When you are studying for a degree

When you are studying for a degree,
Believe, you can achieve!
If you are tired of studying, plant a tree.
Continue rowing, till you receive!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 26.04.2015

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Give thanks

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

Believe to achieve

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There is so much you can achieve!
I know, it’s hard to embrace,
But at any point believe,
Whether on earth or in space.

Image credit: Talhamujahid, “View of Jasper City from Whistlers Mountain” July 29, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 18-19.04.2015

Great to be alive

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It is great to be alive!
I am so happy to see the blueness of the sky,
To contribute to a charitable bottle drive,
And to hear birds singing and to watch them fly.

I have hardships, true,
But as long as I keep on going,
Those can be worked through.
The advice is: keep on glowing.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 08.04.2017

When you can, give

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When you can, give.
And you will be given.
Be gracious and thankful and live,
You never know where you will be driven.

What you have, do not hide,
Open your mind, be bright.
Let your life outlook be wide;
Keep your inner spark always in sight!
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 06.11.2008

Life is good

Life is good
Because it’s a flow.
It is like trees in a wood:
Never the same wherever we go.

Where there is no loss,
There is no gain.
Misfortunes remind about victory’s worth.
No exercises is starvation for brain.

A load is needed to make steel from muscles.
Without work a good gear rustles.
So, life is great forever!
Live and learn, be clever.
Iaroslav                                          Monday – Wednesday 05-07.05.2008

Every day’s a new life

Every day’s a new life,
I can start from the beginning.
A wonderful chance to renew the strife,
The tune will be winning.

Each morning’s a wonder,
Look better around.
What a beauty, even a thunder!
A singing bird… – what a sweet sound!
Iaroslav                                                   Saturday 05.04.2017

Rejoice Before God

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Rejoice before God in all!
He is Father of the fatherless and Judge of the widow indeed!
He hears when we call.
He helps in every good deed.

Rejoice before God in all!
Put sorrow without a reason away.
With God you will climb over any type of wall!
In any situation you will see day!
Iaroslav                                                   Tuesday 31.03.2015

You know better than I

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God, let me remember
That You know better than I,
January through December:
When I pray, when I say, and when I cry.

Continue spreading Your grace
Without which Your slave
Would have worst things to face:
Illness, poverty, failure, grave.

You know better than I.
Let it be so
Whether I stand or lie
Let Your slave prosper in You and with You let him grow.

Image credit: Aofi, “MtFairview2” February 20, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 01.04.2017

Life is new

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Life is new,
Life is fresh,
Life is indescribable!

Every morning brings new life,
I wake up and live anew.
I am brave to face a strife,
I am glad to see the dew.

One morning -> one more hope,
I am so lucky to live,
Friendship and love are in scope,
We will win, I believe.

Thank You Father for life!

Image credit: Dr. Raju Kasambe, “Canada goose Branta canadensis (4)” April 3, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 06.03.2010

Я бачив дівчину

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Я бачив дівчину,
Одну ногу вона мала.
З подругою йшла у ту годину
Й підборіддя високо тримала.

В очах – любов,
В ході – сміливість.
Я згадую знов…
Невдачі дивна непокоривість.

А я зі своїми дрібними…
Клопіт мій – то ніщо.
Життя не бачу за ними,
А далі що?

Image credit: cdephotos, “Australia – Canada, women’s wheelchair basketball at Paralympics 2012” September 1, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 10.03.2010

Ні праворуч, ні ліворуч

Їжа – засіб, не ціль,
Нехай не обмежить свободи.
Хай в собі кожен має сіль,
Хай від серця будуть оди.

Для тіла добре й для душі
Проста, свідома рівновага.
Кожен може й усі;
До норми – велика повага.
Iaroslav                                                     Tuesday 16.03.2017

How wrong I was

How wrong I was.
All my problems come from within.
But now I see better the cause,
And the struggle is the way to win.

I thought that I had no luck.
Then I saw a disabled child
And realized where I got stuck.
I had all and was sad – in contrast, he smiled.

I say enough,
It’s never too late to mend!
My heart must be no longer rough
‘Cause God’s grace has no end.

