Charles Swindoll Quote

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A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around, dissipating and stewing about things.  He’s at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes.

From Psalm 5:8:  “Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.”

Life’s Responses (Haiku Series #154)


Gathering new strength

Recalling past challenges—

Tomorrow waiting

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Difficult moments

Face-to-face conversation—

Needing loyal friends

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Each tribe walks its path

Ignoring one another—

Everyone lost

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Numbing Journey

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Breathing in silence

Poverty living

Suffocating life

Empty, ungiving


Living with little

Sadly, no escape

Seeing no future

Desolate landscape


Bonding together

Despite life’s darkness

Overcoming much

Home lives with starkness


Searching, any job

Family needs food

Tasting emptiness

Life feeling so skewed


Thinking of future

Numbing journey calls

Shattering each dream

Poverty’s pitfalls


Facing each crisis

Today’s worries leave

Finding work again

Hope now smiles, believe


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Different levels of poverty strike the world everywhere.  Some areas face more daunting challenges than others.  Here are a few sobering statistics:

  • Ten percent the world lives in extreme poverty.
  • For every 1,000 children born, 39 will die before reaching five years of age.
  • Over 60 million children, ages 6-11, are not attending school.
  • Seventy-five percent of extreme poverty is found in Africa and Asia.
  • About one third of the world’s least developed countries are the least churched in the world.

Life’s Paradox

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Life consumes ups and downs

Warm smiles give way to frowns


One moment pours with joy

Another will annoy


Mountaintop songs swell hearts

Dark valleys tear apart


Tonight’s thunderstorms boom

Tomorrow catches gloom


Miles bridge life’s paradox

Some shine, others break glass


Life’s cycle never halts

Dancing to steady waltz


Time takes different road

Living by rhythmic code


Expectations grin back

Days no longer look black


Morning rain shares rainbow

Outlook blossoms and glows


Love filling empty hearts

Today brings fresh restart


Hourglass never drains out

Happiness transforms drought


Life consumes ups and downs

Now sowing fertile grounds


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Charles Stanley Quote

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Through our trials, God works powerfully within us to do more than we can perceive or imagine.

From Ephesians 3:20-21:  “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

Monday Memories: Moving Forward

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Facing disappointment for many months and more

Feeling frustration and despair starting to soar


Realizing that this journey needs a mid-course correction

Pointing an unsteady compass in a totally new direction


Tiring from how many others have treated thee in the past

Looking forward to a future that brings happiness at last


Beating up thyself for any past, painful mistakes

Needing renewed courage for a new life to make


Knowing that this life needs a helping hand

Wanting to scan for a nurturing place to land


Reaching out comes the helping hand of thy God

Sending forth His grace to be thy staff and rod


Shielding eyes from brightest sun at a new dawn

Walking forward with energy that’s never gone


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Republishing this poem from February, 2019, brings out a theme many of us have experienced in our past.  Take a moment today and look back at your life’s progress going forward from past challenges.

Day Ahead (Haiku Series #141)


Ever shifting sands

Challenge life’s steady journey—

Changing paradigms

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New day, new focus

Meeting today’s challenges—

Feeling satisfied

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Mystery waiting

Hidden in darkest corner—

Flashlight discovers

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Charles Bukowski Quotes

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What matters most is how well you walk through fire.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.  Otherwise, don’t even start.

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) is a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer.  His prolific writing produced over 45 books of poetry and prose, and much of his writing spoke to the despairing urban conditions of the downtrodden.