Hope in God and let your heart
Strengthen in Him fully:
He will bless your start
And will ensure success of your completion truly.
Iaroslav Monday 04.09.2017
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.
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
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
Be brave, my friend.
Rely on God and go ahead!
Your courage to success will lend.
To avoid loss, engage your head.
Iaroslav Sunday 31.10.2010
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
Have you ever tried
Saving time on the Church or prayer?
I have, trying to keep my eyes open wide,
To do more work, to add another successful layer.
When I skipped the Church to do work,
It didn’t stick together, I had to redo;
I had or witnessed a quarrel over things as small as a fork;
I wasted time on much ado.
When I skipped prayers to do more,
I was unable to gain any time;
On the contrary, I lost to it another score;
I lost a dollar trying to save a dime.
I know other people who had similar situations.
Each of us is free to choose.
For me, the Church is a place of refuge in any nation
And prayers help to gain time, not to lose.
Iaroslav Tuesday 30.05.2017
However difficult is the situation –
Don’t be afraid.
At work, at home, in studies, among a foreign nation…
God’s love is with you, the problem will fade.
Iaroslav January 2018
Never give up in any good deed,
Whether you are studying or pulling out a garden weed,
Whether you are writing a dissertation
Or working on a new invention.
Never give up in a good endaveour,
Be cheerful, hopeful, faithful, and clever.
For all good things pray.
May God’s blessing help you each day!
Iaroslav Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006
You are not lazy,
But your body needs rest.
In studies and work it does get crazy –
You need a break to perform best.
Iaroslav Thursday 27.04.2017
All you do, do this with love:
Studying, working, returning a glove.
Let love help you decide
And right answers provide.
Iaroslav Sunday 08.09.2013
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!
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
Remain your kind self in any situation:
In an airport, at home,
At school, at work, during a presentation;
From Tivoli all the way east to Rome!
Iaroslav Thursday 10.08.2017
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
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
When you believe,
Miracles happen indeed.
However hard in work or other deed,
Somehow you will!
Iaroslav Wednesday 22.04.2015
Give thanks to the Lord in any season –
For this, you do not need a reason,
But even if it were so, think with how much you’ve been bestowed!
You’ve been forgiven all that you owed.
So, cheer up – you have a bright head!
You have an awesome stature.
Enough being sad, smile instead!
You love God and your neighbour,
You will certainly win with your kind nature!
You will thrive in your labour!
Iaroslav Sunday 19.04.2015
Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?
It’s likely to go bad, it’s likely to rot.
Isn’t it better to invest
In order to get the best?
You can understand what I say.
Be attentive while it’s light, while it’s day.
I’m speaking about talents rather than money.
Think and do good stuff while it’s sunny.
Iaroslav Sunday 26.03.2005
Sometimes she makes mistakes.
It’s natural, it’s alright.
Nevertheless, her young heart aches.
She’s a modern girl and is always ready to fight.
She works hard
And can never forgive herself a blunder.
They say, “It’s a normal state of things, dear bard.
Calm down, we need no thunder”.
How can it be OK
If she has no time for her family and friends?
Her work is a beast and she is a prey.
Pure soul is the treasure, but not what money sends.
Iaroslav Saturday 26.03.2005
But saying is insufficient –
Believe if you want all to be efficient.
Be of good cheer!
Share the things that are dear!
Mon Dieu l’Eternel, merci pour l’amitié:
Mon amie aperçoit mes défauts,
Elle m’aide, bien que ce ne soit son métier.
Elle ne me rapproche; elle est proche tard et tôt.
Iaroslav Friday 19.08.2011
Not only dream your good dreams,
But also pursue them.
However hard it seems –
Keep going toward your gem.
Iaroslav Tuesday 17.01.2017
So, smile and join your hands
Forgive all you couldn’t before.
Your heart is longing to see new kind lands,
How much good your soul does store!
Christmas is coming,
What a bright Day!
Children are joyfully running,
All can come true for those who hopefully pray!
