God’s salvation

God’s salvation
Is very close to those
Who fear Him in every nation –
To those who multiply faith, hope and love among population.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 20.07.2016

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A saint who is sad

A saint who is sad
Gives a reason to people to think something bad.
Therefore, rejoice as much as you can
In prayer, studies, work – in all with and without a plan.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.07.2018

Не дав нам Бог духа стра́ху

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Не дав нам Бог духа стра́ху,
Але сили, любові, розуму здорового.
Безнадійність, непевність не є християнського фаху;
Віра, надія, радість серця – шлях до успіху чудового.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Moraine Lake Alberta Canada (18819148794)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.07.2018

To surrender is to lose more

Anyone can profit from good.
But turning misfortune to benefit
Is for the wise, I conclude.
Wisdom and patience cook their food.

To do well when all is okay
Is easy for our brain,
But in our heads we have much more than clay –
So, think what for. You can do it today.

To surrender when something is wrong,
To sink and to lose all
Or to step over and to try to become strong;
To save and to improve what you can so long?

It is up to you to decide;
Every new day is a beginning.
Birds know this, they do not hide.
In the open sky they glide.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 18.01.2009

Цінуй життя

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Цінуй життя та користуйся
Щоб іти вперед; не лінуйся, не лякайся.
Любов’ю до Бога та ближнього рятуйся.
На помилках не циклись; посміхайся!

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Moraine Lake Alberta Canada (31599858215)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 04.07.2018

One hour in the morning is worth three

One hour in the morning, friend,
Is worth three in the eve,
Whether you begin an activity or end,
Whether you come or leave.

Therefore, do what’s important early in the day –
Add a step toward your dream;
Do morning exercises, pray.
Live, be happy, gleam.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.06.2018

Люби добро понад усе і мир люби!

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Люби добро понад усе і мир люби!
Все, що у твоїх силах, роби!
Ворог скрегоче зубами;
Не бійся, перемагай головою та Божими заповідя́ми.

Image credit: Sébastien Launay, “Alberta Highway 1A northwest of Castle Junction” August 17, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 02.03.2014

Love love and it will cling to you

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Love love and it will cling to you.
Love God, neighbour; and yourself in a smart way though.
This requires dedication, true.
Be big on gentleness, on grumpiness be low.

Do your exercises, eat veggies, rest;
Hit the books and work with zest.
Say “thank you” for all good things.
Enjoy each moment that life brings.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Mt Lorette Ponds Kananaskis Alberta (15203724527)” September 28, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    2018

Love God with all your heart, soul and mind

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Love God with all your heart!
This will make your labour easy to start,
And other things will follow;
Your house will not be hollow.

Love God with all your soul!
You will achieve your goal,
Whether you study or work,
Whether you eat with chopsticks or fork.

Love God with all your mind!
You will not be left behind,
You will advance!
Wisdom is here, it is not given by chance.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Morning hike up Yates mountain Kananaskis Alberta Canada (26334059385)” April 9, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 21.10.2012

Do kind things to your neighbour

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Do kind things to your neighbour,
Observe God’s will this way.
You will advance in your labour
In God’s blessing you’ll stay!

Image credit: Bigg(g)er, “Western Brook Pond” October 11, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 28.10.2012

Ніщо не може розлучити нас із Господом

Ніщо не може розлучити нас
Із Господом, ні висота, ні низина,
Ні скрута, ні момент, ні час,
Ні плітки, ні забубони, ні будь-яка новина.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 14.06.2018

Rely on God and boldly step ahead

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Rely on God and boldly step ahead.
Let Him direct your way, let Him anoint your head;
Let Him remove your sorrow and let Him give you joy instead.
He is the One Who redeemed you, protected and fed.

Image credit: Jcmurphy, “Western Brook Pond” April 12, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 15.06.2018

So many chances to succeed

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So many chances to succeed
For those who are not shy to strive,
Who (through life) with a joyful heart proceed,
Who are, indeed, alive.

Any trouble they will overcome
Because they are active and sage.
They’re strong without rum,
Always calm, supporting peace, avoiding rage.

They will spread their wings,
They will fly like a bird.
Their bell hopefully rings.
They, really, live, in a word.

Image credit: Netha Hussain, “Mountains at Banff, Alberta” May 25, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 20.06.2008

Love God with all your thought

Love God with all your heart
And bravely act!
Let your love be full and not in part,
Let not routine of everyday distract.

You have so many gifts,
Believe and act!
Do honestly your shifts,
But also use wit to promptly react!
Iaroslav                                          June – July 2012

Let’s not be sorry

Let’s not be sorry
About what we don’t have now,
But let’s be thankful without worry
For what we have without a row.

And then, in prayer, by working hard,
We may acquire more;
We may learn our hearts and souls to guard.
In the meanwhile, let’s have love in store!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 16.01.2012

Happy because alive

Happy because alive;
Snappy because I strive;
Thankful – I have so much;
Hopeful; with friends in touch.

Always, always, and always
I must be grateful –
As the real faithful,
All days, all days, and all days.

