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Do you have a story of a time when you didn’t give up? Please click the Comments link at the bottom of this post and share your story.

Michael Jordan said, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

18 replies on “Not Giving Up”

Thanks for the positive thoughts. I am going through some very difficult times right now and sometimes I don’t know how much longer I can make it…….your email lifts me up and helps me stay positive.

Obstacles are thrown at us daily. My husband and I are, and have been, dealing with an obstacle of unemployment (much like many others). His company relocated and we were unable to move with his company. So we’ve been dealing with unemployment for about 14 months. Our Maker will see us through this. Faith is a huge thing – and the only thing – that will prove to be in the end. With the encouragement and prayers from friends and family, we know we will make it through this, too. It’s hard to see the forest for the trees, but when you take a step back and look, you’ll see the forest! Much like when you’re in the situation or obstacle, you can’t see the solution! But if you take a step back, you’ll see that the solution has been there all along!

I sometimes lose site of our Maker in the middle of obstacles. But He is always there, carrying me when I’m down and helping me to see Him! When one door closes, another one opens. Just wait, watch and listen! Be sure to Listen! He will speak to you and help you see what it is that He is presenting you!

Dr. Robert Schuller is right, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do”!! My grandfather, who was very wise, watched Dr. Schuller every Sunday. He always talked about his messages. He just loved that man!

David, thanks for your Daily emails for positive-ness! I appreciate them greatly! I was once quoted in a newspaper as saying, “I’m a positive thinker”!!! I do try to remain positive in all the turmoil. It’s not easy, but it sure makes uncertain times a little easier.

Blessings to you and yours!

I use to always give up quickly, surrender to failure and feel horrible about it when I did. One day about 9 yrs. ago I came home from work and at that time I was about 300 lbs. I would be red, swollen and just plum tired all the time. When I got home that Sunday my son left me a hot pot of water filled with epson salt so I could soak my feet in and a note to say that he left his football game with his friends to take care of me. My heart broke that day, there was this side of me so proud of him to think of his Mom but so angry at myself that the pressure that little boy had, to think of him big Mom coming home and worrying about me like that. That day I decided I was not gonna let that pressure take hold of him or me. I went to WEIGHT WATCHERS the next day, learned everything I could about it and started a new me. Well 18 months later I lost 158 lbs. and I went from a size 28 to a 10. It’s been 9 yrs now that I have kept it off. The freedom that I feel is unmeasureable and our lives changed so much for the better. My little boy is a man now but because of his kindness, thoughtfulness to his Mom it showed me that I will not ever give up on being the person I am today. I will not ever let another human being feel such pressure of saddness, embaressment etc. So don’t ever give up, don’t ever beat yourself up either when you fall off the horse, get right back on and try , try try…………Thanks for reading my story…..Michele

God put in your son’s heart the kindness to show to you which was an act of mercy which speaks in silence and moves us so deeply and touches us from the Father in Heaven. We have great love for our children who have hearts of gold from God to love others.My son died at ther tender age of 19 and I love him in Heaven and my other son has a lovely daughter who loves me and love is what makes the world go around.

I LOST MY HOUSE DURING 2008 AROUND MAY,I REMEMBER THE DATE BECAUSE IT WAS MY DAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY THAT WE MOVED.I HAD LOST IT BECAUSE I COULDNT AFFORD IT , THE INTEREST RATE HAD WENT SO HIGH.I OWED A REALLY LARGE AMOUNT AND TRIED EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO KEEP MY HOME . I LOVED MY HOME AND HAD STRUGGLED A SINGLE MOTHER OF 3 CHILDREN TO GET IT IN THE BEGINNING. 12 YEARS WAS ALOT OF FINGERPRINTS AND STEPCLIMBING ALONG WITH MANY OTHER MEMORIES THAT I WILL ALWAYS HAVE. ANYWAY MY DAD LIVED NOT EVER A HALF MILE FROM MY HOME SO WHEN I WOULD GO SEE HIM AT LEAST ONCE AWEEK I WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT MY HOUSE WITH A POSTING FOR SALE.I WOULD JUST “PRAY” WELL I ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT FOR SOME REASON
GOD WANTED ME TO MOVE OR IT WAS JUST MEANT TO BE . BUT THAT DIDNT STOP ME FROM PRAYING FOR ANSWERS OF “WHY I LOST MY HOME”? EVERY TIME I PASSED MY OLD HOME I WOULD JUST PRAY,
GOD ,PLEASE HELP ME FIND ANOTHER HOME .
NOW, DONT TAKE THIS WRONG, MY HOUSE WAS JUST A SMALL 3 BEDROOM AND ONE BATH HOME,BUT THIS WAS MY HOME, NOTHING FANCY JUST A HOME. I WOULD TELL GOD, I HOPE WHO EVER BUYS MY HOME ENJOYS IT AS MUCH AS ME , EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THEY NEVER COULD. AS TIME PASSED BY THE HOUSE WENT UP FOR AUCTION. I NEVER GAVE UP HOPE. ONE DAY I ASK MY HUSBAND TO TALK TO A REALLY GOOD FRIEND OF OURS THATS IN REAL ESTATE AND SEE IF HE WOULD GO TO THE AUCTION AND BUY THE HOUSE AND US REPAY HIM BACK. I PRAYED AND PRAYED FOR THE DAY OF THE AUCTION , BECAUSE :OUR FRIEND SAID HE WOULD TRY
WELL NEVER GIVE UP , BECAUSE GOD ANSWERED ALL MY PRAYERS!WE NOT ONLY BOUGHT THE HOUSE BACK BUT WE PURCHASED IT FOR HALF THE PRICE WE OWN ON IT FROM THE BEGINNING, I KNOW GOD LISTENS. WE HAD LIVED IN 2 DIFFERENT PLACES BEFORE GETTING OUR HOME BACK, BUT I NEVER GAVE UP HOPE, GOD WAS GIVING ME MORE THAN I HAD, MY HOME WITH A HOUSE PAYMENT CUT IN HALF . GOD KNEW I JUST WANTED MY HOME, I DIDNT ASK HIM FOR A MANSION, OR ANOTHER HOME, JUST MY HOME
NEVER GIVE UP BECAUSE THERES A WAY IF YOU JUST TAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO GOD , HE WILL SHOW YOU.

Dear Bonnie:

That is such a wonderful story. I am so happy that as usual everything works out the way it should. Whatever one decides to call it there is always a time in life when you will realize that there is something bigger than us going on…guiding our paths. Enjoy your home and have a wonderful life. :)))

THE MORNING OF MARCH 13th 2006 started off with
my usual cup of coffee with my wife at bedside,
a trip to my on-suite was suddenly shortened…
I HIT THE FLOOR……..OUT LIKE lightening HIT ME !!
MY WIFE PAULINE realized the signs of STROKE,
I WAS PARALIZED and could not move,
she forced me to swallow three aspirin…called 911
and our close friends DAVID AND VIVIAN to
alert them we would not be walking today….the
PARAMEDICS arrived and attempted to get me up,RESUSCITATE
however a ambulance ride was my transportation
mode for PROGNOSES/ASSESSMENT by
NEUROSURGEON/CRITICAL CARE TEAM
PEACE ARCH and ROYAL COLUMBIAN HOSPITALS
ANGI-OGRAM CT SCAN MRI confirmed
HEMMORAGIC STROKE RIGHT THALAMIC LOBE
LEFT SIDE OF BODY “SHUTDOWN”
no damage to the heart at this time…….
the moment that I ‘CRASHED’ was the beginning
of a NEW LIFE JOURNEY…as I LAY on the floor,
the PARAMEDICS resuscitating me ………
there in the
AURA of the moments was the IMAGE of JESUS
with HIS ARMS extended saying to me “MY SON
you are not going to enjoy this part of your
JOURNEY,however IT IS TIME FOR A FLESH TO FLESH covenent, you have nothing to fear for you
are in my arms…………..THREE MONTHS later
I was released from hospital having learned to
walk and talk again through therapy and CARE.
THREE YEARS HAVE PASSED with many occasions
of MOUNTAIN CLIMBING…………HIS PRESENCE
is what has sustained me and continued to
strengthen me thru a positive ATTITUDE……
your continued devotional messages through
this POST THERAPY RECOVERY has been very
helpful GOD BLESS KDT TRANQUILITY BAY
OCEAN PARK BC CANADA

I went to work for westinghouse electric in 1959,
in 1996 we had a ice storm that lasted three days,
after making it to work i stay till noon but no one else showed up. upon leaving work i slipped on the ice getting in the truck. I was operated on the next day three vertebrae and a steel rod inserted in my back.I had planned for a long while to get my forty years in so i could retire at 58. It took 9 months of hard work to be able to go back to work,i was still hurting pretty bad but made it through the last three years and was able to retire with 40 years of service.

In my denomination you have to take and pass both Greek and Hebrew in order to become ordained. I didn’t get a good start in my Greek class –I could memorize the vocabulary, but putting sentences together was seemingly beyond me. The last day that you could drop a class without a penalty came. I told the Greek professor I was dropping out and talked with my advisor. He told me that I had to have a slip signed by both my Greek professor and the person who taught the class I was transferring into. That done, I had to walk over to my advisor’s house to get his signature. Somehow, though, when 1:00 came, I found myself walking down the hall to where the Greek class was. The look on my professor’s face was priceless. That day he gave the only “pop quiz” he gave all semester! My grade wasn’t good, but he said he could tell I was able to pass if I just kept going. I ended the semester with a B.