‘Merry Christmas!’, we say
And it is indeed!
On God our hopes we lay,
So, why to worry, there is no need!
Image credit: Crispin, Alfred Trevor Crispin, Alfred Trevor, Mrs R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor Macmillan & Co, “A Christmas carol” c. 1873s, via flickr, No known copyright restrictions.
Iaroslav Sunday 24.12.2006
I just live my short life
Trying to hope for the best,
It’s like a strife
And I should work with zest.
All the above is right,
But sometimes I feel wrong,
Now I know my belief should be bright
And also hope and love; and they all life-long.
Imagine, what if by doing these things
You fulfill His will,
You help spread somebody’s wings,
You help pay that important bill?
What if by being faithful in few things
You will be blessed with much more to carry on with good stuff
Even with your wedding rings, –
Your second half to help you in all and when it gets rough?
Every year has Christmas cheer;
Every month has a pay day;
Every week has a day-off gear;
Every day has a morning ray…
Iaroslav Sunday 09.10.2016
Be happy – the shortest and the only way is Christ.
Direct your ways to Him in all:
At home, at work, at leisure…
Let your kind deeds be filled with pleasure.
Keep Him in sight in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Praise Him as if tomorrow may never come –
Say those kind words, do kind deeds, keep calm.
If you want to be sage,
Be patient, forget about rage.
Learn to listen first of all
And you will stand where talkative people fall.
And then don’t be shy to ask;
Good advice is a half done task.
Don’t be too fast to act.
On time though you should react.
Wisdom is close,
He who accepts it will thrive like a rose.
Wisdom is calling for you.
So, listen to get your due.
Iaroslav Sunday 23.09.2007
Be yourself whatever they say,
Don’t be under anybody’s thumb.
They want you to go? How about you stay?
You’re strong without any rum.
It’s not easy, but try to smile
And don’t be afraid to display your knowledge –
That’ll help you to cover thousands of miles;
Be yourself at home, at work and at college.
Iaroslav Saturday 05.06.2004
Best things in life
Happened when God blessed me to act with faith indeed:
Success in studies, finding wife,
Seeing far-away places, happiness, conquering greed.
Bad things are preceded
By absence of faith in deeds:
Bad luck at work, lack of support when it is needed,
Worry, abundance of effort with many unsprouted seeds.
Iaroslav Monday 05.09.2016
How important it is to be sure,
And to have wisdom in store!
It will bring much courage, success,
You will know what to answer, when to say “no” and when to say “yes”.
Iaroslav Sunday 30.03.2008
To act upon consideration
Involves patience and confidence without hesitation.
This lays the way to success in all.
Wisdom will make peaceful your station.
You will have no call.
Patience will save you from a fall.
Wisdom… The whole world is in this word,
It can heal, it can fly, it can crawl!
Iaroslav Sunday 02.03.2008
Patience is all we need!
To savour sweet berries
A farmer takes a small seed.
But time is not sold like cherries.
He who knows how to wait
Inherits riches and fame.
Better wise now than when it is too late;
Learn to control your flame.
Open your eyes to avoid blindness.
Here are two words to learn by heart:
Patience and kindness.
Among the great they make your part.
Iaroslav Saturday – Sunday 16-17.02.2008
When did you last admire the sky,
Green grass, and strong trees?
This is amazing, try!
You are required no fees.
How often do you look far away?
Ask yourself. The question is why.
What for to leave when you want to stay?
What for to cut your wings if you can fly?
Vanity is nothing,
Money is only a means.
Look at those who are constantly fussing.
Already old being in their teens!
But we still have a chance.
Your time hasn’t yet slept away.
Always moving like in a dance…
What is there ahead in your way?
Iaroslav Wednesday 01.08.2007
Time is slipping away.
Can you try to make it stay?
Nobody can, I presume.
Time escapes leaving reflections like an expensive perfume.
Always searching for better…
Always striving to read life’s enveloped letter…
Time is short and days are few.
Obscure or obvious, but it’s true.
To share time among best things
Is like a bird that flies and sings.
Wisdom makes good use of days.
He’ll win who listens to what it says.
Iaroslav Monday 09.03.2009
Miracles happen when you believe.
Just keep faith and continue going.
It’s never too late to retrieve.
Keep trying and growing!
Iaroslav Tuesday 14.04.2015
Whatever you do – add love to it
To make your work a perfect fit.
Just do your job with love indeed:
Let your love be seen in word and in deed.
Iaroslav Saturday 02.04.2016
Life is to improve.
Look forward ahead!
It is okay to fall when you move.
No need to worry, be wiser instead.
Iaroslav Thursday – Friday 24-25.03.2011
What you do is important really:
Your job, your studies, your family, and your sport;
The things for which you get paid and the ones you give freely.
Your kind deeds are your fort.
Every kind deed matters.
Not because of the one who flatters,
But because they improve the world around,
Because they evoke a smile and make happiness abound.
Never question a kind deed you do,
Stay faithful to what is true.
Good intentions may mislead.
So, keep it simple when you do your duty and a kind deed.
Be sure to fulfill your duty in work and studies.
Train to respect your time your party buddies.
Live simple life of faith every day.
Keep it simple and pray.
Iaroslav Monday 04.04.2016
Rely on God at large:
Your worries will disappear like a retiring barge;
Your weaknesses at length
Will change to strength!
Iaroslav Sunday 30.10.2011
Il ne faut pas être triste,
Même si ça ne va pas.
On est un grand artiste,
La chagrin passera.
Mais il y a une condition,
Il est nécessaire qu’on soit sûr.
Et elle viendra, la solution,
On surmontera le mur.
Que ton sourire est beau!
Il guérira aussi le mal de ton ami.
Chacun peut être héros.
Pour commencer, souris!
Iaroslav Sunday 11.11.2007
Image credit: Gorothbalion, “Indian Paintbrush flower in foreground of Mount Edith Cavell Mountain meadow in Alberta’s Jasper National Park” August 8, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav Saturday 11.10.2014
Fresh air, physical + thinking exercises, and water
Are some of the things that help maintain health and stay sharp.
These things are good for you, your wife, your son and daughter.
Implement to feel like fish in water, like a carp.
Another thing is sufficient sleep.
Use it to stay active during the day,
To be able to think in a way which is deep,
To have strength to prepare more hay.
Iaroslav Saturday 20.02.2016
I know you go to Church a lot,
But how do you react when you see someone in need,
With fear and distrust or with a welcome which is hot,
With generosity or with greed?
Yes, you have to take care,
But you also have to be helpful, loving, and fair.
How to manage? Try balance in all,
Add a pinch of wisdom, sprinkle with love, go to Church, read the Scroll*.
* The Bible.
Iaroslav Sunday 14.02.2016
I know, you have so little time,
But it’s all about how you use it.
Do you spend a dollar trying to save a dime?
If you are overwhelmed with details, you may lose it.
Keep the bigger picture in sight,
Approach it in a smart way indeed.
Your time budget is tight –
Be wise with time to succeed.
Iaroslav Monday 12.01.2015
Wisdom begins with the fear of God indeed:
It will help you in studies, work, and every need.
But what does it mean to fear God in the right way?
To cease from doing and freeze? No, but to work hard and to pray.
The fear of the Lord shows itself in doing:
In loving God and with His commandments continuing canoeing;
In helping those who really need,
In giving food to those whom you can feed.
Thank God for all you have and had:
For the happy moments and the ones which were sad.
Because He loves you.
He wants you to be happy and to succeed, oh how much it is true!
Iaroslav Wednesday 18.03.2015
Треба помолитися, щоб не помилитися –
Так краще працювати і так краще битися.
Православна молитва – річ сильна:
Через неї – перемоги, через неї людина – вільна…
Iaroslav Wednesday – Friday 06-08.01.2016
Haste makes waste –
It’s an easy thing to remember.
Sometimes you have to do more than just copy and paste;
It’s a good thing to bear in mind from January through December.
