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PAPER LANTERNS 8


PAGE 1

WHEN THE TIDES TAKE OUR
SANDCASTLES, WE LEARN TO BUILD
ON THE ROCK OF FAITH.

GOOD CHARACTER MIGHT
NOT BE A FANCY DRESSER,
BUT IT HAS REAL CLASS.

DUSTY- ROSE IS A
COLOR DESCRIBING SEASONED,
AND DURABLE HEARTS.

PAGE 2

ISSUES OF THE NIGHT,
THAT WE DON'T REMEMBER, WILL
OFTEN CLOUD OUR DAYS.

ANTAGONISTS TRY
TO CONVINCE DECENT PEOPLE
DECENCY IS DUMB.

GOOD CHARACTER MAY
START OUT POOR, BUT IT CAN BUILD
A RICH HERITAGE.

PAGE 3

IF ARROGANCE IS
SET ON SELF-DESTRUCT, WHO WILL
CARE WHEN IT HAPPENS ?

DISCORD IN THE HEART,
VOICED BY THE MOUTH, WILL LATER
ECHO IN THE LIFE.

IF WE SET OUR GOALS
WITHIN REACH, CONFIDENCE GROWS
AS WE ATTAIN EACH.

PAGE 4

SOME PRISONS HAVE LEGS,
AND MOVE AMONG US DAILY,
BUT WE DON'T KNOW IT.

PRAY FOR THE STIFLED
SOUL, THE WISTFUL CAPTIVE OF
A TYRANT EGO.

SOMETIMES WE ALL FIND
WE'RE STRONGER THAN WE KNEW , WHEN
TROUBLE CALLS FOR STRENGTH.

PAGE 5

IT'S POSSIBLE TO
SPEND A LIFETIME ON NOTHING
BUT OUR POSSESSIONS.

A POET'S WORK IS
DISTILLING QUINTESSENCE FROM
LIFE EXPERIENCE.

FORGIVENESS HEALS, LIKE
WASHING A WOUND, APPLYING
A SALVE, AND BANDAGE.

PAGE 6

WHEN YOUNG, WE OFTEN
SHOW OUR YOUTH BY OUR CHOICES,
AND LEARN THE HARD WAY.

MATURITY WILL
RECOGNIZE GOOD ADVICE, AND
BENEFIT FROM IT.

AGE CAN RECOGNIZE
THE VALUE OF BOTH, WEAVING
A CARING WISDOM.

PAGE 7

THE FIRST CONTROL THAT
LEADERS NEED IS SELF-CONTROL,
BY GOOD CHARACTER.

SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST
ACTIVE FOLKS DON'T LOOK BUSY;
THEY HAVE LEARNED TO FLOW.

TODAY'S TECH WOES ARE
LIKE MAN TRIPPING OVER HIS
UNTIED SHOELACES.

PAGE 8

SOMETIMES A HARD SHELL
IS NEEDED TO PROTECT A
VERY SOFT CENTER.

PILLARS MAY BE STRONG,
BUT IF FOUNDATIONS CRUMBLE,
IT WILL ALL COME DOWN.

FORGIVENESS DOES NOT
CONDONE WRONG-DOING, BUT IT
CAN HEAL TRUE REMORSE.

PAGE 9

THOSE WHO LAUGH AT US,
SHOW FLAWS; THOSE WHO LAUGH WITH US,
SHOW UNDERSTANDING.

BULLEYS NEVER GAIN
TRUE CO-OPERATION, JUST
COMPRESSED RESENTMENT.

"TOGETHERNESS" WILL
GENERATE THE ENERGY
TO ATTAIN SHARED GOALS.

PAGE 10

A DOLL ON A SHELF,
HAS NO REASON FOR BEING,
TILL A CHILD LOVES IT.

SOME PEOPLE BLOSSOM
AT THE PODIUM, BRIGHT AS
A ROSE IN A VASE.

SOME PEOPLE SHINE LIKE
WARM LAMPLIGHT IN THE NIGHT,
TOUCHING ALL IN REACH.

