Saturday, March 31, 2007

Light For Another

Someone somewhere may be watching
Everything we do each day.
All our actions are important.....
Everything we do or say.

Will we set a good example?
Will our words be full of grace?
For someone out there may be struggling,
Needing hope each day to face.

They may look at us and think.
"They have answers which I need.
They know something which I don't
Which is helping them succeed."

If our lives and homes have order
And our actions kindly speak,
We may be encouragement
For some poor soul whose life is bleak.

"Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one."
Colossians 4:5-6 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 30, 2007

God's Timing

Don't try to fix what isn't broken.
Leave uninvited words unspoken.
Don't "rush in" without a thought
Or just assume more than you ought...

For fools rush in where angels won't.
Wisdom simply says... "Just don't".
Others need their very own "space",
And it is best we hold our place.

If we watch and wait, we'll see
Whether God would have us be
An instrument of love or hope
To help another pray or cope.

But He may choose to use another
To help that sister or that brother.
He will save us many an error
If patiently we'll wait in prayer.

"Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known."
Proverbs 14:33 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Each Special Day

Savor each day.

Treat it as a friend.
See it as an opportunity.

Use it with joy.
Fill it's space with good things.
Include love and warmth and laughter.

Use it wisely.
Make it special in some way.

Be grateful for the lovingkindness
Of a wonderful and awesome God.

"This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Stuck In Place

I have always been grateful for the unique way the Holy Spirit leads in any given situation.....

In years past I played the piano in a large church. In this setting there was a worship leader, a pianist and an organist. The worship leader would "move" as she was led by the Spirit, and we followed along on the instruments.

On one Sunday morning we had a very well-known guest speaker. He preached a powerful sermon and, at the end, he broke into singing the old hymn, "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand....."

As was the norm at this point, whenever a leader would start singing, the organist and I would move back to the instruments and start to play along. I started to move, but my feet were "stuck" in place. I tried again to step forward, but my feet were literally "planted". A moment later I heard the Holy Spirit say, "He's (the speaker) in the key of F sharp, and you won't be able to play it strongly enough." The crowd had been uplifted by the morning's message, and they were singing this old hymn with much enthusiasm.

As the service closed I stepped over to the piano to "check out" what key we had been singing in. And we were indeed in the key of F sharp. When we got home from church I sat down at the piano and tried to play the hymn in that key... and couldn't. I stumbled badly.

I was so-o-o grateful the Holy Spirit stopped me that day. My feet felt as though my shoes had been glued to the floor!

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

City Kids

When I was a little girl (five years old) my parents bought a farm, and they then proceeded to buy some animals and chickens. Dad bought a cow so that we would have milk, and we named her "Betsy".

Well, Betsy had a calf. As it was evident that she was getting close to having her calf, my dad told my brothers to check out the situation when they came home from school each day. (Two of my brothers were in high school and one was in grade school). If she didn't have her calf near our barn, Dad at least wanted my brothers to find out where she was before it got dark.

As it happened, Betsy had her calf way out in a pasture area which was not close to our barn. My brothers found her with the calf and they decided that they needed to bring the calf home. At this point it was very obvious that we were just a bunch of "city kids". If cows could speak, I think Betsy would have said, "Look, I've had this calf all by myself and I can certainly see that she gets home without YOUR help."

My brothers decided that if they took the wheelbarrow out there they could put the calf in and bring it home that way. Well, Betsy did NOT think that was a great idea. She was reallly fussing. Picking the calf up was not all that easy, and keeping it in the wheelbarrow was a very humorous scene. The calf would try to stand up and the wheelbarrow would tip first to one side and then to the other, with my brothers trying to keep the calf from falling out. Betsy was following along and just making no end of fuss.

We didn't get very far down the path before my brothers decided that this was not going to work. So they helped the calf out of the wheelbarrow, .. a very clumsy operation... with the calf fighting them all the way. Now this is the best part... the calf stood there for a moment or two, rather sprawl-legged, and then proceeded to follow Betsy the rest of the way home, walking on it's own... somewhat unsteadily, but nevertheless on it's own.

Being on the farm was great fun, but we had much to learn!

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 26, 2007


A lovely time of year....
When new life seems to appear everywhere....
A time of new beginnings.

A season of encouragement....
Rich with promise....
A time to grow and spring forth....
A time of transformation and change.

Bright new days....
Of new ideas and color and fragrance and blossoming....
A time which uplifts and cheers one on.

