Monday, July 31, 2006


This is a story of canine vs. feline. Scruffy and Kitty Cat were always trying to eat each other's food, and this didn't work. The cat food made Scruffy sick, and his dog food made Kitty sick.

One evening I put the cat food down for Kitty Cat, and as she was starting to eat it Scruffy started toward her dish. But he stopped halfway there and looked up at me because he knew I was watching. I sternly warned him, "Don't you DARE!"

But a second later, as I glanced away at something, he ran over there, bumped her out of the way with his shoulder and started eating her food. What a "pill" he could be sometimes!

I had been folding up a paper grocery bag as I watched this. In an effort to stop Scruffy, I stepped over there with the intent to swat him with the folded bag. I knew the bag wouldn't hurt him, but I thought it might back him off a little. My plan backfired. As I tried to swat him the bag popped open, making a loud, "cracking" sound. Poor Kitty Cat was so startled by the sound, she ran the whole length of the house and hid behind the television cabinet near the front door. Kitty wasn't having a good evening. First the dog just bumped her away from her dish, then he ate her food, and then I scared her out of her wits with the paper bag.

I went in the living room to try to comfort and pet her a little bit, but she was too scared to come out from behind the cabinet. So I opened the front door and she quickly darted outside. She just wanted out!

My attempt to help her just didn't work. So after that I put her food dish on top of our kitchen step stool where the dog couldn't get it. I often thought..... these two pets were like having a couple of extra kids!!! They definitely livened things up around our house.

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Lesson Of The Violet

Seasons of Rest

I saw my little violet plant,
So full of lovely bloom.....
But it's little pot it would outgrow,
It's roots would need more room.

So when it found a larger "home"
Where it's roots could spread and grow,
It needed time to gain new strength
Before again it's bloom would show.

You couldn't see it doing much.....
It wasn't getting "oohs" and "aahs",
But hidden growth was happening
During this time of rest and pause.

Until the pot it's roots could fill,
It needed nurture, love and care,
And when it's timing was complete
Again it's blossom would be there.

Thank You for giving seasons of rest..... those quiet times for finding nurture and new strength in You. For when I am rested and strengthened in You, then I can blossom again..... In Jesus' Name.

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him....."
Psalm 37:7 NKJ

© 2003 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Anchored In The Storm

Are you anchored in the Lord?
Have you read His Word today?
Are you strengthened in your walk
Because you took some time to pray?

He has promised in His Word
That we'll be strong and we'll be bold
If we lean upon His name.
He will make our anchor hold!

We can then be strong in Him
Though storms may rage and ill winds blow.
We can stand and not be moved
Though difficulty's face may show.

His reassurance through the storm
Will be to us a healing balm.
As we acknowledge He is able
We will have His peace and calm.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof."
Psalm 46:1-3 KJV

"But as they sailed, he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm."
Luke 8:23-24 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Little Lost Lamb

A little lamb went out to play,
And soon he couldn't find the way
Back to where the other sheep stay.
He found himself quite far astray.

So he decided to explore
What he had not seen heretofore.
As he searched and looked around,
Pain and sorrow are what he found.

Other sheep were cruel and mean,
And he had no shepherd on which to lean.
They mocked and laughed at his small bleat
And gave him things he should not eat.

They only thought of selfish gain,
And now the lamb had fear and pain.
He longed to find his very own flock,
For being lost was quite a shock.

The Shepherd knew how little lambs stray
And how they sometimes lose their way.
He went to find His little sheep
Because His love for him was deep.

He brought him back into the fold
And held him close 'cause he was cold.
It isn't good to wander away,
But with the Shepherd to always stay.

"If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray."
Matthew 18:12-13 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Bright Outlook

Are you "contagious" and make others glad?
Do you have qualities some wish they had?
Lifestyle is "catching" and speaks loud and clear.
It issues a message of what you hold dear.

The way that you live is a path that you choose.
Your outlook on life can be one of good news!
If you have Jesus and give time to prayer,
Even your enemies will be aware.

For you will have strength and an outlook that's bright.
Your life will draw others to that which is right.
You'll be "infectious" when you do your best,
And those all around you will truly be blessed.

".....Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
I Timothy 4:12 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Higher Plane

Help me, Lord, to be more in tune with You.....
To recognize and filter out the daily patterns of my own thinking
Which prevent me from having Your perspective throughout my day.

Help me to move past what is not of You.....
And move into the rhythm You would give me for each day,
Lest I miss opportunity You would want to give me.

Help me, Lord, to rest when You say to rest,
For "busyness" has no worth if it is not in Your timing.

