Friday, April 21, 2017

Have YOU Said Anything Like This Lately? Who? When?

I’m sorry that . . . 
What I meant was . . . 
I don’t quite understand . . . 
I need some help with . . . 
I didn’t realize that . . . 

Congratulations on your . . . 
You did a good job . . . 
I appreciate how you . . . 
Thanks for your help with . . . 
Your idea was so . . . 

Anything I can do to help with . . . ?
Anything I’m forgetting here . . . ?
Anything I need to clarify with . . . ?
Anything I can improve with this . . . ? 

Anything like this you should — and can — say today or tomorrow? 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

There's a Miracle Coming for You !

You’re on the brink of a miracle today!
That’s why there’s circumstances you see now,
it’s a test of faith and obedience to God;
relax and pray, and the LORD will show you how.

Others are noticing some problems you have,
you can’t evade their concern about this stuff;
but God brings miracles when it’s His time,
trust Him in the good times, as well in the rough.

Find new assurance when you read His Word today,
Smile through your tears — or frustrations’ fearful blow.
Thank Him ahead of this new breakthrough coming;
He takes care of you and loves you more than you know!

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Someone's Getting on Your Nerves ? ? ?

All of a sudden when the day was going well
Someone opened their mouth and snapped at you,
Or perhaps you heard about it second hand.
What’s a successful person like you to do? 

Maybe it was their long-standing habit
for someone to exaggerate or lie,
and you patiently ignored the problem,
So, now what strategy will you try?

Will you lose your temper like a little kid?
I’d like to encourage you to do better than that.
And maybe that is what you could tell that person,
“I’d like to encourage you to do better than that.”

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Did YOU Pray for the Politician?

Just before you drifted off to sleep last night . . . 
You probably did pray for your spouse, your kids, your siblings.
Maybe you mentioned some neighbor or friend in your prayer. 
Did you pray for that politician?  Some movie star?  The television reporter? 
That really bad guy they featured in the evening news?
Mention one of our nation’s armed forces — of course you care! 

Here’s an idea for all you caring people who do pray
and of course, our Heavenly Father knows. . . 
Whatever famous person comes to mind, pray for them too.
Nothing fancy, just short and to the point in your bedtime prayer.  
They need God’s blessing tomorrow,
and maybe that assignment comes to you?  

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Attitude Adjustment

What’s your passion, what do you do well?
Do you dream that you can? 
An attitude can be improved
By a careful, thought-out plan;

Sunday, March 12, 2017

You're Been Growing Older? NINE Reasons to Celebrate !

  • Growing older means you’ve learned a lot, so keep on doing good. You can!
  • Growing older means you’ve had time to view other people, other situations.   Did you carefully judge what was right and what was wrong? Did you learn from what you observed? That’s learning. 
  • Growing older means you’ve succeeded in a variety of things you attempted. You’re better off now because of some smart choices and some hard work. Does anyone else deserve some of that credit? That’s learning.
  • Growing older means you’ve made a few mistakes by now.  Analyze a few.  Now consider one. What started it? What happened?  How did you end it?  Did you apologize for your mistake?  That’s learning. 
  • Growing older means you’ve committed a few sins by now.  Did you remember that the Bible says Jesus died for your sins so you could be forgiven? Did you confess your sins to God?  Did you find the relief that He gives when we own up to it? That’s learning.
  • Growing older means you’ve had a lot of opportunities to learn what other people taught. Read any good books lately?  Read any news analysts lately?  Critiqued some speaker with your amassed information? Accumulated more knowledge? That’s learning.
  • Growing older means you’ve had lots of experience in talking with others. You notice others who need to hear what you can say? You can gain attention by your reputation, by your approach? You can share information in an appropriate way? That’s learning. 
  • Growing older means young people need to know you’re interested in them.  Old people need to know that you still care about them, too.  How do you communicate with them? 
  • Growing older means you’re still alive. What about life after death?  Have you read what Jesus said about everlasting life? (see John 3:16)  You could read more about it in the Bible.  Growing older means get going now so you can keep on going even after you die!                        + + + 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Write It !

        Which is it? Write it down! Write it up! Maybe it depends on what and why you are writing. But, take a look right now; consider how helpful it is for YOU when you write something.
        Writing helps you organize your thoughts. Maybe it’s just on a piece of paper, writing with an old-timey pencil. Maybe writing with a pen. The idea pops into your head — and you are smart to write it. Later, you can review it and add to it.
        And here’s a biggie: this first writing, called the “first draft,” is only for your eyes. Spelling doesn’t count. As long as you can read it yourself then it’s OK for now. Later, you can go back and check the spelling on your computer and fix it so someone else could read it.
        When an idea comes maybe you’re at the computer, or your tablet, or your smartphone. Write it as soon as you can. Then, remember what title you gave it and where you filed it!
        Here’s some of the useful things for you to write for your own benefit.
  • directions to that location
  • instructions on “how to do” something
  • a compliment you want to say to someone — today? later?
  • a problem you noticed and what to say about it to someone
  • a list of things to get at the grocery store
  • an event you want to put on your calendar
  • a bright idea you want to pursue later, when you have some free time
  • a question that bugs you to find an answer, when you have time