So, should I complain
Or be ungrateful for a while?
Never! Isn’t it plain?
Thank Thee Father for the child’s smile!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 15.04.2007

Why should I save what I received, what I’ve got?

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

Perennial values

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

Le ciel est bleu!

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Le ciel est bleu!
Des oiseaux chantent!
Des arbres sont en fleurs parfumées.
Que peut être mieux?
C’est printemps, est-ce que tu sentes?

Les jours gris ont passé
Et ne sont pas près.
Jette, mon cher lecteur, ta tristesse et souris!
Merci, mais c’est pas assez:
Rappelles aussi que tu es bel(le) et bon(ne) et c’est vrai!
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 25.03.2006

Happy for the human race

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When you are looking at a person sometimes,
You are happy for the human race –
I hope you can relate to these rhymes.
I hope you can be such an example in your own place.

Image credit: University of the Fraser Valley, “Canada Education Park – Landscaping (7152350025)” May 5, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 16.03.2017

If God has pronounced against a nation

If God has pronounced against a nation,
But these people repent:
God will spare this population;
To them, an angel of peace and health will be sent.

If God’s people, who are elect,
Have gone astray,
God will see and detect:
He will punish unless they go back to the righteous way.
Iaroslav                                             Pascha Sunday 12.04.2015

How wonderful life can become

How wonderful life can become
If you are ready for this.
Your efforts are needed, yes, at least some,
Be willing to win and you will not miss.

This is not just my word,
But mine, of course, too.
Life is sharp, sometimes like a sword,
But much depends upon you!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 10.02.2008

Love

Love.
What else?
Like a white dove…
It cures, brings good health.
Real love is a shield for the soul.
In summer it is like a gulp of fresh juice,
In winter it is better than coal.
Love is rich & that’s the truth;
Love is young and mature,
It will win in any strife.
With love we endure.
Love is life!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 03.02.2008

This could be a song

Open your heart.
That’s exactly what you need.
And let us be smart.
Sharpen your soul’s trusty reed –
Open your heart.

Just let some love inside
And it will live and succeed
Flowering with happiness by side.
It’ll be your shield in court, it’ll plead.

Love does not beg, but gives;
Has noting, but is rich;
A real love never dies, but lives.
Love is the treasure available for each.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 18.02.2006

She’s a pretty girl

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She’s a pretty girl,
And he’s a handsome guy
Nothing can be compared to her, even a pearl,
But he’s risking to lose her if he doesn’t try.

Everybody will say that he’ll then regret…
Hey, don’t let your love pass by!
Sincerity will always be normally met.
Nothing bad will happen if you try.

Image credit: Satoru Kikuchi, “Canada Banff Aurora” March 10, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 19.02.2005

Avoid war by all means

Avoid war by all means;
In it no one wins.
Shame is on those who unleash wars,
Who lie and break laws.

Repent and seek peace
Or vanish with all yours to the last piece.
Pray, may God help you find the way.
Believe there is a chance for you whatever they say.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 14.09.2014

You walk about the world

You walk about the world
With your eyes open and hair curled,
Now happier, now sadder
Just climbing little by little the ladder.

Sometimes you stumble and fly into temper.
But what’s the use? Doesn’t it hamper?
There is a remedy for all, not new:
Be strong to say ‘I love you’.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 27.05.2006

Alberta

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I am Alberta-bound.
I fell in love with this province completely;
In no other place have I found
Air which blows so sweetly;

Mountains which soar so acutely;
Lakes with water so fresh and lots of fish;
Deer, squirrels, bunnies that run freely absolutely.
Alberta, wherever I travel, you are my wish.

Image credit: Traveler100, “MoraineLakeP01” June, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 11.07.2015

Share light

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Shine your way –
Hard or light –
Have courage to say:
“You are so bright!”

But saying is insufficient –
Believe if you want all to be efficient.
Be of good cheer!
Share the things that are dear!

Image credit: Jonathan Mueller, “Lake Agnes, Banff NP Alberta Canada” July 24, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 12.02.2017

Read & run

Read ’cause reading will make you wise,
Your intelligence is very likely to rise.
In the Wise Book, you will find answers.
Your ideas will be as swift as lancers.