You are able to balance my day.
And as I follow You I will want for no good thing.
My day will be exceeding rich.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV

"All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established."
Proverbs 16:2-3 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Our Loving God

In my times of deepest sorrow
He was there to comfort me.
He bore my grief and gave me hope.
He heard my prayers and heard my plea.

Our God is mindful of our needs,
And he is faithful to provide.
When we are down and face despair,
He is there right by our side.

No challenge is too big for Him...
Unforeseen or great or small.
He is greater than the need
And always hears our prayerful call.

Always in the Lord is respite,
Always in the Lord is peace.
Always in the Lord are answers
And the place of sweet release.

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 24, 2006

A Blessed Home

How blessed is the home
Which has learned not to "rush",
But has chosen a schedule
Which won't stress or "crush".

Families today
Are in a real bind,
With too much to do
And too much on their mind.

By too much involvement
Or extra time spent
On outside activities,
Families are rent.

Blessed is the family
That spends time together,
For they will come through
Tough times and "bad weather".

They will have learned
To stay close to each other
And appreciate sister,
Mom, Dad and brother.

How blessed is the home
Where "family" is found,
Where good times and joy
And laughter abound.

"By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."
Proverbs 24:3-4 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Many Chipmunks

This is a story about a little dog named Cricket. Cricket was a small black-and-tan chihuahua and she became part of our family when I was in high school.

At that time my parents owned some farm property, and whenever Dad would get out his work boots to go to the farm, Cricket would run and wait by the back door. She knew where he was going and she wanted to go along. At the farm she could run all over without being on a leash.

The first time there she discovered some chipmunks, or perhaps they discovered her. I'm not sure which way it happened. The chipmunks were playing on a pile of boards which were left over from the little house my dad built. Cricket started chasing the chipmunks. Around and around the board pile she ran. The chipmunks weren't afraid, because when she got near them they would just run down through the middle of the pile and pop up on the other end, chattering loudly at her. This happened repeatedly. It almost seemed that the chipmunks were playing games with her, and she did not tire of chasing them.

In one instance she wasn't right by the board pile, and one of the chipmunks ran from the board pile across a short distance to go under the house. She saw him and immediately started toward him. The chipmunk went under the house, but she was going too fast and couldn't stop. Full speed ahead, she slammed into the house with her head..... thud! It's a wonder she didn't break her neck. But pretty soon the chipmunks were chattering at her again, and again she was chasing after them. We all heaved a big sigh of relief that she had not injured herself and seemed to be okay.

This same day one of the chipmunks, sitting a distance away on the ground, started chattering at her. She started in that direction. But between her and the chipmunk were some shallow pools of water. Each one measured approximately ten feet across and perhaps six inches deep. These pools were almost totally covered in thick green algae. Cricket apparently did not see the water. I could see what was going to happen, and I yelled at her, but she didn't stop. In her determination to catch the chipmunk she ran right into the water and across to the other side. What a sight she was! She was black when she went in and totally green when she came out! In the meantime, the chipmunk ran up an apple tree and sat on a limb chattering at her. I couldn't help laughing. She just looked a mess! It almost seemed like the chipmunk was laughing too. Even so, after cleaning her up, she continued in her chase. She wouldn't quit, nor would the chipmunks. She never did catch one ot the chipmunks because they were too quick for her.

I often thought that this dog should have lived on a farm. She had so much more fun there than home in the city!

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Bright Smile

Choose to be positive,
Choose to be bright.
A smile is much better
Than being uptight.

Don't let the negative
Stuff pull you down,
'Cause then you will grumble
And may wear a frown.

And then when you grumble
And groan and complain...
If you do THAT
It will cause still more "pain"!

Choose to "look up"
And try to be merry.
When you are happy
Laughter will tarry.

And soon things won't seem
Quite as hard as they were.
When you're having fun
The "gripes" won't occur!

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance....."
Proverbs 15:13 KJV

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine....."
Proverbs 17:22 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 21, 2006

Under His Wings

How many times the Lord has provided safety for me while driving! Every morning I ask Him to protect me and my family on the road, and He has been so-o-o faithful in this.

I was on the freeway and traffic was heavier than usual. I was following a transport truck. Suddenly the truck moved left into the next lane, revealing to me that there was a large metal folding table laying upside down across my lane. Someone had lost it off his truck load. I was too close to it to stop and couldn't go around it. I swerved slightly but ran over it anyway.

I had a multitude of thoughts as to what the sharp metal edges and folded legs of the table might have done to my tires. Immediately I prayed that God would cause my tires to hold up until I got home..... approximately another seven miles. And the tires did hold!

