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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Christmas Worry

        I need to tell someone.  Maybe you’d consider this?
        It’s almost Christmas!  People are going to send out some Christmas cards.  It’s an outreach to some relatives and some friends; it’s not just to provide jobs for the postoffice.  These people (that’s you . . . ) need to be encouraged to write — in their own words — about God’s magnificent love that we each desperately need to personally accept.  
        “Aaaack,” some will frown or declare or yell.  “I don’t want my relatives and friends to label me a Religious Nut.”  
    (Please be patient and read on.  This is only 654 words long.  You can do it?)
        So, the problem is what to say and how to say it?  We’ve been drowning in pressure to sit down and shut up and be tolerant of every one’s notion of life and death. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another Tie? Another Fruitcake?

When a tie or a fruitcake just won’t do,
When Santa has lost his disguise;
Holidays can be more than glitter
When honesty opens our eyes.

What we need is love, peace, and forgiveness,
Wisdom for life’s decisions shown;
Only God offers these realities,
His presence makes the truth be known.

Turn aside from Christmas trivia,
You want more than parties and fun;
Confess your shortcomings and problems, 
Then celebrate what He has done.

By Elaine Hardt ©2005

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Cowboys Celebrate Christmas?

Do cowboys celebrate Christmas? Yer durn-tootin’ they do.
All those nights under starry skies they think about what’s true,

They’ve seen the miracle of birth, the hard facts about dyin’
Their eyes crinkle with laughter, sometimes with cryin’

Without fancy words they pray to the Lord who made it all
They kin see His hand in winter, spring, summer, and fall.  

They know they’re not perfect, but some knows Who iz
Jesus died for all, and now He is riz.

There’s a lifetime for living, more than jes’ gettin’ by
When it’s hard, look to God with an honest cry.

Before your life here comes ta an end
You want to make your Maker your Best-est Friend.

He has a way to fergive your sins
So you can get there where life has no ends.

Don’t miss out on Christmas, it don’t have ta be December
Open yer Bible, where it is don’t ‘cha remember?

Writ by Elaine Hardt
©2004 

Friday, December 12, 2014

If You Knew HOW MUCH God Loves You

If you knew how much God loves you,
today would be much different 
than you expected.
If you knew how much God loves you,
His blessings you would 
not have rejected.
If you considered how much God loves you,
your weariness and uncertainties 
would be affected. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

When Holidays H-U-R-T !!!

     Gifts!  cards, parties, family dinners! Name any holiday, the stores are decorated and merchandise abounds. You can’t escape it! But not everyone can anticipate an enjoyable celebration.
     Many men and women have hurt feelings about holidays; most will keep their emotions under careful control.  Here comes Christmas; how do you feel about that? 
        Father’s Day might bring up some unhappy memories.  Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and even New Year's Eve may stir up old baggage that lingers on, every year again wounding the soul.
        Going to church on a holiday may make things worse, if all you’ll hear are platitudes and detailed examples of the perfect dad or the perfect mom or the perfect family.  If a greeting card is too “sweet” or too sarcastic that can hurt.  
      If you wince at the approach of some particular occasion don’t continue in this pattern; there’s a breakthrough for you.  If you are a relative of someone who dislikes certain observances there may be things you can do to ease the situation.
A person needs a strategy.
       Give yourself permission to take a few moments here. Step back from the immediate circumstances and take a dispassionate look at it. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Would-a . . . Could-a . . . Should-a

As days rush by to another year’s end
I search and fumble for words to say
To analyze and explain and speak,
In order to improve things today. 

I would-a . . .  except for these reasons,
I could-a . . .  if I had thought ahead,
I should-a . . .  thinking back on it now,
I wish I’d thought and now wish I’d said.  

I said the word “love” too infrequently,
But I tried to be thoughtful and kind;
I could have asked questions to show
That you were certainly on my mind.  

How are you doing, how are you feeling?
What’s most important to you right now?
What do you like about this or that?
That’s nifty, can you show me how? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Down With Disappointment

Examine that disappointment
To see what you can discover;
Look for clues that brought it on
And help yourself recover.

Focus on the words and deeds 
You’ll do next time differently;
Problem solving is a skill,
A challenge to more clearly see.

Discouragement and depression
Will try to barge in to your mind;
Grab hold of determination,
Work so success you could find.  

Are you open to suggestions?
Will you commit this struggle to prayer?
It’s easier to smile when you
Believe that the LORD is there.

You might not get what you think you want,
Things might not instantly turn out swell;
But there are lessons to be learned
And you can choose to live life well.

 By Elaine Hardt    2014