A Special Message for You

Never Give Up!

I know sometimes it’s hard to believe you actually can realize your aspirations when you may have tried for many years and nothing has worked out for you.

Let me ask you this question: Have you ever wondered why most people don’t achieve their goals?

I believe the reason is they give up too soon.

Most people quit after they’ve struck out or got knocked down a few times. They simply don’t have the persistence to hang on when the going gets tough.

So they incorrectly think that if they can’t achieve their goals after several attempts, then they’re a failure and never will be able to attain them for the rest of their lives.

The truth is, if they just hold on to their dreams and persist a little bit longer when the situation gets tough, then they’ll reach their dreams sooner or later.

In the history of humankind, the man or woman who has accomplished anything worthwhile, has had to try many times before achieving their dreams.

For example, it took Thomas Edison more than 10,000 tries before he succeeded in inventing the light bulb.

Edison clearly demonstrated to us that…    God’s Delays Aren’t God’s Denials!

If you’ve been working on a worthy goal for a while and haven’t produced the results you wanted, keep on trying. You may just be a foot or two from the diamond field. So keep on digging no matter what obstacles you might encounter.

Please remember, you’re much stronger than any obstacles life can throw at you.

When you face an obstacle, examine your actions. And if they seem to be taking you further away from your goals, change your approach and take new actions.

Keep your goals and dreams by your side as you work toward turning them into reality. Follow the wise advice from Winston Churchill:  Never, Never, Never Quit!

Lofty goals always will take time, effort, hard work, and a ton of persistence to attain. 

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DANIEL

                        Daniel in the lions den. (Holy Bible Daniel Chapter 6)

 David and Goliath

     David and Goliath. (Holy Bible 1 Samuel Chapter 17)

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    THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

The road to success is under construction,

It grows and progresses each day,

Invisible hands are working around you,

Planning and building the way.

The road sometimes climbing up to the heavens

Or sinking to depths of despair,

Through sunlight and shadow, doubt and misgivings,

The road often needing repair.

You may find the surface is stony and rough,

With dust sometimes hiding the view,

But don’t be downhearted, and walk straight ahead,

The road to success is for you!

By Iris Hesselden.

                   

Sometimes in life we have to face some very difficult situations and trials.  Whatever you are facing at the moment please realise that, with God’s help, you can get through it.  You will need patience and perseverance and the solution may not be exactly how you had pictured it. Sometimes we are tempted to despair but do not quit. God’s answer is on the way and His timing is always perfect. If God has put a dream in your heart put Him first in all your ways and it will come to pass.  You may have setbacks and obstacles but these only make you stronger. The greater the setbacks or opposition, the more likely you are one step nearer the answer. During these times God uses trials to strengthen your faith in Him. Satan, the enemy of God’s people, will try many ways to thwart your plan but God is mightier than Satan. Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life unless you deliberately turn away from Him and want to do your own thing rather than letting Him guide your life. Even if you have turned away from God and gone your own way, He is waiting for you with open arms to welcome you back.  Invite Jesus to be your Saviour from sin and King of your life.  Then God can restore all that you have lost in the wasted years.

Psalm 37 verses 3-5  Tust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.

 The following poem helps me when things seem impossible!

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It Couldn’t Be Done        

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “couldn’t be done,” and you’ll do it.

               Edgar Albert Guest – 1881-1959  

God created the evening and night-time before the dawn and daytime! The dark of night does not come after the golden glow of the day’s sun but before it.  (Think about it ……………………………………never give up!!!)

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NEVER DESPAIR

It is impossible for that person to despair, who rememebers that our helper is omnipotent.        Jeremy Taylor

Here’s Abraham Lincoln’s Incredible Journey To Become
The 16th President Of The
United States!

Event

Year

He had to work to support his family after they were forced out of their home.

1816

His mother died.

1818

Failed in business.

1831

Was defeated for legislature.

1832

Lost his job and couldn’t get into law school.

1832

Declared bankruptcy, and spent the next 17 years of his life paying off the money he borrowed from friends to start his business.

1833

Was defeated for legislature again.

1834

Was engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken.

1835

Had a nervous breakdown and spent the next six months in bed.

1836

Was defeated in becoming the speaker of the state legislature.

1838

Was defeated in becoming elector.

1840

Was defeated for Congress

1843

Was defeated for Congress.

1846

Was defeated for Congress again.

1848

Was rejected for the job of Land Officer in his home state.

1849

Was defeated for Senate.

1854

Was defeated for Vice-President — got less than 100 votes.

1856

Was defeated for Senate for the third time.

1858

Was elected President of the United States.

1860

Are you a little bit discouraged right now because you have tried and tried and still haven’t achieved your dreams?

If so, please don’t be. Worthwhile goals and aspirations will always take time to accomplish.

It took Abraham Lincoln 30 years to achieve his dream of becoming the President of the United States.
Although he faced countless insurmountable obstacles, he did not give up. He didn’t quit.

While it may seem impossible for you to overcome your current challenges or problems, promise yourself that you will NOT give up.

We trust that President’s Lincoln’s road map to the White House has inspired you to hold onto your dreams when the going gets tough, and to keep working on them until you’ve turned them into reality.
Here are two fabulous quotations by this great man to motivate you to persist until you’ve achieved your goals:

“The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive
is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.”
 

