Don’t Give Up When Life Is Hard

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DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and debts are high,

And you want to smile but 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 everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won if he’d stuck it out,

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You might succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up,

When he might 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 clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems afar,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

By Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)

DON'T QUIT 4   DON'T QUIT   DON'T QUIT 6

Don't Quit 20

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RUGGED CROSS

The storms of life, like bereavement, illness, divorce, loss of job, poverty etc. can be just as frightening as being in the middle of a really bad storm at sea.  We need to trust God completely in these times and then He will guide us through whatever we have to bear. It will not always be easy but in the end you will come through your troubles feeling stronger, and your faith will have grown because God will never let you down. Sometimes we let ourselves down because we give up trying ,too soon. Perseverance is vital when you are going through a hard time. People want instant answers and results these days, but some problems take a long while to get sorted out. Particularly if we have got ourselves in a bit of a mess! But God will help you, whether your problems were caused by yourself or by someone else. He is a God of mercy.  He gives people a second chance if they truly turn to Him.

God's Love    God's Love 2    God's Love 3

Romans 8:31-39    New International Version (NIV)

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present, nor the future, nor any powers,

39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Bible verse 8   Bible verse 9

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STORM    Sea 2    Winter Storm

WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm Is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm Is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

   You’ll never walk alone.

             Composer: Richard Rodgers. Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II    (Copyright)

  STORM 3   thunderstorm   RAIN 3

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DON'T QUIT 8    Mountain climber 

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN 

Climb every mountain, Search high and low,

Follow every highway, Every path you know.

Climb every mountain, Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,’Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need All the love you can give,

Every day of your life For as long as you live.

Climb every mountain, Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,Till you find your dream  

Music Richard Rodgers   Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein  

Climb every mountain    Climb every mountain 2

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TRUST 5     Philippins 4 NIV    TRUST                                          

It is hard to trust God completely when everything around you seems to be going wrong. But keep praising and trusting and you will find God will always be faithful, even though things may take a long time to sort out. One of the secrets is to be thankful for who you are and what you have! Count your blessings and forget the self-pity and grumbling. God is Sovereign and He is working things out for the best, even though we may not be able to see it yet. Don’t be tempted to give up, just when you may be on the brink of success in whatever is troubling you at the moment.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that, because life is hard at the moment, God is punishing you. The reasons life is difficult at the moment can be many and varied! We live in a fallen world and we have to live with the consequences of what we do and what others do to us!

Bible verse 7

Another reason is that we believers are continually going through the lifelong process of sanctification.

 Bible verse 4

God is in the lifelong process of making us fit to live eternally, with Him in Heaven after we die or when Jesus comes back to earth, whichever comes first. During this process we have to gradually give up our selfish will in all things and submit to the will of God. Actually it makes life happier, even though it is not pleasant when God has to trim all the rough edges in us!

TRUST 2    TRUST 3    TRUST 6

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In heavenly love abiding    In heavenly love abiding 4

The words of this next hymn helped me so much when my father died. We sang it at his funeral and I shall never forget how the words comforted me and God seemed to speak directly to my heart; especially ‘Green pastures are before me which yet I have not seen’. At the time I could not imagine how God could make me happy again but He did and many joyful moments and times have come into my life since then.

In Heavenly Love Abiding

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear.

And safe in such confiding, for nothing changes here.

The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid,

But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back.

My Shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack.

His wisdom ever waking, His sight is never dim.

He knows the way He’s taking, and I will walk with Him

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen.

Bright skies will soon be over me, where darkest clouds have been.

My hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free.

My Saviour has my treasure, and He will walk with me.

                                                             Anna Laetitia Waring, 1820-1910

In heavenly love abiding 3    In heavenly love abiding 2

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God moves in a mysterious way  FAITH  FAITH 2

God Moves in a Mysterious way

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines of never-ending skill

He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the clouds ye so much dread

are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head. 

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace;

behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face. 

His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour;

the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower. 

Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan His work on vain;

God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.

By WILLIAM  COWPER   (1731 – 1800)

Animated God moves in a mysterious way

Our lives are like a beautiful tapestry, embroidery, crochet or Knitting pattern viewed form the wrong side. The pattern looks all wrong, with threads and knots everywhere. Turn it to the right side and it looks really beautiful! God sees our lives from the perspective of Heaven and Eternity. We see only the earthly part. All will become clear when we reach heaven!

