Monday, October 09, 2017

I Talk to God About My Healing

Heavenly Father, You are the Giver of life and the Architect of my body. 

I am Your obedient child and I am learning to be Your brave warrior. I enjoy being strong and healthy. Show me what to do.

Your Word says I am healed by the stripes Jesus took at the whipping post. He died for my sins. I believe it and gratefully receive all of Your blessings. 

Lord, forgive me for not being a good caretaker of my physical body.  Renew  a right spirit within me.  Align my mind, will, emotions so I come into agreement with You concerning my health and healing. 

I confess right now any sins You show me . . . 

I forgive any who have done wrong to me . . . 

I forgive myself for being less than who I wanted to be . . . 

You are able to heal me, either by instant miracle or a progressive healing. This includes any deformity or condition I was born with. Even old effects from illness and accidents clear up.  

Lord, this is not wishful thinking or begging.  

I do not ask because of my great need or because I deserve it. I ask because of Your great mercy and goodness, and I receive all of these tremendous blessings from You with thankfulness. 

I ask You, Father, for wisdom . . . 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

A Little Unhappy Today

Am I gonna give up ? 
or keep on tryin’ ?
Will I do something good ? 
or settle for cryin’ ?
Will I use my head 
and start prayin’ ?
Talking to God, 
confessin’ and sayin’ . . . 
Yes, I’ll read Your Word, 
I surely will heed;
Your promises and blessings 
I do really need !

Any suggestions from you
whatcha think I should do? 

                                                           by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

What to Do NOW? Pray for Each One NOW

Another disaster, another huge trouble,  a wreck, a fire, a calamity, a mass shooting.  It was nearby or far away.  The TV news, the social media, the radio came out quickly with the first information. It is stunning. 
I feel shock, overwhelmed to hear about it.  What can I do? 
Pray now, pray for the survivors, pray for the first responders, pray for the medical people, pray for the bystanders.  Pray for the news reporters. 
Realize that you are still alive, and be thankful for that.  
Realize that you have the opportunity and the challenge to pray for these people.  Pray for the good guys and pray for the bad ones.  
May each one person who hears about this tragedy quickly realize that they are moments from death, the end of their life here, and their day of judgment before our Creator.  May they quickly say something like, “Oh, God, I am a sinner and deserve punishment, but I am sorry. I repent of my sins. Forgive me of all my sins.  I open my heart to Jesus who died for my sins.  Thank You for loving me. Give me eternal life in Heaven that Your Word says. 
Now, pray to ask what you should do next.  Go and help?  Donate blood?  Give money for their recovery? Volunteer over at the Salvation Army?  The local Food Bank?  Call somebody you know?  
A tragedy is a huge reminder that life is short, life is unpredictable.  If you already are a Christian believer you can join in with others to pray a blessing for people involved.
You could start right now —  here and now — with a little sincere talk with our Creator who loves us and wants each of us to be forgiven now and saved for eternity. 
      If you pray to God like this now we’ll meet each other in Heaven some day.
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by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Two Useful Words for You

“Oh, well.”  These are two useful words you’ve heard and probably do say. Picture some circumstances when they come in handy.   
“Oh, well . . . “ and you mean “Give it some time.”
“Oh, well . . . “ and it’s saying “Relax for now.”
“Oh, well . . . “ telling yourself, “I’ll solve it later.”
“Oh, well . . . “ explaining a situation.
“Oh, well . . . “ when you want to come up with an apology for a misunderstanding. 
And you’ve maybe said those words at some other time?  Maybe you’ve needed those words lately?  Here’s an idea.  Consider this attitude:  
Take a deep breath,
Give it a smile,
“Oh, well” could help
you . . .  for awhile.

Of course, it’s so good
when you remember to pray;
the LORD will bless
and help you today!
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by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Getting Better

Getting Better is the title of our new booklet.  We write and print these ourselves, using ClickBook.  Of course, all of our booklets are FREE.  Click on the title on the right side of this home page,  Booklets Published.

What To Focus on Today?