I don’t know what is ahead.
I don’t feel lack of bread.
My brain, my way, my strife.
My heart, my soul, my life.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.05.2008

Never knowing what is ahead

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Never knowing what is ahead,
Where you’ll lose, where you’ll find.
Never stubborn, always wiser instead
Keeping good things on your mind.

What you’ve got, hold,
Even more, multiply!
Cultivate good in yourself being bold.
Enable your heart and brain to amplify.

And me, I am with you.
How much we can save!
How beautiful are flowers in dew!
It is time to be brave!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 01.06.2008

You, o Lord, will save

They chase those whom You have wounded, who are in pain;
They are not ashamed to show disdain;
They are after those whom You have afflicted.
Oh, how much they have made their mind restricted!
They covered their ears when the poor yelped.
Let them repent and see by Whom the wounded, the afflicted, and the poor are helped.
For if You allow tribulations to pass, they are for a time (so is wealth),
But Your mercies and protection endure forever and it is You Who blesses with health.
Iaroslav                                                    May-June 2018

True believers

Who are true believers?
They are the ones who stay when it is tough –
They are non-leavers –
They do not give up their friend in water that’s rough.

They start a task with hope
That they can win,
That God helps to cope;
He more than just exists, He loves, He helps overcome a sin.

When they see a person in a less fortunate range,
True believers offer some help:
Be it a cup of hot coffee or some change –
They do not harden their hearts when the poor yelp.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 20.02.2017

Страх Божий – початок мудрості

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Страх Божий – початок мудрості.
Усім майном її набувай.
Захистить тебе і у старості,
Її шляхи у справі всякій пам’ятай.

Шлях праведних – сонце, що сходить;
Шлях лихих – темрява, що додолу заходить.
Не знають горді, де впадуть,
А мудрі, хоч би з нуля, – зростуть.

Бо на Бога мудрі сподіваються,
Шлях їх – не захитається.
Кого Бог любить, тим мудрість дає,
А нерозумний – шкоду собі завдає.

Мудрість – здоров’я кісткам,
Страх Божий – початок її.
Нерозумність – неспокій ногам.
Обери мудрість за сестру собі.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Bow falls Banff national park (12078487843)” January 18, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 21.01.2012

Mothers

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Most mothers, I believe,
Qualify for sainthood truly.
They love, they sacrifice, they forgive;
They are not afraid of the unruliest bully.

Image credit: gillphoto, “Jasper NP 944” August 2, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.04.2018

Never stop creating

Never stop creating good, Christian things;
Let simple deeds of love and compassion help you spread you wings.
By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
Season with the salt of faith and hope your will.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 29.04.2018

Just start

Rely on God with all your heart.
Do what is good;
Just start!

Continue achieving your goal.
Keep yourself busy with this
For this will replenish your bowl.

Just start!
Do not look back.
Rely on God with all your heart.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 29.10.2006

A sea needs streams in order not to dry out

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A sea needs streams in order not to dry out;
Earth needs water to grow seeds.
A body needs food to be stout;
And a soul is in need of good deeds.

Image credit: KimonBerlin, “Jasper National Park (1956672577)” July 25, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 29.10.2006

Воля до життя

Май волю до життя –
Христос – життя, правда, дорога –
Під час вітру виття,
Під час спокою, коли далеко тривога.

Живи так, щоб було не шкода́,
Щоб коли Господь покличе й сьогодні –
Щоб вірною буда твоя хода,
Щоб камінчики на серці не лежали жодні.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 18.04.2018

You are important

Each of us is valuable truly.
Each of us is important fully.
Avoid thinking otherwise;
If needs be, do awesomize.

We are bought with the Precious Price:
Christ gave Himself for you and me by device.
Knowing this, go, believe and act.
You are important, it’s a fact.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 28.04.2018

You get what you give

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You get what you give,
Make sure you share good stuff.
Also make sure that you live,
That you work, that you love, that you laugh.

Image credit: Milorad Dimic MD, Serbia, “The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.2014” July 29, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 20.02.2017

Once I donated

Once I donated
Without expecting anything back.
I know that the giver’s hand will not be underrated,
That s/he will not lack.

What I didn’t know
Was that it would happen in no time.
Sometimes we plant and we have to wait for the seed to grow,
Whether we donate skills or a dime.

Be patient, have faith –
If bad stuff grows, more so the good;
Things happen at their own pace.
Good things are worth doing I’d like to conclude.
Iaroslav                                                    June 2017

He always felt so frustrated

He always felt so frustrated
Being underestimated, that’s true.
Really, their opinions were dated.
He did his best to break through.

But as the years went on,
He grew older.
Everything has changed: rich watch, bored yawn;
Unhappy and harsh comments, eyes that are colder…

Yesterday he fired two of his men,
He said, “They laze”.

Both are wrong: those who did not appreciate him then
And he because he forgot and grew chary of praise.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.11.2005

Both hardships and treasure will fade away

Both hardships and treasure will fade away,
But love is forever.
Watch what you do, what you say,
Decide for yourself what is clever.