“The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself, It’s a slip and not a fall.”

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A Success Lesson from the Past             

The large block of marble stood in the centre of the open-air workshop. The officials who had purchased the block were eager to get their project underway and began looking for an artist who could transform the stone block into a work of art.  A suitable artist was identified and work began on the project, but as time passed, the artist gradually lost interest and eventually walked away from his commission. Another artist was found and work commenced once more, however, this second artist also lost interest and the entire project came to a grinding halt. The block of marble then sat neglected in the yard of the workshop for over 25 years! Then one day, a young man in his twenties heard about the marble block and visited the yard. When he gazed upon the stone, the young man did not see a weathered old block of marble. Instead, he saw an opportunity waiting to be realized. He negotiated with the owners of the marble block and in due course received permission to try his hand where others had failed. For three long years the young man chipped away at the block of stone and tap by tap he transformed his dream into a reality. In January 1504, the young man whose name was Michelangelo, unveiled his statue of David. The secret of Michelangelo’s success was that he was able to combine two seemingly conflicting virtues. The first of these virtues was Vision. Whereas most people looked upon the marble block and saw a neglected slab of stone, Michelangelo saw a magnificent statue trapped within the rock just waiting to be released.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.     Michelangelo 

In addition to having the ability to visualize his ultimate desire, Michelangelo also developed the virtue of Patience.He knew that long lasting success did not come quickly or easily, but rather, it was the result of patiently chipping away at his goal each and every day.

“Genius is Eternal Patience”.  Michelangelo 

Today, some five hundred years later, many of us spend time to develop a grand vision for our life, but then we quickly become impatient to make our vision a reality. All too often we become frustrated with our lack of progress and eventually give up on our goal entirely. It is a rare individual who can combine the ability to visualize their goal with the patience to take the small daily steps necessary to transform that vision into reality. Today I’d like to encourage you to approach your own goals in the same way that Michelangelo approached the creation of the statue of David. Even though your current reality may resemble the worn out block of marble, challenge yourself to look deeper to find the hidden opportunity that is waiting to be realized. Once you have identified your objective, resist the urge to become impatient. Instead, develop a mindset of quiet anticipation and chip away at your goal a little each day. By combining the power of Vision with the virtue of Patience, nothing will stop you from creating your own masterpiece.

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 Michelangelo also painted the Sistine chapel ceiling.  It took him a bit over four years, from July of 1508 to October of 1512. Michelangelo got off to a slow start, not having painted frescoes before. He intended to (and did) work in buon fresco, the most difficult method, and one which only true masters undertook. In addition to having to learn everything about the medium itself and making initial blunders in that area, he also had to learn some wickedly hard techniques in perspective. (Consider that his figures look “correct” on curved surfaces, viewed from nearly 60 feet below.)  However, ultimately it wasn’t Michelangelo’s fault that the ceiling took four years. (Once he got the hang of things, he painted like a man on fire!) The work suffered numerous setbacks, such as mould and miserable, damp weather that disallowed plaster curing. A primary cause of downtime occurred when Julius was off waging a war, or ill to the point that Last Rites were administered. The ceiling project, and any hope Michelangelo had of being paid, were both frequently in jeopardy while Julius was absent or near death.  It is small wonder that the artist complained so often and bitterly about the project, really.  He conceived and had constructed a unique scaffolding system. It was sturdy enough to hold workers and materials, but began high up the walls of the chapel in order that Mass might still be celebrated below.  The scaffolding curved at its top, mimicking the curvature of the ceiling’s vault. Michelangelo often had to bend backwards and paint over his head – an awkward position which must’ve made his neck and back ache, his arms burn painfully and, according to him, permanently screwed up his vision. But he wasn’t lying flat on his back.  Michelangelo gets, and deserves, credit for the entire project. The complete design was his. The sketches and cartoons for the frescoes were all of his hand, and Michelangelo executed the vast bulk of the actual painting by himself.  But! The vision of him toiling away, a solitary figure in a vacant chapel, isn’t accurate. He needed many assistants, if only to mix his paints, scramble up and down ladders, and prepare the day’s plaster (a nasty business). Occasionally, a talented assistant might be entrusted with a patch of sky, a bit of landscape, or a figure so small and minor it is barely discernable from below.  All of these were worked from his cartoons, though. And clever, temperamental Michelangelo hired and fired these assistants on such a regular basis that none of them could claim credit for any part of the ceiling.                                                  By Dr. Anthony Fernando PhD.   Copyright

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IN DUE SEASON 

Galatians 6:9 (Holy Bible)   “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

“I always think of verses in The Bible that say ‘and it came to pass.’  It never says ‘and it came to stay.’  It’s probably not very theological but it’s my way of coping with stressful episodes in my life!  God has his perfect timing for everything, although we often do not realise this until we look back at our life, or a particular situation. 

It’s a long road that has no turning’.

This proverb gives us encouragement when things are not going well. Just as a long road eventually has a turning, problems also eventually have a solution, even though we might have to wait.  No matter how long and difficult something is, it will not go on forever.(M. Mainwaring)

Isaiah 40:31   But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Matthew 11:28-30    28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Philippians 4:6-7    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;   6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 37    

1 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;  

 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.  

3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  

4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.  

5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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