Surely all the seasons are God's gift, but spring may be the best season....
When all things can become new.
A season of new opportunity awaits us....

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things."
Psalm 98:1 NKJ

© 2004 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 25, 2007

My Hiding Place

Lord, You are my hiding place,
Where I may come to rest,
Where I find peace and comfort
When I'm weary and hard-pressed.

You are joy and happiness
In the midst of pain,
An oasis of refreshing...
To offset daily "drain".

You bring balance and perspective
Which I sorely need,
Guiding me through circumstance
When I'm not "up to speed".

In Your presence I'm renewed.
My time with You is sweet.
And then I'm able to go on...
By Your strength I am complete.

"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."
Psalm 32:7 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Eternal Treasure

Earthly goods have no real worth...
To heav'nly life cannot give birth.
Heaven's treasure is priceless gain...
The highest prize we can attain.

All we have will pale and dim
As we see Christ and worship Him.
What joy will come within the soul
As we shall reach our heavenly goal.

No more tears and no more strife,
Which often touch our present life,
But fellowship before the throne
With Christ and those who are His own.

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him....."
II Timothy 2:12 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 23, 2007

Breath Of Spring

The breath of spring is in the air
When all the trees their blossoms wear,
Lining twig and branch and limb,
As pretty as a lovely hymn.

All of nature is excited
(And soon we all will be delighted).
Spring offers us the earth's "good news"
In brilliant shades and softest hues.

She greets us in a lovely way,
Bursting forth in fine display.
For she was "hidden in the cold",
But now her glory we behold!

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wisdom's Balance

Though men may debate, God's wisdom will stand,
Even though they quibble throughout the land,
Promoting ideas with man-made intent
About which they endlessly fume and lament.

Then TV and radio replay all this "news"
So we may "learn" and maybe will choose
Which side to be on..... should there be a vote.
First we should pray and of wisdom take note.

God's view is clear and will give good perspective.
He'll guide us and help us to be quite selective.
If we trust Him He'll show us when there may be error.
From Him we should learn and of man's views beware.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Worth Of A Life

Recently my mother was in a rehabilitation center for therapy. As I had been visiting there I noticed that some of the "patients" (some long-term, some temporary) didn't have any visitors.

One woman, in particular, caught my attention. Each day she would sit out in the hall in her wheelchair, staring at a little bulletin board and watching the activities of the many workers there or just watching people walk by. She seemed so alone.

One evening she sat holding a Christmas bell made out of colored paper. She asked me if I could read what was written on it because she didn't have her glasses. It had been made and signed by a little girl, and on it was written "God loves you". After I read it to her she held it tightly in her hand, glancing at it often. It was only a paper bell, made by a little girl she didn't know, but it seemed to mean so much to her.

So I began to talk with her. I wanted to learn about her life. She shared that she is 85 years old, is mother of six children, had been married twice and widowed twice. What a full life! And even at age 82 she is as alert mentally as a young person.

As I visited with her, then a few other patients in wheelchairs began to gather and visit also. They all seemed delighted just to have someone to talk to. I have learned that all of them respond to a bright smile or "How are you today?" They want to be acknowledged or "recognized" and to have someone to talk to... to feel someone cares.

If the life of this one woman is any indication, then this rehab center is full of gold and "wealth" of experience. Only God knows the riches stored in the lives of those dear people. And what a need is there, just waiting for someone to fill it.

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Smiles

Winter starts to lose its grip
When spring decides to show her face,
For spring just seems to blossom forth
And winter's bleakness to displace.

Cheerfully she starts to show
In twig and shoot, leaf and flower.
All the earth begins to stir
In readiness for spring's bright hour.

Her appearance rushes on
And trees burst forth in glorious bloom.
Her fragrance fills the morning air
With nature's wondrous, sweet perfume.

Rest and slumber were the mode
As winter had its quiet day.
But all the earth will soon awaken,
As spring comes brightly on her way!

"And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:12 NKJ

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 19, 2007


Character builds in all that we do.
Act after act it's house it will hew.
It will be learned as we work and we pray
And is built by the choices we make every day.

How sad if we don't follow after it's cause,
For it will be obvious that we have flaws.
The fear of the Lord will give it fine start,
For strong understanding the Lord will impart.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments."
Psalm 111:10 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sweeter Than Honey

A little bee goes about gathering nectar,
Which he then takes "home" to make something sweet.
This little winged fellow works long and works hard
To gather enough to make honey to eat.

