Don’t Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

Don’t Quit – by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyong of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Dont’ give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
For all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
I never knew who the author of this poem was until today!  While in the Air Force in the early 1980’s I called my grandma Hazel up one day and told her I was going to kill myself. I was depressed over being in a small city with no place to party. A day or so later I got a call from the base Chaplain and he requested to see me. Grandma had called worried about me and he let me know this. I went in thinking that I would talk to him and he would get me off the base I was at and to a better place. A place where I wouldn’t have to travel an hour and a half to party! I did not get orders out of there, I got a poem. A poem called “Don’t Quit”!  After the Chaplain handed me the poem he encouraged me to come back and see him again if I needed to.  I never went back and I never complained to my grandma like that again!
I looked John Greenleaf Whittier up and found he was from MA. My great grandma was from there and I found he was related to the Huguenots, our family is too!  I don’t know if I am related to him but there is a possibility I suppose. I ended up asking Jesus to be my Savior at this base after my grandmother died at Andrews AFB in MD where I was going to try and get orders to in order to have some time with her. She on 2/12/16 was in heaven for 33 years so on March 28 I’ll have been walking with God for 33 years!  Imagine my surprise in learning about the author of this poem and you know, I still read that poem every so often!

A Valentine’s Day Story

Through 2016 I am reading the entire Bible out loud to the Lord.  On Valentine’s Day I was doing my reading and once coming to the end of the 3rd Chapter it dawned on me that I was in the Book of Ruth.  If you are familiar with The Book of Ruth, you know it for the love story it is telling about Boaz being a “type of Christ” as the Kinsman Redeemer.  For further reading see: Book of Ruth in Wikipedia.

Some interesting points of Ruth:

  1. Ruth was a Moabitess who gave up her nativity to follow Naomi to Israel
  2. Ruth is listed in Jesus’ Genealogy in Matthew 1
  3. Ruth is the Great-Grandma of King David


My New Blog Post

Hi, my name is Wanda F. Sewell and I am going to share some of my life’s testimonies and adventures that I have had since becoming a Christian.  Somethings may inspire you to press on in life and others may encourage you.  Feel free to ask questions or interact by sharing from your life as well when you are moved to do so.

Here’s a link to a testimony about how Jesus changed this person’s life:Jesus Christ Testimony.

Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No man comes unto the Father but by Me.  Gospel of John.

Jesus Christ

Five Things I’ve Enjoyed Learning About My Salvation:


  • Getting to know my Savior
  • Getting to know God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Getting to know God’s Word, the Holy Bible
  • Getting to know how the Kingdom of God operates
  • Getting to know just how forgiven I am by the Lord


Welcome to my new blog

This blog is available to enjoy a drink from the Well that Never Runs Dry.  You can enjoy Jesus through His Word, where I’ll put Scriptures to encourage, there may be a prayer recorded that may meet a need in your life, perhaps I’ll share a picture, poem or testimony.  No matter what, come and enjoy a drink from the Well that Never Runs Dry.