Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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

Roots Are Needed for Life & Strength

Working in the garden, planting . . . or pulling weeds?
Here's something to consider . . . 
        Roots, not seen -- but so necessary,
        The life link for flowers, crops, trees;
        I know I need to be rooted in Christ,
        That’s the only way my life will please.

        LORD, root me wide and root me deep   
        in our relationship’s inner place;
        I give all glory to God as I dwell 
        secure from life’s storms, safe in His grace.

        Others are looking for substance and food,
        I want the fruits of the Spirit growing;
        What a blessing to others and to me
        When my love for Jesus is showing. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

An Idea to Try for 3 Weeks

You’re not a Nobody; you’re a Somebody.  
You’re not going about life haphazardly; 
you have things to do, 
and you can focus 
and succeed. 
        Here’s a suggestion that you focus on one word the first thing in the morning for the 7 days of the week.  Try it for three weeks.  Test your ability to give the day’s word an emphasis that improves your outlook.
Sunday      Committed
Monday      Alert
Tuesday      Determined
Wednesday  Energetic
Thursday  Observing
Friday        Learning
Saturday     Praying 
        Write the seven words on small slips of paper, or copy on 3x5 cards or write out on large post-it slips.  Say, you’re starting and today is Wednesday.  Have the big word ENERGETIC to consider.  Read it, say it out loud, give it a quick overview.  Maybe ask yourself a couple of questions as you get moving around this morning.  Maybe ask, “When was I the most energetic?”  or “What has hindered me from being energetic these last few days?”  or “How can I improve today by having the goal of Energetic?”
        Tomorrow read the next strip, and use your imagination as you focus on this word as a goal.