Sunday, July 24, 2016

Knowing God's Will

When our perception may be "short",
Unwittingly wrong views to court,
God will show us that which matters.
Wisdom man's thoughts often scatters.

As we seek to know God's will
He adds to us perception's skill.
Our understanding He will hone
Until our views will match His own.

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Wisdom Of God

God's leading often is unique
And by "the wise" receives critique.
For He might choose one deemed as weak
And through this one profoundly speak.

Or He might use a simple thing
To let man know He should not cling
To what which he may think is wise
Because it has a pleasant guise.

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to conrfound the things which are mighty."
I Corinthians 1:27 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 22, 2016

Choose Joy

Light-heartedness can be a choice.
It makes cheer shine through in your voice.
Laughter brings a healing balm
Which lifts life's load and brings in calm.

Trust in God, for He gives peace.
Joy in Him brings sweet release
From all those things which bow us down.
The joy He gives repairs a frown!

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice."
Philippians 4:4 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Abundant Grace

No matter what the trials we face
Or just how hard our daily race,
God is near
Our prayers to hear.
We're covered by His wondrous grace.

In Him we do not walk alone.
He gives watchcare for His own.
His grace is real,
Our lives to heal.
In our behalf His grace is sown.

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."
Psalm 84:11 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Blessed Shelter

If clear direction should be lost,
In times of wandering there is cost.
But God will save us time and toil
And shield us from all enemy "foil".

In our God we have safe cover,
A sheltered place where angels hover.
Carefully He guides His own...
A blessed shelter... we're not alone.

"For He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Psalm 91:11 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Looking Upward

Lord, help me to look up
And not to gaze on what's around me.
Help me clearly see
All that which You would have me see.

When I'm focused UP-ward
Earthly matters cannot keep me bound.
For I will start to know
New points of view which are profound.

"I will lift us mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:1 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 18, 2016

God's Chessboard

God has a chessboard! And He has a “game plan” which He wishes to accomplish. When we become yielded to Him He will begin to prepare us for “service”. And as we are molded and shaped in Him, He will set us in place on His “chessboard”.

He is preparing many for service, and it is important to stand in position wherever He places us, for a game cannot be won if some of the pieces are missing. When He begins to “move” He will need each person for a specific part of His plan.

How exciting it is to be used of Him! However, of this we cannot boast, for this is a “quiet work”. The “world” will not see the chessboard, but by the Spirit it will become very clear to those who love Him.

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

(Note: God spoke this to me in 2007, but I am sharing it here today because it is so relevant to this time).

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Strstch And Grow

If God asks us to make change,
New "callings" in us to arrange,
Do we hesitate in fear
When all details are not yet clear?

He spurs us on to stretch and grow
And depth of wisdom's gold to know.
As we trust Him, we will find
Our footsteps will be well-defined.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Prayer For Today

Let hearts be turned back to the Lord
And thoughts be full of Scripture's sword.
Let truth and righteousness prevail
And strengthen all that may be frail.

Let fear and brokenness be healed
And answered prayers be revealed.
In the Lord we will be strong
To overcome that which is wrong.

"Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation."
Proverbs 14:34 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 15, 2016

Believe For The Best

When praying to God, expect only the best!
If He just gives a little at first, don't be sad.
For great things often will start out quite small
And, in His timing, more He will add.

He maybe will plant the tiniest seed,
Which you must water and nurture and tend.
In prayer the seed will prosper and grow
And your expectations and promise transcend.

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
Mark 11:24 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Finding Your Perfect Niche

In life what are you searching for?
You can find your perfect niche.
Read the Word and seek God's "wealth".
In Him you will be very rich!

His riches will not fade away
But cause your life to have increase.
Worldly standards rise and fall...
Search for heaven's expertise!

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

God's Compassion

God's compassion goes so deep,
Our wearied lives and souls to keep.
He desires to raise us up
And with much joy to fill our cup.

His love and mercy overflow.
Much gratitude to Him we owe.
All glory be unto His name,
His lovingkindness we proclaim!

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Timeless Truth

The Word of God will never change.
Its truths man cannot rearrange.
Its wisdom stands, men's lives to guide,
And cannot just be cast aside.

The Word provides our safest course.
It truly is our best resource.
Its countless riches are as gold,
Our lives to mold and to enfold.

"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."
Psalm 119:89 KJV

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Brand New Day

When your well-being has been jarred
And all you do seems to be hard,
Know that God will carry you
And in this trial will bring you through.

Lean on God and be at peace.
He'll be your strength and bring release.
By your faith you will have won.
A new day then will have begun!

"O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."
Psalm 30:2 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, July 10, 2016

All Glory To God

Let worship be a heartfelt gift
Unto our God, His name to lift.
Drawing near to God in praise
With joy will set our lives ablaze.

Let our lives be as a story
Which to God will bring much glory,
Lifting praises all day long
In thankfulness and joyous song!

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11 KJV

©2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 09, 2016

New Seasons

The Lord gives us "seasons", in which we will rest.
But when the Lord speaks, then we must move on.
He may give a season for learning or labors
Or being made ready, a new mantle to don.

As we're in His timing and trust in His reasons
We may discover and have a new "birth",
Making us ready for all of our seasons
And filling our lives with heavenly worth.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 08, 2016

Wisdom's Gift

God may seed a thought in us,
Something meant to be a "plus".
As that seed begins to grow
Its fruit much wisdom will bestow.

His wisdom will shine more than gold,
Our lives to beautify and mold.
Wisdom's gift is filled with treasure,
More than we could ever measure.

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."
Proverbs 3:13 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Delightful Purpose

Godly purpose spurs us on
And sets us forth in a new dawn,
Filled with fervor and delight,
Having promise which is bright.

God gives us identity
And joy in who we're meant to be.
Than He guides us faithfully
And for great works gives us the key.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Humility will clearly see
And from haughtiness will flee.
It never tries to override
But in peace it will abide.

It is gentle and content
Free from “self” and reverent,
By love and patience is defined,
Is sincere and always kind.

"Humble yourselves (demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation) under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you."
I Peter 5:6 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Always There

Thank You, Lord, for Your deep peace
Where we can rest and find release.
Your presence is as healing balm,
Offering a blessed calm.

As we rest in Your embrace
Our anxious thoughts You will erase.
Thank You for Your loving care.
When there is need You're always there.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you."
John 14:27 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf