Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Learning Now & Looking Ahead

Learning from yesterday’s troubles
I know there’s more to do;
I’m being trained to trust the LORD,
and He will see me through.

Praying for the LORD’s directions,
thankful for His blessings, too;
Looking ahead with confidence
now I’m planning what to do.  
: )     

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Remember Mama? Write it Down . . .

Looking back to when we were kids each of us probably remember some things about Mama.  
And sometimes we reminisce and enjoy two things:  1.  Mama taught us some important things.  2.  We can still remember some of those times.  
So, write down what you remember.  It will be a treasure for the next generation.  There are lessons to be learned and that is good to do. 
This writing is just jotting stuff down.  No need to worry about spelling or punctuation —  that can be fixed at some later time.  
When you have more time jot down about some of your other relatives from those childhood days. Yes, you will enjoy doing this and reading it again later. 
So, how about it?  

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Happy People and Happy Kids

Granddaughter Joy was in Ghana, Africa visiting HardtHaven Children’s Home in January 2017.  She writes, “I have been warmly welcomed home to Kpando, Ghana by my co-founder Edem Richard.  Everyone who has met Edem knows how inspiring he is, and the work he and his wife have done here in Kpando never ceases to amaze me.  HardtHaven has developed into something we only dreamed about when we first sketched out our plans over 11 years ago.” 
You’ll enjoy seeing the happy kids:   This is a nice new website, just updated yesterday. 
Be sure to look here, too:  You can log in to Facebook or click “Not Now” to continue to see their website here.

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HardtHaven is currently housing and caring for 23 AIDS orphans.  There are opportunities for volunteers from around the world to make a difference in Ghana.  
You can see HardtHaven in Ghana on Google Earth:'03.8%22N+0%C2%B018'04.7%22E/@7.001072,0.2992428,1032m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d7.001067!4d0.301306      which is just down the dirt road from Margret Marquat Catholic Hospital. 

     HardtHaven is a blessing, a challenge, an opportunity to help many others

-- posted by Elaine Hardt 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

Making it Easier For You

Do you like to be encouraged by someone, or challenged to give something some thought, or introduced to some new idea?   

Do you prefer short articles of facts, or stories of real people, or short poetry that is easily understood?  

You can find items posted in this blog in all of these categories.  For eleven years there’s been a variety of items posted, for a total of 580 writings.  
And the handy feature here is the list on the right side, an alphabetical list of key topics that you’ll find.  Want to consider the idea of “worry” or “purpose” or “encourage”? Look at all those topics waiting for your exploration.  
Making it easier for you to zero in on some topics for a quick read is the goal of this blog. Whether it’s just spending a few minutes or popping into the blog at least once a week there are ideas I share. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Can I Tell You About Life, My Child?

Oh, I can't tell you what you ought to be
or ought to do,
but I can tell you how it was for me.

Life is downright daily,
a lot of chores needin' repeatin'
but it frees the mind for thinkin'.

Life is full of waiting' but I finally up and decided
to be thankful for the pauses.

Life is full of decisions, some little spur-of-the-moment
implusive and superficial, and some heart-throbbin'
big and scary life-changin' decisions --
the prayin'-over kind.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Helpful Conversations

          Here's some ideas for you to consider.  Our Booklet #91 is called "Helpful Conversations."  Our booklets are usually 16 to 20 pages, and we print them ourselves and mail them out.  Want one?  Email us at  

-- Elaine Hardt ©2917

Monday, April 24, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we’re called to remember the evil done to Jewish people those years ago;
Many people will ignore this call to consider what happened then, do they know?
too occupied in planning their own schedule for today
too busy doing their own important things, they say
too concerned about their success and entertainment and fame
too overwhelmed with bad news from around the world, more of the same
Too self-centered to care
to forgetful about prayer
This official day is a call for each of us to acknowledge
where we are in our own attitude and action.
Pray for the lost, the neglected, the persecuted, too.
Pray for the world leaders who are messing up what they could do.
Pray for repentance, owning up to our own sin.
Pray for God’s message to be welcomed within. 
Pray for truth to be known.
Pray for love to be shown. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017