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ROAD 5

A BEND IN THE ROAD

When we feel we have nothing left to give

And we are sure that the song has ended,

When our day seems over and the shadows fall

And the darkness of night has descended,

Where can we go to find the strength

To valiantly keep on trying?

Where can we find the hand that will dry

The tears that the heart is crying?

There’s but one place to go and that is to God,

And, dropping all pretence and pride,

We can pour out our problems without restraint

And gain strength with Him at our side.

And together we stand at life’s crossroads

And view what we think is the end,

But God has a much bigger vision,

And He tells us it’s only a bend.

For the road goes on and is smoother,

And the pause in the song is a rest,

And the part that’s unsung and unfinished

Is the sweetest and richest and best.

So rest and relax and grow stronger,

Let go and let God share your load.

Your work is not finished or ended;

                                         You’ve just come to a bend in the road.                                          

By Helen Steiner Rice

ROAD 4     Jeremiah2911-3

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The following story is about Job who went through a long time of great suffering. Through it all he did not stop having faith that God was sovereign in his life. He tried to work out why he was suffering but decided to trust and praise God anyway. Job prayed for his friends because they had doubted God. God forgave them. In the beginning of the story Job lost almost everything but in the end God gave back

much more than he had lost. God rewards faith and loyalty, sometimes in this life, but always in the next life (Eternity).

The Story of Job

(This is a shortened version. You can read the whole story in The Holy Bible in the book of Job in the Old Testament).

At some time in those early days, we do not know just at what time, whether in the days of Moses or later—there lived a good man named Job. His home was in the land of Uz, which may have been on the edge of the desert, east of the land of Israel. Job was a very rich man. He had sheep, and camels, and oxen, and asses, counted by the thousand. In all the east there was no other man so rich as Job. And Job was a good man. He served the Lord God, and prayed to God every day, with an offering upon God’s altar, as men worshipped in those times. He tried to live as God wished him to live, and was always kind and gentle. Every day, when his sons were out in the field, or were having a feast together in the house of any of them, Job went out to his altar, and offered a burnt-offering for each one of his sons and his daughters, and prayed to God for them; for he said: “It may be that my sons have sinned or have turned away from God in their hearts; and I will pray God to forgive them.” At one time, when the angels of God stood before the Lord, Satan the Evil One came also, and stood among them, as though he were one of God’s angels. The Lord God saw Satan, and said to him, “Satan, from what place have you come?” “I have come,” answered Satan, “from going up and down in the earth and looking at the people upon it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you looked at my servant Job? And have you seen that there is not another man like him in the earth, a good and a perfect man, one who fears God and does nothing evil?” Then Satan said to the Lord: “Does Job fear God for nothing? Hast thou not made a wall around him, and around his house, and around everything that he has? Thou hast given a blessing upon his work, and has made him rich. But if thou wilt stretch forth thy hand, and take away from him all that he has, then he will turn away from thee and will curse thee to thy face.” Then the Lord said to the Evil One, “Satan, all that Job has is in your power; you can do to his sons, and his flocks, and his cattle, whatever you wish; only lay not your hand upon the man himself.” Then Satan went forth from the Lord; and soon trouble began to come upon Job. One day, when all his sons and daughters were eating and drinking together in their oldest brother’s house, a man came running to Job, and said: “The oxen were ploughing, and the asses were feeding beside them, when the wild men from the desert came upon them, and drove them all away; and the men who were working with the oxen and caring for the asses have all been killed; and I am the only one who has fled away alive!” While this man was speaking, another man came rushing in; and he said: “The lightning from the clouds has fallen on all the sheep, and on the men who were tending them; and I am the only one who has come away alive!” Before this man had ended, another came in; and he said: “The enemies from Chaldea have come in three bands, and have taken away all the camels. They have killed the men who were with them; and I am the only one left alive!” Then at the same time, one more man came in, and said to Job: “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking together in their oldest brother’s house, when a sudden and terrible wind from the desert struck the house, and it fell upon them. All your sons and your daughters are dead, and I alone have lived to tell you of it.” Thus in one day, all that Job had—his flocks, and his cattle, and his sons and his daughters—all were taken away; and Job, from being rich, was suddenly made poor. Then Job fell down upon his face before the Lord, and he said: “With nothing I came into the world, and with nothing I shall leave it. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” So even when all was taken from him Job did not turn away from God, nor did he find fault with God’s doings. And again the angels of God were before the Lord, and Satan, who had done all this harm to Job, was among them. The Lord said to Satan, “Have you looked at my servant Job? There is no other man in the world as good as he; a perfect man, one that fears God and does no wrong act. Do you see how he holds fast to his goodness, even after I have let you do him so great harm?” Then Satan answered the Lord, “All that a man has he will give for his life. But if thou wilt put thy hand upon and touch his bone and his flesh, he will turn from thee, and will curse thee to thy face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “I will give Job into your hand; do to him whatever you please; only spare his life.” Then Satan went out and struck Job, and caused dreadful boils to come upon him, over all his body, from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. And Job sat down in the ashes in great pain; but he would not speak one word against God. His wife said to him, “What is the use of trying to serve God? You may as well curse God, and die!” But Job said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women. What? Shall we take good things from the Lord? And shall we not take evil things also?” So Job would not speak against God. Then three friends of Job came to see him, and to try to comfort him in his sorrow and pain. Their names were Eliphaz, and Bildad, and Zophar. They sat down with Job, and wept, and spoke to him. But their words were not words of comfort. They believed that all these great troubles had come upon Job to punish him for some great sin, and they tried to persuade Job to tell what evil things he had done, to make God so angry with him. For in those times most people believed that trouble, and sickness, and the loss of friends, and the loss of what they had owned, came to men because God was angry with them on account of their sins. These men thought that Job must have been very wicked because they saw such evils coming upon him. They made long speeches to Job, urging him to confess his wickedness. Job said that he had done no wrong; that he had tried to do right; and he did not know why these troubles had come; but he would not say that God had dealt unjustly in letting him suffer. Job did not understand God’s ways, but he believed that God was good; and he left himself in God’s hands. And at last God himself spoke to Job and to his friends, telling them that it is not for man to judge God, and that God will do right by every man. And the Lord said to the three friends of Job: “You have not spoken of me what is right, as Job has. Now bring an offering to me; and Job shall pray for you, and for his sake I will forgive you.” So Job prayed for his friends, and God forgave them. And because in all his troubles Job had been faithful to God, the Lord blessed Job once more, and took away his boils from him, and made him well. Then the Lord gave to Job more than he had ever owned in the past, twice as many sheep, and oxen, and camels, and asses. And God gave again to Job seven sons and three daughters; and in all the land there were no women found so lovely as the daughters of Job. After his trouble, Job lived a long time, in riches, and honour, and goodness, under God’s care.

