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If you can’t fly - run, if you can’t run - walk, if you can’t walk - crawl, but by all means keep moving. – Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

In despair, I did pray to God. And I discovered that, even sometimes in the silence, God does answer. The answer may not be the one you want to hear but there's always an answer, if you are serious, if you are ready to let go. – Bono

Great things are achieved by those who dare to believe that God inside them is superior to circumstances.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Champions are not those who never fail, but those who never quit.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The only way to learn strong faith is to endure strong trials. – George Mueller

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. – Brennan Manning

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley, Television Journalist

Go all the way; don’t let anything keep you from appropriating the promises of God in your own life. – A.A. Allen

Never! Never! Never! Never! Give up! – Winston Churchill

If Joseph had not been Egypt’s prisoner, he would have never been Egypt’s governor. The iron chains about his feet ushered in the golden chains about his neck. – William Secker

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. – African Proverb

But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed. – Amy Carmichael

A sickbed often teaches more than a sermon. – Thomas Watson

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning. – Louis L'Amour

Don’t find fault; find a remedy. – Henry Ford

Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. – Bruce Cockburn, Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. – Rick Warren

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. – J.R.R. Tolkien

Jesus promised those who follow him only three things...that they would be absurdly happy, entirely fearless, and always in trouble. – Gregg Levoy

It is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to place our trust in Him, the crisis will reveal that we can go to the point of breaking, yet without breaking our confidence in Him. – Oswald Chambers

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. – Charles C. West

Even though there have been some bumps and bruises along the way, there is enough joy and wonder and love and grace in the life to which I am given these days that to complain about the road I have traveled would be ungrateful at the very least. And there is no question that some of what I learned while wandering through those places that did not suit me very well has turned out to be invaluable for the work I have now been given to do. – Robert Benson

What quickens my pulse now is the stretch ahead rather than the one behind, and it is mainly for some clue to where I am going that I search through where I have been, for some hint as to who I am becoming or failing to become that I delve into what used to be. – Frederick Buechner

But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through. – Francis Chan

Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever. – Brennan Manning

Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar? – Amy Carmichael

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. – C.S. Lewis

God speaks in the language you know best—not through your ears, but through your circumstances. – Oswald Chambers

We all have two battles or two enemies going on—one with the man across from you, the second is with the man inside of you. Once you control the one inside of you the one across from you really doesn't matter. – Tony Romo, Former NFL Quarterback

In you is the capacity to love and to live without needing the world to work out a certain way in order for you to be okay. Your life, your existence, is contingent on [God]. But it is not contingent on anyone else, or anything else. – Jonathan Martin, Author of How to Survive a Shipwreck

Only the experience of our own darkness gives us the light we need to be of help to others whose journey into the dark spots of life is only just beginning. – Joan Chittister, Between the Dark and the Daylight

This is not all there is. There is another wind, coming in slow on the wings of the morning, to hover over your still-flickering light to make you into fire again. – Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck

You must respect the season you are in... Give yourself permission to be a little out of balance. Don’t feel guilty when you are focused on what’s appropriate during this season. ...Wherever you are—be all there. – Craig Groeschel

The journey into our best future always passes through the furnace. The fire both forges us into who we must become and frees us to live the lives for which we were created. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow

It only makes sense that the very act of hardening your heart to people simply hardens your heart. – Carey Nieuwhof, Didn't See It Coming

You're not made in a crisis—you're revealed. – Jack Kinder

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill

Instead of finding confidence to live as we should regardless of our circumstances, we have used it as justification to choose the path of least resistance, least difficulty, least sacrifice. Instead of concluding it is best to be wherever God wants us to be, we have decided that wherever it is best for us to be is where God wants us. Actually, God's will for us is less about our comfort than it is about our contribution. God would never choose for us safety at the cost of significance. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Barbarian Way

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has. – Billy Graham

Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence. – Billy Graham

To live is to love. To love is to risk pain. To risk pain is to live. It's what it means to truly be human. As fragile as dust. The breaking of us. The making of us. The building up of our faith. – Lysa Terkeurst

We must sip the suffering of today, so we don't have to drown in the devastations of tomorrow. – Lysa Terkeurst

Sufferers attract fixers the way roadkills attract vultures. ...Real faith cannot be reduced to spiritual bromides and merchandised in success stories. It is refined in the fires and the storms of pain. – Eugene H. Peterson

The things we try to avoid and fight against–tribulation, suffering, and persecution–are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. "We are more than conquerors through Him" "in all these things (Rom 8:37)"; not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. – Oswald Chambers

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller

God had a strategy in the ugly places because those were the fields in which he decided to cultivate us. – T. D. Jakes

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. – Winston Churchill

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. – "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron, MLB Hall of Famer

God is in control—and He can be trusted to see us through life’s difficulties and surprises. – Billy Graham

Everything God has for you is on the other side of that fear. – Erwin Raphael McManus

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