Wynton Marsalis Quotes

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You need a team.  You need people to push you.  You need opponents.

Jazz can show us how to work together, while also celebrating our obvious differences.

Wynton Marsalis (born 1961) is an American trumpeter and composer.  He promotes both classical and jazz music, and he has spent numerous hours sharing his music and message with young people.  He has received nine Grammy Awards.

Coldest Darkness

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Candlelight reaches into darkness

Lasting symbol of perseverance


Winter’s persistent cold approaches

Gallant and stalwart hearts warm within


Interrupted basic needs of life

Power, heat, and water sometimes dwindle


Daily tension builds, never leaving

Terror rains down from harsh sky above


Civilians facing frequent attacks

Resilience shadows endless fear


Taking nothing today for granted

Blessed gratitude for another day


Nation’s spirit remains vigilant

Looking ahead to final breakthrough


Coldest darkness shall be overcome

Determined faces tell the world so


Always looking toward tomorrow

Morning’s light, never cast away


Everlasting dreams of victory

Proud people keep freedom’s fire glowing


Calling out to fellow world nations

Never forget lessons we teach you

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The journey of a vicious and unforgiving war in Ukraine has touched countless people in profound ways.  May a compassionate world continue to pray for this nation.  The spirit of freedom and self-determination survives each and every day.

Old West Comes Alive

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Filling myths with good, bad, ugly

Fictional tales grow in stature


Snarling summer heat, winter cold

Hostile climate conditions reign


Dreaming to grow up as cowboys

Distraught mothers asking sons, “Why?”


Blessing every cowboy and horse

Inseparable life partners


Riding herd on open prairie

Longest, loneliest days and nights


Hungering for silver and gold

Outlaws robbing another train


Breathing fire with every six-gun

Unbeatable law of Old West


Searching dreams, with each hard day’s ride

Drifters, without any name


Pursuing mystical treasure

Phantom fortunes never found


Covering endless, open range

Enormous ranches stretching out


Seeking freedom, farming homesteads

Young families journey out west


Springing up, middle of nowhere

Small towns come alive overnight


Begging for help, clean up our town

Citizens hire ageless lawman


Enduring hard life, little pay

Old West struggles, never fading


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Kevin Hart Quotes

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The best feeling in the world is seeing the benefits and rewards of hard work.

The only time you should look back in life, is to see how far you have come.

Kevin Hart (born 1979) is an American comedian and actor.  He identifies himself as a Christian and opening talks about his faith.

Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

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Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm


Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves


Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray


Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding


Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach


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From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

Faith’s Devotion (Elfchen Series #98)



Each generation

Into God’s story

From bondage to freedom


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Daily trials

Recalling Bible’s truth

Pilgrimage with our Savior


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Life’s rhythm

Knowing and trusting

Word of our Lord


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Melody Beattie Quotes

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When it’s too difficult to keep swimming, float.

It’s so easy to look around and notice what’s wrong.  It takes practice to see what’s right.

Melody Beattie (born 1948) is an American author.  From her own life experiences, she has written several self-help books.

God With Us (Elfchen Series #95)



Given day

Blessings of peace

Christ walks among us


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Speaks boldly

Treasure every word

Glories of God’s law


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Surrounding thee

Facing tumultuous waters

God never stops helping


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Waiting . . .


Another minute

Problems downsizing

Lasting peace rising


Morning coffee brewed

Caffeine powers up

With every cup


Morning traffic jam

Anxiety parking

Shortcut embarking


Waiting . . .


Autumn’s arrival

Dazzling colors sing

Annual fall fling


Grocery line backup

Accept life’s downtime

Conversation time


Baby coming soon

First-time mother shines

Love’s newest headline


Waiting . . .


Hearty breakfast served

Blueberry pancakes

Hunger takes its break


Plane’s late departure

Airport’s normal tune

Returning home soon


Career door opens

New community



Waiting . . .


Life’s worries mounting

One more sleepless night

Sunrise shares insight


Page finally turns

Cherished feelings roam

Love finding its home

Day’s special moment

New baby arrives

Joining life’s archives

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