I was watching a crime drama with my husband last night. One of the detectives was lamenting giving up on a case several years before, because it came up again. Turns out she was on the brink of solving it when she gave it up.
Never give up on your dreams, never give up the fight for a better life. I can remember a time, not so long ago I couldn't see my way out of the dark pit I was in. Today I am not only out of the pit, but well on my way to filling it up so as never to trip into it again.
When your circumstances look dire and you feel as if they will swallow you up, keep on moving. One step at a time, with faith you will come through it. In that famous Psalm, God says: "Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..." He didn't say He'd take you out of it, He said he'd walk through it with you. Until you're ready to walk through the valley, you will never make it up to the high places.
It's in the valley that we learn faith, perseverance and perspective. I know, for me, it's been the darkest times that have brought me the greatest blessings. Be willing to look for the lesson in loss, the silver lining around the blackest cloud. Even Christ went through His dark night of the soul. Don't get stuck in yours, walk it out.