There are things, deeds, and words that lead to death.
Faith, hope, love are the way of life.
Believe till the last breath.
To mow peace, do not plant or engage in strife.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 09.06.2007

When you’re ill

When you’re ill,
It’s time to change,
To jump over the hill,
To switch to a better range.

Think what you can do.
You can improve the things,
Believe, it’s true.
You can readjust your strings.

So, it’s time;
Keep your heart pure and your vision – clear.
Sour is a lime,
And your deeds are dear.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 05.05.2009

Fragile planet

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Take care, friend,
Take care of nature before it’s too late at the end.
Nature is tender, vulnerable, and fragile.
Will it stand suffering forever or for a short while?

Take care, friend,
Of the world around, whatever the modern trend.
Start with yourself today:
While the sun shines make your hay.

Image credit: Claudio Giovenzana, “Jasper Park Canada Claudio Giovenzana” September 4, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.12.2011

Recipe

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Take your passion,
Mix with hard work.
Clean and neat are always in fashion.
Keep mixing with a confident fork.

Add love as much as it takes.
Sprinkle generously with faith everywhere.
Add some hope before it bakes.
Remember to oil with rest; avoid despair.

Image credit: Pierre5018, “Lake Louise 2017-03 ski 09” March 7, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                   Bright Monday – Tuesday 09-10.04.2018

Never be sorry that you have missed

Never be sorry that you have missed
An incredible chance,
That you haven’t been kissed,
That you have failed in a dance.

Keep doing good, kind things;
Have courage in stock;
Welcome the grace that the present moment brings.
Thank God for both an open and a closed lock.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 17.06.2017

Thankful and happy

More than anything else I am thankful truly
And, therefore, happy fully.
Despite all hardships and fails
Toward the positive stuff I set my sails.

Although I may fear –
Let my courage make it disappear.
Although I may stumble –
Let God’s grace make me humble.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 20.06.2017

Starting all over

Don’t be afraid to start
From the beginning –
Like Job did as God put it to his heart –
Despite all uncertainties towards which you may be leaning.

Your song will be winning;
Your reward will be great;
Your family will join you in singing;
You will pass many although you have come late.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 06.11.2017

Orthodox and smart

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Orthodox people must be smart.
Smart thing #1 – love God in all,
Let this be fully, not in part.
Smart thing #2 – love your neighbour at home and in a mall.

Also be smart in work and studies;
Be smart in eating, drinking, speaking;
Be smart with your lady, friends, buddies;
Be smart in completing good projects through, avoiding freaking.

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Johnson lake Banff Alberta Canada (16007277004)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 21.07.2016

By God’s Grace

I am more educated than my instructors
Because I reflect on God’s ways.
I am more vigilant than orchestra conductors
Because I listen to God since the youth of my days.

He made me wiser than the old
Because I follow His commandments day and night.
He makes me whole and bold
Because I glorify Him with all my heart, knowledge, and might.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 06.11.2017

When Pascha comes – rejoice

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When Pascha comes – rejoice:
Those who have fasted and those who have not; –
Let the joy be in your heart and voice –
In the Kingdom, there are different chambers and there are a lot –

Those who have come early and those who have come late;
Those who push forward and those who contemplate –
Let all share the joy –
Let all accept it as children, a girl and a boy!

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Bow falls Banff national park (12078491613)” July 4, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 21.03.2018

Une compagnon, mais pas trop sage

Je suis à toi
Un compagnon, mais pas trop sage
Je n’ai pas d’argent comme des rois,
Et j’ai jeune âge.

Mais j’ai aussi un cœur fidèle,
Une âme qui a de l’espoir,
De l’amour qui est plus doux que miel,
De la foi qui aide à marcher sans savoir.

Merci, o Seigneur!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 18.02.2012

What matters most

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When we are in extreme situations,
It’s what seems the least that matters the most:
Prayer, a word of support, and patience,
Faith, hope, love a quarrel closed,

Repentance, Communion, communication,
Fresh air, sleep, enough water and rest.
Therefore, remember these at all times, in any nation.
In loving God and neighbour – do your best.

Image credit: Sergei Akulich, “Peyto Lake, Canada (Unsplash)” October 27, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.03.2018

Faith saves

Remember what Jesus Christ said to the blind,*
The leper and the Canaanite woman truly?
They made up their mind
To stick to faith, and He healed and helped them fully.

Do you also remember the widow’s persistence –
Although the unrighteous judge showed resistance,
He helped after all.
Now let us also go and stick to faith in all!

*Blind – see Mark 10:46-52
Leper – see Mark 17:11-49
Canaanite woman – see Matthew 15:21-28
Widow (parable) – see Luke 18:1-8
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.02.2018

Don’t be sorry

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Don’t be sorry and you won’t be sorry!
You must learn to give up worry.
In whatever things you need, repent,
You can always use a prayer and Lent.

Repentance means fixing whatever you can
While also putting worries to ban.
Repent and let God light up your heart.
Repentance is turning around and having new start.

