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

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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

Love is all I have, it’s true

Love is all I have, it’s true.
Love is what helps me break through.
But what else does a person need,
Whatever is her or his honest breed?

Life is different for a loving heart,
Simple happiness is its part.
Spread shoulders and bright eyes…
Love is a dove that flies!
Iaroslav                                                    Thursday 04.12.2008

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

You will do!

You will do!
I am sure;
This poem is true.
No matter what is the score.

Just think,
How much you can!
Of course, not all in a wink,
To win is your plan!

You are clever,
Your chances are high!
Never say never…
Get ready and try!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 23.08.2008

Rely on God and go

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Rely on God and go!
Let your spirits be high, not low.
Be confident because you did right.
Your face diffuses light.

While in the world you are,
Use wit to go far.
Be gentle and sage,
Do not be afraid of waves that rage!

Image credit: Rejean Hurtubise, “Moraine Lake 2015” June 16, 2015, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 18.11.2012

All I have I owe to God

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All that I have, I owe to God:
My teeth, my eyes, my feet.
He raises me from every fall;
He nourishes me with fruit and wheat.

Peace and freedom are given by Him.
He strengthens me with a prayer!
His love and support for us never cease!
All that I have, I have by His care.

Image credit: TrshFsh, “Etherington Creek Provincial Recreation Area, Alberta, Canada – creek banks” June 6, 2017, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.11.2014

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

Love as if tomorrow never comes

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Love as if tomorrow never comes
Despite the unknown that numbs.
Love as if you have only one day;
Love for your life happens today.

Image credit: Massimo Telò, “Canada-Alberta-Abraham Lake” August 9, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 29.10.2017

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

Thank You!

Oh God Father, thank You
For kind people around!
Thank You for the crystals of life which we call ‘dew’!
Thank You for a forest creek sound!

If not Your gracious support,
I would be in the kingdom of night.
But Your Word is Life, an invincible fort!
You cure my wound, You make my burden light!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 19.08.2011

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

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

Keep trying

However hard and little luck,
Go on, keep on trying.
Perhaps, your success is behind next try, stuck.
Giving up hope is like dying.

Ask and you will receive.
Knock and they will open to you.
Good things require persistence, so do not leave.
Oh, how important it is to continue seeking, it’s true.
+ See Matth. 7:7-8
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 24.09.2017

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

Students

Students work hard,
But they work with hope
And in order not to be caught off guard.
As many assignments as given by profs, they cope.

However difficult, students keep on going
Because they know that their reward is awaiting –
For now, they have to be rowing.
God knows what good things in the future they will be contemplating!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 20.10.2013

Forget your fears

Forget your fears,
You should be above them all;
Your problems aren’t worth your tears,
God will pick you up after any fall.

Keep your back straight.
Let wisdom protect you.
Never say that it’s too late –
You’ll be given your due.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 09.10.2004

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

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

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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.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (1)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
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

The night has passed

The night has passed,
The day has come
It’s time to act and fast.
No need to be glum.

A new day means a new life.
So, be ready,
Today you’ll have to face a strife.
Smile, be steady!

If something is wrong,
Work toward a change
Because you are strong,
And that is within your range.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 04.11.2007

What is going on around?

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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!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Moraine Creek – panoramio (2)” July 4, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
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

Show me just a little smile

Please do not be upset,
Show me just a little smile.
I know, we’ve never met,
But we’re on the same isle.

I’ve got a message for you:
Show me just a little smile.
Although far, you are close to me, it’s true,
So, you’re not alone; I like your kind style!
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 16.07.2006

Upon God I will rely

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Incredible, how changes are fast!
Man proposes,
But God disposes.
It’s all true to the last!

No use relying on men…
You’ll pay a double price,
But won’t get a bit of your rice.
What shall I do then?

Upon God I will rely!
Being patient and sage,
Quick at learning, slow at rage,
Always in action, never too shy!

Image credit: Jeffrey Pang, “Nub Peak Panorama” December 12, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 28.06.2008

You’re not alone, believe

You’re not alone, believe,
God is always with you!
Cheer up, it’s too early to leave,
You are right, you’re strong, it’s true!

Find your niche and go on;
Persistent thou should be,
And you’ll still admire the dawn
Enjoying the daylight brighter than you thought it could be.

