The Testimony of Wilma Rudolph

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When Wilma Rudolph was four years old she was diagnosed with polio, which causes people to be crippled and unable to walk.  To make matters worse, her family was poor and could not afford good medical care.  She was from a large family. She was the 20th child of 22 children. Her father was a railroad porter and her mother was a maid.

Her mother decided she would do everything she could to help Wilma to walk again. The doctors told her that Wilma would never be able to walk.  That did not stop Wilma’s mother.  Every week she and Wilma took a long bus trip to a hospital to receive therapy. It didn’t help, but the doctors told Wilma’s mother that massaging her legs daily might help.  She taught the brothers and sisters how to do it, and they also rubbed Wilma’s legs four times a day.  By the time she was 8, Wilma could walk with a leg brace. After that, she used a high-topped shoe to support her foot. She played basketball with her brothers every day.

Three years later, her mother came home to find her playing basketball by herself bare-footed. She didn’t even have to use the special shoe.

A track coach encouraged Wilma to start running. She ran so well that during her senior year in high school, she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.  She won a bronze medal in the women’s 400-meter relay.

In 1959, she qualified for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome by setting a world’s record in the 200-meter race. At the Olympics that year she won two gold medals; one for the 100-meter race and one for the 200-meter race. 

Then she sprained her ankle, but she ignored the pain and helped her team to win another gold medal for the 400-meter relay!

Wilma retired from running when she was 22 years old, but she went on to coach women’s track teams and encourage young people.

She thought God had a greater purpose for her than to win three gold medals so she started the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to help children learn about discipline and hard work.  She died in 1994 of brain cancer but her tenacious spirit lives on forever.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By his wounds, you have been healed.” I Peter 2:24

Thank you Ms. Rudolph for being the living testimony that God’s report is much louder than the doctors.

Inspiring Quotes from Great Women in History Part I

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“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  Titus 2: 3-5

During this month of Women’s history, I would like us to learn from women that have accomplished much; Women that have surpassed obstacles and came out untarnished on the other side; Women that have paved a way for the younger generation to allow their dreams to come true.  May you be inspired and encouraged to live your life to the fullest from the female ancestors that have proved your capability and influence as a woman of God.

 

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

— Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist

 

“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 must be attained.”

— Marie Curie, chemist and physicist

 

“A woman is the full circle.  Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform.”

— Diane Mariechild, author of “Mother of Wit”

 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

— Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple”

 

“You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.”

— Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.

 

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge.

She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;

she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”

— Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood

 

“The best protection any woman can have…is courage.”

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American abolitionist

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

— Oprah Winfrey, first successful African-American woman in media

 

 

Make Next Year Better!


Written by Isis Roberts, contributing writer

Here we are…we made it through 2015!

Despite all Satan tried to throw at us, we survived it and here we are. For a lot of people, the start of the New Year causes them to reflect on the good and bad things that happened over the past year. Do you find yourself saying, “If I could just start over, I would do things differently?” Fortunately for all of us, Jesus Christ made this possible when he died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected. That is his Christmas present to all who believe. The reason he was born was so we could start over.

Every day we wake up, we are blessed with a second chance, a chance for our sins to be forgiven and for us to improve as children of God. Don’t let another year go by not living to your full potential.

Below are four things that I think are essential in making next year better:

1) Love more: Jesus also came to give us another command: ‘Love one another as I loved you.’– John 13:34. Show God some more love, too! Thank Him, praise Him, worship, honor and give Him all the glory every day. Watch how things change! “But as it is written in the Scriptures: “No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9.

2) Pray! Ask God what you want: A lot of times, God can’t bless us with the things we want because we never asked. You have not because you ask not. In John 14, 15, 16, the holy spirits tells us to ASK, literally, SEVEN times. It must be important! As you ask God what you want, make sure you claim it by faith and believe it with every ounce of your heart that it is done. Don’t ever doubt it, no matter how it looks. Walk by faith, not by sight and don’t limit God. **John 14:14, John 15:7, John 15:16, John 16:23, John 16:24 and John 16:26. Also read Philippians 4:6-10.

3) Watch what you say: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” –Proverbs 18:21. We’ve all heard this verse, but we don’t take it as serious as we should. The world of the spirit operates on what you say. By saying, “I don’t know how I’m going to get through 2016. I already know I’m going to be stressed,” you are already speaking that lack of faith into existence before the year even starts. Change your mindset. Think positively. Instead of saying, “I’m sick.” Say, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed.” Say, “I’m going to get a promotion.” “I’m going to be successful.” Determine to consistently speak the words of God. It’s a matter between life and death! There’s power in your words! **James 3:5-6, Psalms 141:3, Isaiah 54:17

4) Grow spiritually and be obedient to God’s word: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written; “Be Holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-17. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6