Monday Memories: Winter’s Arctic Grip

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Bone-chilling winds turn life upside down today

Delivering frigid, Arctic storms to every town

Thickening ice, spreading across the lake’s bay

People running straight into gusts, heads down


Wind chimes endlessly sing a winter-filled blast

Watching the thermometer effortlessly dive

Wondering, how long will this deep freeze last?

Somehow, everyone remains warm and thrives


The townsfolk cope, accepting winter’s greed

Facing long, harsh winters, most every year

Helping others to survive, when one’s in need

Winter’s severity never brings about fear


Finally one day, the wind changes its sound

Pitching warmer air, by way of a chinook

Lightening the load for everyone around

Smiles arrive, from every cranny and nook


Spring will soon send out her welcoming band

Replacing life’s burdens, with warmer wishes

Surviving winter’s struggles across the land

Winter to spring, life crosses familiar bridges

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Originally published February, 2020.

Anais Nin Quotes

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Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.

It takes courage to push yourself to places you have never been before . . . to test your limits . . . to break through barriers.

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

Mary McLeod Bethune Quote

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Without faith, nothing is possible.  With it, nothing is impossible.

From Matthew 8:24-26:  “A windstorm suddenly arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves, but He was asleep.  And they went and woke Him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us!  We are perishing!’   And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’  Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a dead calm.”

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an American educator, philanthropist, and civil rights activist.  A daughter of former slaves, she made a significant impact in the lives of many.

Turning Life’s Page

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Living on hidden island

Searching through another day

Overwhelming heartache

Waiting, filled with emptiness


Whispering thoughts, every night

Hearing silence once again

Tears drowning in sorrow

Waiting for new direction


Making one more decision

Holding torch, ready to light

Prepared to burn last bridge

Waiting to strike final match


Listening again, a voice

Growing stronger each minute

Conscience stirs from abyss

Waiting, no longer needed


Turning life’s page, new chapter

Leaving island at long last

Light leads to happiness

Revealing brilliant sunrise


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Jimmy Buffet Quotes

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It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.

Breathe in, breathe out, move on.

Jimmy Buffet (born 1946) is an American singer and songwriter.  He has also written three number-one bestsellers.

Monday Memories: Called to Persevere

From Hebrews 10:19-20:  “Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh).”

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Sharing these words of eternal hope

Living with hope-filling optimism

Gathering with positive people

Persevering through God’s bold prism


Living as faithful children of God

Hearing our Father’s message of hope

Realizing now, hope springs from our Lord

Praising His Word, helping us to cope


Joining into a New Covenant

Filling with assurance from His Creed

Approaching with hearts, clean from evil

Washing with His pure water, indeed


Recalling our earlier struggles

Showing compassion through hopeful hearts

Maintaining endurance, life’s ahead

Remaining faithful, as life restarts


Holding fast to God’s blessings of hope

Encouraging daily, each other

Blessing with our love and gracious deeds

Standing with our sisters and brothers

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “We urgently need people who encourage and inspire us to move toward God.”

Originally published May, 2020.

John Maxwell Quote

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With the right attitude and a willingness to pay the price, almost anyone can pursue nearly any opportunity and achieve it.

From Philippians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

John Maxwell (born 1947) is an American pastor, author, and speaker.  He has written numerous books about leadership, with a Christian point of view.

Another Day (Haiku Series #218)

Quiet Perseverance

Reasons to finish

Overcoming challenges—

Never giving in

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Yesterday’s Peace

Time’s quiet moments

Opening each memory—

Never forgotten

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Treasures Waiting

In searching life’s depths

Finding intended nuggets—

Few others shall see

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Saint Augustine Quote

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Pray as though everything depended on God.  Work as though everything depended on you.

From Romans 12:11-12:  “Do not lag in zeal; be ardent in spirit; serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; persevere in prayer.