Careless or Careful?
Indifferent or Uncertain?
Ignoring or Informing?
What’s my attitude today?

Am I improving? 
Am I thinking it over?
Am I considerate?
Am I looking ahead today?

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Oh, No ! Uncertainties Have Invaded !

Uncertainties steal your peace
your normal progress
your ordinary routine

Instead of proceeding with your expected plans
you duck for cover
you look for any logical path to progress

Upset can mark your face
steal your smile
plant a frown on your forehead
ruin your relaxation

Tell that uncertainty
that the LORD knows all about it
and you’re trusting Him for directions

Then pray with confidence
things will improve in some
unexpected way.

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Monday, September 04, 2017

The Best Attitude or Action . . . A to Z

Barney and Beth concocted the idea as they brainstormed possibilities for the Tuesday Couples’ Supper at the Easy Eatery downtown.
“What’s a person’s best attitude or action you can think of, from A to Z?” sparked the discussion that Barney started.  “A can be for Attentive, Alert, Aware . . . “
“Add Adaptable to that A list, suggested Beth.
So, the two came up with this A to Z list.  Beth typed it up on the computer and . . . voila´ their plan for the group discussion had a great start.  
               Attentive - Alert - Aware - Adaptable
              Capable - Considerate
Delightful - 
Energetic  - Exercising 
     (yes, there's more.  Click to see the rest of the ABC list . . . ) 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Plan? Prepare? Pray? ? ?

Cookie is concerned; she’s written to her list of friends saying, “No more negative emails.  I refuse to drown under this political stuff.”  Now Cookie has fewer email forwards to read.  So far, at least, she’s grateful to be just “left alone.” 
Curtis wants keep informed.  He probably spends too much time researching news sites on the Internet.  He listens to the a.m. news radio program and sits through an hour and a half of evening news on the TV.  There’s no smile on his face, these days.  Friends are quick to change the subject when he joins them at the coffee house.
What’s a normal person supposed to do?  Is it one extreme or the other?  Is there a middle-ground that would be mentally healthy and spiritually adequate?  
If Cookie doesn’t listen to anything she is short-changing herself.  Her prayer life will omit vital requests for her own spiritual growth and protection.  She won’t recognize God’s hand of provision in this area of life.
If Curtis doesn’t realize that God has something for him to learn about prayer and trust he’s going to miss wonderful peace of mind.  Blessings and miracles, large and small, completely escape his notice.  
Let's put the three words of this title in a useful direction:  1st = pray, 2 = plan, and 3 = prepare.   Take a quick look at the reasons I'm writing this . . . 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eleven Ways YOU Can Share Your Faith

Here’s a way to share your faith.  It’s not hard to do, and  it can be a wonderful blessing for people in your life.  

  1. Look for people you could encourage with a written note.  This could be anyone the Lord brings to mind.  
  2. Write a personalized “blessing” for someone, sending it as a birthday, anniversary, or congratulations card.  
Write like you’re talking to this person.  Avoid cliché; make this like a warm, caring conversation.  Handwritten is very nice, but you might feel like writing more if you can do it on the computer. It’s following through with the idea that counts.  

Jot down a basic outline on one of these topics: 
  1. Tell how you came to faith in Jesus. 
  2. Tell about a recent little lesson in faith that God has taught you. 
  3. Tell the story of a big challenge or problem you’ve conquered in your life.
Write to share this with your children, and perhaps other close relatives. After you’ve done the first draft, let the writing “sit” for several days.  Then go back and see what improvements you can make.  Write like you’re talking to someone, but also include pertinent facts and descriptions that help your reader to visualize the situation.  
    Ask yourself: is it bragging or complaining?  Or, does it let God’s love and joy shine through? 

THE GIFT ONLY YOU CAN GIVE  (Yes, there's a little more to read...)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Looking at Success

        Our latest little booklet is ready for you,  "Looking at Success."  It's #93, and is a quick read with some ideas for you to consider.  Hopefully, it will be helpful and encouraging to you.  There's no charge.  Drop us a line via email; - -  we do not sell or give away your address to anyone. 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Yes! You Can!

