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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Down With Disappointment

Examine that disappointment
To see what you can discover;
Look for clues that brought it on
And help yourself recover.

Focus on the words and deeds 
You’ll do next time differently;
Problem solving is a skill,
A challenge to more clearly see.

Discouragement and depression
Will try to barge in to your mind;
Grab hold of determination,
Work so success you could find.  

Are you open to suggestions?
Will you commit this struggle to prayer?
It’s easier to smile when you
Believe that the LORD is there.

You might not get what you think you want,
Things might not instantly turn out swell;
But there are lessons to be learned
And you can choose to live life well.

 By Elaine Hardt    2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's Veterans' Day

It’s Veterans’ Day, 
and we are thankful for those who serve!
Yes, there’s evil in the world and vets take their stand.
There are complicated situations all around, 
But these men and women protect us in our land.  

Thank a veteran, put your thoughts into words.
Don’t skip by in a careless, uncaring way.
Pray for all those in law enforcement who
Help each of us survive another day. 

By Elaine Hardt ©2014 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Waiting in Line?

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, is there 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 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Take Another Look . . .

That problem may be . . . a Possibility!
That trouble may bring . . . Opportunity!
Take another look, consider what you say;
There could be a lesson to discover today.

Look back at that aggravation and that pain,
Look around at other situations again, 
Look ahead at what you might anticipate,
There may be factors you should investigate.

Take on the challenge, consider this a test,
Pray for wisdom and good judgment, and do your best; 
No need to feel defeated anymore,
You’ve got creative solutions to explore!

What do you think? 

By Elaine Hardt ©2014 

Saturday, November 01, 2014

When We Have a Problem What Are We Supposed to Do?

Problems Challenge Us to Learn and Do
Disasters Point Us to Planning and Preparing
        So many weather disasters!  Lots of health disasters!  Around the world there’s political disasters.  Problems seem bigger and more frequent.  
        But what if the disaster is man-caused? That is, a bomb, armed thugs, other devastation caused by humans.  How we respond to this deadly challenge is something we should contemplate now and figure it out. 
        There really is evil in the world, and many are falling captive to the thrill, the excitement, the challenge of trying to do something that gets attention.  
        And, if worse gets worse are we emotionally and spiritually prepared?  Will we deny the LORD and die angry?  Will we hold on to our faith and die in peace, knowing where we’re going and why?
        Life is more than the latest fad, the newest fashion, the fascinating entertainment.  We cannot just imagine we can talk everyone into forming a circle and singing sweet songs of inclusion and peace.  
        God has put you here, where you are, at this time. You are important to Him and -- good news! . . . 

Monday, October 27, 2014

One Stranger to Another

   Clad in a thin, red-flannel shirt and well-worn jeans the stranger looked like he’d fit right in with the regulars at Mom’s Café.  Marcie, scanning his tanned face and tired blue eyes asked, “Can I seat you at the counter or would you like that booth back in the corner?”
   The man gestured towards the back and was soon sitting alone with a steaming cup of coffee.  Apparently he didn’t want to fit right in.  
   During the next hour Marcie checked on him several times, but he was a man of few words.  He nursed another cup of coffee thoughtfully.
   Against the radio’s background music and the muted conversation of customers in front the man looked up as Marcie came over again, carrying a tray.
   “The cook sends over a complimentary cup of the soup he’s making for lunch.  See if he’s got the seasoning right or not.” She added with a smile, “Back in a little bit.” 
   Soon the place had nearly cleared out, breakfast concluded and the work day begun in the small farming town. Seemingly, everyone had something to do, except for the man in the back booth. 
   Marcie glided across the floor with the ever-present coffee carafe. “How was the soup?”  She filled the empty cup.  “We’re a friendly town…”
    “Good.  Thanks.  As a matter of fact, I’m just traveling through and ….”
   “Do you have a minute?” here Marcie allowed the briefest pause before plunging ahead, “You remind me of a very nice man, and I hope you don’t mind if I chat before things get busy in here again.”
   “Why, thank you, young lady.  As a matter of fact, maybe some talk of the crops or weather will take my mind off what’s been stewing on the back burner.”

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