If I could be just like this small honey bee
And gather the sweet things in life that I find,
Surely my life would grow sweeter each day.
If I eat "this" honey then I might be kind...

I'll seek out the "nectar" which makes me more gentle...
God's sweet-scented "flowers" of love and good will.
I'll search for His fragrance which makes me more humble
And draw of this nectar, my spirit to fill.

When the small bee has finished his labor,
He offers "good food" for others to eat.
Lord, make me like him! As I gather Your nectar
Make my life as honey... so very sweet!

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day


May He lift you up this day,
Guide your path and light your way.

May His angels watch o'er you
To keep you safe in all you do.

May His Spirit hover near
Your needs to meet and prayers to hear.

May He fill your heart with song
And give you blessing all day long.

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace."
Numbers 6:24-26 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 16, 2007

Love Expressed

Agape love expresses caring,....
Of one's own self truly sharing,
Always doing what is best.
It's more than "flossy" words expressed.

It will speak the truth in love
And always seek to stay above
The weariness of daily cares.
It finds it's way through heartfelt prayers.

Unselfishly it reaches out,
Bridging over fear and doubt,
Encouraging another one
To fulfill what God's begun.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 15, 2007

One Ordinary Day

If you have pets, oftentimes what are the most ordinary days can turn into mountains of fun and laughter, or even instant uproar, in just a moment's time.....

One day my mom came over to my home, and while she was there offered to help me with some of my housework. She decided to do some vacuuming, which certainly would have been an ordinary task on most days. She was vacuuming in the dining room and pushed the vacuum cleaner under the dining room table. Because I had a pretty tablecloth on the table which hung down nicely on all sides, she didn't notice whether there was really anything under the table. She was just cleaning.

All of a sudden there was a loud squealing sound..... z-z-z-zzz. It startled her and she couldn't think what to do. I said, "Quick! Turn it off! There is something caught in the belt!" She wasn't used to my vacuum cleaner and couldn't remember where the switch was, so I rushed over there and clicked it off. Then she pulled the cleaner out from under the table to see what was the matter, and here was the dog! She had caught our dog in the vacuum cleaner!

There have only been a few times in my life that I laughed as hard as I did at that moment. Both of us went into hysterics! We laughed until the tears were running down our faces and our sides were aching..... and then still laughed some more.

After several minutes I realized we probably needed to do something about getting the poor mutt extricated from this strange situation. He had been sleeping on his back, so when she pushed the vacuum cleaner under the table she caught the long shaggy hair on his tail. The vacuum pulled part of his tail in, and this long hair was all wound around the roller. He was still on his back, wiggling to try to get up on his feet, which was a funny sight in itself. He couldn't quite figure out what had happened to him.

We couldn't just pull his tail back out, so I had to take the roller off the vacuum, which was no easy task with him still attached to it. Finally, after several minutes of trying to hold him still, I was able to remove the roller and get him untangled. The good part is that he wasn't hurt, but his tail looked even more shaggy than before.

Probably this would not happen again, but we learned to look under the table before we vacuumed, just in case..... I am writing this many years later, but it still brings laughter to me as I remember that funny scene.

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Listening Ear

Sometimes the Lord will send up a "red flag",
And we "drag our feet" and some time then will lag
Before we respond to the words that He said,
Forgetting, or doing "our own thing" instead.

Jesus is faithful to guard and to guide
If we will just listen and forego our pride.
We may not know just what He has in mind,
But He'll make our path clear and quite well-defined.

To wait on His voice and to heed His clear call
Often will save us from what could befall.
To follow His lead when we're facing a test
Will save us much grief and prove to be best.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..."
John 10:27 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Heaven's Song

A golden strand of worship
Is threaded through my day,
Woven in the fabric
Of all I think or say.

Rejoicing in my heart abounds,
As God brings forth rich melodies.
In my spirit I hear sounds
Of harps and choirs and symphonies.

Sweet music flows throughout my day
And gathers deep within my soul.
All my song shall be to Him.
With joy His Name I will extol.

This joy that flows from God above...
What sweet expression of His love.

"He has put a new song in my mouth - praise to our God."
Psalm 40:3a NKJ

© 2004 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Message for Amarica

You cannot erase from sight
All that's true and good and right
And then expect "to get somewhere".
Progress cannot start with error.

It only causes wrong direction
And soon your path will need correction.
If you get too far astray
You may have loss you can't repay.