November 14, 2007 changed my life. The day before I was taken to one hospital, only to lapse into a coma and be transferred by ambulance to a new hospital in the area that had room in their ICU for me. I had an open wound on the bottom of my foot that was to be debrided that morning, but the surgeons had a surprise coming. The debridment turned into amputation of my foot, which turned into amputation further up to mid-calf (or so they thought). Then it was amputation with the hope to save the knee, but….I woke up to find myself missing my right leg above the knee, from necrotizing faceitis (flesh eating bacteria).

During the time that I was in surgery my husband was told that it was touch and go and they nearly lost me several times during surgery. Because of my knowledge from that time during surgery I know that we must live our lives the very best that we can and do what we have been taught for centuries by prophets and apostles of our history and our present. We have been given valuable resources to help us in scriptures as our guide for life.

I had every right to be bitter, depressed and want ot just roll over and give up instead of dealing with this new twist that life had given me, but I faced reality and decided that I knew too much in my heart to just give up. I have worked hard to be able to learn how to cope and do things from the new height of a whelchair. I am no longer emplyed because of this and other issues, including severe and nearly constant pain but I have been told that my life must have been spared to be a positive example to my children and grandchildren and others of the old adage, “When life gives you lemons – make lemonade!”

My suggestion to any and all who want to give up, lets let the streets run with lemonade. Don’t give up!

I am working in a reputed company and was appointed for the post of Project Administrator for a huge construction project. The construction went on for 4 years. Since the project was completed and due to recession my company haven’t got any new project. On one unlucky day I received the redundant notice from my company with one month notice. Not knowing that I will receive my termination notice I was very well preparing to go to my native country to celebrate Christmas, our 15th Wedding Anniversary as well as New Year 2010. The specialty of this trip is that we will be celebrating all three above mentioned functions with our parents and siblings after 15 years since we are residing in abroad.
During the time of receiving the notice from the head office my director told that incase if the company needs a site secretary we will reverse your redundant notice. But I was thinking in my mind that already the country is in recession and how the company is going to get a new project and even if they get a new project, the project should require a site secretary. But the very next moment I was strengthen by God and said to my mind that “The same director would call me & offer the same job’. I was encouraged by my hubby and my son too.
As we planned we went to our native country and celebrated Christmas and Wed. Anniversary. But now and then the notice would appear into my mind and made me think about how it would be without going to the job. But I never give up my belief in God as well as my working capacity. The reason was, during my job period I used to get many appreciations from all my high officials.
On one blessed day, when we were on a road trip to my parents place to celebrate the New Year 2010, I received a call from my Site based line manager that my director wants to discuss with me regarding a upcoming project and asked me to contact him. I called my director immediately and he told me that one suspended project is going to resume and that project need a administrator and I would like to propose your name and are you interested to take up the offer. I answered him cheerfully I am ready to accept the offer and please send my CV to Client for prior approval. The real reason for why I was in a height of happiness was that already a secretary was working in this project before the suspension and she was terminated before me and even she is waiting for an offer. There were 3 secretaries were in the queue and waiting for new offers. But my director told me that he proposed my name I felt that I was exalted because Jesus never fails. Meanwhile, I was offered the job and about to join, but I did not receive the formal offer letter from my site based manager and when I contacted him he told that there is some negotiations going on with old secretary and even that time I did not give up belief. Finally my director told me that your best attitude and hard work won at last. Yes, by the Grace of God I resumed my work from 18-01-2010 and be part of the same company once again.
Always have positive & best attitude and surrender yourself fully to God and He will take care of us in our times of desolation.

There is never a day that goes by that I don’t thank God I made it through dying twice in the ER 4 yr’s ago. On the way to the ER I asked my husband to call my name and if it was to be, I’d come back to him and our children and grandkids. In my short time that I died, I was able to see my parents, brothers and even our ole dawg! Behind them in the distance ‘HE’ made the call that I was to go back, it wasn’t time. I heard my husband & cardiologist calling my name so each day is a blessing, I stay peaceful and busy. The most difficult was torn between two worlds of people I love. The second was taking those first steps after surgery! yikes..but one step at a time and I’m walking daily! Thank you for all the positives in my mail box.

