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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

        The stirring sounds of music from the PBS annual Memorial Day Concert both lifts the spirit and challenges the heart.  We acknowledge those who serve our country in the armed forces,  those who died, those who are were wounded and are disabled and still healing, as well as those now in active service. What an example of dedication.  What a reminder to pray for each man and woman and their families.  What a reminder to pray for our leaders.  

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mother: A Remembrance of Her Encouragement

        Here comes that annual celebration of Mother’s Day.  What a nice reminder on the calendar to pause from our busy days and remember Mom.  She loved us
        What an example she set:  cleanliness: washing the clothes, the dishes, the never-ending housework, sweeping the porch, wearing your Sunday dress and then taking it off & putting on your every-day clothes when you got back home. 
        What words she said to teach us:  sit up straight, don’t slouch at the table.  Tell the truth.    Eat what you took on your plate.  No making faces at that new boy at Sunday School.  
        What encouragement she gave us:  smile as much as you can,  let little old ladies ahead of you,  your report card is better this time,  you ran your best in the race and next time you might win.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Understanding Mothers

Mothers come in various sizes, shapes, colors, and ages.  Maybe we are one, but at least we all have one. Understanding mothers is something we all should make a sincere effort to do. 
Mothers are different;  how?  why?  
A mother’s eyes sees something that needs to be done, so she gets up and does it, or she tells you to do it.
A mother’s heart sees something unfair, and she says —or feels like saying, “Cut that out.  Where are your manners!”
A mother’s memory sees her chubby babies, laughing and cooing, and she feels like scooping up the nearest baby and hugging the tiny stranger, right there in WalMart. 
A mother reads the newspaper and feels like saying, “What would your mother say!  Straighten up, or else!”

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Remember and Forget

Some things are SO important we are told to “Remember!”  Some things we are to forget. 

Here is a list of some of the important points. There are many other Scriptures on this subject. Look up additional verses under these key words, remember and forget.  
  1. “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”   Exodus 20:8 NKJV
  2. “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father…” Deuteronomy 32:7 NKJV
  3. “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the LORD do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”  Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT
  4. “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth.”  1 Chronicles 16:12 NKJV
  5. “I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119:16 NKJV
  6. “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth.”  Ecclesiastes 12:1 NKJV
  7. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:” Psalm 103:2 NKJV 
  8. “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day.” Lamentations 3:21-23 NLT
  9. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;”  1Thessalonians 1:3 NKJV
  10. “Take a firm stand against him (the Devil), and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”   1 Peter 5:9 NLT
  11. Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!”  1 Peter 3:17 NLT
  12. “Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” Luke 22:19 NLT
  13. “In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.’” 1 Corinthians 11:25 NLT 
  14. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16 NLT
  15.  “. . . remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35. KJV
What does God remember?  What does He promise to forget?  
We do not have to wonder what the answers are.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EARTH DAY

Every microscopic glimpse
Amazes the viewer
Revealing details 
That astounds everyone
Having any curiosity at all

Did all this just happen
At random, without a plan, a pattern?
Yes, believing in a Creator is so logical

Earth Day is not to honor a “Mother Earth”
It is to acknowledge a “Creator God”

How logical, how practical, how personal
To question your own belief about where we are,
Who we are, and what happens when we die.
Thankfully, God our Creator loves us and wants to forgive 
Our shortcomings and sins when we own up to them.
Jesus is answer to the question of your heart. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2015 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No, I Don't Wanna Be - - - !

Can you add to this list any qualities or features that you dislike 
   in other people?  
Can you identify attributes of your own that you want to avoid 
   and list them here? 
What’s your plan to improve on your own attitudes and actions?
If you notice someone with an undesirable attribute they are labeled for prayer.
What a relief to know God forgives the sins we own up to 
   and we want to avoid.
What a relief to know He enables us to do better               + + + 

by Elaine Hardt ©2015 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Achieving Only 90% Perfection Today ???

          “Another day is ending, so how did you do?
          Did you achieve perfect perfection all day through?
          What!  Another day of missing that desired goal?
          Did half-hearted effort grind you down, take a toll?

          “This is your conscience nagging you — yes, YOU.
          So, ‘Nearly Perfect Person” what will you do? 
          Is there a lesson that you’ll seek to learn?
          Which direction will you decide to turn?”

          Aaaack!  I’ve just had another crazy dream!
          My achievements are less than they seem!
          Dear LORD I need Your wisdom on how to proceed;
          I see it’s Your input and blessing that I need.  

By Elaine Hardt ©2015