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Daily Haiku - Canopy daily encouragement written by paul Jul 02, 2022

hot sun made gentle
oasis in working grind
umbrella of green

 

My son (daughter): May you take pride in difficulties, instead of complaining or letting them slow you overmuch. God made open fields to be worked just as surely as he made lovely deep shade under which to drowse and rest. Take...

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Daily Haiku - Guest Rites daily encouragement written by paul Jul 01, 2022

glass of cool water
table with bread and butter
safe for sleep and rest

 

My son (daughter): May you find friends wherever you go, and keep up your relationships with sincerity and grace. Good friends, loyal friends, and the power of that time-transcending bond are all gifts of God; may He be...

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Daily Haiku - Darkness daily encouragement written by paul Jun 30, 2022

hold my hand mommy
the dark is here and I’m scared
You can see it, right?

 

My son (daughter): May you learn to use fear as fuel for righteous anger or scornful laughter instead of its raw, misguided original form. Parents who do not fear the dark still see the dark, experience it, and...

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Daily Haiku - Publicity daily encouragement written by paul Jun 29, 2022

for good deeds done right
may your praises be public
and scolding demure

 

My son (daughter): May you always keep your correction of others private, and praise them in public where there are more ears to hear. In this way, the blessings offered multiply instead of diminishing. May you observe...

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Daily Haiku - Friendly Faces daily encouragement written by paul Jun 28, 2022

travelers arrive
greeted warmly by hostess
day's heat vanishes

 

My son (daughter): May you always be mindful and in deliberate control of the set of your face. Your countenance is a thing which must always be genuine, for if you let it become a mask you will begin seeking power that ought not...

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Daily Haiku - Singing daily encouragement written by paul Jun 27, 2022

lift up your voices
laughing song encircling us
summer heat wavers

 

My son (daughter): The Lord God is in Heaven, and He is enthroned on the praises of His people. May you always be praising God and giving thanks for His many gifts and mercies. In times of trouble it may seem easy to...

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Daily Haiku - Trust daily encouragement written by paul Jun 26, 2022

great beauty in wind
gentle breeze or whirling gale
blossoms fall to earth

 

My son (daughter): May you come to relax about events and purposes, accepting that God is in supreme and ultimate control, determining the origin and end of all things as well as everything in between. As bright...

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Daily Haiku - Setting Your Face daily encouragement written by paul Jun 25, 2022

supreme confidence
grows from conviction and need
as does crippling fear

 

My son (daughter): Fear is required for bravery, and one must carry acceptance of uncertain results with you before you can move with confident serenity in meaningful moments with others. May you build the prerequisite...

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Daily Haiku - Learning to Dress daily encouragement written by paul Jun 24, 2022

tangle-cotton mess
headhole for arms now backwards
confusion of spring

 

My son (daughter): There are a thousand skills to learn in life that are not in any school curriculum or book. May you master them with all the gusto you have for a good story or funny joke. May the tumult and floppy...

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Daily Haiku - Drifting Off to Sleep daily encouragement written by paul Jun 23, 2022

hot summer bedtimes
cuddle wrestle snuggle sleep
pajama war joy

 

My son (daughter): May you always enjoy your sleep and the process of going to sleep. May you think through your troubles at other times, and keep your dreamland drifting for thanksgiving and anticipation of tomorrows. Above...

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Daily Haiku - Books daily encouragement written by paul Jun 22, 2022

paper glued and inked
scribbled with madmens’ fevers
lost world in your hands

 

My son (daughter): May you appreciate the power and responsibility of communication in all its many forms. Song, poem, speech, smiles, books, colors, postures, attendance, symbols, and spirits, each has its...

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Daily Haiku - Fancy daily encouragement written by paul Jun 21, 2022

interesting thought
fleeting seed heedless takes root
risk of destruction

 

My son (daughter): May you keep your mind pure and sharp, keen and significant as a knife and yet possessed of deep and familiar knowledge. Do not trust every voice that speaks and sings to your mind, but hold fast to...

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