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TRUST 7    THANK YOU 11    THANK YOU 2

GOD IS WORKING HIS PURPOSE OUT 

God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year,

God is working His purpose out and the time is drawing near;

nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the Glory of God

as the waters cover the sea. 

From utmost east to utmost west where human feet have trod,

by the mouth of many messengers goes forth the voice of God,

‘Give ear to me ye continents, ye isles, give ear to me,

that the earth may be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea’. 

What can we do to work God’s work, to prosper and increase

love and justice throughout the world, the reign of the Prince of Peace?

What can we do to hasten the time, the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the Glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.

March we forth in the strength of God with the banner of Christ unfurled,

that the light of the glorious gospel of truth may shine throughout the world;

fight we the fight with sorrow and sin, to set their captives free,

that the earth may be filled with the glory of God

as the waters cover the sea’. 

All we can do is nothing worth unless God blesses the deed;

Vainly we wait for the harvestide till God gives life to the seed;

Yet nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled with the Glory of God

as the waters cover the sea.

Written by Arthur Campbell Ainger    (Some hymnbooks write Arthur Campbell Aigner.)

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    Trust 23    Trust 22    Romans 8 verse 28

O WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim;

With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,

Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is His Name!

Low at His feet lay thy burden of carefulness,

High on His heart He will bear it for thee,

And comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,

Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter His courts in the slenderness

Of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine;

For truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,

These are the offerings to lay on His shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,

He will accept for the Name that is dear;

Mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,

Trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim;

With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,

Kneel and adore Him: the Lord is His Name!

                             Words by John S. B. Monsell1863

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