God’s salvation

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

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Не дав нам Бог духа стра́ху

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

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

Happy because alive

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

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

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

True believers

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

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

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

Страх Божий – початок мудрості

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

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

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

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

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

Never stop creating

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

Both hardships and treasure will fade away

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

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

Recipe

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

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

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

Une compagnon, mais pas trop sage

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

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

Merci, o Seigneur!
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 18.02.2012

What matters most

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

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

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

Love your neighbour as you love yourself

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

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

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

If you feel down

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

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

When you are in doubt – pray

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

Thank You Father for this year too!

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

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

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

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

Never give up in any good deed

Never give up in any good deed,
Whether you are studying or pulling out a garden weed,
Whether you are writing a dissertation
Or working on a new invention.

Never give up in a good endaveour,
Be cheerful, hopeful, faithful, and clever.
For all good things pray.
May God’s blessing help you each day!
Iaroslav                                          Tuesday 20.12.2005 – Saturday 28.01.2006

Christmas presents

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

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

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

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

Церква – це притулок для душі надійний

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

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

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

Tu n’es pas seul(e)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is going on around?

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

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

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

Я зрозумів дещо важливе

Я зрозумів дещо важливе:
If we can’t as we would,
We must do as we can;
У моїх руках майбутнє щасливе.

Зараз як ніколи важко,
Та я сам ладен усе владнати,
І силу і розум я повинен поєднати.
Сподіваюся… З допомогою Божою не буде надто тяжко.
Iaroslav                                                    Saturday 07.06.2008

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Why are you upset

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Why are you upset?
Every sunrise and every sunset
Bring hope.
Have courage, it’s just a slope.

A rise will follow,
Keep on trying, dear fellow.
Keep your chin up and kind your heart.
Keep your head smart!
Iaroslav                                                         Friday 08.05.2015

Easter

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Easter is knocking at doors.
What a wonderful day!
We can open hearts’ stores!
It’s a day of love, of the hopeful ray!

Death will always lose.
It will never own.
Let a winning hymn make a cruise!
How high our song has flown!

Our prayers are heard!
You are not alone.
God takes care even of a bird!
Smile! Believe, you won’t knock against a stone.

Iaroslav                                            Saturday – Monday 22-24.04.2006
(Easter: Sunday April 23, 2006)

We may get upset

We may get upset
Because something doesn’t happen as we have set.
We tend to give up
Or to pretend it was not our tea cup.

We tend to forget when we get a lime
That all happens in God’s time.
So, let’s proceed with hope
That with His help we will achieve, we will cope!
Iaroslav                                                         Wednesday 10.02.2016

Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне

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Хто б що не казав, а життя – неймовірне –
На мільйони кольорів і дива багате;
Для розумних – на вдачу вірне.
Хоч бува часом солонувате.

Тільки подумати, як все влаштовано:
День і ніч, вода – вогонь, птах і людина!
Великою Божою мудрістю усе збудовано.
І кожен своє місце має, навіть невеличка тварина.

Як щасливий той, хто з вірою живе,
Не дивлячись на клопоти, кожну хвилину цінує!
Як блажен той, хто православним шляхом іде
Бо з надією живе і до вічного прямує.
Iaroslav                                                          Saturday 11.06.2005

Дякую

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Все, що маю Богу зобов’язаний я:
Воля, мир, здоров’я, життя.
Дякую, Боже, за спасіння надію, підтримку родини;
Дякую, що дав перемогу у нелегкі години.

Благослови, Господи Боже, Твого раба по всі дні,
Щоб ходити Твоїми шляхами мені.
Дякую, Боже, що перемагає любов!
Дякую, Боже, за підтримку знову і знов!
Iaroslav                                                                      November, 2014

I hope you’ll never lose the sense of wonder

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I hope you’ll never lose the sense of wonder –
After a lot of rain and thunder –
You will remember to hope
And believe that with God’s help, somehow you’ll cope.

I hope you will sing –
Without being afraid of what kind of thing
People will think or say –
Because you are like a sun ray.

I hope you will dance –
Without being afraid of giving a chance
Of saying that you are awkward or old –
Let the joyful child in you always live, let your heart never become stone-cold.
Iaroslav                                                          Thursday 16.07.2015

Якщо у житті не гладко все

Якщо у житті не гладко все,
Не хвилюйся, не сердися:
Те, що було, минуле все далі і далі несе,
З надією на це дивися!

Хай серце палає любов’ю,
Хай розум працює кмітливо,
Хай дієта сприяє здоров’ю!
Рухатись далі – дуже важливо.
Iaroslav                                                          Sunday 07.09.2014

Rely on God with Him you will show strength

Rely on God; with Him, you will show strength.
With Him, you will extend your days’ length.
You will conquer any foe,
You will mix the tastiest dough.

Rely on God and win with peace in any land.
Take a shield of faith in hand
And a spear of love, and an armour of hope
To manage all and to be able to cope.
Iaroslav                                                          Wednesday 06.05.2015

Cheer up

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Do your part,
God will do His, be sure.
Do things with faith and hope in heart;
Let love not depart.

Do your part,
God will do His, truly.
Add kindness and confidence to start;
Thrive fully.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 21.04.2015

Життя – це великий дар

Життя – це великий дар,
Не варто про це забувати
І тільки Господь може ним наділяти;
Життя наповнює все від моря до хмар.

Але той, хто його має
Розпорядитися ним правильно мусить,
Найвищої мудрості життя вимагає
І розумний для початку язика закусить.

Не варто життя марнувати,
Його треба цінити, сміливіше крокувати.
Кожен сам все зважить, але час швидко спливає,
Укріпиться той у житті, хто надію на Бога покладає.
Iaroslav                                                          Tuesday 07.08.2004