Run to do good and kind things;
Be quick and light as if with wings.
In all things avoid haste:
It certainly makes waste.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 05.02.2015

Dressed up for weather

Do not be shy of dressing up for the weather.
Do not consider too much what people will think:
They will admire! Whether
You realize this or not. Appropriate clothes are a link
To healthy you. Who needs young people who are sick?
Before going out, search the weather, make that extra click!
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 01.02.2015

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake

Don’t be afraid of making a repairable mistake:
To take a university course, to meet a friend, to buy a car of a wrong make…
You will sincerely apologize, you will earn that extra dime.
The thing is you thought you have time.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 11.02.2017

I saw you in a bus

I saw you in a bus,
How pretty you were!
Another day of city fuss…
Both alone among those people in fur.

With bright, shining eyes you were standing;
It was cold outside.
In your eyes I saw understanding;
The world for me became wide.
Iaroslav                                          Wednesday – Sunday 23-27.01.2008

For all

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Father, thank Thee for all!
I have said “all” on purpose, that’s true –
It’s not laziness, but my soul’s call.
I couldn’t thank for a thing or two
‘Cause it’s so easy for me to forget
And all I have is not mine –
It belongs to Thee as well as my life,
But I do not regret.
Thank Thee, Father, for all!
For all Your gifts and love,
For preventing me from a fall,
For clothes and food, for the peace dove.

Image credit: Wheateater, “Highwood River AB” June, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 06.08.2006

I still love you

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I love you like crazy –
Although sometimes lazy –
I want to give you all:
Flowers, kisses, support, joy big and small!

Image credit: Traveler100, “Grizzlymumcubs-c01” June, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Saturday 28.01.2017

Why are you so sad, o my soul?

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Why are you so sad, o my soul?
Hope in God for I will give thanks to Him with an eager heart!
He is my salvation.
He makes me whole.
He is the wealth and defence of a nation.

Image credit: Florian Fuchs, “Lake Moraine-Banff National Park” August 12, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 17.06.2016

Keep your dreams alive

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Keep your dreams alive,
Cherish them in spite of all.
However long is the drive,
Listen to your heart’s call.

Image credit: Veronika Ronkos, “Moose mother with calf” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 17.05.2010

Défauts

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

Exercises will help you stay well

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Exercises will help you stay well:
Your body will sound as a new, tuned bell;
Your eyes will see as eagle eyes;
Your brain will work to make you wise.

Choose exercises that fit your style:
Swimming, running, stretching, walking a mile…
In the morning or in the eve.
Then, a healthy soul in a healthy body is what you will receive!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.02.2013

Do I still have the wisdom

Do I still have the wisdom
To be happy about little things?
Can I still spread my little wings;
Listen to a running stream without boredom;

Smell fresh air, flowers;
See the blueness of the sky,
The greenness of the grass growing by;
Marvel at ancient towers?

Oh, I think I do.
I just forget sometimes.
Thank Thee, Father, for these rhymes.
Thank Thee for taking me through!
Iaroslav

Love justice and walk humbly with the Lord

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Love justice in every business, in all,
And be prepared to walk humbly with the Lord.
He is the One Who hears and listens to your call.
Rely on Him, His deeds, His Word.

Image credit: Tobias Alt, Tobi 87, “Moraine Lake-Banff NP” July 30, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, 4.0 International, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 2.5, CC BY-SA 2.0 and https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/deed.en license.
Iaroslav                                                     Monday 03.10.2016

I like the sound of your name

I like when you are around –
It’s like serotonin and vitamin D that abound.
Your eyes are of the most beautiful hue;
I like speaking with you.

You make hard things light:
Your ideas are effortless, bright.
I am your gent, you are my dame;
I like the sound of your name.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

Your friend is not worse

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Your friend is not worse,
Just different perhaps.
No one puts the cart before the horse.
Try to love her/him without giving slaps.