You can come out of this stronger
if you’re determined to do good,
if you learned something that you should,
if you want to now . . .  you could . . . 

You can come out of this stronger!
Take a new look at what went wrong.
Don’t sing a “I’m Defeated” song.
Let new ideas come along.

You can come out of this stronger!
You’ve got things to be thankful for.
Your faith in God is at the core.
Don’t be so upset anymore.

You can come out of this stronger!
Toss aside that frowning brow.
You didn’t really forget how.
Give yourself a smile right now.

You can come out of this stronger!
Of course you can, you really care!
Put words to your heartfelt prayer.
Remember that the LORD is there!

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your Discovery, Your Decision

Go to and open the page that's "books by Elaine Hardt."
 Notice this. The Kindle edition doesn't cost anything to view.  It's 114 pages about real people with real problems.  The 73 writings point us to the love of God.  With an open mind and a teachable attitude there are things about life to learn, to experience, to celebrate.

Improving Today

Joyous Considerations, 
   thoughtful deliberations,
      prayerful conversations: 
         learning to trust God and obey.

Improving is not automatic for me,
   and truly I know I need more energy,
      and wisdom seems kinda hard, you see;
         that’s why I do pray every day.

And I’ll share these words with you,
   Open the Bible, take a careful view,
      What a relief to know that it’s true.
         So, I remind you to pray. 

Open your eyes to view the earth,
   You are a person of great worth,
      It’s time for your spiritual birth,
         Talk to your Maker today. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Looking Ahead

Life’s not just a game everyone thinks they’re playing; 
Look back, then look ahead to see what I’m saying.

Drowning in details?  Take a new look today;
Gather the evidence and see what the facts say.

You’re building on accumulations, so keep on track;
Notice the necessities, admit what you lack.

Put those thoughts into words on paper for review;
Set a goal for today and figure out how, too.

        And . . . 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A Certain Day THIS Week

       “I’m curious about a certain day that comes THIS week,” was the first thing Rocky announced after he was introduced by Randy.
That got everyone’s attention since today was the first weekend before the 4th of July.  The newspaper was full of articles and ads for the Independence Day celebration and the start of the Rodeo. What do you suppose Rocky was going to speak about today? 
This was the monthly meeting of the Older Kids Corral at Mama’s Yummy Cafe. Ten couples sat around the big table with their coffee and donuts in the back room.  They expected some interesting info, as this definitely piqued everyone’s attention.
“What month is it?  What day is Friday? What year is it?” Rocky challenged them.
“It’s July, and here comes Friday, the seventh, and this is 2017,” Pauline spoke up first.      
        The rest nodded in agreement. 
“So, what’s the big deal?  Well, you’d figure it out, but I’ll give you the scoop,” smiled Rocky.  “The numbers are 7, 7, 17.  And we read about that number ‘seven’ in the Bible.”
“Oh, I know,” answered Allen.  “The first mention of seven in the Bible is in Genesis.  After the six days of creation it says God rested on the seventh day. In the second chapter,  ‘On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.’”  
“And how important was the seventh day?”
Rita found it first, “It says this in Exodus: remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy….”  
Here Rocky spoke up again, “It’s interesting to do a search on  for the word ‘seven.’  It’s a total of 607, which is 523 in the Old Testament, and 64 in the New Testament.  And ‘seven’ is 36 times in Revelation.”  
       He went on to say,  “So, here’s what I’m curious about. This coming Friday will be 7-7-17.  Is something important or really bad going to happen somewhere in the world?”
A lot of frowns greeted that statement.  
Ginger offered this, “I think we’ll have to wait and see.  So, what’s your point, Rocky?”
“That’s my point, but I’m going to add this . . . 

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Your Good Day — TODAY!

Encouragement is like a nice gift you can give yourself,
a present wrapped with colorful consideration;
Take a little time to look back, look around, look ahead,
jettison today’s feeling of frustration. 

Of course, there’ll be unexpected things today!
Interruptions that interfere with some plan,
Go ahead, turn on that amazing brain you’ve got;
Give yourself a smile and say, “I think I can!”

