Monday, October 20, 2014

You Will Remember This

There’s no waiting in line, like at the bank or café;
Your Father in Heaven hears you instantly when you pray.

Of course, He already knows what’s going on with you;
You’re to trust and obey Him — be alert, brave, and calm, too.

And, there’s something you are thankful for today?
Put your gratitude and love for Him into words you say. 

Let this be a reminder when you’re standing in line,
Prayer is not a list of words or reciting a rhyme! 

By Elaine Hardt ©2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This is an All-purpose Poem in Honor of the Up-coming Day of Observance

You now hold in your hands an all-purpose poem,  
It’s here to tell you I care;
It’s got appreciation and remembrance
And more, all written to share.

If the calendar shows there’s a holiday coming
Consider this before the rest,
You’ve been noticed, recognized and greeted
With a prayer that you’ll be blessed.  

Go ahead and celebrate whatever day it is,
Relax, enjoy with a smile;
We share a certain something, though undefined,
Friendship won’t go out of style.  

I’m a person who believes in our Creator
And I am one who prays,
Thus you receive from time to time
My writing to brighten your days. 

So, in honor of the up-coming observance,
To life’s meaning give thought;
It’s me, saying “Hi” to you in this greeting
And this is the poem I’ve wrought.  

By Elaine Hardt ©2007  

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Your Prayer: Good, Better or BEST ???

Someone speaks up, or emails you, or posts something on their Facebook page.  You are concerned.  What to do?  Pray.
* Here’s an Iffy way to pray.  Just say, “I’m praying for you.”  (Hopefully you remember at bedtime to mention that person’s issue in your quickie prayer.)
* Here’s a Good way to pray.  Say, “Drop me a line when you’ve got more time.  I will pray about that tonight.”  (Written down means the person puts in a few more words so you have a couple of specifics to mention when you do that goodnight prayer to God.)
* Here’s a Better way to pray. Say, “Let’s pray right now. Dear Father, there’s a need now for . . .“  And you pray out loud with that person right then, right there.
* Here’s an Even Better way to pray.  (First, you do pray that Better way, right at that time with a few audible words, to the point, not dragging on and on, and close with a smile, assuring that person that you do believe God hears and answers prayer.)  
        And, then . . . 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amazement & Gratitude

“Through it all,” the words of a song proclaimed,
“I’ve learned to trust in Jesus.”   Did you hear it, too?
Amazement and gratitude stirred within my heart.
Is this something that speaks to you?

Was there some melody that you remembered then?
Grumblings and complaints seem the topics of today;
Gratitude is a missing attitude!
“What difference does it make?”  Is this what you say?  

“There are too many details to deal with,
I have way too many problems of my own!”
Most everyone you know feels the same way;
A person struggling with faith feels alone. 

So, where do you find amazement and gratitude? 
Acknowledge that struggles come to open your eyes . . . 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Did You Pray for that Hateful Man?

        The first time I heard his name in the news it was shocking.  Then, as months went by this hateful man was mentioned several more times in the national TV news.  
        I remember meeting that man years ago when I was a teenager when he came to speak at our church as a visiting evangelist. What he said then was real Bible preaching. What he said and did now was angering the people who needed to hear the message of God’s love and salvation. 
        Finally, last week the latest news: he had died. It was sort of a relief that he was gone, and I knew he’d face the judgment of God for all the bad he had done.
        But, out of the blue, the thought came to me, I had never prayed for the man.
        Oh, you might say, what makes you think one prayer from you, now and then, would have made any difference to that bad man!
        Maybe my prayer wouldn’t have changed a thing.  But, still, I could have prayed for him. It is no big complicated thing to pray for someone, to ask the LORD to put circumstances into his life that could bring him to repentance and restoration. 
        If he did read his Bible in those years he would have been reminded of the importance of repentance.  He needed a big dose of honesty to own up to his hateful attitude.  As a traveling speaker he should have had a team of intercessors who helped keep him accountable to God’s Word. 
        Did you pray for him?  Did you pray for those who saw and heard him, and grew angry, or confused, or hurt, or turned away rejecting God and the Bible?  Did you pray for the media people who were there to document the protesting?
        No, it wasn’t any of my business; I was busy with my own life, the people nearby and around me. I do pray for my siblings, my family and relatives. And I do read the Bible, completing the whole thing by the end of each year.  So, am I doing what I should?                + + + 

by Elaine Hardt ©2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Willing and Available, Alert and Aware!

                           I’m willing and available,
and I reject confusion and fear;
LORD, I know from reading Your Word 
That you are certainly here.

I’m ready to listen and to obey
What You empower me to do;
Life’s challenges bring a lesson,
And I want to do good and please You. 

I‘m going to keep alert and aware—
The world has many problems and needs,
But You’ve blessed me so many ways
With Your help I can plant blessing seeds.
                      + + + 

By Elaine Hardt ©2014 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Getting Our Attention

        The smartphone can do it.  The timer on the microwave can do it. The dog outside can, too.   (The list could go on if you reached for a pen to add to it.)
So, what gets your attention? 
        Sights:  flashing lights, barricades, an official-looking envelope in the mailbox.
        Smells from the stove, the bubbling geyser at Yellowstone, popcorn at the theater.
        Pain: from your elbow, stubbing your toe, owwie from a mosquito.

Time to look and consider. How do you do that? 
        A word pops into your head or a name comes to your mind.
        A list of TO DO on your computer.
        A display of cupcakes at the grocery store.

 Time to take action.  Time to . . . .