Image credit: Martin Kraft, “MK02256 2257 Belly River” September 19, 2013, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.07.2017

Never settle for the path of least resistance

Never settle for the path of least resistance.
A lot of things have been achieved through persistence.
Don’t be shy to use your family’s loving assistance.
Pray and believe at all times and God will make you go a long distance.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 18.02.2018

The right choice

The right choices aren’t always easy,
But they aren’t always hard.
Take prayer, for instance, when you are free or busy,
It protects from being caught off guard.

Use it in the morning, at night
And as often as needed.
Let your soul be light,
Let good stuff in your heart be seeded.

Prayer “takes away” minutes, but saves days;
It promotes health and cheer;
It opens new ways;
It directs to God and all things that are dear.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 14.02.2018

Дрібне / головне

Час дорожчий за гроші,
Коли бережеш, пам’ятай.
Щоб по ціні купити калоші,
Час – коштовний, розум май.

Час – головному,
Зостале – дрібному…
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 10.03.2010

Be happy

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Be happy – however hard it is;
Spend time with your family however busy you are.
Enjoy honey although it comes with bees.
Rejoice in God whether you are going close or far.

Image credit: ThartmannWiki, “The Ten Peaks” August 26, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 10.02.2018

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

Have you ever thought
That loving others
As we love ourselves, which should be a lot,
Is being accepting of your sisters and brothers?

It is being forgiving and patient in all;
Loving God, including in His creation;
Being happy, faithful, hopeful, and tall
Despite shortcomings and an awkward business presentation?

Love God and love your neighbour,
Love yourself in studies, rest, and labour.
Smile often whenever you can.
Melting ice inside and keeping positive is the plan!
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Sunday 02-04.02.2018

When you are in need of love and care

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When you are in need of love and care,
There is Someone out there:
Whether you stand or fall, Christ is with you.
He more than just exists – He loves and cares to get you through.

Continue rowing knowing this.
You will achieve more than you miss.
Do not get desperate whatsoever.
Smile, get ready to win, be clever!

Image credit: Ron Clausen (uploaded by user), “Mount Patterson and Peyto Lake” August, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 30.04.2017

Think you can do nothing, think again

When things do not work out and it looks all rain –
Think you can do nothing about it, think again!
There are A LOT of things you can do, but beginning is prayer.
Hard as things may seem, this brings you up like a stair.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 30.04.2017

If you feel down

If you feel down
Without a reason,
Don’t worry, don’t frown –
This happens to me and all in any season.

Fresh air, good sleep, and food;
Family, friends, communication
Are the things that help do good.
Prayer and hope are a must in this equation.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 19.05.2017

Be patient in all important things

Be patient in all important things.
This means – do not worry.
However much waiting life brings;
However much trial and error – do not be sorry.

You can make corrections along the way.
However hard or busy – remember to pray.
Small as this thing may seem –
It will help approach your dream.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 20.07.2017

When you are in doubt – pray

When you are in doubt – pray
In the morning, at night, during the day;
Whether long or short, let the prayer come from the heart.
Let it be with faith, hope, love fully, not in part.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 10.08.2017

Не боюся

Дякую, Боже, за любов, яку раб Твій відчув,
За людей Твоїх, яких раб Твій зустрів,
За слова підтримки, які раб Твій почув,
За все, що рабу Твоєму простив.

Більш ніж будь-що, раб Твій – вдячний.
І хоч інколи шлях – лячний,
Не боїться раб Твій іти.
За провини, Господи, прости.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 14.11.2017

Чому ми молимось?

Чому ми молимось, друже?
Ми молимось бо молитва є
Спілкування із Богом, яке нам потрібне дуже;
Це – перемога небесного над буденним, яке заважає
Пам’ятати про Бога завжди́,
Пам’ятати про вічне
І прямувати туди;
Очищає душу, розум і серце; дбання всебічне.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 17.12.2017

Don’t be afraid of saying good, kind words

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Don’t be afraid of speaking about your feelings in life;
Don’t be afraid of saying good, kind words however harsh is the daily strife.
Be bold to say the words “I love you!”,
And they will follow you as if attached with super glue.

Image credit: Rajan Patel, “Moraine Lake Half Frozen” June 7, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 28.01.2018

Keep your kind dream in sight!

Keep your kind dream in sight!
Keep working, perhaps, it is within a byte.
Perhaps, you’ll need more work, more thinking power…
Pray on; keep it simple; dedicate to it the morning hour.
Iaroslav                                                    January 2018

Whatever happens, stand!

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Whatever happens, stand!
In air, on water, on land…
However hard or not right –
Do the correct thing, abide in light!

Image credit: HansWobbe, “MoraineLake” June 19, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    January 2018

Боже, поклади охорону устам моїм

Боже, поклади охорону устам моїм,
Перегорожу ротові моєму.

Ти випробував мене,
Ти знаєш, коли я лягаю і коли я встаю.
Подивись, Боже, чи не на хибному я шляху
І направ мене на шлях вічності,
Господи, сила мого спасіння!