We are together,
You are not alone.
Even in a rainy weather
God’s love will bring us together making stronger than a stone.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 27.10.2007

Cheer up, my friend

Cheer up, my friend!
Even if now you are alone,
We may meet in the end.

But now, stand,
You are a winner,
Do understand.

There is time to be sad,
But believe in yourself,
Things are not very bad.

He who searches, will find.
God is with you!
Cheer up, my friend, you are so kind!
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 30.11.2009

When I close my eyes

When I close my eyes,
I see you, baby.
I won’t tell lies.
Am I crazy? Maybe.

I don’t wonna lose you.
Hearing everywhere your voice:
In a gentle wind, in a kitten’s mew;
You are my choice.

Even if I go away,
I will miss you again.
If I am not able to stay,
I will always miss you then…
Iaroslav                                          Saturday – Sunday 26-27.01.2008

Be friend to God

Be slave to God and not to men.
Fear God on all your ways.
Be not afraid of people now or then.
May God prolong your days!

May they be filled with health and joy!
Fear God and not men to achieve your goal:
You have a smart head, employ!
Keep straight your back and sound your soul!
Iaroslav                                                    October 2014

Oh that men would praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord for He is Gracious!
He takes your foot out of hardships and puts it in a place which is spacious.
Praise the Lord and sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving!
Let your praise be living!

Image credit: Kurt Stegmüller, “Mount Assiniboine Sunburst Lake” July 31, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 03.05.2015

Have you ever seen a sunrise

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Have you ever seen a sunrise
Or the azure above
Which is often called just skies?
Have you ever been in love?

Or haven’t you got time enough?
Vanity of vanities, too much of it
And the sea of life is so rough.
Bustle can so badly hit…

But I don’t say forget all, throw away.
Just let love inside, right into your heart.
Mind your way.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 16.09.2006

Forgive me if you have ever forgiven

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Forgive me if you have ever forgiven,
I’m going to strive as I have never striven.
I know that it was my mistake.
Don’t let your feelings drown in your heart’s lake.

Baby, just tell me what I shall do,
I cannot imagine my future without you.
Do you really want to break up with me?
Forgive me as you always forgave me.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 21.05.2010

However hard it is, go on

However hard it is, go on.
I know problems weigh much,
But to win you were born;
Your kind heart makes you strong as such!

It’s never too late to improve
When you are ready to fight,
Your deeds will prove,
You will enjoy a victorious light.

But now be patient to wait, let the day chase night.
What cannot be cured,
Should be endured.
A climber starts from the bottom to reach the height.
Iaroslav                                                    Sunday 13.01.2008

Stay bright

Never give up the fight.
Keep on doing wise and kind things.
Your words and deeds can be like salt and light.
Only God knows what the future brings,

But you keep on rowing!
Whatever they say,
Keep on going!
With God’s help you will succeed on your way!
Iaroslav                                                    Tuesday 01.11.2014

When you are sad

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When you are sad,
Take your time,
Get ready to be glad.
Make juice if you got a lime.

Remember to smile,
It helps with people.
They will appreciate your style.
You can make much even out of little.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Jasper Parkway – panoramio – Jack Borno” August 21, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                    Friday 21.05.2010

When do you live?

There is no tomorrow,
No yesterday as well.
Save now in order not to borrow;
Listen to the ringing bell.

Life is signing now.
Putting off a kind deed
Is to pinch your own brow,
It is to refuse an essential need.

By doing good to a neighbour
You do good to yourself first of all.
Good deed for soul is daily bread and labour.
Say “today” in order not to fall.
Iaroslav                                                    Monday 09.02.2009

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

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

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, C 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

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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!

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Snow Day – panoramio” December 2, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
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

Crosses of others

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None of us knows
The crosses of others;
Therefore, wherever each of us goes
Let us be patient with sisters and brothers.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Bow River – panoramio – Jack Borno” October 9, 2005, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Iaroslav                                                     Thursday 02.02.2017

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

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

If you are asking for a thing

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If you are asking for a thing
And God does not give it to you –
Do not fold your wing –
He has prepared something better, something new.

Image credit: Jack Borno, “Banff Reflections – panoramio” June 22, 2011, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
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

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