That evening I noticed that one of the tires had gone flat. When I looked at it I discovered a hole in the sidewall. I had actually had a blow out but the tire didn't lose air pressure till I got home! And then when I went to buy a new tire, the tire company replaced the damaged tire for free!

What a beautiful answer to prayer! What a faithful and awesome God we have!

"Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice."
Psalm 63:7 KJV

"Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honour him."
Psalm 91:14-15 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Forgiveness in a gentle heart
Will offset wounds and words that "smart".
When we forgive and choose to pray,
Bitterness will fall away.

For unforgiveness hurts the one
Who will not let offense be "done".
It sometimes hides behind facade
But blocks relationship to God.

If it stays, it makes one ill.
In all life's corners it will spill.
The one who carries it will bog down.
It is a very heavy "crown".

Don't let unforgiveness start
And then reside within the heart.
Forgiving others is the key.
When we forgive, then we are free.

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
Matthew 6:14 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A Special Quilt

Always I have been fascinated by patchwork quilts.....

You cannot just "glance" at a patchwork quilt. There is much more there to see. And so I always find myself lingering and looking at all the different colors and designs of fabrics which have been stitched together. When my grandmother made quilts, she used even the smallest pieces of fabric and stitched them somewhere into the quilt top, and all the pieces were important to the beauty of the quilt.

The Body of Christ is like that. It is as though the Lord has made a quilt..... of myriad colors and patterns and prints and carefully joined them together.....

The Lord takes His beautiful, variegated "fabrics" and places them together in the quilt which is His Body. In His quilt are warmth and strength, healing and comfort, joy and peace, laughter and courage, fellowship and "family". Usually quilts have a binding, and the binding around this quilt is love.

As we become "patches" in His beautifully planned quilt, we are joined together, one with another. And we become part of His rich design.

This is His Body.....
This is His Handiwork.....

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
I John 4:7 NKJ

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Pat On The Back

A "pat on the back" is a really good thing,
To lift up the heart and encouragement bring.
This will speak volumes... it means that you care.
It lets people know that you are aware.

It may make the difference to help one be strong,
And if they are weary, to cheer them along.
Maybe a good word will help someone "win",
Or, if they are nervous, will help them "begin".

Encouraging words which are happy and bright
Will just make life better and bring smiles of delight!
A "pat on the back" is a wonderful touch.
In today's world it is needed so much.

"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works."
Hebrews 10:24 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 17, 2006

My Peace

You are my Anchor when the winds of change are blowing hard.....

You are my Calm when everything seems to be shaking.....

You are my Place of Retreat when life is pulling at me.....

You bring.....
.....Blessed Stillness for my mind,
.....Tranquility for my emotions,
.....Deep Peace for my soul.

In You I may quietly rest.

"Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble." Psalm 119:165 NKJ

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Young Again

The joy of a child as he runs in the breze
Is wondrous to watch..... he runs with such ease.
His heart isn't heavy or burdened with fear.
His footsteps are light..... and he's full of such cheer!

He hasn't learned to worry and fret.
The cares of the world have not weighed him down yet.
His giggles and laughter and bright, open smile
Remind me again how much life is worthwhile.

I want to capture these moments with rhyme
And happily go read them from time to time,
For thoughts of this child make me feel young again.
It reminds me of days which were "way back when".

In tribute to my grandson, who makes me feel young at heart!

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Fragrance Of Christ

To live in the presence of Jesus is as being on the inside of a rosebud. And He is the Tender of the garden..... the Master Gardener. The rosebud, in His care, is filled with potential and promise, for He nurtures it and watches over every stage of it's growth.

As it begins to swell in size and the petals start to open even slightly, it's fragrance begins to come forth. And as it continues to open up, all that He has formed becomes evident in the eye of the beholder..... it's velvety petals, it's lovely color and it's sweet fragrance. It's beauty surpasses all other flowers.

Even so, our lives, when placed in His hands, will blossom fully and have a unique fragrance to bless all those around us. The beauty will come forth as we are nurtured in Him. Our stems will be strong and our foliage will be rich and full.

For surely as the rose is graced by the touch of His hand, so will our lives be graced by His presence.

"For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."
II Corinthians 2:15 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 14, 2006

Love Is Able

Love reaches across distance.
Love builds bridges which can't be built any other way.

Love soothes and heals.
Love warms and encourages the heart.

Love sees clearly, but doesn't waver.
Love does not fear, or shake or tremble.

Love enables one to stand.
Love is steady and unchanging.

Love is able.

"Love never fails....."
I Corinthians 13:8 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 13, 2006

People Who Inspire


Ruth was a woman who had a bubbly personality and who loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a woman of prayer, and she believed in His healing power.