Знаю я, що Господь творить правду бідному
І милість справедливому;
А пригніченим – справедливість.
Так! Справедливі зрадіють,
Пригнічені співатимуть Імені Твоєму!

Боже, дай мені бачити гріхи мої
І не докоряти ближнім моїм!
Боже, поклади охорону устам моїм,
Перегорожу ротові моєму.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 14.01.2012

Thank You Father for this year too!

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Thank You Father for this year too!
How interesting life is!
And this year is so pure and new.
You take care of all: people, birds, bees…

New Year has come,
What a wonderful night!
The clock has stricken 12-time “bum”.
Christmas lights are shining so bright!

I wish you a happy New Year!
It has rushed in
Bringing in fresh hope and faithful glare!
Rely on God and keep up your chin!

Image credit: Anthonymaw, “Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier” March 9, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 01.01.2007

Open your heart for Christmas

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Christmas, what a bright Day!
It’s time to smile, give, take, and pray!
It’s time when you can play
As if you were a child constructing with clay.

Open your heart, let Christmas come and stay,
Let the kind child in you rejoice at each sun ray!
Keep your own bright, courageous, perseverant way.
Merry Christmas! I wish you happy smiles and a full tray!

Image credit: Mrspix, “Castle Mountain in Winter” March 9, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 24.12.2017

Awesomize

Have faith, have strength to smile.
You are kind, be brave.
If necessary, wait for a while;
Be not afraid of a ranging wave.

For your Creator you are equal.
Be careful though and be wise.
Believe to add a happy ending to this sequel.
Get over, smile, and work to awesomize!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 01.09.2013

Christmas presents

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Do presents on Christmas matter?
Yes, they certainly do!
Not the ones that make us fatter,
But the ones that melt hearts and show our love to be true.

The ones that unite our hearts,
The ones that make distance short,
The ones that extinguish burning darts.
Faith, hope, love; the ones that comfórt.

Friendly smile,
Cheering wink,
Prayer, charity, kind deed that lasts a while,
Peaceful mind… Have time to stop and think.

Image credit: Zeljko Kozomara, “Many Springs in early Autumn” October 3, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 20.12.2017

Мудрість

Мудрість – корона царя.
Веде крізь землі,
Веде крізь моря.
Просвіщає шляхи темні.

Плекай Її як квітку,
Як скарб Її хрони.
Зимою, на весні та влітку,
Восени, коли у золоті лани.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 21.06.2010
(the longest sunny day of the year)

Wrong or right?

For some you will always be of a wrong size:
Too small for some; too big for others at the same time.
Yet for others you will be just right – however hard to realize –
Even if you have a few extra pounds or as slim as a dime.

For some you will be a boor,
But for others – all right,
Whether you are rich or poor;
Their friend, gentle and bright.

Therefore, you will hear all,
But take things with a pinch of salt.
In all things pray, whether big or small.
Avoid those who do not love and find fault.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.12.2017

Bells are singing a merry tune

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Bells are singing a merry tune
Above the city and country, forest, and dune;
The Wonderful Day is coming here,
Fairy Christmas is already near.

Don’t hesitate,
Open your heart till it’s not too late:
All your dreams will come true,
Believe and the rain of grace will pour upon you.

You are free in God, so –
More confidence, be ready to mow.
Merry Christmas I wish!
Be blessed and enjoy your Christmas dish!

Image credit: Thank you for visiting my page, “Upper Kananaskis lake (15621455067)” November 16, 2014, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006

Церква – це притулок для душі надійний

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Церква – це притулок для душі надійний;
Схованка від гріха, світу, турбот;
Господар у гостинності постійний;
Диво подарує, захистить від скорбот.

Приходь у Церкву не до когось, а до Бога,
Він – Життя, Правда, Дорога.
Дякуй за все; що душа потребує – молися;
З вірою, надією, любов’ю за справу берися.

Image credit: Erik Lizee, “MaligneLakeBaldHills” 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.11.2017

Tu n’es pas seul(e)

Tu n’es pas seul(e):
Dieu, Ses anges, Sa Mère, Ses Saints sont avec toi.
Même quand tu élèves un épagneul;
Quand tu perds et quand tu trouves chaque fois.

Tu n’es pas seul(e), ami(e)
Quand tu t’élèves, vas au lit, quand tu manges du brie…
Tu n’es jamais seul(e), rappelle-toi.
Souris, espère, inspire, aprécie, aperçois!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.11.2017

Superstitions

Beware of superstitions in life and labour:
They prevent from achieving personal goals.
They are in the way of loving God and helping your neighbour;
When you are cold – they are ice, when you are hot – they are burning coals.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 30.11.2017

Christmas is coming

Bells are singing,
Wonderful tunes are ringing!
Smile, blessed you are!
Let your heart follow Jesus, our Star!

Christmas is coming, listen and look!
Everyone is going carol-singing, even a rook.
Give your neighbour a smile!
Be yourself, show your kind heart, your own style!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 31.12.2005

New Year

Another year is slipping away,
It’s useless to ask it to stay.
What is done cannot be undone;
Time is flying, the moment is gone.

