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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Maybe, Probably, Certainly

  Is it “Yes,” or is it “No”?
Is it “Later,” or is it “Now”?
Finding the right answers,
the LORD will show you how.

Challenges will come every day!
Do not complain and do not shirk;
You’re growing older and wiser,
Good decisions help do the work.

Lots of things allow a little time
to think, and plan and do —
achieve success, find happiness. 
Other things say, “Hurry!” to you. 

Start first thing in the morning
to anticipate your day;
Read the Bible, make your lists,
and, of course, you’ll want to pray.

Yes, you’ll learn lessons from mistakes —
it’s the sensible thing to do;
But, what a relief in the evening
to know that God has blessed you. 

            
by Elaine Hardt ©2016 

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Ten Good Things About Being Sick

  1. Your brain gets to exercise, trying to figure it out with the details you already know.
  2. You have something to compare with yesterday and last week.
  3. You can get determined to get over it.
  4. You might gather some facts and information from people.
  5. You will hear what happened to others with these symptoms.
  6. You will find out who is sympathetic.  
  7. Your body switches gears from energetic to tired, so you have to see how to cope.
  8. You bravely examine your feelings about possibility of getting sicker.
  9. You very bravely think about dying.
  10.   What’s missing here?  Write your idea. 

Got your idea written down?  Now, here’s the grand finale, at least for now.  This is a new opportunity for you to pray about your sickness.  
The bigger the problem
The bigger miracle you need;
Start praying boldly now,
See where the LORD will lead.

Yes, life is a challenge
In God you must believe,
And grow in faith today
So His blessings you’ll receive.

When your life’s days are over,
Heaven is where you want to go!  
Open up your Bible and
The truth about dying you’ll know. 

So, smile at everyone you see!
You can cheer up today!
Life is worth living because
Jesus shows us the way.

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By Elaine Hardt ©2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

My Friend Is Gone

She died.  She’s gone. My friend is dead.
My thoughts came tumbling out of my head

“I didn’t tell her . . . “
“I didn’t ask her . . . “
“Did she know . . . “
“Was she ready to go?”

I didn’t expect it, but my friend is dead,
What could I — should I — have said?

Thinking about her, thinking about me
I open the Bible today to see.

Oh, LORD I need to be obeying You;
Tell me every day what to say and do.

For all of us life will one day end,
Now is the time to receive Jesus as friend.

Confess your sins honestly,
When you die you want in Heaven to be! 

I hope my friend is certainly There;
I’m learning now my faith to share.  


                                             By Elaine Hardt ©2016 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Temporarily

I’ve been plodding along a rocky path,
Barely able to squint to see;
It’s lonesome out here, but only
Temporarily.

One day rain poured down in silver buckets;

Sunshine again, when would it be?
I have to admit I did complain,
Temporarily.

Now it’s uphill on a scorching hot day;

Muscles are crying unendingly,
But then I remember it’s tough,
Temporarily.

Life’s laden with stress and aggravation;

How much longer such difficulty?
My goals achieved only partly and
Temporarily.

Then God whispers peace to my struggling heart;

“Trust, My child, and obey Me.”
Soon life’s lessons will have served their purpose,
Eternally.

By Elaine Hardt ©2004

Sunday, June 26, 2016

What I Want To Tell You

It was nice — or helpful
It was requested — or unexpected
It was lengthy  — or short and to the point

I’m describing those words you said to me,  
— or  you wrote down and sent to me

Thanks for thinking of me.


By Elaine Hardt ©2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Next Booklet is Ready

        Our booklet "More to Think About (Good for You)" is ready.  It's the 84th booklet, a collection of some articles and poems to encourage you.  Find the list of booklets on the right hand side of this page. Remember, each of our booklets is FREE.  

Friday, June 10, 2016

God's Grading System

Does God give tests?  Yes.  Testing will surely come.  Everyone will be tested.  

Will there be multiple choice tests?  Life is full of multiple choices.  There may be several wrong choices; there will always be one right one.
  
Is the Final going to be true/false?  No.  There’s no final test.  You will not have to recite the names of the books of the Bible, or recall any other facts.

So there are different tests? There is one Standardized test which applies to everyone;  and there are lots of Individualized tests which are personalized just for you.

What is this One Big Standardized test?  God loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die for us, which takes away our failures and deficiencies. To decide to accept Him or not, that is the Biggest Test of all.  The sooner you pass that one, the better. 

Does what I do count?  There’s this deep-seated notion that Someone is watching and cares what we do.  People hope the good stuff counts.  They fervently hope that the bad stuff they do doesn’t get noticed at all.  Yes, what you do does count. 

Can I get extra credit? Good things you do help mold your character.  Even if others don’t notice what you do, God does. 

What about homework?  God does have homework for us!  Home is one of the most important locations in life.  Here is where we can learn patience, perseverance, goodness, and love.  Here is where we demonstrate our abilities.  

Are make-ups allowed?  After your days are up you will die and there is no second chance then.  To fail now is to miss out forever. 

Does God grade on the curve?  No.  He doesn’t compare you with anyone else.  There are definite consequences for ignoring and disobeying God. 

Will I graduate?  God wants every person in the world to “graduate” to Heaven after they’ve finished their lives on earth.  Heaven is better than a diploma. 

How am I doing, so far?  You have already either “passed” or “failed,” depending on whether or not you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Passing is not a matter of effort or achievement—it is your response of faith. After that, you can work to gain honors, and in fact, God Himself will help you do it.  He will give you a personal trainer, the Holy Spirit. 

Can’t I just do it my way?  He’s God and we’re not, so we do it His way. 

Is there a text book? Good question.  God does have a Book.  The Bible is totally unique.   Reading the Bible will definitely help.

What if I have more questions?  Good question.  Ask Him.  This is called prayer.  “Ask and it will be given to you.”   

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by Elaine Hardt ©1996