Are you tired and tempted to give up? Don’t do it. Instead, read this encouragement for overwhelmed moms.


I had THE best first-grade teacher. Of all the teachers from kindergarten through college, she was my absolute favorite. And I had a lot of great teachers, so that’s saying a lot.

I have vivid memories of first grade and can still recite to this day countless numbers of poems, scriptures, and songs she taught us. I shared many of them with my own children while homeschooling.

One of the most impactful poems we learned has encouraged me many times over the years. It’s a poem attributed to Edgar A. Guest which appeared first in a syndicated newspaper column on March 3, 1921.

For over 100 years, this poem has, I’m sure, encouraged many people. I’m sharing it as encouragement for overwhelmed moms.

At some point in your journey to achieving your goals, you will be tempted to give up. Usually, it’s a few months into your goal when you hit an obstacle. But instead of giving up, keep moving forward.

Keep Going

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 every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

—Edgar A. Guest

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