Image credit: LASZLO ILYES, “Silent Granite (6464034145)” July 18, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 12.01.2017

What for are you asking ‘why’

What for are you asking ‘why’?
You’d better ask ‘how’.
Spread your mind and fly.
You can improve the things right now.

Life is too short to look back.
Of course, you can moan and yelp,
But unique is your track.
Love and confidence will endure and help.
Iaroslav                                                     Friday 02.01.2009

До Різдва Христового

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Різдво! Хай кожен радіє
Бо прийшов Спаситель у світ.
У серцях добро хай вільно панує і діє,
У країну миру здійснімо політ!

Природа Божа спокоєм дивує,
Горобці щиро радість сповіщають.
Відкрите небо здійснéння мрій дарує.
Віра, надія, любов нас, людей, обіймають.

Уважний побачить,
Дуже ж поважний – можливо.
Щирість кожного собі розтлумачить,
Чиста любов, проста радість – як це важливо!
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 07.01.2009

Люби добро понад усе

Люби добро понад усе
І ближньому чини як хочеш сам для себе.
Нехай твоє життя це світло пронесе.
Нехай добро полюбить тебе.
Iaroslav                                                     Sunday 02.02.2014

Do good stuff today

In years to come
You will be more sorry about the things
You didn’t do, because they would seem dumb,
Than about those you did on your faith, hope, love wings.

So do good stuff today,
Do it with courage, without delay.
Skip reflecting on what they will think or say –
Do kind, wise, and simple things at home, at work, at play.
Iaroslav                                                     Wednesday 28.12.2016

You are so beautiful without knowing this

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You are so beautiful without knowing this.
I like the way you look,
Your heart, your kiss.
You are my friend, more than my favourite book.

Image credit: Kevo, “Iris versicolor L” June 11, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Monday 26.12.2016

Don’t let your sadness go too far

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Don’t let your sadness go too far –
There is a measure in all.
Don’t be upset over spilt milk from a jar,
Say “forgive me” and bring down the wall.

If you had a quarrel today,
Do all you can to repair:
Give back, support, comfort, pray…
Only avoid despair.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson (modified by Diliff), “Canada goose flight cropped and NR” February 14, 2008 (current), via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                          Monday 12.12.2016

Pretty girl, don’t cry

Pretty girl, don’t cry;
He left you, but try.
Wipe off your tears and fly
On the wings of your dreams so high.

You left her, what for
Still seeking anything more?
You say you broke no law –
I say you declared a war.

What a disaster a hypocrite heart can bring –
It’s like a sharp sting
Which hurts a bird’s wing
Not allowing her to fly or to sing.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 03.12.2005

Різдво Христове

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Дякую, Боже, за дивне життя,
За любов попре усе,
За грішного сина Твого прийняття.
За підтримки Твоєї він всяку скорботу знесе.

У свято Різдва серце співає!
Боже, за радість дякую щиру.
Душа невимовно Тебе вихваляє.
Ти Один подаєш справжню силу!

Боже, з нами будь завжди, благаю,
Ти – Великий, Єдиний, на Тебе надія!
Що буде завтра не знаю
Та за віру, любов я іду, така наша мрія!
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 07.01.2008

Time is sly indeed

Time is sly indeed,
It’s moving faster day after day.
Who knows what I need?
What shall I say?

Anyway, never stop rowing,
Keeping heart open;
Never being afraid of bestowing.
That is the only way in order not to feel broken.

What for to put off till tomorrow
A kind smile, a good deed?
Retardation leads to sorrow.
Time is sly indeed.
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday – Wednesday 12-13.12.2006

Let Christmas light up souls

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Let Christmas light up souls,
It’s time for a merry song!
All people are together just having their own roles.
Love will last forever and more and it isn’t long.

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

What is my destination?

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What is my destination?
That’s the question I should ask.
Have I mistaken my vocation?
Will I be able to solve the task?

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.

Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.12.2004
Image credit: Xiao23, “Banff Springs Hotel 01” July 9, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

When you hear crying

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When you hear crying,
Do not shut your ears, explore
Whether this is a call for help or lying;
Act according to the situation: use a word of support, buy food in a store.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson, “Osprey – natures pics 2” October 8, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                      Monday 05.09.2016

According to the abundance of the grief of my heart

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According to the abundance of the grief of my heart,
O Lord, You helped me.
Your encouragements make my worries depart;
You show me the forest and make me distinguish a tree.

