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