Friday, March 16, 2018

Making a Difference

This or that?  What makes the difference ?
What will boost my confidence ?
What fixes or helps or improves it
a whole lot or a little bit ? 

What can make me better in my life ?
Do I cause irritation, confusion, strife ?
Can I ever solve my problems so old ?
Is it time to be quiet…or bold ?

Have I prayed about this enough today ?
Wonder what help the Bible might say . . . 
I must settle down and think it through.
Has this ever happened to you ?

by Elaine Hardt ©2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

April Fool’s Day ? Easter 2018 ?

This year Easter arrives on April Food’s Day Do you know why ?
     Easter is more than hardboiled eggs you decorated for your kids and the pretty Easter lily you can buy at the grocery store.
     Easter is a moveable date, the time following the cycle of the sun.
     Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism. 
     Easter is celebrated in different ways in the traditions of various church denominations.  
     It involves Lent, observed by some people as a 40 day period of fasting, prayer and penance.  Holy Week, includes Maundy Thursday’s Last Supper, Good Friday commemorating the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus.  Then on Sunday the celebration is the resurrection of Jesus.
     And we remember other customs such as hunting for Easter eggs,  the Easter bunny, and Easter parades. Kids got a new “Sunday dress.”  And what fun seeing women wearing pretty hats with their outfits. 
     Easter celebrations around the world are described in detail on   It’s 27 pages long if you click to print it. 
     You can read the Bible verses about the Last Supper,  The Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus, and the Resurrection.  Go to   and type in a word to bring up Bible verses.  What an interesting search this is !
You'll want the facts so you can decide what to believe about Jesus ! 

by Elaine Hardt ©2018

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Rating My Week

  1. What did I learn in my life this week?
  2. What did I learn from observing others this week?
  3. What do I think God wanted me to learn this week?
  4. What unfinished business do I have?
  5. What’s my plan for next week?
Rate yourself for handling the good and not-so-good events that happened last week. Your assessment can bring a smile or a frown.  Honesty in this little personal exercise could bring a new flash of enlightenment.  A little nudge might be just what you need.  

Call this experience a challenge.  Consider the value of making personal changes.  Your frustration can lead to a new determination for a new beginning.  Confer with your boss, that is, pray to your Maker.  

If you’re serious about improving yourself write down your impressions. Keep track of your bright ideas. 

Rate your week about seven days from now; size up your progress and your success in life lessons. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Not Valentine's Day ?

Not Valentine's Day ?
        Any day will do —
Speak words of love,
        It's up to me and you.

We take the time
        to show and say,
So let's pretend it's 
        Valentine's Day!

by Elaine Hardt ©2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Mind is Like a Pantry

My mind is like a pantry where lots of stuff is stored;
I browse, and scrounge, and rummage, and never do get bored.
A little crew of helpers live here within this chest
And offer me suggestions on how to do things best.

Impulse used to run about -- causing problems, Goodness knows,
Now, Conduct is improving as Obedience stronger grows.
Here someone special's planted seeds of loving care:
A new crop's growing daily; I have enough to share.

Happy memories nestle like smoothly polished rocks
And I reach in and choose from this golden box.
There's word games in one corner with jokes and puns and rhyme,
So I can amuse myself nearly any old time.

Scientific notions are stacked upon one shelf,
Alongside rules and reasons for reading, math, and health.
Musical sounds don't often slumber within these walls,
They bounce around so merrily like little ping-pong balls.

There is a drawer for useless facts my teacher made me learn
Who knows? Someday I may be glad for these details' return.
Yes, my mind is like a pantry with many things to use,
I surely wouldn't want God's masterpiece to lose
So I'll make ME my very best; I have the power to choose!

                                                                         —Elaine Hardt ©1979

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A Good Start for TODAY

It’ s another day,
so what do you say?
Yes, remember to pray.
Own up to problems you had,
what you did that was bad.
Mention what makes you sad. 
Own up to what you didn’t do:
struggles? a few? 
Confess what is true.
Life’s an adventure each day
You can improve, so what do you say?
Be grateful that you can pray.
And what are you thankful for?
Opportunities galore!
You can surely think of more.
God our Creator loves you!
The Bible says it’s true.
So, TODAY what are you going to do?

by Elaine Hardt ©2018

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Celebrate Your Progress

Remember your blessings,
    Celebrate your progress,
Appreciate God’s love,
    Your shortcomings confess.

Receive His assurance,
    Ask for wisdom you need,
He sees and hears and knows,
    His instructions, take heed.

Grow in determination,
    Label that trouble:  “opportunity.”
Learning improves your doing,
    Speak up correctly.

Consider your goal today,
    Your attitude shows the real you,
but pleasing your Father
    is the way that’s true. 

Keep on going, keep on growing
A wonderful future can be yours

by Elaine Hardt ©2018