Your encouragements console my soul;
Your Grace fills my bowl;
You are close in distress;
You keep at bay any stress.

Iaroslav                                                      Friday 22.07.2016
Image credit: Adam Jones, “Sulphur Mountain Summit – Banff – Alberta – Canada – 04” nOVEMBER 13, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Souris, ton sourire est beau

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Souris, ton sourire est beau.
Quoi qu’il se passe, sois courageux/-se.
Devant toi on enlèvera son chapeau –
Sois bon/ne, sage, simple et généreaux /-se

Image credit: Ronkeijers, “Hoodoo banff” September 5, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Wednesday 30.11.2016

Christmas bells are singing

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Christmas bells are singing,
How blissfully calm is their ringing!
It’s a song of life for all,
Let’s open our hearts to a poor man’s call!

Never close your soul and it’ll be cured.
Hardships are given to be sagely endured.
However difficult sometimes it may be,
You are born to win, not to flee!

Image credit: Wingchi Poon, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help” August 31, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 15-16.12.2007

Try everything

When you are too afraid to go,
Try everything – all worthy things to grow.
When you are ready to quit,
Just try your wit.

In all good business keep smart and fair;
Before you make an important decision, remember to say a prayer.
Be simple and clever,
Be grateful ever.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 20.11.2016

За Причастя можливість

За Причастя можливість
Приношу Тобі, Боже, подяку;
За силу, сміливість
І підтримку усяку.

Милість Твоя – безкінечна
Бо не дивлячись на лиця рятуєш.
Сила Твоя – незрівнянна, мудрість – беззаперечна
І розкаяного всякого Ти нагодуєш.

Люблячий, завжди будь з нами.
Знаю, недостойний я просити,
Але крім Тебе нікого іншого не знали.
Один Господь! Тільки Ти можеш нас заступити.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 27.11.2005

You’re at the fire-place

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You’re at the fire-place
And do not feel cold,
And you’ve got some stores just in case,
But don’t be bold.

Everything is in God’s power.
Do you remember paupers near your house?
They aren’t afraid of showers,
They believe though they’ve got as much as a mouse.

All you have is like a passing dream;
Even some paupers used to be rich.
Life is faster than a mountain stream –
While you can, help those who can’t do a hitch.

Image credit: Satoru Kikuchi, “Populus tremuloides foliage” June 8, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 04.12.2004

Praise God with a grateful heart

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Praise God with a grateful heart.
Let your praise, both big and small be sincere.
Have time to say “Thank You” to Him whether you go far or near.
God will make a way, continue doing your part.
Iaroslav                                                      Thursday 04.08.2016

What if whatever you earn

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What if whatever you earn
Is so much to be able
To share, to stay healthy, to learn,
To fill a poor man’s table?

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?

Image credit: Tony Webster, “Red Squirrel in Banff 230089735 o” July 7, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Wednesday 02.11.2016

In love

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Baby, I am in love with your hair,
Your voice, your gaze, your smile;
Your looks are fair;
I love your style.

I want to share all things with you.
You are the only one for me;
Your faith, your hope, your love are true;
With you I want to raise a family.

Image credit: Kevin Lenz, “Kananaskis Lakes aerial2” October 2, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                      Sunday 25.09.2016

Let your light smile shine the way

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Let your light smile shine the way.
Let your kind words make the day.
Be your gentle self everywhere
Because you love, because you care.

Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Friday 14.10.2016

Як величні діла Твої, Боже

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Як величні діла Твої, Боже.
Все Твоє і від Тебе земля, небо, море і хмари…
І хто крім тебе допоможе?
Хто крім Тебе загасить ворожнечу і чвари?

Почуй нас, бо Твої ми раби.
Я – нерозумний та благаю, пробач нам знов,
Втім, як Тобі завгодно, так і роби
У Тебе бо мудрість та милість, а ще неосяжна любов.

