Never in Doubt

From Isaiah 43:2:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

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Man navigates life’s way

Some survey ocean’s charts

Searching through its vastness

Peace fills every heart

 

Other times, sailing ahead

Without any vision

Vanishing in darkness

Journey’s poor decision

 

Life’s opportunities

Man’s knowledge not enough

Setting sail, just by chance

Tomorrow’s seas, too rough

 

Sound advice waits with God

His Word highlights life’s route

Sharing grace, peace follows

Time’s fate, never in doubt

 

God’s righteous hand steering

Toward harbor’s safe dock

Aligning ship’s rudder

Destination . . . faith’s rock

 

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From Psalm 37:23-24:  “Our steps are made firm by the Lord when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.”

Monday Memories: Opportunity Knocks

From Psalm 23:1-3:  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.”

gray and white filled of snow trees and pathwalk

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Walking lost in the still darkness of night

Realizing the Lord delivers His might

 

Knocking at the door of life, He arrives

Granting a safe place, helps us to survive

 

Finding lasting peace in His Holy verse

Quenching our parched thirst, like a caring nurse

 

Coming with righteousness, Christ our Shepherd

Refueling us today, always treasured

 

Re-energizing empty hearts and souls

Blowing away blackest clouds, God controls

 

Lighting our way, God’s eternal love shines

Breathing His Word, offering faithful signs

 

Facing life’s challenges, Christ walks with us

Giving Grace, His way never brings a fuss

 

Guiding us to the Promised Land, Christ leads

Saving us from sin, from a Cross which bleeds

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Mark Twain Quotes

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Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better know by his pen name of Mark Twain, is often recognized as one of America’s greatest humorists.  Novelist and writer William Faulkner called him the “father of American literature.”  While he was in California in 1865, his literary skills struck gold with the story of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

Menu of Choices

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Life comes at us every day

Today’s choices have much to say

 

Right now, Option A looks quite good

Wishing for luck, knocking on wood

 

Infinite possibilities

Some become liabilities

 

One choice navigates life forward

Life seems so straightforward

 

Another turns life upside-down

Flipping plans into dark ghost town

 

Daily question:  What choice to make?

Tomorrow’s answer now at stake

 

Opportunities from choices

Watch out for temptation’s voices

 

Making choices, powerful tool

Please just one, become a jewel

 

Life’s mistakes searching for feedback

Answers help to keep us on track

 

Menu of choices fills desires

Lighting up our inherent fires

 

Near life’s hot stove, always aware

Certain choices may burn, beware

 

Searching with hands, hearts, and minds

Our next choice, what will it now find?

  

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Ann Landers Quote

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Opportunities are usually described as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

From 2 Corinthians 9:15:  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Steven Spielberg Quotes

The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.

You never really know how good of a leader you are until there is something there to lead us to, toward or through or to overcome.

Swing Away

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Life’s game passing by

Parked on lonely bench

Watching each inning

From this dugout’s trench

 

Endless time marching

Week following week

Absent from big plays

Life looking more bleak

 

Dreaming great moments

Where are they hiding?

Just needing one chance

Few hopes backsliding

 

Opportunity!

Finally knocking

Time to really shine

Eagerness rocking

 

Now just swing away

Life’s batter’s box calls

Confidence beaming

Stepping in, “Play ball!” 

  

In the film, “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford, Roy Hobbs finally gets his big chance to step into the batter’s box.  Here is the scene from the film.  Indeed, life and baseball find ways to complement each other.