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