Thursday, October 08, 2015

A New Verse for "Almost Persuaded"

Have you heard this song at your church?  Did you like it? 
Philip Paul Bliss who lived from 1838 to 1876 wrote “Almost Persuaded.” Hear the original song  and read the words at  Recently, we heard it on a old CD sung by George Beverly Shea.  
The song has quite a message, but it lacks a grand finale.  Here is the final verse that belongs there.  Or, this could be a separate song.  See what you think of my poem: 

Yes, I’m persuaded now to believe!
I invite Jesus the Savior to receive;
His forgiveness I see I need,
His Words I do now heed,
His grace now fills my heart,
My life has a new start!
Thank You, dear Lord. 

     This new verse can be sung with a big smile on your face.  You can have the amazing peace of mind when you’ve thought it through and made that wonderful decision.
Not sure about it yet? You can talk to your Creator right now.  Discuss what’s on your mind.  Realize that what’s out in the Universe did not just accidentally come into being from some lonely, tiny cell.  You were not an accident.  You are a valuable human with tremendous possibilities for doing life very well now, and for transitioning to an eternal life that has no end. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

My Most Practical and URGENT Request

Oh, Lord, help me keep all my marbles!
I don’t want to lose what You’ve given to me;
I don’t want to neglect living good now, as You can see.

Oh, Lord, fix my forgetter!
Help me remember what I’m starting to forget;
There’s so much inside my head, and I don’t want to regret.

Oh, Lord, fix my learner!
Help me acquire the knowledge I’m gonna need so;
The rest of the world keeps doing new stuff that I need to know.

Oh, Lord, fix my sorter-outer!
Help me get things in logical order for work and play;
Have names and dates and places for what I’ll need each day.

Oh, Lord, fix my analyzer! 
Help me improve my thinking things through;
I’d like to understand why and how and when and who.

Oh, Lord, fix my thinker!
Help me notice and find ways to be helpful to others, too;
The world needs to be reminded that Your love is true!

Oh, Lord, fix my attitude!
Help me not lose track of my life’s biggest goal
To go to Heaven when I die; You saved my soul!

Thank You Thank You Thank You!
                            By Elaine Hardt ©2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Solving That Problem!

          Got a problem? 
Talk it out
Figure it out
Work it out
This only lacks one thing to say:
Remember to pray!

Got frustration? 
Something’s wrong
Something’s incomplete
Something needs improvement
It’s very important today:
Don’t forget to pray!

Got a plan? 
You need words
You need examples
You need thinking
This might take a little time,
But don’t forget to pray!

Got a response?
Your Creator knows you, 
You know that’s true
You can get headed to Heaven 
You don’t really want to stray
So talk to Him: pray

Got a challenge?
Life is for learning
Life is for growing up
Life is for you choosing what to do
You’d better not delay:
Now is the time to pray.  

                         + + +
by Elaine Hardt ©2015 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fly YOUR Flag Tomorrow

Tomorrow is 9-11 Flag-flying Day
And while putting up your flag
Be sure to pray!

There’s some bad situations
Don’t overlook those complications
Be sure to pray!

You need protection
All of us need the LORD’s direction
Be sure to pray!

These times of danger
We know can grow stranger
If our nation does not repent and pray. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This is for YOU

Your  Faith
Your  Troubles
Your  Endurance
Your  Opportunity
Your  Joy

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way,
consider it an opportunity
for great joy.
For you know
when your faith is tested
your endurance has a chance
to grow.
So let it grow,
for when your endurance is fully developed,
you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
James 1:2-3

May God “…make YOU complete in every good work to do His will,
working in YOU
what is well pleasing in His sight…”
Hebrews 13:20-21 

 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, 
and in the power of His might,”  
Ephesians 6:10

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sleepless? Sing a Silent Song

You haven’t drifted off to sweet slumberland just yet?  Sing a silent song.  As you’re lying there in bed find a line of a song that starts with the next letter in the alphabet.  See how far in the ABCs you can get. Here’s the idea:
            A,  abide with me, fast falls the eventide
            B, because He lives I shall live forever
            C, create in me a clean heart and . . .
            D, do Lord, oh, do Lord, oh do remember me
Well, some of those are old songs and choruses from my early days.  Maybe they don’t fit in your memory lane.  So, substitute a line, not even necessarily the first line of the song or chorus that comes to your mind.  See how far in the alphabet you can go.  
Maybe one of your songs will strike a happy chord in your memory and you can recall singing that in Sunday School or church or that youth group from back then. Whatever.  
Give your busy brain a simple task and see how it relaxes you!
Next time you don’t have to try to recall those same first lines; you’ll probably think of some others.  That just proves how helpful your brain can be.  
     And hopefully, some of the lines you’ve remembered will bring back some of the rest of those song lyrics, too. Sleep in blissful sleep.  
                And . . . 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Today’s Troubles Will Test Us

        Lots of words describe trouble:  disaster, forest fire, robbery, wreck, flood, attack, tragedy, violence.   Today’s newspapers and the latest TV and Internet reports bring us a huge list of troubles from here and around the world. 
        What’s the logical thing to do?  Perhaps turn off the TV after an hour of the bad news?  Or, look into the cause and effect of some of the troubles that pique our interest?  Maybe write to our senators, our representatives, and post to social media websites?
        Today’s troubles will test us.  That same fact has applied to each person, even way, way, way back in the olden days.  God allows calamities, disease, failures, wars to get our attention.