Everyone can always use a bit of encouragement from time to time...
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
The name of the Lord is a STRONG TOWER; the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
The band director at the Shaw High School in East Cleveland Ohio uses this poem to inspire his students to press on through whatever obstacles may come upon them. The Shaw High Cardinal marching band was one of only a handful of bands invited to Beijing China this year for the Olympics.
Maybe it can inspire you to keep on keeping on...
The Don't Quit presentation is based on a famous poem which was written many years ago. The author of this poem is unknown. Sadly, in recent years a number of people have claimed ownership of the poem and some have even claimed to have written it themselves!
Here is the original poem in it's entirety:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown
Helen Williams (C 2002)
If you picked a flower
for every care in your mind -
How many different flowers
do you think that you could find?
If you put them all together
and made a huge bouquet
Wouldn’t it give your heart a rest
to give them all away?
But who would want these flowers,
that represent pains and grief?
I came to bear your burdens, Child -
Will you give your bouquet to Me?
God provides the healing that you seek
When to your heart He gently speaks
Now listen to your Father say,
“Just let Me take you through today
I know each time your heart cries out
I see your faith without a doubt
I see the breaking of your heart
That’s where the healing has to start
Just hold on tightly through the storm
I promise I will keep you warm
I’ll never look the other way
Close on your life My Eyes will stay
The pain I suffered just to be
Your King was worth it all to Me
Look closely at My Face, dear Child
The piercing thorns were long and wild
I sought that crown to be your King
Because you are I looked through time and saw you cry
Put forth My Hands to lift you high
There on the cross I laid them out
To show what Love is all about
The stripes I took upon My Skin
Provide you healing from within
I only ask you trust My Word
The very voice which now you’ve heard
I bore great pain so I could share
Every burden that you bear
Don’t turn away from Me, I pray
Just let Me take you through today.”
Grown Up Worries
When you were just a little girl
The world was simple and small.
There wasn’t much to be anxious about
Or cause you to worry at all.
Faith came so easily, trust was just there,
We knew that we weren’t in control.
What is it that’s changed between
childhood and now?
We’ve let doubt take it’s toll on our soul.
What’s the secret to that childlike faith?
How did we sleep at night?
There must be a way to get it all back,
A way to make everything right.
Did we know more when we were a child?
Have we forgotten the basics of living?
A good place to start as we take back our lives,
Would be laughing and playing and giving.
Let’s go back to being God’s own little girls
And give back control of our days.
We’ll promise to worry when God says we can,
And feel fear when He says it’s okay.
We’ll rest when He tells us it’s time to relax.
We won’t let adult things cause worry.
We’ll laugh for no reason and cry when we want
And deadlines won’t make us hurry.
We’ll pray every morning, we’ll pray every night
And refuse to doubt angels are real.
We’ll smile at our trials and scoff at our pain,
Feeling each feeling we feel.
~Helen Williams! 2006
Here's a poem that I've been carrying around with me for 20 years and felt it belonged on this page:
A mother's job is special
And carries strong demands.
With the molding of
the little life
God places in her hands.
Though her life may not
The world will see her worth.
For 'tis true "The hands
that rock the cradle
Are the hands that
rule the earth."
To bring her children up
Indeed is very much.
For the years will show
By the lives, their lives,
Sunday's child is full of grace,
Monday's child is full in the face,
Tuesday's child is solemn and sad,
Wednesday's child is merry and glad,
Thursday's child is inclined to thieving,
Friday's child is free in giving,
And Saturday's child works hard for a living.
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ.
fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small.
Paul was too religious and Lazarus was dead!
God takes our weaknesses and turns them into strengths. Please use the broken places in your life to let His light shine through. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.