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Johnny Cash, Book of Psalms, Tom Krause, Wayne Teasdale,
Dolly Parton, Wolfgang von Goethe, The Quran, Book of isaiah


Dear Readers,

Life tends to test the strength of our perseverance. But is the willingness
to bang one's head against the wall until it crumbles the same thing as
steadfast persistence? I submit that it's not, and furthermore, that true
persistence is based on the conviction that the law of Truth, better known
as God, upholds the efforts of the righteous person. Steadfastness is
a spiritual grace; this persistence is motivated by a selfless love. It is
deep trust in God that keeps the heart strong and fearless.

- Lisa

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I grew up in the '40s and I heard all these great speeches,
like Winston Churchill. His most famous, or most infamous
commencement exercise speech was one that consisted
of seven words. He stood before this graduating class
and said: "Never, never, never, never, never give up."

Johnny Cash
Country singer and songwriter


Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who finds great delight in his commands.
Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

Psalm 112:1, 6-8
The Holy Bible
New International Version


When life knocks you down you have two choices -
stay down or get up.

 Tom Krause (1934 -   )
Motivational speaker


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"Learn from the past --
don't wear it like a yoke around your neck."
From "Dune - The Butlerian Jihad"
by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

...Rather than following the lessons they've discerned from
past experience, some people, and even nations, become
trapped by them. The past should not determine the future;
wisdom culled from our experiences should guide the
present and future course in a spirit of continuity...

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
New World Library, 2004


Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Dolly Parton (1946 -   )
American singer-songwriter, actress


This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life
are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
German playwright, poet, novelist, dramatist


God is with those who persevere.

 The Quran (c. 651 AD)
Islamic scriptures

The Last Word:

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind
is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
       the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:3-4
The Holy Bible
New International Version




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

A victory of spirit always comes before any material victory.

Bojana Kovacevic
Serbian expatriate


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