Banish that anger and discouragement!
Of all of this stuff your Heavenly Father knows;
Pray for wisdom and protection and help,
this is how a caring person like you grows.  

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stop! Remember!

Did you know you’re setting an example for others to see?  
When you’re frustrated . . . when you’re confused . . . 
When you’re happy and smiling . . .when you say nice words to somebody . . .
when you’re being helpful . . . 

Stop speaking up before you’re thinkingRemember Who loves you.

You can be a blessing:   encouraging . . .  reminding . . . doing good . . .
living for the LORD . . . keeping Eternity in mind!
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by Elaine Hardt ©2017  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Compliment -- and -- A Challenge for YOU

The words you speak up to say
can encourage someone today:
A compliment, a correction,
A helpful direction,
A smile that’s reminding
Your recognition they’re finding.

You can choose your words well,
even a question can tell.
You intend to be kind
with friendship in mind.
You do have some learning to do:
Three cheers, and God bless you.  
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by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day Blessing

                Men want recognition and respect. Here’s mine for you.
Being a good father was always a hard job.
And if you did all the things the Bible said you should do, it was even harder. God always asks us to do impossible things.
And for good reason; so we’ll find out what our human limitations are.

This is so that we will relinquish control over our lives to Him, and let Him be our Savior and Boss.
Being a man has lots of advantages, but even those advantages might slow us down from humbling ourselves to come to God.
Best deal is to take it like a man.
God wants to be that Perfect Father that you never had. He wants to take you to Heaven for Eternity.
What’s so hard about that?

Well, for one thing, there’s this humility stuff,
Then asking forgiveness and expressing love,
It’s not exactly every man’s vocabulary, but, it’s worth it.

Here’s to all the men who are fathers,
Do the right thing. You can trust God to give you the straight scoop.

I appreciate you and your many good qualities
so this is not like criticism,
just a reminder that Departure Day is coming for all of us, and there’s a choice to be made.
Already know Jesus? Good for you.

          HAPPY FATHER’S DAY and many more happy days, besides. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2000

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Smile at Someone?

Here’s something that doesn’t cost you any money, doesn’t take up any of your time, doesn’t need to be planned ahead in your Daily Plan Book. 
The best part is what it does for you.  It helps improve your awareness.  It gives your busy mind a happy break from the stress of your day.  And, at the end of your day it gives you a pleasant memory, (which is good exercise for your brain.)
So, what is this marvelous, magical, mysterious event that doesn’t even use your muscles or your speech either?  It’s a simple smile.  
At the grocery store: smile at that old gent who is riding on one of those “electric chairs” as he’s up and down the aisles shopping.  At the bank: smile at the teller who is counting out some $20 bills for your check.  That acknowledges that she’s doing an OK job for you.
At the mall:  smile at the half a dozen people you pass.  Probably each one will glance your way without smiling.  But you are the kind-hearted person who smiles at them, though they don’t deserve any attention from a stranger.
Walking out to the mailbox across the street smile at the young boy on his bike who’s no doubt on his way home from school.  That acknowledges that even at his young age he’s noticed by a grown-up person such as you.  He might even smile back. 
What different kinds of smiles come to mind?  When the kids in fifth grade were asked this question their answers ranged from “pleasant” and “friendly” to “uppity,” to “silly,” and “amused.” Take a look in the mirror and see what kind of smile you’d give to a stranger on the bus or in a store.
Kind of fun to think about it; see what bright ideas you come up with.  See if you can smile at somebody today.   + + + 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Finding Out More

