Life’s Preciousness

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Recalling life’s preciousness

Cherishing every moment

Savoring family’s past

Dreaming of tomorrow’s hugs

 

Recounting lasting blessings

Beholding father’s wisdom

Echoing voice of knowledge

Conquering each new challenge

 

Reflecting on nature’s gifts

Catching creation’s newness

Framing winter’s white portrait

Tasting another sunrise

 

Waking to morning coffee

Embracing daily treasures

Mapping out daily shortcuts

Visiting newfound places

 

Gathering of long-time friends

Revealing closeness of all

Enjoying hours filled with joy

Discovering something new

 

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William Blake Quotes

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

A man can’t soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.

William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet and painter.  One of his most famous poems is entitled “The Tyger.”  Here are the opening verses:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Conquering Another Day

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Sweating with every footstep

Laboring muscles whisper

“Quitting now?”—never happen

Eyeing lasting prize ahead

 

Trusting in life’s conviction

Traveling onward, upward

Adopting new direction

Leaving unhappiness for good

 

Finding courage, gaining strength

Leaving past of long ago

Conquering another day

Surviving for tomorrow

 

Escaping darkest valley

Scaling destiny’s mountain

Climbing with perseverance

Reaching its lofty summit

 

Overwhelming ecstasy

Believing, pressing forward

Looking ahead to next test

Seeking another challenge

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Overcoming Life’s Insurmountable: Wilma Rudolph

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A select few face overwhelming challenges in life.  Encouraged with a heart filled with perseverance, these trailblazers adopt an attitude where “Can” outplays “Can’t.”

Olympics track star Wilma Rudolph overcame many obstacles in her life to achieve ultimate adoration for her speed and grace.

From the words of Wilma Rudolph:  “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.”

Born in 1940, Wilma was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee.  She was part of a large family with 21 siblings.  Facing a challenging life in the segregated South, she found athletics to be her path forward in life.

However, before Wilma pursued basketball and later track, she faced major hurdles because of health issues.  Born prematurely, she endured bouts with double pneumonia, scarlet fever, and polio.  Her weakened left leg required her to wear a brace, and some doctors didn’t expect her to ever be able to run.

Wilma remembered her childhood journey with these words:  “My doctors told me I would never walk again.  My mother told me I would.  I believed my mother.”

Eventually, her leg grew stronger, and the brace thankfully disappeared.  She became active in sports during her high school years.  She was recruited by the legendary track coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Ed Temple.

While still in high school, Wilma qualified for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.  At age 16, she was the youngest athlete on the U.S. team.  As a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay, she earned a bronze medal.

After high school graduation, Wilma moved on to Tennessee State.  This natural, gifted runner prepared and trained to return to the Olympics in 1960 at Rome, Italy.  Nicknamed “Skeeter” by her teammates, Wilma was more than ready to compete.

At the Rome Olympics, Wilma became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics.  Competing individually in the 100 and 200 meters, she overwhelmed the other competitors for two gold medals.  Wanting her teammates to also earn a cherished gold medal, Wilma anchored the winning 4 x 100 meter relay.

Accolades for Wilma continued to pour in following her Olympics’ exploits.  Because of her speed, beauty, and grace, the Italian press nicknamed her “The Black Gazelle.”  The Associated Press awarded her Female Athlete of the Year in 1960 and 1961. 

Wilma retired from competition in 1962.  She fulfilled her dream of earning a college degree.  For a few years, her post-athlete life included teaching, coaching, and working with underprivileged children.

The story of this African-American girl overcoming polio, poverty, and racism became a film, “Wilma,” which was released in 1977. 

The following video shares a few highlights of Wilma Rudolph’s life and Olympic career.

Overcoming Life’s Insurmountable: Glenn Cunningham

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A select few face overwhelming challenges in life.  Encouraged with a heart filled with perseverance, these trailblazers adopt an attitude where “Can” outplays “Can’t.”

Born in 1909, American Glenn Cunningham transformed into one of the world’s best middle distance runners.  However, there was much more to this man’s personal story.

Born in Kansas, seven year-old Glenn endured burns suffered from a gasoline explosion at school.  The lower part of his body was substantially burned.  Doctors said that the young boy would never walk again.

Hopelessly crippled by the burns to his legs, young Glenn proved many people wrong about his future.  Not only would he walk, but he ran right into the record books.

Nicknamed the “Kansas Ironman” and “Kansas Flyer,” Glenn’s perseverance and dedicated training brought him into a setting that few could ever have imagined.  He emerged as one of the world’s premiere track athletes in the 1930s.  The mile run became his specialty, and he went on to win numerous races and championships. 

In 1934, he established a world record in the mile run (4:06:08), and his performance would not be bettered for three years.  After his world record run, Glenn was quoted, “I always believed that I could walk normally, and that was the truth.  Now I will run, and run faster than anyone else.”

Glenn’s amazing willpower and faith carried him onto the world stage.   Running the 1500 meter run in two different summer Olympics, he proved his greatness.  He placed fourth in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles, but he saved his best for 1936 at Berlin when he earned a silver medal. 

Glenn’s Christian faith was visible in his actions and words.  One of his favorite Scripture verses came from Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for 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.”

Throughout his distinguished running career, Glenn endured frequent leg pain.  Few could imagine how he needed to overcome so much with a faith-filled, inner strength.

As Glenn’s running career wrapped up, the country needed his service in World War II.  He served in the U.S. Navy, and he developed new physical training programs.  Later he taught athletics and physical education at Cornell College in Iowa. 

One of his most noted ventures exhibited his desire to care for underprivileged children.  He and his wife established the Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch, which offered a temporary home for over 10,000 foster children.

These closing words from Glenn epitomized his approach to his life:  “In running it is man against himself, the cruelest of opponents.  The other runners are not the real enemies.  His adversary lies within him, in his ability with brain and heart to master himself and his emotions.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Circumstances occur that could easily crush us.  Unexpectedly, they come.  Immediately we have a choice to make . . . an attitude choice.

From Psalm 107:43:  “Let those who are wise pay attention to these things and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.”

Jane Austen Quotes

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None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

Time will explain.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an acclaimed English novelist.  Much of her writings dealt with women’s pursuit of a more favorable social standing as well as economic security.

Riding Cowboy’s Range

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Searching far and wide

Encircling landscape

Riding each morning

Cowboy’s day takes shape

 

Working ‘til sunset

Riding saddleback

Fulfilling life’s dream

Cowboy’s tasks unpack

 

Tracking each stray steer

Bringing safely back

Riding in cold rain

Cowboy’s small payback

 

Earning little pay

Tasting land’s treasures

Riding hard saddle

Cowboy’s few pleasures

 

Living with toughness

Facing shortcomings

Riding treeless range

Cowboy’s homecoming

 

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All About Faith (Elfchen Series #94)

Fortitude

Facing

Inevitable storms

With patient endurance

God walks with us

Faith

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Triumphant

Creator’s

Eternal love

Overcoming any obstacle

Persevering with His truth

Faith

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Redemption

Saved

By grace

Bolstered, renewed hope

Filled with God’s glory

Faith

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