Jane Austen Quotes

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None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

Time will explain.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an acclaimed English novelist.  Much of her writings dealt with women’s pursuit of a more favorable social standing as well as economic security.

Riding Cowboy’s Range

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Searching far and wide

Encircling landscape

Riding each morning

Cowboy’s day takes shape


Working ‘til sunset

Riding saddleback

Fulfilling life’s dream

Cowboy’s tasks unpack


Tracking each stray steer

Bringing safely back

Riding in cold rain

Cowboy’s small payback


Earning little pay

Tasting land’s treasures

Riding hard saddle

Cowboy’s few pleasures


Living with toughness

Facing shortcomings

Riding treeless range

Cowboy’s homecoming


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All About Faith (Elfchen Series #94)



Inevitable storms

With patient endurance

God walks with us


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Eternal love

Overcoming any obstacle

Persevering with His truth


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By grace

Bolstered, renewed hope

Filled with God’s glory


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Learning from Life (Haiku Series #167)

Learning from Strength

Looking to conquer

Bullies search for life’s island—

Mankind’s weakest link

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Learning from Honesty

Remember always

Our mirror’s self-reflection—

Misses life’s real truth

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Learning from Tasks

Life’s biggest challenge

Constructing each new puzzle—

Piece follows each piece

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Nature’s Rhythm (Haiku Series #166)


Flying high above

Gray sky’s lonely sentinel—

Solitary spy

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Unchecked challenges

Emotional behavior—

Nature spills over

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Season to season

Creation’s precious treasures—

Never growing old

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Tender Mercies (Elfchen Series #89)



Embrace them

Fearless, with courage

Taste life’s treasured gifts


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Home alone

World grows smaller

Embrace family and friends


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Burning low

Embracing more hope

Blazing back to life


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

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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