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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The Storms of Life YOU Know

Storms of life bring a challenge !
How can you get through ?
Do YOU remember from long ago
something that hurt you ?

Maybe in that old neighborhood
or way back then in school ?
Grownups, kids, or even old friends
acted like you were a fool ?

Do you recognize anything today
that strongly bothers you ?
Take time now to analyze,
Choose what’s best to do.

Your job, some relative, 
even your spouse, maybe
not treating you like you deserve,
and no improvement you see ?

Give yourself a new look now,
Luke 8 in the Bible to see
What Jesus’ disciples said to Him
during that bad storm on the sea.  

Their lives were saved and they saw
wonderful miracles that day;
It underscores for each of us
we need to trust God and obey.

Storms of life that come to us
can make us so much stronger !
Brings us confidence in the LORD
as we live for Him much longer. 
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by Elaine Hardt ©2019


Look up Luke 8 at www.biblegateway.com

Friday, April 12, 2019

Will This Happen to YOU ?

The town newspaper is the Daily Catastrophe. What a brilliant, eye-catching title, 
yes ?  
Actually, it was renamed from the original Daily Caller when the new owners decided to drown the inhabitants there with more state and national news — not so much boring, daily info from around town.
         A quick review of the newspaper now shows lots of news:
    calamities             crisis                consequences    
           catastrophes          cataclysm         cyberbullying  
                       crime                  collusion         crisis
The editor, Patrick Plussig was so pleased to see the subscriptions double in the first two weeks he knew his idea was the right thing to do.  A small raise in the salary of each of the writers, as well as a tip of $20 to each of the delivery boys and girls was appreciated, also.  
So, picture this.  YOU, the reader, now can put your own take on it.  What do you want to read more about:  interesting trouble,  big-city crime very cleverly continuing, lots of movie-stars and TV personalities who are demonstrating immorality in an entertaining way,  foreigners that are fleeing their countries to come to the US and get paid better, get free health care and free college education ? 
One emphasis on legal fiddling around in the government seems to prod others who were marginally law-abiding to step up so they can get more of the attention their hearts desire.  
What can the normal, law-abiding, people do ?  Try to be a good example of behaving, like the Ten Commandments and other laws and regulations that appreciate the rights of all decent people ?  Go to an actual Bible-believing church,  vote for people with good records,  etc. ?
Even emails and online links pop up with some disgusting stuff. Kids in school play with their smart phones in their classroom.  Even ordering nice things on the Internet from a well-known company has “cookies” that are sold to unlikely companies.  Your name and email as well as your address and personal info are gleaned from your computer.
Yes, staying “quiet” might keep you from being too visible as one of those old-fashioned citizens who wants to do what is right all the time. So, can you believe and do what is actually good? What kind of a future do you want for yourself, your kids, your spouse, your relatives, your town?  
For Rhonda & Ralph Rosegood the answer was right.  Pray, keep on reading the Bible,  focus on doing what our Heavenly Father wants us all to do.  No matter what everybody else chooses to do.      
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by Elaine Hardt ©2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Remembering ? Changing?

The past didn’t last !  
It’s Now — and, how ? 
Days sped by; that’s no lie.
Remember ?  Yes, I try. 

Spring, summer, fall,
and winter came to all.
Weather got colder; everyone got older.
Some days of rain; someone will complain.

Coming, going, sometimes knowing.
Remember:  keep on growing.
Need for learning keeps returning.
Got a brain in my head, that’s what Mama said.

Don’t forget to pray, I did hear Dad say.
God in Heaven sees everything, that’s true.
He loves us, too —  that’s me and you.
Faith means we believe — forgiveness receive !  

Sing “Jesus loves me this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.”
Now, is it time for changing ?
Want to do rearranging ?

Forgetting can bring stress;  
I gotta do my best.
Stuff happens all the time,
That kind of mountain I CAN climb.
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by Elaine Hardt ©2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Got Any Problems? Congratulations !

Got any problems, any troubles today ?
Congratulations !  You are human.  
You care about what’s going on. 

All of these changes and adjustments
are life-producing,
keeping you on the growing edge
of interesting adventures,
challenging you. 

Stress can energize you,
turn on creativity,
make you more fully alive.

Failure is part of this journey;
get past that and go on.

 Your search and struggle is His design
to bring you Truth.
Your experiences make you rich;
make the most of this time.

Fear can hold only those who are not full of love. 
Confusion can paralyze only those who do not plan.
Anger can imprison only those who will not forgive.

One precious lifetime is all there is
before we must account for it before God. 

One little step energizes faith.
One little prayer connects you with your Maker.
Jesus Christ died for you.  There is no greater love.
Wisdom, direction, power to do and become:
these are God’s gifts.  Ask and receive.

Thank the Lord for your blessings; 
He is with you.
With Him, you can pass today’s test. 
Activate your sense of wonder 
and a sense of humor.
Celebrate and smile !


—Elaine Hardt ©1995  

Monday, March 04, 2019

GEORGE SPEAKS UP

         The monthly lunch of the Hungry Heroes was last Tuesday at the Best Breakfast and Brunch cafe.  Everyone was all smiles, except for George.  
        After the waitress took their orders Sam smiled and said, “George, you must have had something to irritate you.  What’s up?”
“Well, ordinarily my feelings don’t take over my face.  But, yesterday! I jotted down some words on my computer sorta quickly.  Now, I wasn’t going to make a big deal of it.  But I did write about it.  So, here goes . . . “

Face Your Aggravations 

Worry is the opposite of Trusting God,
Fear means we lack Faith in God,
Ask Him for directions and energy, too.
Obey what He tells you to do;
He will truly help you.

Sometimes stuff is easy for you to do,
Sometimes you feel overwhelmed with circumstances.
How long do you want to feel so blue?
What have you already tried to do?
Is the whole world looking at you?

Situations in the world are getting worse
Do you remember that God loves you? 
Confess your shortcomings to Him now,
Ask Him to teach you and show you how;
Life is a daily test — now you can do your best.  

It was completely quiet now, some of the guys looking down to avoid making eye contact.  Then Sam said, “My compliments to you, George.  You give all of us something good to think about.” 
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by Elaine Hardt ©2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

How to Know What to Do


1. Pray and ask for wisdom. "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you. This is to My Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15:7-8)

2. Submit your motives to the Lord. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)

3. Declare the praises of God."But you are a chosen people . . . that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (I Peter 2:9)

4. Claim the empowering of the Holy Spirit. "God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7)

5. Have a teachable spirit. "Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth..." (Psalm 86:11)

6. Be open to God's correction.He will not have us do anything that is contrary to His character and principles that are written in His Word. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16)

7. Listen for the voice of God, the impressions He puts in your innermost spirit. "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." (Psalm 16:7,8)

8. Share your faith with others. "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." (Philemon, verse 6)

9. Live a life that is consistent with the example of Jesus Christ. "It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age," (Titus 2:12)

10. Expect God to do great things. ". . . He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father." (John 14:12-13) 
As you read the Bible notice all the places that mention "know" and "knowledge." Read the books of II Peter and I John. To know we are where God wants us to be today, and doing what He wants us to do today brings peace. He works within us so we can know and do His Will. 
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by Elaine Hardt ©1992

Monday, February 25, 2019

No More Uncertainties

God is guiding and we are trusting !
We thank Him every day . . . 
We eagerly ask Him what to do
and He shows us the way.

Away with anxiety !
With wisdom He will give
we have no more fear . . . 
He shows us how to live.

The strength we need 
in the LORD we will find,
We can do better. 
Smile, with these words in mind. . . 

I can do better !

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by Elaine Hardt ©2019