Image credit: Isruma, “Moraine Lake 2 July-2001” July 20, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                      Saturday 11.02.2006

Forgive

Canada Goose, Pyramid Lake Marsh, Near Jasper, Alberta
Forgive although you were right.
Forgive to make your heart light.
Forgive not because of what they do,
But because of who you are, because God loves you.

Image credit: Alan D. Wilson, “Canada Goose – natures pics” August 22, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5.
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 14.10.2016

You are going to win

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You are going to win,
Triumphant music will din.
I’m sure ’cause God is with you.
Your eye will enjoy the morning dew.

Believe ’cause you are strong,
Believe, love is never wrong.
Do not hesitate
And God will help at this rate.
Iaroslav                                                       Saturday 25.02.2006

How to be happy

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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.

Iaroslav                                                       Tuesday 04.10.2016
Image credit: Tony Webster, “Banff (15622533278)” July 9, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.

Be clever

Love God with all your heart,
Always in prayer, thank for success.
If you have problems, use them to improve your “learn and move on” art –
By doing so you will achieve more, not less.

Be cheerful, with lightness in heart,
Know that night will not last forever.
The morning is soon to start!
In the meanwhile, be clever!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 09.09.2012

До Пресвятої Богородиці

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Присвята Богородице, дякую Тобі за приклад:
“Я ж Господня раба,” Ти сказала;
І таким Твого життя є виклад:
Все життя Ти Богу щиро віддала.

Бог Тебе забрав до Себе коли Ти заснула –
Ти разом із Ним перебуваєш
І нашу щиру молитву до Тебе завжди чуєш і чула
І від бід і скорбот нас визволяєш.

Дякую Тобі, Пресвята Богородице, за молитви неперестанні,
За велику любов і допомогу,
За настанови Твої вечірні і ранні,
За те, що наші прохання, скорботи приносиш Богу.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 02.10.2016

If you want to be sage

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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

What you have, hold

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What you have, hold.
You are so rich indeed!
You are smart, you are bold,
Your health is more precious than gold.

So, be wise to save it and maintain.
No one knows what will happen then.
Under the sun or pouring rain,
Be sage to keep what is main.

Believe, these words are true.
You will need much strength –
Till the sky above is blue –
To do kind things, to break through!
Iaroslav                                           Sunday – Monday 11-12.01.2009

Sincere smile

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Sincere smile, how much it means!
It is like bread and oil, beans
For a hungry soul.
For a fan it is a goal.

Just smile and improve the world around.
The birds are singing, what a sound!
The past is past, we live in the present.
Your smiling face is so pleasant!

Your smile is a cure for others,
It does support your brothers.
Be yourself, it is worthwhile.
How much it means, sincere smile!
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 12.12.2008

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий

Славімо Господа бо Він Благий.
Чистим серцями посилає день ясний,
На віки і нині милість Його;
Навіть грішних спасає і не відніме того.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 11.02.2006

Even blind person can see while believes

You went bust
And tried to drown the misfortune in whisky.
Your mind dimmed and liver suffered rust.
Became better? No! More risky!

Have you lost your hand
Like the guy?
Or your eyesight? So tell me why,
Why can’t you see the rich land?

Even those poor guys
Do not look back closing their eyes.
A deaf man will see the rise,
A blind man will hear it ’cause he tries.

Enough, stand up, just start.
Think about your heart
Which you can’t deceive.
You’ve got to believe.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 04.02.2006

Kindly smart

If it doesn’t stick, bud,
Use a tape around that part.
If a car has passed and got you in mud,
Take it easy, be kindly smart.

Remember to run –
This is to cover your winning mile.
Remember to enjoy fresh air, bright sun.
Remember to smile =)
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 25.09.2016

Be yourself whatever they say

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

Keep on going

When the things work wrong
And you want to despair, stop –
It won’t take long
Before all is back to top.

Have courage, eat porridge;
Keep balance, use your talent –
Take it out of storage;
Be gallant.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 11.09.2016

With faith

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

Do not be afraid to bestow

Do not be afraid to bestow,
What you give, you get back,
The miser’s pocket cannot bestow,
But a kind heart will never lack.