When she was eighty-four she went into the hospital for evaluation of a liver condition. Her husband Milt came to see her in the evening, and as he came into the room he heard the woman in the bed next to Ruth crying. (I never learned the name of the other lady, but will call her Mary for purposes of this story). Milt poked his head in through the curtains around Mary's bed to see what was the matter.....

Mary, who was seventy-five years old, had been brought into the hospital with severe pain from arthritis in both hands and both feet. Her hands were very crippled, and her feet were twisted out of shape. She could no longer walk and had been in a wheelchair for several years. She was crying from the intensity of the pain. Milt asked her if she would let his wife Ruth pray for her because Ruth believed in the healing power of God. She said, "yes." So Ruth got up from out of her own hospital bed and went over and laid hands on Mary and prayed for healing.

Around 4:00 a.m., the next morning, Ruth heard Mary call out quietly, "Ruth, Ruth." Then again she called, "Ruth, get up. Come here." So Ruth got up and went to see what Mary wanted. God had totally healed both of Mary's hands and both of her feet. She was excited and wanted to show Ruth.

Mary said to Ruth, "Just wait. I'm going to get up and take a shower", which she did with no help. Then she got herself dressed, and she was able to even button her own clothes, which she could not do before. Now all this was going on without the nurses down the hall even realizing these two women were up.

Mary was rejoicing and she wanted to tell somebody. So she and Ruth went down the long hallway to the nurses' station. When they got there one of the nurses asked, "What can I do for you?"

Mary answered, "Nothing! Ruth here prayed for me and I don't need anything!" She was healed and she was free of pain. Her hands and feet were normal again.

When Mary came into the hospital she was in a wheelchair. When she went home she was able to walk out of the hospital.....

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today
and forever."
Hebrews 13:8 NKJ

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Symphony Of Praise

Wtih voices ringing, worship singing,
Chorus flowing, praises growing,
Happy folks their praises bring
To their wondrous God and King!

Adoration sweetly dwells,
Sound of worship richly swells.
Hearts are tuned unto the Lord
In sacrifice of praise outpoured.

Heaven's harmonies are found
Where loving hearts are joined in sound.
God's dear children will agree,
The song become a symphony!

"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
I Chronicles 16:29 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Happy Feet

Obedient feet are happy feet
And walk wherever Jesus leads.
How many fruitless steps this saves
As we accomplish daily deeds.

He will keep our feet from snares
As He directs our daily walk,
And cause our hearts to dance with joy
If we do not His leading balk.

We sometimes may not understand
Just what His heavenly purpose is,
But wisdom tells us every time
It should not be our way, but His.

The beauty of a Godly walk
Far surpasses our weak plans,
As His care and covering
O'er our lives so gently spans.

He will show us all His ways
As we bow before His throne.
Our wonderful and awesome God
Covers those who are His own.

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."
Colossians 3:23 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 10, 2006

Threads Of Loveliness

The Lord weaves threads of His loveliness into each day to bring added dimension to every aspect of our experience..... so that as we move through each day we may see His beauty, feel His touch and perceive His presence all around us. His beauty is woven throughout all of His creation. How great are His benefits to His children.

As we diligently seek Him, His beauty becomes more and more visible to us, and increasingly we will comprehend the richness of His love and caring..... whereby we are very rich.

"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple."
Psalm 27:4 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Mailman's Best Friend

(For the first part of this story see May 30, 2006 Archive)

Pixie missed her mailman friend. She had followed him around for such a long time, and she really loved being with him. But now that he no longer worked in the area where she lived, she had to settle for just remembering "the good times". So she retired to just being at home with the family that owned her.

During the years that she was the mailman's dog, she was in a musical comedy, "Finian's Rainbow", at the Civic Theater. Our family was invited to come and see the production. The girl who owned Pixie was in the chorus on stage, and as long as the chorus was singing, Pixie just sat there with the "crowd" and waited. She was delightful. But during intermission, Pixie got away from the girl, picked up the mailman's scent and followed it to where we were in the theater. She came barreling down the aisle, found our row, and took a flying leap, running across the laps of everyone between the aisle and where we were. She "mobbed" the mailman with affection when she saw him. Luckily, the people who were sitting there when she came through were not angry with her but thought she was cute.

The people who owned Pixie owned a photo studio in the downtown area, and later on in years, as Pixie grew older, they took her to work with them at the studio. One day she got out the door and picked up the scent of the mailman, who was now working in that area. She followed his scent many blocks through the downtown area, and through the heavy traffic that was there, until she came to the post office. When the mailman came in from his route at the end of the day, there she was, sitting up next to his mail case waiting for him. They had a grand and very happy reunion!!! Somehow this made up for the time that they had not been together. But then he took her back to the studio.

