Confidence Through Courage

From Ephesians 6:10-12:  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power; put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for our struggle is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

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Evil waits in shadows

Always ready to pounce

Bending each tender rose

Courage fills every ounce

 

Darkness plays upon fears

Adversary arrives

Filling each heart with tears

Courage always survives

 

God’s armor shall protect

Against wicked’s arrows

Standing tall and erect

Courage never narrows

 

Bold light shines from above

God harbors faith’s stronghold

Sending grace, filled with love

Confidence grows and holds

 

Oh, God of Salvation

High upon solid rock

Blessing life’s narration

Confidence grasps bedrock

 

Shouts of joy, praising God

Hope now breathes, without fear

Walking on mercy’s sod

Confidence always near

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From Psalm 27:1-2:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall.”

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Keep conscience clear, then never fear.

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a Founding Father of the United States.  He served his nation as a prominent statesman and effective diplomat.  

Amanda Gorman Quotes

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There is always light.  Only if we are brave enough to see it.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

Amanda Gorman (born 1998) is an American poet and activist.  She is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.

Conquering Another Day

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Sweating with every footstep

Laboring muscles whisper

“Quitting now?”—never happen

Eyeing lasting prize ahead

 

Trusting in life’s conviction

Traveling onward, upward

Adopting new direction

Leaving unhappiness for good

 

Finding courage, gaining strength

Leaving past of long ago

Conquering another day

Surviving for tomorrow

 

Escaping darkest valley

Scaling destiny’s mountain

Climbing with perseverance

Reaching its lofty summit

 

Overwhelming ecstasy

Believing, pressing forward

Looking ahead to next test

Seeking another challenge

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Enduring Qualities (Haiku Series #194)

Civility

Permanent header

Each social media page—

“Please respect others!”

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Character

Stacking up higher

One lie follows another—

Is anyone counting?

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Valor

 Stepping with courage

Into challenges light, but—

Shard of darkness breathes

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Winston Churchill Quotes

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One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:  freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) served the United Kingdom as Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and later from 1951-1955.  He unwavering leadership during World War II lifted the spirits of his nation in the darkest of times.  He was also a prolific writer with countless published works.

Day’s Reflections (Haiku Series #190)

Painful

Each dollar now counts

Inflation deflates wallet—

Misery for all

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Incomplete

World of tiny bursts

One sound bite’s information—

Where’s rest of story?

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Resolute

Undaunted voices

Place country over party—

Profiles in courage

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Anais Nin Quotes

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was a French-born American writer of novels and short stories.  Much of her published works came from her diaries.

Margaret Chase Smith Quotes

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Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) served in the United States House of Representatives (1940-1949) and the United States Senate (1949-1973).  She was the first woman elected to both houses of Congress.  In her 1950 speech, “Declaration of Conscience,” she challenged and condemned the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt.

E. E. Cummings Quotes

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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite of fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness:  the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.