For the newlyweds Guy’s idea was to ask each of the nearest relatives to contribute a Bible verse so he could type it all up as a booklet with a verse a day for a month. Everyone chipped right in and soon the booklet went out to the family and to the bride and groom.  
For the first couple of months it was an interesting “chore” to read the daily verse, see who had sent it in, and give it some thought.  
Guy was curious to see what that daily Bible verse word of instruction or encouragement meant to some of the family. He’d ask Zack first, the oldest brother of the family.  He sent a message over via social media and got a brief report back.  Obviously, Zack was too busy to mention any details. 
Then, it got a little more personal for Guy.  
At the Wednesday fellowship meeting of the OK (Older Kids) at church, the man giving the ten minute devotions read some verses from Revelation.  It was part of a letter to some church in a place called Laodicea.  Verses 14 through 22 was the overall look, with emphasis on “I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone opens the door . . . “  
        He held up a small framed picture that most all the 2 dozen men and women there recognized.  He closed with a short prayer, inviting Jesus to come in to each life and bring His blessing.
Guy’s curiosity woke up there.  He took it on as a personal challenge to dig into more of those nine verses from the last book of the Bible.  But as he looked at the maps in the back and the concordance in the back of his Modern English Version of the Bible he sat down at the computer and hatched some ideas to improve his own understanding.
It turned out to be quite helpful, and he wrote it up for the OK group for next month’s handout.  At the following month’s meeting there was a lively discussion with lots of positive comments directed to Guy.
Here’s a copy of that handout. 
                                                 How to Find Out More
Zipping through that one Bible verse in your family’s daily devotional booklet or reading some devotional on the Internet page.  Try this:  S-L-O-W—-D-O-W-N—-Read that verse again and ask yourself . . .   Don’t know?  Maybe read a few verses ahead and a few verses afterwards.  See if you find a little more background that helps you picture what’s going on …..for them….and in your own life.  
  1. Who is saying that, or who wrote that to someone?
  2. Who did he write it to?
  3. When was it said and written?
  4. Why did he write that particular information?
  5. Do we know what happened afterwards?  Any big change of attitude or circumstances there?
  6. Do you know of anyone in these days who commented on this verse and its surrounding ones?
  7. Have you heard anyone quote that verse or section of verses in giving a today’s version of a testimony in public or in conversation you heard?
OK.  You be a better thinker?  You can apply something from that verse to your own life? 
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by Elaine Hardt ©2017  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Learning Now & Looking Ahead

Learning from yesterday’s troubles
I know there’s more to do;
I’m being trained to trust the LORD,
and He will see me through.

Praying for the LORD’s directions,
thankful for His blessings, too;
Looking ahead with confidence
now I’m planning what to do.  
: )     

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Remember Mama? Write it Down . . .

Looking back to when we were kids each of us probably remember some things about Mama.  
And sometimes we reminisce and enjoy two things:  1.  Mama taught us some important things.  2.  We can still remember some of those times.  
So, write down what you remember.  It will be a treasure for the next generation.  There are lessons to be learned and that is good to do. 
This writing is just jotting stuff down.  No need to worry about spelling or punctuation —  that can be fixed at some later time.  
When you have more time jot down about some of your other relatives from those childhood days. Yes, you will enjoy doing this and reading it again later. 
So, how about it?  

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Happy People and Happy Kids

Granddaughter Joy was in Ghana, Africa visiting HardtHaven Children’s Home in January 2017.  She writes, “I have been warmly welcomed home to Kpando, Ghana by my co-founder Edem Richard.  Everyone who has met Edem knows how inspiring he is, and the work he and his wife have done here in Kpando never ceases to amaze me.  HardtHaven has developed into something we only dreamed about when we first sketched out our plans over 11 years ago.” 
You’ll enjoy seeing the happy kids:   This is a nice new website, just updated yesterday. 
Be sure to look here, too:  You can log in to Facebook or click “Not Now” to continue to see their website here.

   Amazon donates to HardtHaven a percentage of what you buy when you have an account on Amazon Smile.  or copy this in a Tweet #YouShopAmazonGives
HardtHaven is currently housing and caring for 23 AIDS orphans.  There are opportunities for volunteers from around the world to make a difference in Ghana.  
You can see HardtHaven in Ghana on Google Earth:'03.8%22N+0%C2%B018'04.7%22E/@7.001072,0.2992428,1032m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d7.001067!4d0.301306      which is just down the dirt road from Margret Marquat Catholic Hospital. 

     HardtHaven is a blessing, a challenge, an opportunity to help many others

-- posted by Elaine Hardt 2017