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Friday, January 30, 2015

WHAT Can You Say? HOW Do You Pray?

You’re thankful for Who God is and what He’s done ! 
You’re relieved about some problem’s outcome.
You appreciate your blessings, and then you name some. 

Confess to God what you thought, or said, or did that is wrong,
Be grateful for His forgiveness; ask Him to make you strong. 
Pray when you’re driving, or jogging, or just sitting still.
Pray when you’re feeling OK, or when you’re feeling ill.

Pray for the challenges you face and the opportunities.
How do you properly pray?  Stand, or bow, or kneel on your knees. 
Raise your hands or fold them together.  You can pray aloud or silently.
Ask the LORD to give you wisdom, protection, help, and ability.

Bless everyone who comes to mind because you’re a person who cares.
Intercede for those who misbehave; they’re labeled for prayer ! 
Yes, pray honestly to God — pray now and later, here or anywhere. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Deal With It

Face up to your Past,
Face up to your Now,
Face up to the Future,
You need to deal with it somehow.

Something you once heard,
Something you saw then,
Something puzzling,
You’re not sure what, you don’t know when.

Deal with situations,
Deal with memories,
Deal with new events,
Revise all your priorities.

Maybe in small steps,
Maybe start today?
Maybe good results?
Give it a try, what do you say?

God gave you this time,
God hears when you pray,
Trust and obey Him,
Then you can welcome your new day.  

By Elaine Hardt ©2015 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Awake? Alert? Aware? Available!

Father, there’s so much I don’t remember, don’t know, can’t do!
Keep me focused on the Great Future when I’ll come to You.
Things down here are sad, confusing, mean, and harmful,  bad!
You are the only One who loves me, best Friend I’ve ever had. 

Keep me awake, alert, aware of what I need to know,
I want to be available: show me how to come or go;
I need words to say, wisdom for the day’s necessities, 
All of this You will provide, giving  ample energies.

by Elaine Hardt ©2012

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A Miracle for David

What a relief to hear the good news. It was time for cheers and tears. Linda phoned to tell us about David’s miracle so we could all celebrate.
The habit of smoking had gradually become a problem, but there were other things that kept his attention. He was a hard worker at his job at Lake Tahoe, had a wife and two sons and a set of twin daughters.  But that sneaky nicotine did its worst.  He smoked for 30 years. 
Finally, his lungs had too much of a struggle and David was admitted to the hospital where the doctors' opinion was he was in “end stage respiratory failure.”  They offered to keep him comfortable or they could try using drastic measures and medication to try to reverse their diagnosis.  
Doctors suggested and prescribed and did their best, but of course, the battle was up to David.  Their pronouncement was a horrible shock.  His condition would be fatal, and there wasn’t much time left. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Have Yourself a Blessed, Happy New Year

Here comes a jolly celebration in lots of places!
   Perhaps you will be going out on the town,
But do have yourself a blessed Happy New Year,
   Anticipating the future, without a frown.

Yes, there will be many challenges unforeseen,
   And some you already have been warned about,
But claim those as opportunities to grow;
   With a positive outlook, no need to doubt.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Oh, JOY !!!

Joy is a short word that says a lot.  Say it, feel it,  anticipate it, be thankful for it. Have you said it lately?  
     Consider it as an exclamation like “Joy to the world, the LORD has come.”     
     Consider it as a prayer like, “Heavenly Father, I’m running out of joy.  Fill me up with your genuine joy.”  
     Consider it as a question, “What brings you the most joy?”  
     Consider it as an explanation, “There’s a fake joy while drinking too much."    
     The real joy can come to your mind when you decide to do what you know is good, and you follow through.  
     Here’s how others say “Joy.”  
Radost = Czech
Vreugde = Dutch
Kagalakan =  Filipino 
Joie =  French
Freude = German
Xapå,  =  Greek
Gioia   =  Italian 
Radość =  Polish  
Джой  = Russian
Alegría  =  Spanish
Glädje  = Swedish 
Sevinç  = Turkish
Джой  = Ukranian
Xursandchilik   = Uzbek
     Look at that Google Translate feature, Select Languages, at the top of this blog.  That's how I found "joy" in lots of languages. There are a lot more languages that I didn’t copy here.  Look them up yourself and be amazed. 
     And if you look up "joy" at www.biblegateway.com you can find many different Bible translations in other languages, as well as over 50 English language translations. 
     Joy is a blessing from God.  You need it, we all need joy.  Find out more about "joy" and you'll be happy today..and the rest of your life!

by Elaine Hardt ©2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Christmas Prayer

Turning aside from an overdose of Christmas, trading that frustration for meditation, and coming to a quiet place of prayer. . . 

Heavenly Father,
You are the Designer and Maker of All there is,
How awesome that You also made the way
for me to approach You in prayer. 
I come in humility and honesty.

Today I’m occupied with Christmas
traditions and expressions of family,
mingled with the excessive, the noisy,
the beautiful and the tacky,
the demands and opportunity.

All the trinkets and toys and earthly treasure
snare my mind with thoughts of pleasure;
show me the way through the unnecessary,
the way to what is true,  and what pleases You.