But who said
That nothing can be done instead?
A New Year is a new hope,
You’ll manage, you’ll cope!

Spread your wings;
How many fruits the good brings!
It’s Christmastide,
Let love inside!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 31.12.2005

Whatever happens

Whatever happens, life is going on.
Life… How much sense there is in the word!
Whatever life brings, it is worth moving on.
Look at a little bird…

So weak, fragile,
But it will live,
It will cover a mile,
It will, for sure, believe.

Life is a precious gift!
So much for others we can do.
No time for a drift.
Stop, just think, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Wednesday 26.11.2008

Перемагайте зло добром

Не можна перемогти зло злом,
Зло треба перемагати добром.
Бо коли беремось за зле,
Ми помножуємо лихе, чи велике, чи мале.

Добро ж дано нам у зброю;
Вогонь багаття можна загасити водою.
Бог є і допомагає у добрі.
Отже, творячи добро, ми вже не самі по собі.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 05.01.2014

Peace

Love peace and cling to it,
But be ready that some may search for war.
This desire of theirs is a pit.
They will lose, they won’t even get a draw.

Pray for yourself, your family, and neighbour,
Pray for love and peace, but be ready
That some may despise your labour.
In all trust in God Who makes us steady.

And let your Christian banner float, whether you work or dine.
Let your simple light shine!
Have salt in yourself and have love.
You long for peace and you will see the peace dove.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.02.2015

Oh come, let us worship and bow down before Christ

Oh come, let us worship and bow down
Before Christ our God, let us sing psalms!
Come, let us rejoice in village and in town!
Let us give alms!

Let no one be upset.
It is Easter, the Feast of feasts, the greatest Day!
It is time to forgive any debt,
It is time to soften our hearts and to pray.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 10.04.2015

Wisdom and love

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Proceed with wisdom and love in all,
Whether you are gaining a score or losing the ball.
In all good things use those
To come on time, to get a degree, to surprise your sweetheart with a rose.

Image credit: Adam Jones, Ph.D., “Emerald Lake – Canadian Rockies – After the Season’s First Snow – 11” November 12, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 17.10.2017

Pray on

The darkest hour
Is before the dawn.
A bud comes before a flower;
Mud grows a beautiful lawn…

Your hope is your light,
Keep it in sight.
Your anchor is faith, true.
Love is your cleansing bath, keep it if you want to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 17.10.2017

How rich we are

How rich we are;
How happy we could be;
Our friendship could be as a sparkling star.
Why do we refuse to see?

We have legs and hands, ears and eyes as well…
Isn’t it enough to form a world-wide community;
Isn’t it enough to help those who fell?
Power is in our unity.

All the world’s gold
Isn’t worth a child’s wound or cry.
Peace! How many times we were told!
But tomorrow may be to late to try.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.04.2005

When I am in trouble, I pray

When I am in trouble, I pray
And then try to do all I can.
I can’t explain the bright ray
Which crosses the gloom and improves my plan.

That’s how we know God loves us all,
He hears each our call.
The Father and the Friend till the end of times,
It is beyond the rhymes…

His help is obvious and swift,
God helps us, it needs no seal.
Not unassisted, not by chance we get lift,
Let’s keep our hearts open to feel.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 22.05.2007

Do not get used to wonders

Do not get used to wonders
Because they are so many around:
Sunrises, wind, and thunders…
All is good on, above, and in the ground.

What an incredible world, look!
You’ll see its majesty in all,
Listen! How sweet is the sound of a tender brook!
Also, a tiny molecule, Everest which is so tall.

These are our treasures,
Thank God! We are rich!
And these are the real pleasures,
It’s all true without a hitch.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.04.2008

It’s never too late

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It’s never too late,
Whatever you feel.
Go ahead, what for to wait?
Rust covers resting steel.

When everything seems to be lost,
Start from the beginning.
Still there is something which is beyond any cost…
The bell of life inside of you is ringing!

It’s never too late,
Just try!
What else to state?
Believe, wisdom makes people fly!

Image credit: Sunnya343, “Moraine Lake, Alberta, Jul 2017 03” July 30, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.03.2008

Cheer up, don’t worry!

Cheer up, don’t worry!
Why are you so sad?
You will succeed, so hurry,
Keep on trying, what else can be said?

Strive and you’ll do.
Seek and you’ll find!
These words are true.
Minor problems? Never mind!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 30.01.2007

The key to the Kingdom

Love is the key
To the Kingdom of God truly.
It sets you free,
It makes you grow fully.

Love disperses fear;
Love wipes off every tear.
It cures hurt,
It builds rapport.

Love your neighbour,
Let it be small, but sincere.
Let your way be known far and near,
May both of you succeed in your labour.

If you want to enter the Kingdom ever,
Have love in stock;
In your kind deeds, be clever;
Love the Pastor and love the flock.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Prayer and time

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When I pray, I have more time
To fulfill my tasks, to compose a rhyme.
It seems you lose minutes when you pray –
Believe, you gain hours and a day.

Image credit: AniKov, “Banff mountains” May 21, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.10.2017

Travels make me wise and stronger

Travels make me wise and stronger
So that I could stand longer.
And what I missed at school,
I will learn, it’s like a rule.

New people, communication,
Good friends, fresh information,
I’ll learn and see much new;
It is like a breeze, like morning dew.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 01.08.2008

Your smile

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Smile and let your neighbour smile in return,
Let your smile help shine the way.
However much you need to learn,
Let your smile brighten the day!

Image credit: Unknown, “Adventure-Clouds-Conifers-Daylight-350418” June 20, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Як сумно часом буває

Як сумно часом буває,
Чому успіх чужий комусь заважає?
Чи ми, люди, брати?
Чи не тому ми тут, щоб один одному допомогти?

Та дехто забуває,
Через дрібне головне зневажає.
Люди – різні та є добро,
Назавжди переможе Воно.

Хай жорстокий розуміє,
Любові тепло синів-дочок зігріє.
Лагідні яскраво засяють.
Терпінням й добром вони перемагають.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.01.2010

Dedicate mornings to important things

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Dedicate mornings to important things,
Use evenings and spare time for shopping and less important stuff.
Dedicate your strongest time that morning brings
To your important deeds, be blessed in them and sleep enough.
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 03.10.2017

Why trying to be kind if I’m silly

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Why trying to be kind if I’m silly?
And all my ways are hilly…
I want to help, but often do worse indeed.
What shall I do? What do I need?

I know, the answer’s not far,
But how it’s difficult to see the right star.
Father, help me, please.
I do need wisdom, only Thou can give the keys.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 27.08.2006

Sometimes you lose

Sometimes you lose,
But sometimes you find.
I see that you snooze,
Wake up, it isn’t time to be blind!

Instead of mourning
Over what you don’t possess,
Listen carefully to this warning,
Be glad at what you have, be glad at less.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.01.2005

Believe in God and boldly step

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Believe in God and boldly step,
Keep straight your awesome back!
Your pocket will not lack,
Your house will not crack

Because you called your God your Help,
Because you worked with hope.
Your business will certainly thrive,
Your household will be as full as a bee hive!

Image credit: Ron Clausen, “Mount Fay Banff 2009” August, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.07.2014

Life of faith

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Life of faith is when you live with love and believe,
While you still have nothing, that you will receive.
Life of faith is when you act with hope
That God will give you a Hand however steep is the slope.

Be of faith in life,
However rough is the strife.
Be of good cheer – God loves you;
Be wise and sober for it is true.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 10.09.2017

Keep on working

Keep on working
However hard it is.
You will soon be “forking”;
But now have patience, please.

The darkest hour
Is right before the dawn
You are this city’s flower.
To get the prize we have to work hard like an ant and a prawn.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 15.09.2013

Live as if tomorrow never comes

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We tend to live
As if we are here forever.
We keep things forgetting to give;
We tend to be thrifty rather than clever.

But what if tomorrow never comes?
What if God calls us today?
Do we realize to what our life sums?
Therefore, act boldly, remember to love, and pray.

Image credit: Philippe Cabot, “Banff National Park – Lake Herbert” August 9, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 04.09.2017

A single thread

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A single thread in an embroidered shirt
May not know its worth in the grand design.
Therefore, do not be upset, but alert;
Be faithful and be sure that God will make you a fruitful vine.

Image credit: Riwnodennyk, “Ivan Honchar museum vyshyvanka 01” September 29, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

Rejoice

Rejoice, do not be sad,
You are alive and can achieve so much!
What else to be said?
Be glad for you are a Christian and should be as such.

Be happy and let not your hands go down –
God is with you;
He is Strong to put on you a PhD gown –
Rejoice, God’s love is your support everywhere and always, it’s true.

Not only this, but you love Him truly.
He, be sure, sees this
And will reward you duly.
Rejoice to hit the target and not to miss.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 19.08.2017

What does it mean to be a man?

What does it mean to be a man?
You should be sure to understand,
It’s not easy, but, I believe, you can –
Be brave and wise: go, run, just never stand.

Is he strong? It’s not enough,
Even if he has never cried,
It only makes him tough.
A man will never show false pride.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 25.07.2017

Whatever happens, stick together

Whatever happens, stick together,
In a bad storm and in good weather,
To overcome all misfortunes;
You will feel like a feather.

Supposing, you fall – you’ll get a support,
Each of you will stand like a fort!
He, who’ll try to defeat you, will lose.
You’ll be like a glorious caravel which enters a port.

Whatever you plan, you will do
‘Cause on God your hopes will be fixed by both of you.
Love is your shield,
You are protected from burning arrows, it’s true.

Beauty decays, love never ends.
Rudeness destroys, a kind word mends.
Stick together, good friends!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Friday 19-22.02.2008

Your hands do what’s on your heart

Think about good
And this will help.
It will change not only your mood,
But your life, you’ll never yelp.

Still don’t believe?
Try, of course, if you can…
Why would I deceive?
Let peaceful mind build your plan.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.01.2006

Rejoice in life and live!

Rejoice in life and live!
Praise God and thankful be.
You have so much, believe.
Here is an example: an ant and a bee.

They work with an easy heart,
They are glad they are alive
And are happy about every body part.
Don’t worry, one day all flowers thrive.

You are more than that!
You are man!
God will make your road smooth and flat.
Rejoice, enjoy your fruit and bread with bran!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 25.07.2017

Будь ласка, не сумуй!

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Будь ласка, не сумуй!
Хай теперішнім серце живе:
Тишу природи почуй…
Життя щосекунди нове!

За рогом перемога,
Хто шукає, знайдé.
Від Бога стежина-дорога;
Правда своє доведе.
Iaroslav                                          Friday – Monday 11-14.09.2009

Рідна мова

Рідна мова – бальзам для душі,
Струмок для вух джерельний,
Для язика – то мед;
Для голови – пірина.

Втомлену душу підкрипить,
Хворе тіло зціляє.
Це – від Бога!
Рідна мова – то життя!
Iaroslav                                                    September 2009

When you have all

When you have all,
When your life is calm,
Remember your God
And you’ll suffer no harm.

Remember those needy,
They are so poor indeed.
Please, be kind,
Deathlike is greed.

To live,
Please, open your heart –
Be happy, do good.
Much depends on your part.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 10.10.2009

Great to be alive

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I am not an ace,
But I know how to do things at my pace.
I am not a magician,
But in certain things can beat a mathematician.

I am not rich,
But try to do on time my stitch.
I am doing all right.
It’s a great day to be alive and to enjoy light!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 11.10.2015

Love blessing and use your wit

Love God and seek blessing
And it will cling to you.
If you do something wrong, be swift on confessing:
We all need to renew,

There is no shame in it.
Love peace and it will come to you.
To make progress use your wit.
Oh, how much it is true!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 2014

Cheer and consistency

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Do things with cheer
And your work will go far, not near.

But what has to be done – is to be done –
Do that and it will be gone.

Even famous people had tough times,
But continued working until they got juice out of limes.

Complete your kind projects through –
That’s a rewarding thing, it’s true.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 05.09.2015

It’s easy to lose

It’s easy to lose,
But it’s difficult to find.
Today you’re on the booze,
But tomorrow, be sure, the fortune won’t be so kind.

You say you weren’t ready?
I say you didn’t want to
‘Cause you knew you had to be strong and steady.
You’ll have to be wise to break through.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 22.05.2004

People tend to put off important things

People tend to put off important things,
But be wise to do them at once, as if you had wings.
Then, maybe, God will bless you
Because He helps those who help themselves – it’s true.
Iaroslav                                          Sunday – Monday 03-04.03.2013

Love God

Love God in trouble and joy!
All your mind, all your strength, and all your heart you will need to employ.
Be afraid of no one
But Him, be ready to wait, be ready to run.

Love God with all your strength,
With all your mind, heart, and body length!
Let your heart not sink:
He will support you more than you think.

Rely on Him and go.
Let your kindness grow!
Be quick and smart;
In studies, in work, strengthen your heart!

Be afraid of no one, not anybody in sum.
Only fear God now and in the time to come –
You will bring abundant fruit,
You will grow a profound root!
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 19-20.01.2013

What is going on around?

What is going on around?
Life is rushing by.
I can hear its sound,
It’s like being in a field of rye.

I live and discover,
I’ve been wrong about so many things.
But God always helps me to recover
Giving me hope and invisible wings.

I don’t know
What will happen in a day:
Perhaps it’ll be sunny, perhaps, it will snow.
How important it is to be sure on the way!
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 18-19.12.2006

There is no time for hesitation

There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your way and go.
There is no time for hesitation,
Choose your boat and row.

Soon you will see the sun appear
And it will lighten your way.
Kind Heart, your luck is near,
The night retreats, you will enjoy the day!

What for to look back?
Every step draws nearer your wonderful aim.
You will forget about lack.
You will win though the world is never the same.

Be confident, act;
Your garden will thrive!
Your shield is good tact.
Wisdom is with you wherever you drive.
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 13.11.2008

Some moments you want to pass fast

Some moments you want to pass fast.
Black stripe, white stripe…
Some moments you do want to last,
But wait, do not wipe.

All sorts of things make up our life.
In all, it is so good
With every smile, every strife.
It is worth living I can conclude.

Be sorry about nothing:
One moment and the present is the past.
There is no use fussing.
Always ahead, your world is vast!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.11.2008

Believe

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Believe as long as possible, believe.
It is always easy to leave –
Keep on trying, being persistent in good:
Studying, resting, praying, saying, working under a hood.

Be ready to say “no” to bad things
Because they will encapsulate your neck and nose with rings.
Before you answer, reflect and pray:
Give it a thorough test before you say
Iaroslav                                          Monday –Tuesday 09-10.02.2015