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When the list of unanswered prayers is longer than the list of answers received…

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.  –  Luke 18:1

When your plans fall through again and again…

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.  –  Babe Ruth

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When you think maybe the world would be better off without you…

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?  –  Clarence the angel in It’s A Wonderful Life

When no one seems to care; when even God seems far away; you can’t help but wonder why you’ve been forgotten, overlooked, why you feel so unloved…

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  –  Romans 8:38-39

When depression hangs over you, an inescapable dark cloud…
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.  –  Psalm 43:5

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When life is hard and nothing you do turns out right, and nobody seems to notice the good inside, and in the grand scheme you’re looking more like a loser than anything you hoped to be…

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.  –  Dale Carnegie

When all the good things in life happen to everyone else…

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.   –  Samuel Johnson

When the work before you overwhelms; too much, too hard, too daunting…

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if only you work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.  –  Isak Dinesen

 

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When everything around you, within you screams you’re finished, that you’ll never make it; and even if you do, it won’t make a difference…

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  –  Winston Churchill

When you long for great faith, the kind of faith that moves mountains; but instead you finger this tiny grain of dinky faith that keeps slipping from your grasp…

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  –  1 John 5:4

When tempted to give in to what’s easiest, to settle for less than the truth, to give up before reaching the goal…

It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.  –  William Penn

When weakness reaches for strength, and fear desires to be brave, but doubt obscures your vision, and worries pile up and up and still farther up…

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  –  Joshua 1:8-9

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