I refuse to be discouraged,
to be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted,
and here's the reason why...

I have a God who's mighty,
Who's sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me,
and I am on His team.

He is all wise and powerful,
Jesus is His name;
though everything is changeable;
My God remains the same.

My God knows all that's happening;
Beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort,
He is my dearest friend.

When sickness comes to weaken me,
to bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God;
into His arms I go.

When circumstances threaten
to rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast,
where all my striving cease.

And when my heart melts within me,
and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms
He soothes my heart and soul.

The great "I AM" is with me,
My life is in His hand,
The "Son of the Lord" is my hope,
It's in his strength I stand.

I refuse to be defeated,
my eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me,
all through this life I trod.

I'm looking past all my circumstances,
to Heaven's throne above;
my prayers have reached the heart of God,
I'm resting in His love.

I give God thanks in everything,
my eyes are on His face;
the battle's His, the victory is mine;
He'll help me win the race.
~BJ George~

The difficulties of life are intended
to make us better, not bitter.
~George Gritter~

We only lose our way when we lose our own aim.
~Fenelon~

Defeat is never anything but
an invitation to have recourse to God
~Antonin Sertillanges~

You are never at any time nearer to God
than when under tribulation, which He
permits for the purification
and beautifying of your soul.
~M. De Molinos~

Everyone is on a cross.
Some ask to be taken down
like the theif on the left;
others ask to be taken up
like the theif on the right.
~Fulton J. Sheen~

I was regretting the past
and fearing the future
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
"My name is I Am"
He paused
I waited
He continued,
"When you live in the past
with its mistakes and regrets,
it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.

When you live in the future,
with its problems and fears,
it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WILL BE.

When you live in this moment,
it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM."




We tangle up the plans the Lord hath wrought,
and when we cry in pain,
He says, "Be quiet, dear, while I untie the knot."

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