by Bill Rudge
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It is impossible. Things are hopeless. I can’t go on. It is never going to work out.
All things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23)
The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. (Hebrews 13:6)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
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…
By all means pray, and don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
God’s hidden gift in the clouds of doubt,
You never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So trust in the Lord when you’re hardest hit…
It’s when things go wrong that
You Must Not Quit!
by Bill Rudge
Daily I get a glimpse of how much God must love each and every one of His children. The following are just a few examples using my 11 grandchildren to reveal my love and enjoyment of them and how much I miss them when I am not with them.
When my 18 year old granddaughter left for college in August or previously sang for a Memorial Day Program or church services before I spoke…
When my 16 year old grandson works out with me on the obstacle course and then hangs out with me after and gives bear hugs before leaving…
When my 15 year old granddaughter asks me to play catch with the football or play basketball with her…
When my 14 year old granddaughter shared her testimony and wrote a story about her papa or sang before I spoke at the Salvation Army…
When my 13 year old granddaughter cut her long beautiful hair and donated it for wigs for cancer patients or received a special award for kindness at school…
When my 11 year old grandson asks me to sit beside him in a hammock so we can “shoot the breeze” or walks the West Hill with me and his cousin, thrilled by the stories from my youth…
When my 8 year old granddaughter smiled angelically as she bowed with perfect form after performing at a piano recital or laughs while I fly her through the air during a blanket ride…
When my 7 year old granddaughter holds my hand and arm tightly while walking through a dark hallway or asks me to tell her a story as we go on another “Papa Adventure” from my childhood or walks on her hands while I hold her feet…
When my 5 year old granddaughter is carried by me upstairs to bandage her left knee after she cut it running to the jumpy house, or after spilling something smiles at me when she realizes she is not in trouble or when we swing together…
When my 4 year old granddaughter cuddles up to me and wraps her arms around my neck and kisses me lightly on the cheek as she says, “I love you papa” then curls up under my arm and falls asleep or talks to me about Jesus and the Bible…
When my 3 year old granddaughter giggles in my arms when I tell her to go down the slide or while putting her head under water in the pool or while going through the tickle tunnel…
These are just a few of the countless times I get a glimpse and am reminded of how much our Heavenly Father loves each of His children and receives joy from a close relationship with each one of us.
by Bill Rudge
I have seen many signs during my travels with motivational messages to encourage and inspire. The following are just a few for youth (and parents) as they return to school or participate in various sports.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
When you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done!
When you think you have done enough work DO MORE!
You think training is hard? TRY LOSING!
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
Courage is not lack of fear, but standing your ground in spite of it.
When life gives you more than you can STAND, Kneel.
A Bible that’s falling apart … often belongs to someone who isn’t.