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"Weeping may go on all night,
But in the morning there is JOY!"
-Psalm 30:5b


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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 funds are low and the 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 every one of us sometimes learns;
And many a fellow 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 came 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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit;
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

--Leo Piggott, 1931

It's In The Valleys I Grow

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!

--Author Unknown

Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.

--Ecclesiastes 7:3
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

My Declaration of Self-Esteem

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fanatasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes
Because I own all of Me, I can become intimately acquainted with me -
By so doing I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts - I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know - but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me - However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me - If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded - I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me - I own me, and
Therefore I can engineer me - I am me and

--Virginia Satir, (C) 1975

Found in Virginia Satir, Self Esteem, Celestial Arts: California, 1975

Why Me Lord?

Why me, Lord--must I suffer
With so much terrible pain?
Why me, Lord--does it happen
Just over and over again?
Why me, Lord--am I being punished
For some unjust I have done?
Why me, Lord--when there are others
Am I singled out to be the one?
Why me, Lord--I just can't understand
And I know I shouldn't question you.
Why me, Lord--is there something special
In my life you want me to do?

My child, I'll never overburden you
With more than you can bear.
My child, I'm always near you
Though sometimes you think I'm not there.
My child, I'm using you to witness
That through Faith and Love and Prayer
You can overcome your burdens.
Take my hand. It is always there.

--Lila M. Farr

Tough Time Don't Last

I said, "Sometimes I fail."
He said, "I'll see you through."
I said, "But what if I fall?"
He said, "I will carry you."

I said, "My fears are great!"
He said, "Trust Me alone."
I said, "But I´m depressed."
He said, "I'll cheer you on."

I said, "Life isn't easy."
He said, "Please let Me help.
Remember, I love you."
I said, "Lord, I accept."

--Perry Tanksley, 1986

The world is there
for those who say
I am
and do not hide behind
I could have been
if only.

--Linda Freeman
Alive Now!, July/August '84

You have seen me tossing and turning through the night.
You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle!
You have recorded every one in your book.

--Psalm 56:8
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

O my soul, why be so gloomy and discouraged?
Trust in God!
I shall again praise him for his wondrous help;
he will make me smile again,
for he is my God!

--Psalm 43:5
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

In my distress I screamed to the Lord for his help.
And he heard me from heaven;
my cry reached his ears. ...
He reached down from heaven and took me
and drew me out of my great trials.
He rescued me from deep waters.

--Psalm 18:6, 16
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

he has not despised my cries of deep despair;
he has not turned and walked away.
When I cried to him, he heard and came.

--Psalm 22:24
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

you have listened to my troubles
and have seen the crisis in my soul. ...
I was trusting you, O Lord.
I said, "You alone are my God;
my times are in your hands. ..."
Hide your loved ones in the shelter of your presence,
safe beneath your hand,
safe from all conspiring men. ...
I spoke too hastily when I said,
"The Lord has deserted me,"
for you listened to my plea and answered me.

--Psalm 31:7b, 14, 20, 22
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

My eyes are ever looking to the Lord for help,
for he alone can rescue me.
Come, Lord, and show me your mercy,
for I am helpless, overwhelmed, in deep distress;
my problems go from bad to worse.
Oh, save me from them all!
See my sorrows; feel my pain; forgive my sins.

--Psalm 25:15-18
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

--Isaiah 40:31
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

Job is an example of a man
who continued to trust the Lord in sorrow;
from his experiences we can see
how the Lord's plan finally ended in good,
for he is full of tenderness and mercy.

--James 5:11b
"The Way" Living Bible, 1972

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