Bow and bend upon your knee.
Pray and seek God for the key
To set your course on "solid ground"
So freedom always will abound.

America, you must turn back
To prayer... that we might stay on track.
You cannot eliminate
The very thing that made you great!

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
James 5:16 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Jesus Loves Me... Oh, What Joy!

Oh, what joy it is to know
That Jesus gave His life for me.
My sin debt I no longer owe....
For He has come to set me free.

He is always by my side....
I never really feel alone.
His friendship is the greatest source
Of comfort that could e'er be known.

Whatever circumstance I'm in,
He's always there and understands.
When I leave my "trials" with Him,
My life rests safely in His hands.

His peace transcends all stress and struggle,
Causing cares to fade away.
In the light of His great power
I have victory day-to-day.

But best of all is His great love
Which covers, warms and heals the heart.
Never faltering, always there,
He daily brings a fresh, new start.

"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

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Good Work

If you are in a trying place
And circumstance don't want to face,
And then you pray to be relieved,
God's purpose may not be achieved.

You may not understand this season,
But God may have a special reason.
He may be working to bring change
And wondrous things for you arrange.

Don't wish to leave from where you are.
To "run" could make things worse by far.
Seek the Lord to know His will,
Then wait, be patient and be "still".

God knows exactly what you need
And knows the best way to proceed.
Let Him complete His work in you.
Give Him the glory which is due!

".....He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 09, 2007

A Ball Of Fluff

"Fluffy" was a birthday present and arrived at my mom's home in a pretty box with a big bow. We brought her there in the car and then put her in the box just before we went to Mom's door. The box had an opening for air, and Fluffy sat inside quietly. She didn't wiggle, nor did she bark.

Fluffy was a small, white miniature poodle. Mom had seen her at a friend's house and fell in love with her but didn't have the money to buy her. So when Mom opened her present she was totally surprised to see her new pet. The two of them became "instant" best friends! And "Fluffy" was exactly the right name for this little dog... she was a real "fluff ball".

As Mom puttered around the house Fluffy would watch her every movement. She was like a little shadow, and she wanted to be in the middle of everything Mom did. In the evenings Mom would sit and crochet, and Fluffy would snuggle right up next to her.

At bedtime Fluffy would get a little miffed, however, because she could not sleep on Mom's bed. Mom really didn't want the dog in bed with her. Even so, Fluffy would always beg to get on the bed anyway. So finally one night Mom reluctantly gave in and let her sleep on the foot end of the bed. Fluffy wanted to be near her, and the warmth of the electric blanket really appealed to her.

One day I was at Mom's house, and Mom went into the bedroom to change the sheets on her bed. A few minutes later I heard her exclaim loudly, "That does it!!!" I couldn't imagine what she was upset about, so I went into the bedroom to see... just in time to hear her say, "I just found a milkbone under my pillow!" I burst out laughing, and then she did too. It seems that little by little Fluffy had been moving up toward the head end of the bed.

Fluffy was full of cute little antics and had lots of personality. Mom had many hours of enjoyment with her... this little four-legged birthday present.

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 08, 2007


"Almost" may not be enough,
But it's still better than "not at all".
It doesn't meet the final test
But shows some effort, however small.

We won't win in every race
Or be the victor in every role,
But as we strive to please our God
He will help us reach our goal.

His perspective always is
To see us have maturity.
As we choose to walk with Him
He becomes our surety.....

That we will know which "race" to choose
And will complete His highest plan.
He will cause us to achieve.....
To finish all that He began.

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...."
Hebrews 12:1 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Time To Rest

When we are too rushed and too much in a hurry,
Then can't get things done..... which causes us worry,
It's time to sit back and review what we do.
For something will "fail" if we don't think this through.

To spread ourselves thin is really not wise.
It's time to make change and a new plan devise.
For when we are rushed we may miss "the best thing".
Then maybe look back and our hands we will wring.

We can pray and ask God to show us His way,
For He will then keep us from going astray.
And those all around us will be very blessed
For when we find God's way, we'll find peace and rest.

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep."
Psalm 127:1-2 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

People Who Inspire


Dorothy was a very special lady......

I first met her as she stood at the door of our church greeting people. Always she was there with a big smile, welcoming people. She was well-dressed and always well-groomed.

Dorothy was petite..... perhaps four feet, ten inches tall. But I never thought of her as small, because as a prayer warrior she was more like nine feet tall - she was mighty!