Avoid hurrying to look and be professional.
Your business will move more smoothly
And grow international.
Your decisions will be more rational.
Iaroslav Tuesday – Wednesday 26-28.01.2015
You work hard, but remember to play,
To do good things you like whatever they say.
You are not lazy – your body needs rest.
This will help you to continue with zest.
Iaroslav Wednesday 11.11.2015
How to achieve our goals?
The answer is simple – faith and sweat.
This will take us far and replenish our bowls.
This will allow us to meet all the priorities that have been set.
Iaroslav Wednesday 11.11.2015
Be polite, hold the door, say thank you at once.
When you are wrong, apologize.
This may be hard at first glance,
But this will help you to awesomize.
Iaroslav Saturday 07.11.2015
Everybody needs time to be alone:
Without friends, without noise, without a phone.
Everybody needs time to pray –
To speak with God, to reflect on His way.
Iaroslav Sunday 11.10.2015
What is life of a modern scholar like?
He (let us use masculine for the purpose of convenience)
Gets up, brushes teeth, drinks water, prays, and rides his bike.
He does not start his day with scholarly opinions.
He returns from his workout,
Takes shower, if required,
Has his breakfast, sometimes with sauerkraut.
He does not start work until after meal to avoid being tired.
When the meal is done,
It’s time to tackle tasks;
But for lunch he is gone
To eat, to rest, to prepare to answer whatever his class asks.
When his work (research and classes)
Is done for the day,
He puts away bulbs and weird masses,
He returns home without delay.
He has his dinner before six o’clock.
This meal is lightest, lunch is mid,
Breakfast is heartiest – this rule is like a rock.
He rejoices over what he did.
Besides his usual things,
He goes to a swimming pool twice a week.
He goes to Church on Sunday to share prayer and what the Lord graciously gives.
He makes healthy food, he is meek.
He likes reading books about adventures,
Enjoys spending time with family and friends.
He does charity and other worthy ventures.
At 9pm his day ends.
He goes to bed at this time.
He prays, brushes teeth, washes his face.
This scholar likes wise and harmless rhyme.
Things in life are to be taken at a moderate pace.
Decisions are a skill,
Make decisions and get better at it,
Whether they concern your food or bill.
Yes, you will have to apply all your wit.
At first you may make some mistakes,
But let it take what it takes.
Some decisions require a piece of advice.
So, be wise, practice, cut your slice.
Iaroslav Saturday 24.10.2015
Exercise your body –
You only get one.
Whether you work or study,
There are a lot of things that can be done.
What do you like?
Walking, swimming, jogging or riding a bike;
Playing basketball, volleyball, soccer or dancing?
There are things which require no financing.
You have no time to spare;
In fact, exercising will save you some.
It will help you to learn, to work, and to prepare.
Find the exercises you like and come!
Iaroslav Saturday 24.10.2015
You can have an army and money,
But this will not make your day sunny;
And they can disappear quickly; –
Cover yourself with wisdom and patience thickly.
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God, truly.
Cheer up, have faith and act duly.
Have patience on all the paths of life:
At work, at school, with your husband or wife.
Iaroslav Sunday – Thursday 24-28.05.2015
Students are juice of economy in any city:
They are young and ready to work;
For them, job comes first and only then a spoon and a fork.
They work a lot and they are witty.
So teach students with appreciation;
Hire them for the best jobs as soon as you can.
They will help you to make a plan
To succeed and to advance your business among the whole population.
Iaroslav Saturday 19.09.2015
A good husband is a support –
He is wise, gentle, and strong as a fort.
He comes from work as soon as he can;
To embrace his wife and his kids is the plan.
A good family is built on love and support –
They share joy, solve issues, go together for a walk and do sport.
They are a team:
They love, they build, they gleam!
Iaroslav Wednesday 09.09.2015
Rely on God and go!
In terms of helping people are slow.
You are beautiful, strong, and smart.
With God’s help you will achieve all, just do your part!
* French for “way”.
Iaroslav Monday 22.12.2014
You are worthy whatever they say/think
And I want you to stay healthy whether you like vegies or meat, grey colour or pink.
You are valuable, much more than gold.
Inside of you there is a chest of treasures the key to which you hold.
You are precious in God’s sight:
Your every hair is counted.
I admire you: your heart is pure and brave, your head is so bright!
Iaroslav Sunday 16.08.2015
It is your birthday today,
And I don’t know what to wish, you have all.
Just a couple of things: you work hard, but remember to play.
When you are happy or sad, remember to pray.
Iaroslav Friday 21.08.2015
How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to be together in unity,
How much strength it adds to the whole community.
Things get done better,
Opportunities are open faster.
When a brother relies on his brother,
They both will go farther;
Their business will succeed
When with mutual love they proceed.
Iaroslav July, 2015
Do not listen to the one who is hurrying –
Have time to do it right –
Things for him are blurry,
But you keep clear sight.
Iaroslav Thursday 02.06.2011
Your sacrifice can be communication
And be ready to offer it,
At work or at vacation,
It can help your neighbour out of a pit.
It can simply provoke a kind smile
And you’ll improve your neighbour’s mood.
Together or individually, you’ll cover a thoushand’s mile.
Communication makes your soul good.
Iaroslav Sunday – Monday 28-29.08.2011
Тільки той не помилявся,
Хто нічого не робив;
Хай кажуть марно сподівався,
Не вір, ти правильно чинив.
Заспокойся, будь собою,
У тебе все буде тік-ток,
Ще будуть пишатися тобою,
Тільки зроби правилний крок.
Iaroslav Thursday 27.12.2003
Believe and follow your dream –
You have the aim to achieve.
However hard it will seem,
Do not get discouraged; believe!
Iaroslav Monday 23.08.2010
A kind smile can heal,
More than that: it cures for sure.
People will smile back whatever they feel.
It’s true in space, underground, at sea, and ashore.
Good mood passes over to people around.
Even if they are unhappy, suppressed,
They hear the jolly sound
And bad mood disappears without rest.
So, try to smile at your neighbour.
Believe! You need no hesitation,
And he will help you back with your labour.
Language of good needs no translation!
Iaroslav Sunday 18.11.2007
You have a talent.
Those who cannot see are blind.
You are beautiful, you are smart, you are gallant.
Stay strong, keep open your mind.
When your talents will flourish like buds,
It will amaze all.
Your knowledge and talent will break through like spring floods;
Your achievements will be discussed by scholars in a university hall.
Stay strong, keep loving your heart;
Be nice whatever they say.
Be kind and joyful to start.
Work hard, study thoroughly, remember to play.
Iaroslav Sunday 28.06.2015
He will not suffer your foot to be moved,
He will help all your affairs get improved.
God That keeps you will not slumber.
He multiplies your posterity without number.
The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
He sends success, peace, and might.
Glory to God now and forever!
Live your faith and be clever!
Love love and seek it at home, at work, and everywhere,
And it will yield its fruit you won’t know where.
It will cling to you
As if you were covered with glue!
Love love and you will find!
If someone does not understand, never mind;
Smile and keep your way ahead.
May God’s love protect you from your feet to the head!
Iaroslav Saturday 30.08.2014
Keep on going, do not give up the fight.
Let your mind be clever, let your feet be light!
Let you face shine, let people around delight!
Pray and continue being bright!
Iaroslav Saturday 23.05.2015
Qu’elle est belle notre chance!
Each of us has all to advance.
Будьмо ж рухатися уперед –
Последует успех за нами вслед!
Iaroslav Monday 23.03.2015
Man is created in the image of God indeed.
Can you see the likeness of God in your neighbour?
Can this be seen in your words, in your deed?
Can one see this in your labour?
There are many places to start,
One good place is your Church, community.
Try to give something in simplicity, with a joyful heart.
Let your body and soul be in a sane unity!
Iaroslav Tuesday 12.08.2014