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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Want to be Happy

Happiness may be a choice,
Happiness may be a chore;
Sometimes it seems Happiness says, 
“You won’t see me anymore.”

Oh, Happiness please come back;
Oh, please come back to stay!
I was careless, it was my fault;
I really need you today.

So, thinking it over,
Considering its place,
Happiness is more than a
Little fake smile on my face.

Happiness comes from a peaceful
Trust in the LORD in my heart;
A prayer of welcoming Him
Gives Happiness its start.

Happiness knows: God sees and knows,
Taking me from trouble and strife;
Love and Joy come in with Faith.
Celebrating a new life. 

                                                              By Elaine Hardt ©2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Looking Around & Looking Ahead

The LORD has something for you to do,
Maybe not the same, but probably new;
Challenges have been piling up, that’s true,
But perhaps that was a growing point for you.

Setting an example, Paul was steadfast, 
He believed the tough times could not last.
Others were blessed, as things got worse for him,
God gave strength when circumstances looked dim;

Finally, things got worse and then Paul died,
No doubt his friends and colleagues cried;
Sooner or later each of us arrives at death,
Where will we go after we take our last breath?

Pray today that your faith stands strong and true,
Pray that the LORD gives wonderful wisdom to you;

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Love Has LOTS of Definitions (Maybe You Can Add to My List?)

“Love” is a word I use in a variety of ways. 
  1. I love my husband. 
  2. I love the sunrise we saw yesterday.
  3. I love blueberry muffins like Mama made.
  4. I love when the traffic is reasonable and I get to work on time.
  5. I love the puppy that dad named First Golden Lady of Rickhaven.
  6. I love your idea for inviting that new neighbor to the picnic at Fain Park.
  7. Of course, I love God, our Creator.  He deserves my admiration and dedication.
Now, I am supposed to “love my enemy” but . . . 
  1. I do not admire his words of threat and hate.
  2. I do not appreciate how he has treated other people.
  3. I do not know what to say that will help him behave himself.
  4. I do not know how to give him enough time to repent and change.
  5. I do not trust him, so I am prepared to protect myself the best I can.
  6. I do not think he is setting a worthy example to the younger generation.
  7. Of course, I remember this: he is labeled for prayer.  I pray for his repentance
And, I am to “love my neighbor as myself” which no doubt means:

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Relief From the World's Chaos

Chaos, troubles of every size
Assaults us from every side,
Wars and fightings are getting worse,
Evil men have increasingly lied. 

Many natural calamities
Are becoming worse increasingly; 
Politicians and government leaders
Make complications we might not see. 

Pay attention to these events,
Be cautious, alert, aware;
Each person’s life has an ending here,
But our Father in Heaven does care.

Eternal life is a Bible promise,
Tell everyone you can that you care;
Judgment day is coming for all mankind,
Now is the time to prepare. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Look at Confidence

Is confidence just a fleeting feeling
That only comes once in a while?
Is it an outward cheery countenance
With a sort-of pasted-on smile?

Or is it something strongly hoped for,
A worthwhile goal you want to reach?
Can it be adequately described
That you will demonstrate and teach?

Can confidence be learned or taught?
What does your experience say?
Evidence will point to faith in God,
You’ll be happy to trust and obey.

The real confidence is amazing,
It acknowledges our Maker, that’s true;
Knowing that He knows everything,
His Word declares His love for you.

by Elaine Hardt ©2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Secret

Valentine's Day was going to be a sad day, an embarrassing day for Kate.  Bad enough they had just moved from Iowa all the way to a strange town called Phoenix.  Bad enough they were staying in a run-down motel on Saguaro Lane.  Kate was the “new girl” at school.
     Oh, the secretary in the office was nice.  She smiled as mom made out the papers, smiled as she walked the two of them to Room 3.  And both women smiled when Kate was handed over to the teacher as twenty-five students stared at the newcomer.
     With a free lunch ticket in her hand promising a meal to help settle her nervous stomach Kate was grateful for a loud bell calling for recess.  She sat alone as the students filed out the door in straight and quiet lines.  Shortly, the teacher returned and began the routine of settling the new third grader into the classroom.  
     Later, on the walk home after school Kate was alone with her thoughts and her big, new, blue notebook that held The List.  The teacher had softly explained that Friday was the Valentine Party.  The Valentine box would be opened, cookies and punch provided by some mother volunteers.  The List was the names of all the girls and boys in Room 3.  
     “Of course, you have been so busy moving and getting settled, none of the children will be expecting a Valentine from you.  Don’t worry about that, at all,” was what Mrs. Johnson said. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Who is on YOUR Team? Whose Team Are YOU On?

A team can accomplish more than a single person.  Agree?  
Who is on YOUR team?  And, whose team are YOU on?
Some verses in the Bible in Exodus 17 give us a look at this principle and can give us some insight into our own situation today.
PROBLEM:
Moses is leading the people of Israel out of their slavery in Egypt to the promised land.  Now they are in a wilderness at a place called Rephidim. Some enemies called the Amalekites came against them and fought with Israel.  
STRATEGY:
Giving orders; Moses set Joshua as leader of the warriors.  Moses took Aaron and Hur to the top of the hill overlooking the battle. In verses 9 to 11 we read that Moses took the “rod of God in his hand.”  
When Moses held up his hand Israel prevailed against the enemies, but when his hand got tired and he lowered the rod, the Amalekites began to prevail. 
ADVICE AND HELP:
Here’s where his personal team up up there beside him sprang into action.  They got him a stone large enough to sit on, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands.  This was how he was able to hold up that rod until sundown, and the Israelites won the battle. 
ANALYSIS: 
Everyone there got to see an amazing victory. Later, thousands would hear about it; then later, millions would read about it. 
God told Moses to write this account for Joshua.  It was not to be forgotten.  And Moses built an altar as his response of worship to the LORD.
TO APPLY THIS TO YOU: 
You’ll agree that those steps to success make sense.  Realize you have a problem, come up with a strategy.  Get some advice and help from your “team.”  Then do it.  Then analyze it so you and your team gain info that could come in handy some other time.