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The Classic Pamela Positive: “All I Could Do Was Lean On My Faith.” – Gabby Douglas

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\”Things didn’t work out the way they’d hoped. The apartment where we were supposed to stay fell through. Jobs were hard to come by, and the money ran out.

We had to live in our van and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone except me. Even though Mom fed me constantly, I couldn’t keep anything down and kept losing weight. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

“We didn’t have health insurance. Or money to take you to the doctor.\” Mom told me later. “Baby, all I could do was lean on my faith.\” She sat on the floor of our van, held me in her arms and prayed words from Isaiah over and over. She asked God to heal me, and he came through. By the time my parents could afford a doctor, the disease had gone away. I was still on the small side but I was as healthy as could be.\”

Gabby Douglas

American Artistic Gymnast

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Gabby Douglas went on to win a gold in the Olympics. She was the first to win one for African Americans in the individual all-around event. Gabrielle means \”God\’s able-bodied one.\”

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No matter what the human scene is telling us, you are always more than able through God. But you need to believe it now. And again, and again and again. You are able for whatever you need to face in front of you!

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Gabrielle Douglas (born December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, VA) began formal gymnastics training at 6-years-old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with world-renowned Olympic coach Liang Chow and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women\’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, the first gold medal for the American women\’s gymnastics team since 1996.

¹Quote Source from Guideposts  Bio Source: Biography  Fig¹. Photo by jspizarro on flickr  Fig². Photo by Charles Perkins on flickr

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