Barbara Johnson Quote

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Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.

Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) was an American author.  Much of her writing reflected a strong Christian faith.

From Today to Tomorrow (Haiku Series #214)

Journey

Today’s smallest steps

Moving toward tomorrow—

Consistency counts

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Intermission

Life needing to pause

Today’s time to self-reflect—

Tomorrow brightens

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Rewards

Today sharing grace

Treasure each small victory—

Building tomorrow

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Matt Haig Quotes

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The thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory.

If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail.  Aim to be you.

Matt Haig (born 1975) is an English writer and journalist.  Much of his writing focuses on novels with fictional themes for adults as well as children stories.

Listen in Silence

From Isaiah 41:1:  “Listen to Me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.”

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Daily life racing ahead

Bearing with its constant noise

Searching for journey’s beachhead

Father’s mercy transmits poise

 

Listen in silence, God speaks

Hearing His comforting voice

Quieting peace, each heart seeks

Father calms, let man rejoice

 

Heaven breathes, stillness exhales

Shining His light, never fear

Leaving dark, wilderness trails

Father leading, always near

 

Schedule time, only for God

Drawing near, learning His way

Transforming sinful facade

Father’s blessed Word, let’s pray

 

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American writer Madeleine L’Engle captures the essence of meaning found in this poem with these words:  “Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.”

Savoring Life

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Facing life’s daily quest

Overflowing with dreams

Facing rapids, hard-pressed

Paddling always, downstream

 

Merging spirit with change

Searching truth’s answer key

Riding each lonely range

Realizing, life shall be

 

Saddling up with vigor

Savoring life today

Overcoming rigor

Finding another way

 

Witnessing life’s next stage

Moving over new ground

Exciting silver age

Traveling now westbound

 

Navigating with ease

Following sunset’s glow

Catching each friendly breeze

Looking for tomorrow

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Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

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The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don’t want.

Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.

Iyanla Vanzant (born 1953) is an American inspirational speaker, author, and television personality.

E. Stanley Jones Quote

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Whatever we focus on determines what we become.

From Proverbs 4:25:  “Let your eyes look directly forward and your gaze be straight before you.”

Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973) was an American Christian missionary, theologian, and author.  Most of his missionary work took place in India where he became a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.  His biography about Gandhi’s life proved to be quite influential with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Journey Forward (Haiku Series #212)

Following

Wishes spring from dreams

Benevolent actions serve—

Destiny calling

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Listening

Walking endless miles

Faithful boots always ready—

Echoing wisdom

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Loving

Joining together

Solving life’s cherished puzzle—

Heart’s bits and pieces

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Beverly Sills Quotes

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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Beverly Sills (1929-2007) was an American operatic star with few equals during her performances from the 1950s into the 1970s.  

Billy Collins Quotes

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While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.

The trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry.

Billy Collins (born 1941) is an American poet who served as America’s Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.  He has published several collections of his poetry.