Never take pride,
Only God knows what’s ahead;
The good is on your side;
Don’t be proud, better wise instead.

Do not be shy to help
‘Cause life is like a running stream,
I hope you’ll never yelp
And never be deaf to a scream.
Iaroslav                                                        Friday 26.11.2004

To act upon consideration

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

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

God will make a way

RJC1_PJCGod will make a way.
Believe as much as you can!
For the things you need – pray.
To give best things to you is His plan.

Image credit: Cephas, “RJC1 PJC” August, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 07.08.2016

By being passive, you learn to lose

By being passive, you learn to lose.
How easy it is just to snooze:
No struggle, no run, no winning bell…
It’s only then that you will regret, “I could have won, but fell”.

So watch where you go
While it’s not too late, while you can row.
There are two ways, it’s up to you to choose:
Either to win or to lose.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 06.03.2006

Гроші – то лише засіб

Гроші – то лише засіб
Для досягнення мети.
Що ж додати ще?
Гроші – асфальт, щоб по ньому пройти.

Можеш більше заробити?
То – від Бога, чом би і ні.
Але пильнуй, щоб не загубити
Дещо важливе на дні.

Адже чим більше маєм,
Тим більше можемо допомогти.
Як і що робити знаєш,
У серці то можеш знайти.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 12.06.2006

The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear

DSCN9543The Lord is the strength of those who approach Him with fear.
To them He is not far, but near.
Fear God and let Him be your Friend.
Let Him help you at the beginning and be with you at the end.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 08.06.2016

ТНЕДУТС

20160514_094048.jpgСьогодні навчання, завтра робота,
Тренування сприяє зміцненню сил.
Ухил до читання, між тим щось до рота;
Дотик науки, прагнення крил.
Еко, лінгво, фізіо, гео…
Найкраще у світі – пізнання – нео,
Так і Ейнштейн колись щось відкрив.
Iaroslav                                                        Monday 15.02.2010

Whatever happens, keep on believing

Whatever happens, keep on believing.
Think, how much you can indeed,
You’re as vigorous as a living seed.
Problems are nothing more than deceiving.

Whatever happens, believe.
Everything will be all right.
Be slow to quit, to leave,
You’ll enjoy the sight.

Whatever happens, believe –
It’s never too late to improve, to retrieve.
A race is won by racing,
A problem is solved by facing.
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 24.09.2006

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?

Combien de temps faut-il pour t’oublier?
Mes lèvres vont se taire, mais mon cœur veut crier.

On me disait “Assez!”, mes amis surtout,
Mais tu es ici et là, tu es partout.

Ton regard est calme, ton sourire guérit.
Pourquoi? Je n’ai pas encore compris.

Où es-tu? Que fais-tu?
Pardonne-moi pour être têtu…
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 22.07.2007

Щоб не робив, будь певним!

DSCN9551Щоб не робив, будь певним!
Ціль обери та йди.
У своїй справі будь ревним;
Себе у тому знайди.

Час візьме своє,
Стануть всі на місця.
Обери зараз своє,
Що краще у своїй сфері знавця?
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 30.10.2009

When did you last admire the sky?

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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

Combien de temps faut-il passer

DSCN9510Combien de temps faut-il passer
Pour cicatriser une mauvaise blessure?
Trois années, est-ce que c’est assez?
Je ne suis sûr.

“Des médecins disent que c’est ça,
Et des romantiques disent que pas toujours” –
Un ami de moi annonça.
Depuis lors j’y ai pensé chaque jour.

Combien de temps faut-il passer?
C’est une question poétique.
Ici on ne doit pas se dépenser,
Pour chacun c’est un terme unique.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 06.08.2005

I’m not alone

DSCN9652Though all seems out of order,
And no one’s willing to help,
I’m not alone on the border,
I am not going to yelp.

When no one seems to understand,
All the same I’m not alone.
No matter in air, at sea or on land,
I’ll be strong as a stone.