After 6 months of visiting my gp with headaches, dizzines and memory loss and getting nowhere with the gp, my husband finally contacted the Bupa hospital. They advised that I see a neurologist.
I informed the gp, but despite me contacting the surgery on three separate days, I was told that a referral letter was still sitting on a desk waiting to be sent to the Neurologist.
I took matters into my own hands and contacted the Bupa hospital and arranged a consultation with the Neurologist.
Within a week , I was scanned, a referral made to the Neurosurgeon and the brain tumour ( the size of an egg) was 99% successfully removed.
I just had a knowing that everything was going to be fine.
I only had one blip the day before my operation after the negative possibilities were explained to me, I got a bit scared.
I didn’t want to go down to theatre with negative cells going round my body, so I started reading Dr Wayne Dyer’s “Being in balance” book and within an hour I was back in positive mode and even joked with the porter when he came to collect me with a stetcher. I told him that Although I was the patient, I wasn’t looking for the sympathy vote yet. I then walked down to theatre with him.
6 months on and thanks to everyone involved, I’ve made fantastic progress. Life is absolutely brilliant!!

Hello
I feel encouraged by reading the comments posted….i myself..being positive although being apart from my husband due to immigration problems..its so wonderful being married to a wonderful man..but so hard to be apart…I know this may be small in comparison to other comments especially about good health…anyway I remain positive and dream about the time we will come together…i believe we came together through god…long story and although we have obstacles…i never stop being positive that things will be okay…….and we will be re-united…it just is sad that our life is decided by immigration…fair enough it is a law…but the effect it has on a genuine couple is tremendous…I wont be beaten…stay positive…….

I have always been told by others I should write a book of all the tragedies and trials our family has been through. I feel it may be too late now as I am almost 59 and many years of trials have come and gone. At first I used to say, Why me?Then once through the event. I would ask, What did I learn from this? As it was always told to me that there is a lesson in everything we go through. Then as years would pass I would say, OK Lord, I know, you have something else for me to learn. Or OK Lord, I am ready, no matter what you give to me bring it on! I became stronger and knew that if I could be patience and never give up and keep my Lord near me throughout the good and the bad, that this was all of HIS Plan and I would be ok either way. My parents divorced when I was 13 (me a daddys girl without a daddy!) My own marriage collapsed and being brought up that marriage was forever, this was hard for me to accept. My daughter and I grew apart through this terrible time. Our grandchild was kept from us for over a year or our daughter would not have the liberty of seeing her. Our family members died one after another seemingly very close in groups of 3 often throughout the years not giving us time to mourn the loss of one before another unexpectedly was gone too. Our son lost his memory in a terrible bike accident. Our grandaughter was abused as a child. Our grandson diagnosed with chrons disease very young age, and he is also a special needs young man too. My mother lost 3 husbands to death 2 unexpectedly. My husband I cared for 1 of them and her for 5 yrs before his death. Mom was then diagnosed with Auheizmers. We cared for her 5 years 2 in our home till had no choice when she became violet to find her a care home. My husband has back problems and 1 operation under his belt. When much younger he was diagnosed with glacoma and was told it is a very bad case for his young age. A teenage cousin commited suicide recently. Our son lost a child early on in their pregancy recently. My husband is barely clinging to a job that has been allowed by the governemnt to take away all health insurance, retirement benefits, over $600 a month in pay and other benefits. This leaves having to remember to say “At least I still have a job.” What has the world come to to allow that in a man that worked so hard for 30 years and near retirement everything is out of your control? I was diagnosed with Diabetes. My daughter has cancer. Our garage burnt to the ground (lost a lot, but glad it was not our home). I have been fired before and still don’t know why? I’ve lost 3 best friends lately and spent time with them during their last hours, (feeling very blessed they wanted me there.) More and more too much to say. But still I try to get back up and “keep on truckin”. Never give up! Encourage others and you become encouraged right? Yes, it works for me to serve others and forget my own problems. God bless all!

you are one strong woman.youve really had it thrown at you alot .i have never heard so much suffering that has been on your hands,and i give you so much credit.i understand why you say , dont give up. ive been going thru alot here lately , maybe the past 3 years and everyone tells me also , that i need to write a book , but after reading what you’ve been thru, i feel really blessed with my small problems. i hope every thing turns completely around for you. you deserve a better life with no worries for a while. your doing great, just hang in there, god does have a reason , and you will see the reward iam sure!

Eight years ago I lost my son to a drunk driver, my home burned, my father suffered a massive heart attack, two of my uncles died suddenly, and my daughter was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. Then five years ago I was diagnosed with a very serious brain tumor. After removing nearly 25% of my brain, I, too, developed spinal meningitis and had a death experience. My son was with me. It took nearly 13 months to learn to walk, paint and drive again and during that time my husband left me. But God has been faithful to me and is restoring my health, my home and my family. He has brought a wonderful man into my life and it is no coincidence that his name is the same as my beloved son that died. The one thing that has kept me going is the love of my family and friends. I have tried to keep positive people and positive images around me at all times. The only thing we take with us is love and I know it firsthand!

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