in my place and that You will do these things in me.”  –Corrie ten Boom