Monday Memories: Never Forsaken

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Life feels upside down

Angry with fists clenched

Barking back at God

You have forsaken me

 

Please, please my Lord

Don’t push me away

Heart fills with courage

Waiting for my God

 

Look around to witness

Patience comes to many

Those immersed in faith

Righteous saints never forsaken

 

God asks for perseverance

More to one’s life

Than just plain enduring

Bring me staying power

 

God is my stronghold

In times of distress

For those seeking him

God will never forsake

 

God always walks ahead

He was with Moses

He’ll be with you

Never to forsake you

 

Ask for God’s protection

Through faithful, fervent prayer

God’s justice will return

Never, ever be forsaken

 

Open hands, open arms

Looking up toward God

Submitting to my Lord

Never to be forsaken

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Originally published June, 2019.

Beth Moore Quote

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Faith is not believing in my own unshakable belief.  Faith is believing an unshakable God when everything in me trembles and quakes.

From 2 Timothy 4:7:  “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

Beth Moore (born 1957) is an American Christian evangelist, author, and teacher.

Nourishing Faith

From Isaiah 30:15:  “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:  In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

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Faith’s glowing spark

Tiny to see

Strength filling heart

Grace to foresee

 

Strength facing tests

Unknown as yet

Nourishing faith

Quieting threats

 

Challenges come

Darkness creeps in

Boosted in strength

Faith, life’s linchpin

 

Kneeling to pray

Faith never peaks

Fulfilling strength

Humbleness speaks

 

Always trust God

Mercy lifts up

Source of faith’s strength

Filling life’s cup

 

Embers of faith

Fed by courage

Blazing in strength

Shall encourage

 

From Father’s rock

Spirit connects

Lasting faith grows

His strength protects

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From Psalm 28:7:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”

Famous and Rich

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Growing up with little

On life’s other side of

Prosperity’s tracks

Feeling little love

 

Orphaned and now alone

Facing endless trials

Not famous and rich

Walking distant miles

 

Mansion never lived in

Dreaming of special place

Emptiness drains time

Leaving drifter’s race

 

Searching for happiness

Another evening fire

Nomad’s life stirring

Finding what inspires

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John Maxwell Quote

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If you want to reach your potential, you need to add a strong work ethic to your talent.

From John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

John Maxwell (born 1947) is an American pastor, author, and speaker.  He has written numerous books about leadership, with a Christian point of view.

Amanda Gorman Quotes

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There is always light.  Only if we are brave enough to see it.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

Amanda Gorman (born 1998) is an American poet and activist.  She is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.

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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Old West Comes Alive

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Filling myths with good, bad, ugly

Fictional tales grow in stature

 

Snarling summer heat, winter cold

Hostile climate conditions reign

 

Dreaming to grow up as cowboys

Distraught mothers asking sons, “Why?”

 

Blessing every cowboy and horse

Inseparable life partners

 

Riding herd on open prairie

Longest, loneliest days and nights

 

Hungering for silver and gold

Outlaws robbing another train

 

Breathing fire with every six-gun

Unbeatable law of Old West

 

Searching dreams, with each hard day’s ride

Drifters, without any name

 

Pursuing mystical treasure

Phantom fortunes never found

 

Covering endless, open range

Enormous ranches stretching out

 

Seeking freedom, farming homesteads

Young families journey out west

 

Springing up, middle of nowhere

Small towns come alive overnight

 

Begging for help, clean up our town

Citizens hire ageless lawman

 

Enduring hard life, little pay

Old West struggles, never fading

 

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Jim Valvano Quotes

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Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Jim Valvano (1946-1993) was an American college basketball coach.  Born in Queens, New York, he brought his indefatigable spirit wherever he went.  

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.