Later on the mailman's family was able to borrow a leather mail pouch from the post office, take it to the photo studio and get professional photos of Pixie sitting in the pouch. These were a gift for the mailman in his retirement, so now the mailman had beautiful photos of his little four-legged friend.

Both he and Pixie seemed happiest when they were together!!!

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Humility is soft within
And brings a quiet confidence.
It won't be found in boastful hearts
But gently lies in non-defense.

It doesn't search for accolades
Or feed on others' constant praise,
But rather meets another's needs
And never will it's banner raise.

It acts and serves as Jesus did
And won't promote itself above
Any other human being,
But sincerely serves in love.

"Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
I Peter 5:5-7 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, July 07, 2006

Too Much Stuff

Omigosh, what's all this "stuff"?
We seem to have more than "enough"!
When we can't find some thing we sputter.....
We probably have too much clutter!

"Stuff" just seems to multiply.
And then we start to wonder why
We keep things "for a rainy day"
Which we should give or throw away!

So I'm cleaning corners out,
Making order roundabout.
Doing this may help me find
Lost items - and some peace of mind!

Stuff just seems to sneak right up.
And soon we have a pileup!
I'm going to change my ways this year,
(And hope that "stuff" won't reappear!)

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Heart Of Compassion

When a little child falls
And you lend him a hand,
Then he can get up
And be able to stand.

He may be shook up
And feel "ruffled" a bit,
But if you just hold him
He'll soon be quite "fit".

By being there for him
And showing him grace,
You've given him courage
His problem to face.

The child has been strengthened
Because someone cared.
And he will feel good
From the love you have shared.

"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him."
Luke 10:33-34 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Too Much In A Rush

Every day people get in a huff
Over jobs and traffic and things and stuff!
Now what good purpose can there be
For being upset to this degree?

When people get too much in a hurry,
They start to fuss and fret and worry.
Surely there is a better way
To handle things and get through the day!

God has a plan to save us from this
So important things we will not miss.
Society says we must rush to and fro.
What's happened to "rest"? Where did it go?

When we turn to God, HE sorts this all out
And teaches us truly what life is about.
Then we can slow down and rest in His peace
And be blessed when the "hurry and scurry" will cease.

"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kindgom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Luke 12: 27:31 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

God's Nation

We have a Godly heritage.
We stand on firm foundation.
God has covered us with His hand
And mightily blessed this nation.

We should not change from who we are
And turn from Godly wisdom
To please a few with "new" ideas
Who would create schism.

America, we stand in prayer.
In God we trust, in Him abide.
Those of us who really care
Stand against this evil tide!

We need God our course to chart,
To lead our steps and guide our way.
Why should we from Him depart?
We will stand and we will pray!

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
Psalm 33:12 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, July 03, 2006

Expressions Of The Heart

The words of the heart are written
in the countenance and expressed in one's actions.

What is hidden there will reflect in that life, and
steer it in the right (or the wrong) direction.

What is there will "keep" the heart or destroy it,
stunt it's growth and cloud it's vision, or
cause it to prosper and fulfill God's intended design.

How wonderful the imprint of Jesus
on a heart..... to keep it tender and pure,
and cause it to blossom and smile.

For a smiling heart is a gift from Him,
and it speaks of His love and beauty.

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."
Psalm 19:14 NKJ

© 2005 ArleneSchwartzkopf

Sunday, July 02, 2006

His Peace

Do you ever just feel frazzled
When stress begins to build?
Just turn your focus to the Lord.
Your tension will be stilled.

Do you ever feel afraid
And are jittery inside?
Let the Lord take all your fears,
And in His peace abide.

Do you ever feel unsure
And just need some new direction?
Wait until you have His peace,
For He will give protection.

Jesus' peace is ever there.....
Only a prayer away.
Every day will be a joy
If in His peace you'll stay.

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
Psalm 119:165 KJV

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."
Isaish 26:3 KJV

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
John 14:27 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, July 01, 2006

White As Snow

If your life has not been good
And you've not done the things you should,
If you don't like your life's review,
It's not too late to start anew.

The Lord will cover with His grace
Past hurts and wrongs you can't erase.
He will wash away your sin
And give you peace and joy within.

He made provision long ago
So that all mankind would know
His love throughout eternity.....
He gave His life at Calvary.

This He did for you and me
From sin and shame to set us free.
Greater love has no man known
Than what our precious Lord has shown.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf