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Words Of Encouragement

Bullet What Is Failure

Bullet Climb Till Your Dreams Come True

Bullet Put Your Problems In God's Hands

Bullet I Asked God

Bullet A Bend In The Road

Bullet Don't Quit

Bullet Follow Your Dreams

Bullet Life Is...

Bullet Within You Is The Strength To Meet Life's Challenges


What Is Failure

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... does mean you haven't succeeded yet.

Failure doesn't mean you have accomplished nothing... does mean you have learned something.

Failure doesn't mean you have been a fool... does mean you had a lot of faith.

Failure doesn't mean you have been disgraced... does mean you were willing to try.

Failure doesn't mean you don't have it... does mean you have to do something in a different way.

Failure doesn't mean you are inferior... does mean you are not prefect.

Failure doesn't mean you've wasted your life... does mean you've a reason to start afresh.

Failure doesn't mean you should give up... does mean you should try harder.

Failure doesn't mean you'll never make it... does mean it will take a little longer.

Failure doesn't mean God has abandoned you.... does mean God has a better idea.


Climb Till Your Dreams Come True

Often your tasks will be many,
and more than you think you can do-
often the road will be rugged
and the hills insurmountable too-

but always remember, the hills
ahead are never as steep as they seem,
and with faith in your heart start upward
and climb 'till you reach you dream.

For nothing in life that is worthy
is ever too hard to achieve
if you have the faith to believe-

for faith is a force that is greater
than knowledge or power or skill
and many defeats turn to triumph
if you trust in God's wisdom and will-

for faith is a mover of mountains,
there's nothing that God cannot do.
So start out today with faith in your heart
and "climb 'till your dream comes true"!

Helen Steiner Rice


Put Your Problems In God's Hands

Although it sometimes seems to us
our prayers have not been heard,
God always knows our every need
without a single word,
And He will not forsake us
even though the way is steep,
For He is always near to us,
a tender watch to keep...
And in good time He'll answer us,
and His love He'll send
Greater things than we have asked
and blessings without end.
So though we do not understand
why trouble comes to man,
Can we not be contented
just to know it is God's plan?

Helen Steiner Rice


I Asked God

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for--but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.


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 pretense 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.

Helen Steiner Rice


~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 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 everyone 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.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver lint 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 worse,
That you must not quit.



Follow Your Dreams

Your Life Holds
Unlimited Potential
and Wonderful Dreams

You have the ability
to attain whatever you seek;
within you is every potential
you can imagine.

Always aim higher than
you believe you can reach.

So often, you'll discover
that when your talents
are set free
by your imagination,
you can achieve any goal.

If people offer their
help or wisdom
as you go through life,
accept it gratefully.

You can learn much from those
who have gone before you.
But never be afraid or hesitant
to step off the accepted path
and head off in your own direction
if your heart tells you
that it's the right way for you.

Always believe that you will
ultimately succeed
at whatever you do,
and never forget the value
of persistence, discipline,
and determination.

You are meant to be
whatever you dream
of becoming.

Edmund O'Neill


Life Is...

Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a gift - accept it.
Life is an adventure - dare it.
Life is a sorrow - overcome it.
Life is a tragedy - face it.
Life is a duty - perform it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a mystery - unfold it.
Life is a song - sing it.
Life is an opportunity - take it.
Life is a journey - complete it.
Life is a promise - fulfill it.
Life is a beauty - praise it.
Life is a struggle - fight it.
Life is a goal - achieve it.
Life is a puzzle - solve it.
Life is eternal - believe it.


Within You Is The Strength To Meet Life's Challenges

You are stronger than you think -
remember to stand tall.
Every challenge you encounter
strengthens your mind and your soul.
Every trouble you overcome
increases your understanding of life.
When all your troubles weigh heavily
on your shoulders,
remember that beneath the burden
you can stand tall,
because you are never given
more than you can handle -
and you are stronger
than you think.


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