At one time or another, every person with a heartbeat has felt like giving up. Life can be just difficult. It can be hard. Look, I’m no mental health professional, I’m just a wife and mom who likes to blog from time to time. Yet, even I know frustration and disappointment are part of the human experience. It’s part of life. I don’t think it reflects on an individual’s personal strength or faith either; it’s just the way life impacts us and makes us feel.
Hey, I know. I’ve had a hard time during my lifetime.
Aside from losing most of my family, I’ve had some other rough times. Things not so dramatic as grief or divorce, but things that left a “mark” on me just the same.
This may sound silly, but when I broke a bone in my foot, I felt so lost. I fell on a gap in pavement and the result was a broken foot.
As an independent woman, I was devastated.
The tasks I had done routinely, I could no longer do. I couldn’t “run” to the store, put on clothes easily, or even go downstairs to the family room.
What’s worse, my mom was ill.
It was very difficult to see my elderly mom sick and not be able to help her. It was indeed a brutal time. Thankfully, my son kicked in and helped me with her.
Granted, a broken bone may seem like a small thing to some, but it was genuinely a very life-changing thing for me. Maybe because I had never had a broken bone before or a serious illness.
Kevin must have been reading Psalms!
During a video chronicling his recovery from a major accident, the actor/comedian, Kevin Hart, said something that really resonated with me.
He said something like “God basically knows what we need and the thing that almost destroys us is really a blessing.” I totally massacred the quote, but you get his point.
In fact, Kevin Hart was not the first to come to this realization.
Psalms 119:71 says something similar here:
“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”
Hey, while my injury devastated me emotionally and physically, it was relatively minuscule in impact.
I wasn’t going through anything that was incessantly painful, but it was something that, again, impacted me in big ways. I know others may think “a broken bone? Sheesh”
Hmmm… why do I need to compare my suffering with others’ suffering? We often do that, don’t we? While perspective is essential, I think it’s alright to say something really “messed me up” without needing to justify it with “Oh, I know it’s not really that bad.” What do you think?
Nevertheless, I felt useless and repeatedly forgotten.
I became depressed.
I was lonely. I was hurting and in a bad place emotionally.
I’m a homebody by nature, but being forced to stay inside the house really bugged me. Plus, I was gaining weight.
The minute my doctor said I could walk on that foot, Honey, I did!
In fact, I headed to Vegas with my cousin. We celebrated my 50th birthday there. I’ll never forget that and I’ll be eternally grateful she went with me. We had a blast!
Like the scripture and Kevin Hart’s quote, I learned much during that dark time. It was a good thing.
Here are a few things I learned and why I turned to motivational quotes and the Bible for encouragement.
During hard times, some people will forget you. Face it.
Sadly, I learned the people I thought cared about me did not care very much and that was one reason I turned to God and motivational quotes to keep on going. I needed them because so many of my church family and “friends” were invisible.
My bestie was there all along and a few others, but a lot of folks seemed to vanish.
Cool thing to boot: I also discovered, during this hard time, that the very people who I didn’t even know that well were there for me. My “buddies” were not.
It was such a blessing. As they reached out to me, I was like “I had no clue you cared.” It really touched me.
The second thing I learned during this time…
Don’t worry, I’m getting to the motivational quotes to keep on going, but let me tell you I also learned patience during my healing process.
I often think patience is simply “waiting”, but it is more to it than that. It’s also about how you wait.Patience is waiting while moving forward in positive ways all while keeping a positive, faith-filled outlook. Want some motivational quotes to keep on going? Click To Tweet
The most important thing I learned though is the value of just pressing on through struggle. Yes, life can be hard, but, you can not let it completely -under any circumstances – wipe you out.
You simply must persevere.
You must – and I do mean MUST – put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
Giving up is not an option and throwing in the towel solves absolutely nothing.
In fact, giving up only causes more pain to those you love. Somewhere, someplace someone needs you to keep going.
Don’t give up.“It’s always too soon to quit!”– Norman Vincent Peale Also read: Motivational quotes to keep on going Click To Tweet
Real talk when you need to keep it moving.
Again, I’m not a mental health professional and I’m barely even a blogger. But, I know enough to say if you feel like seriously giving up…please talk to someone.
It’s okay to have people pray for you, but I want you to talk with a mental health professional.
You need someone who understands how your body and mind work. They can provide strategies based on each of those sciences.
Think about it this way…
If you wake up one morning and cannot move your limbs, sure you may ask someone to pray for you, but, if you’re a logical thinking person, you’ll likely go to the emergency room or dial 911.
Turning to a medical professional is smart and logical when you have a physical emergency. The same goes when you have an emotional or mental one.
Get help when you need it.
Now for some great motivational quotes to keep on going…
I’m going to list some of the quotes and also feature a few of them in a format in which you can tweet it.
“When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.”
Roy T. Bennett
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“ Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.”
“Giving up is not an option. Simple as that.”
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.“
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“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.”
“Most people who are hating on you, they are not worried about where you are. They’re worried about where you’re going.”
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
“ There is no failure except in no longer trying.” …
“You just never give up. You do a task to the best of your abilities and beyond.”
“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”
“This I do know beyond any reasonable doubt. Regardless of what you are doing, if you pump long enough, hard enough, and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.”
How I use motivational quotes to keep going using my cell and tablet.
I like to schedule motivational quotes, positive thoughts, and scriptures to pop up in my calendar for a future date.
Want to know something wild? Those quotes are often scheduled far in the future. But, somehow, when they “pop up” as a reminder, I almost always need to hear it at that precise moment in my life!
The Holy Spirit can use technology to minister to us when we need it most. He’s so real!
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.“
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
Do you see the trend?
Hard times hit everyone. If not, there wouldn’t be so many quotes!
The key is to keep going. Never give up and never give in.
A Jokey-Joke about keeping on going…
Hey, do you know what they call a doctor who earned tons of C’s all throughout medical school?
They call him “Doctor“. HA!
Sometimes, it’s not how you crawl to the finish line, it’s just MAKING IT to the finish line that defines success.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
“I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.”
“If we are growing, we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.”
“Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.”
“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
“A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative; he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions”
Norman Vincent Peale
“Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen in your life.”
“I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.”
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.”
“The answer to every adversity lies in courageously moving forward with faith.”
“I was sold lies for two years and the worst part is that I believed it because I couldn’t combat it with anything else.”
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Robert H. Schuller
“Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.”
“My job is to take care of the possible and to trust God with the impossible.”
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I love quotes and scripture. Your brain is able to process them easily when all around you seems chaotic.
In the hard times of life, I don’t really need to read chapters of anything. In fact, my brain can’t even process all that data. During hard times, I Google quotes to get me through the day.
Now, in the future, I’ll be able to hit up my own Christian lifestyle blog when I need a quote to inspire me!
Hope it blessed you as well!
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