PAGE 11

FORCED LOVE IS NOT LOVE;
WITHOUT HEART'S CONSENT, IT IS
INTRUSION AND SHAME.

SNEAKY FOLKS WHO SEEM
TO GET AWAY WITH BAD WAYS,
GET LONG-TERM LESSONS.

TROUBLE-MAKERS CHANGE,
WHEN THEY REALIZE TROUBLE
IS A TWO-WAY STREET.

PAGE 12

SILENT SERMONS ARE
AROUND US DAILY; SUCH AS
SEED BECOME FLOWER.

CREATION IS A
BIG CHURCH, FILLED WITH MANY HINTS,
AND TESTAMONIES.

DOORS THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED
A LONG TIME, MAY OPEN ON
MANY SURPRISES.

PAGE 13

WE HAVE LIVED ON A
SPACE-SHIP ALL OF OUR LIVES; ITS
NAME IS : "PLANET EARTH".

IF WE DO OUR BEST,
TRUE TO CONSCIENCE, THEN WE WILL
HONE OUR SKILLS IN FAITH.

CHERISH THE CIRCUIT:
FAITH, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS ARE
GOD'S HEALTHY DESIGN.

PAGE 14

GOD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE.
BETWEEN A CASUALTY, AND
WILLFUI TRANSGRESSER.

THE LORD CAN FORGIVE,
WHEN WE KNOW WE NEED IT,
AND WANT TO DO BETTER.

PURE RAIN WASHES AIR,
AND WE SEE AND BREATHE BETTER;
SO DOES THE LORD CLEANSE.

PAGE 15

BODY-BUILDING BOOKS
CAN'T MAKE US STRONG, UNLESS WE
APPLY WHAT THEY TEACH.

TO GROW STRONG IN OUR
SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES WE
MUST USE THEM DAILY.

THROUGH EXPERIENCE,
WE ENRICH SOUL QUALITY,
AND BUILD CHARACTER.

PAGE 16

MOST ALL SUCCESSES,
HAVE COME BY WAY OF FAILURE,
FAITH, AND PERSISTENCE.

GOD SOMETIMES USES
FAILURE AS A LAUNCH-PAD FOR
FUTURE SUCESSES.

IT'S WELL-KNOWN THAT THE
PRUNED TREE PUTS FORTH MORE EFFORT
TO GROW AND PRODUCE.

PAGE 17

GRIEVANCES HARBORED
CAN TURN A CLEAR STREAM INTO
A SMALL, STAGNANT POND.

PONDS MUST BE FED BY
LARGER SOURCES, TO REFRESH.
OR BECOME STAGNANT.

WE MUST KEEP OURSELVES
OPEN TO INSPIRATION,
BY CLEARING CLUTTER.

PAGE 18

WAITING IS AN ART:
A GOOD SPACE TO WORK ON OUR
INTERIOR WORLD.

CHANDELIERS MAY LIGHT
THE BALLROOM; BUT IT'S FAITH THAT
LIGHTS OUR LONELY NIGHTS.

SEED WILL UNFOLD TRUE
TO SOURCE-NATURE, THOUGH IT BE
CARRIED FAR BY WINDS.

PAGE 19

LIFE HAS SPECIALTIES;
EVEN A RED ROSE CAN'T TELL
LILY HOW TO GROW.

TIMES OF GREAT CHANGE, LIKE
KALEIDESCOPES, CHANGE PATTERNS;
SAME INGREDIENTS.

BASICS OF GOOD LIFE:
FAITH, FAMILY, TRUE FRIENDS, AND
WORTHY WORK TO DO.

PAGE 20

THE ARID HEART IS
STILL A HEART, AND CAN OFFER
SPECIAL, PEACEFUL LOVE.

EVEN WATERFALLS
CAN ONLY REFRESH STREAMS THAT
ARE OPEN TO THEM.

IF, IN OUR CHOICES,
WE CONSIDER THE FUTURE,
WE CAN HELP SHAPE IT.

via/bjc
2006


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