Friday, April 28, 2017

What Can I Tell You About Life, My Child?

Oh, I can't tell you what you ought to be
or ought to do,
but I can tell you how it was for me.

Life is downright daily,
a lot of chores needin' repeatin'
but it frees the mind for thinkin'.

Life is full of waiting' but I finally up and decided
to be thankful for the pauses.

Life is full of decisions, some little spur-of-the-moment
implusive and superficial, and some heart-throbbin'
big and scary life-changin' decisions --
the prayin'-over kind.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Helpful Conversations

          Here's some ideas for you to consider.  Our Booklet #91 is called "Helpful Conversations."  Our booklets are usually 16 to 20 pages, and we print them ourselves and mail them out.  Want one?  Email us at  

-- Elaine Hardt ©2917

Monday, April 24, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we’re called to remember the evil done to Jewish people those years ago;
Many people will ignore this call to consider what happened then, do they know?
too occupied in planning their own schedule for today
too busy doing their own important things, they say
too concerned about their success and entertainment and fame
too overwhelmed with bad news from around the world, more of the same
Too self-centered to care
to forgetful about prayer
This official day is a call for each of us to acknowledge
where we are in our own attitude and action.
Pray for the lost, the neglected, the persecuted, too.
Pray for the world leaders who are messing up what they could do.
Pray for repentance, owning up to our own sin.
Pray for God’s message to be welcomed within. 
Pray for truth to be known.
Pray for love to be shown. 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Have YOU Said Anything Like This Lately? Who? When?

I’m sorry that . . . 
What I meant was . . . 
I don’t quite understand . . . 
I need some help with . . . 
I didn’t realize that . . . 

Congratulations on your . . . 
You did a good job . . . 
I appreciate how you . . . 
Thanks for your help with . . . 
Your idea was so . . . 

Anything I can do to help with . . . ?
Anything I’m forgetting here . . . ?
Anything I need to clarify with . . . ?
Anything I can improve with this . . . ? 

Anything like this you should — and can — say today or tomorrow? 

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

There's a Miracle Coming for You !

You’re on the brink of a miracle today!
That’s why there’s circumstances you see now,
it’s a test of faith and obedience to God;
relax and pray, and the LORD will show you how.

Others are noticing some problems you have,
you can’t evade their concern about this stuff;
but God brings miracles when it’s His time,
trust Him in the good times, as well in the rough.

Find new assurance when you read His Word today,
Smile through your tears — or frustrations’ fearful blow.
Thank Him ahead of this new breakthrough coming;
He takes care of you and loves you more than you know!

by Elaine Hardt ©2017

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Someone's Getting on Your Nerves ? ? ?

All of a sudden when the day was going well
Someone opened their mouth and snapped at you,
Or perhaps you heard about it second hand.
What’s a successful person like you to do? 

Maybe it was their long-standing habit
for someone to exaggerate or lie,
and you patiently ignored the problem,
So, now what strategy will you try?

Will you lose your temper like a little kid?
I’d like to encourage you to do better than that.
And maybe that is what you could tell that person,
“I’d like to encourage you to do better than that.”

by Elaine Hardt ©2017