Because God gives support.
What can be better in life?
Making me an invincible fort,
He crowns me with wisdom for strife.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 12.07.2008

To forgive

When I do wrong, I ask to forgive.
The Father and people always do and so I happily live.
But how often, how easy do I pardon in turn?
I have so much to learn…

I am aching for a change,
I believe I am able to arrange.
I only pray for being sage,
I do need wisdom which never knows rage.

But first of all I want to thank.
People are kind to me who has neither much money nor a high rank.
Thank Thee, Father, for all,
Especially for love, Thou hear every call!
Iaroslav                                                        Sunday 15.07.2007

In God we shall do a might y thing

In God we shall do a mighty thing.
We will overcome the enemy completely.
To Him Who saved us we will sing.
Of His mighty deeds we will speak concretely.

Video credit: WorshipVideo, “You are My All in All” June 4, 2007, via YouTube.
Iaroslav                                                        Wednesday 22.06.2016

Cheer up, don’t be upset

DSCN9503Cheer up, don’t be upset,
You’re strong and young.
How many miracles you haven’t seen yet!
Come on, find and learn your tongue!

Don’t allow yourself to be sad
About unimportant things
Because this state is rhymed to “mad”,
Melancholy can only clip your wings.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 02.04.2005

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію

Що більше живу, то ясніше розумію:
Це життя – надзвичайно коротке,
Часом трохи гірке, часом солодке.
Та вирішувати нам як влаштувати цю дію.

Всякій людині кілька стежок відкрито,
Кожен сам свою цеглу кладе.
Одних мудрість Божа веде,
Для інших майбутнє занадто розмите.

Життя – у швидкоплинній миті.
Та важливо хибні кроки визнавати,
Щоб піднятися і йти, а не стогнати;
До мудрості двері завжди відкриті.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 09.04.2005

He left his home so long ago

He left his home so long ago,
They were telling him, “You’re cool!”,
But soon he had nowhere to stay or go.
Well, he wasn’t a fool.

The man had relied on money
And not on wisdom’s voice;
The money flew away like fresh honey,
But it was his own way, his own choice.

His cash disappeared
And so did his jolly friends,
But the young man wasn’t yet feared,
He just realized that a road often bends.

Now his bedroom was a park,
His dreams were his food;
He went to sleep with dogs’ bark,
Try to imagine his mood.

But it’s time for me to end.
The young man came home.
Wisdom became his new friend,
Clouds never appeared above his dome.

His experience wasn’t funny,
But he realized that it’s never too late to improve
And it’s useless to rely on money.
Well, I’ve tried to retell the story, but haven’t meant to prove.
Iaroslav                                                        Saturday 16.04.2005

Time is slipping away

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

 

Wise men keep silence

Wise men keep silence
When love speaks.
No words, no violence.
Even birds watch their beaks.

Love is calm,
But is loud as well.
It makes its nest on a farm,
But also where no one is able to dwell.

Whatever good one can think,
It can be about love.
Love is the strongest link,
Wise men know this as well as a dove.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.05.2006

How smart you are

How smart you are!
Believe, do not hesitate,
You’ll be like a shining star,
You will enjoy success sooner or late!

With sun light your street will be lit,
He who has doubts is wrong.
Just do not cease doing your bit,
Indeed, you are strong!
Iaroslav                                                         Sunday 23.12.2007

The grass isn’t always greener

DSCN9384The grass isn’t always greener
On the other side of the fence!
I hope you’ve noticed the screamer!
And I’ve meant no offence.

Just look better around,
Keep carefully what you own.
It’ll make your body sound,
And your soul will throw away the stone.

Be proud of your garden
And take care of it.
Wisdom is the best guard
And it’ll help you a bit.
Iaroslav                                                         Saturday 06.11.2004

Do not be envious of him who does lawless things

Do not be envious of him who does lawless things –
He fulfills his own whim, he cuts his own wings.
God sees to repay each one according to their deeds –
Nothing is hidden from Him under the sun: good fruit and weeds.
Iaroslav                                           Saturday – Sunday 18-19.06.2016

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere

Reveal your way to the Lord and be sincere.
Hope in God and He will listen and attend to your need.
Trust in Him whether you go far or near.
Be courageous, take heed.
Iaroslav                                                         June 2016