She was an organist, playing for several churches over time, even into her 70's. She loved the Lord and loved to worship Him.

At times her life had not been easy, but I never heard her complain. Dorothy was married twice..... and widowed twice. I commented to her one day, "It must have been really hard to go through losing a husband twice!"

Her answer was, "Well, I never felt really alone. Jesus was always with me." This was the most prominent thing about Dorothy, and it was the secret to who she was. She knew the Lord well and always walked in His presence. She said once that when she worked full-time, she would go to her car on her lunch hour so she could read the Word and talk to Him. She had conversation with Him all through her day.

When I was going through a dark time in my life, she came alongside me in prayer, and she called me every evening to pray and encourage me. Then one morning she called me early and asked, "Arlene, are you okay?"

I said, "I think I am" ..... wondering what she meant.

She answered, "No, you aren't. You're in shock. I've been up all night praying for you!" (She was already in her 70's at this time.)

I had received some news the night before and had shared it with her. The news didn't affect me at first, but she was right. As the days went by, I realized that I was indeed in shock. It was like a cloud hanging over me, and I just couldn't function right. Nor could I change the condition by myself, because I just needed time to heal. But Dorothy stood by me daily in prayer and, after four and one-half months, the cloud lifted.

Her faithfulness as a friend was remarkable. From a heart of love, always she reached out to serve others. She stayed by my side for several years and was a very wonderful inspiration in my life.

At age 78 she went home to be with Jesus, Who was her very best friend.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:16-17 NKJ

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 05, 2007

God Is Able

When you're struggling and you're tired,
And some change is much desired,
God will hear your cry.
He will satisfy.

When things just don't go right
And the future isn't bright,
God will hear your sigh.
He can satisfy.

If you're lonely and distraught
And friendship you have sought,
His love He won't deny.
His love will satisfy.

If you need to move ahead
But you're filled with fear and dread,
He'll be with you as you try.
His peace will satisfy.

If your money is deficient
And your work is not sufficient,
He will give supply.
He will satisfy.

If you've sinned and feel deep shame,
He'll forgive and take your blame.
Your life He'll beautify.
He will satisfy.

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has 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 honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation."
Psalm 91:14-16 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Heart Full Of Flowers

In the landscape of the heart.....
Are there flowers growing there?
Will the seeds which have been planted
Thrive and bring good blooms to bear?

If the seedlings are well tended
They will have strong root and stem.
With "watering" and careful nurture
Love will blossom forth from them,

Blessing others by their beauty,
Spilling fragrance all around.
When the Lord works in the garden
Love and kindness will abound.

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things."
Matthew 12:35 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Higher In Prayer

In prayer with You, Lord,
I want to go higher.
To soar in the heavenlies
Is my desire,

To feel Your touch
And speak heart-to-heart
In the Holy of Holies...
That place set apart,

Where worldly things fade
And I only see You,
With the day's heavy burdens
No longer in view.

Hidden with You
In the stillness of prayer,
I am transformed
As You graciously share.

It is here that You change me
And make me to be
Much more than I am
And to see as You see.

"Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob."
Psalm 132:3-5 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 02, 2007

Running Too Fast

People are going too fast in this day.
They talk and they "rattle" and have much to say,
But don't recognize what is easy to see.
The message they leave is "It's all about me."

They're caught up in hobby and caught up in job,
And schedules they keep will their energies rob.
Their focus becomes "just keeping their pace",
But God doesn't want us to constantly "race".

Their relationships suffer with neighbor and friend
When activities center on "self" without end.
They "hear" but don't hear, and "see" but don't see.
They don't seem to know that "It's not about me."

If we don't reach out and listen and learn,
We'll tend to pass over another's concern.
God wants us to love and to always be kind.....
To not put self first, but balance to find.

We never will know who our neighbor might be
If we don't make change from "It's all about me!"
To put others first is really the key,
For relationship speaks about "both me and thee".

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it's own....."
I Corinthians 13:4-5 NKJ

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Little Bird

A Children's Poem

Little birdie, winging high,
How I wish that I could fly.
If I had wings then I would try
To flutter up into the sky.

In the wind you soar and glide.
In it's currents I see you ride.
I've watched you circle high and wide,
Far across the mountainside.

You never seem to have concern.
You truly make my heart to yearn...
Every time when you return
To know all that your eyes discern.

Little bird with silver wing,
How do you so sweetly sing?
Beauty to my ear you bring
As you make your sweet song ring.

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf