Thursday, September 30, 2010

Diligence Wins

In each endeavor which we make,
Will it stand or will it "quake"?
We must spot if it be weak
And guard against the smallest "leak".

If we have a weakened link
Then our plan we should rethink.
Stronger links may even fail
When weak links falter, break or ail.

Tiny leaks can cause a "drain"
And sap away what should be gain.
Left untended they become
An outlook which can be quite glum.

Diligence and oversight
Will remedy and set aright
Hidden weakness, "leaks" or flaws
Which could defeat our plan or cause.

"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want."
Proverbs 21:5 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Bright Pathway

Know if you are weary
And the outlook seems quite dreary,
In the Lord you have bright hope.
He is there new doors to ope.

When you bow and make appeal,
By His grace He will reveal
All the answers you will need
And refresh you to proceed.

He will never leave your side.
In His peace you may abide.
He will hold and pick you up
And with joy will fill your cup.

Do not be discouraged.
Look to Him and be encouraged.
He will add to you His light
And will make your pathway bright.

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eternal Life

If we've not lived for Jesus, when all is said and done
Our many works won't have much worth... No, not even one.
What we do in Jesus' name has heavenly import.
Oh, what blessing we have when the Savior's love we court.

If we've accepted Jesus and at His table supped,
And stored up many treasures where rust does not corrupt,
We have hope of great reward forever through eternity.
Blessed life with our dear Lord... what more wondreous gift could be?

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:27-28 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, September 27, 2010

Counsel Of The Word

The counsel of the Word is a safe and balanced way
To sort out all our problems and to save us much dismay.
When we don't have answers, seeking counsel is as gold.
Then the answers which we need will carefully unfold.

Prudent thought and wisdom help to make direction clear,
Avoiding traps and obstacles which sometimes could appear.
How much time and money and unhappiness we save.
For counsel from God's precious Word will all our pathways pave.

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

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ruler And King

You are Ruler, You are King!
We, Your people, honor bring.
In Your presence we will bow.
To Your Lordship we will vow.

You shall reign eternally
And all mankind Your glory see.
Holy and anointed One,
Pure and righteous, God's own Son.

All acclaim be unto You.
We bring praise and reverence due,
Lifting up Your name on high.
Your glorious name we magnify.

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord."
Psalm 150:6 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, September 25, 2010

No Bugs!

Lord, why did You make insects
And creepy, crawly critters?
Things with wings and bugs with webs
Sure give me shakes and jitters!

I know birds need bugs to eat,
But sometimes bugs like ME.
And little bees make honey sweet,
But since they sting, I flee!

When I sit out on my deck
Mosquitos share my quiet space.
I'm afraid I do not show them
Welcome, caring, love or grace.

And little ants scout out my kitchen,
Looking for some food.
Patience flies right out the door.
To them I am quite rude!

There are moths who like to chew
A hole in things I wear.
I don't buy my clothes for them...
Not for them to share!

I might like a lady bug,
To bring me some good luck,
But mostly don't like crawly things.
They make me nervous. Yuck!

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Peace Of God

Your peace in the midst of "noise" is astounding...
A "bubble" against all which is confounding.
Your peace "adorns" and softens and cheers,
E'en when disruption threatens with fears.

Your peace becomes the voice of the moment
To guide us and help us receive Your bestowment,
Enabling us then to move with great ease
And handle confusion with calm expertise.

You are the peace which gives us retreat.
You bring the wisdom to make us complete.
Your peace comes forth in ample amount,
Sufficient our problems to always surmount.

"Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sifting The News

When you hear a news report
And sense that truth it will distort,
Sift the "grain" out from the chaff,
For truth is sometimes less than half!

Measure what is true and just,
For all you hear you cannot trust.
We must be alert and wise
And able to discern white lies.

Righteousness must be the rule
When media brings ridicule.
We must stand for truth and light
Lest darkness lead us into "night".

"The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so."
Proverbs 15:7 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Seedtime And Harvest

Good seeds we have planted over time and through the years
Will surely bring a harvest of rejoicing from our tears.
As we sow our labors and our prayers unto God
We can know His faithfulness is more than just a "nod".

For He will count our labors and will bottle up our tears,
Will fill us with His strength and give joy amidst our fears.
Good seeds which are sown may lie dormant for a time,
But then will find fruition as a precious paradigm.

Sowing is a pleasant task, of which we should not tire,
With promise of a harvest, to which we should aspire.
Harvest time is glorious when we gather up our grain,
For God was there amidst our fields, our labors to ordain.

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Psalm 126:6 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Autumn's Gift

Autumn has a splendid style.
Again she brings her dazzling smile,
Splashing color to and fro.
Joyfully she makes her show!

She has beauty all her own.
Her color palette is full-blown.
Brilliant orange and flaming reds,
Glowing golds and copper threads...

Appear on hillsides far and wide,
A lavish showcase to provide.
Autumn gives her glorious best,
And once again we are so blessed!

It seems she tries to bring us cheer
Before the snow-clad time of year.
She will leave a warming glow,
God's love and caring to bestow!

"O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"
Psalm 8:9 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pray Much

Pray and pray, and then pray much
Against men's evil ploys and such.
For some would tear down what we know
And cause our country to bend low.

We cannot afford the cost
Of all our freedoms being lost.
We, in prayer, can turn this tide
So we in safety may abide.

The hour has come, and it is late.
In prayer we must concentrate,
Bowing down before our God,
With deep repentance being shod.

God is able to defend.
On Him we wholly must depend.
Out of heartfelt desperation
Ask our God to save our nation!

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
II Chronicles 7:14 KJV

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

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On Eagle's Wing

The eagle rises in the wind
And seems to glide with ease.
The power in his practiced wings
Great majesty decrees.

There is none to equal
The great skill with which he soars.
Sweeping upward through the sky
The heavens he explores.

God has promised us as much,
That we too would have power
To mount up as with eagles' wings,
E'en in our weakest hour.

"Waiting" on our precious Lord
We find new strength each day.
We become as eagles
And we mount up as we pray.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wisdom Through The Years

Being "old" is not so bad... "living" gives a clearer view
Of that which is important and of all that we should do.
Wisdom and experience only gather through the years,
And become a reservoir of wealth which guides and steers.

Young ones have good energy... for causes they will fight.
Sometimes when they labor hard, they use up strength and might.
Useful insights they will gain from what they have been through.
They will have perspective which is "opened up" and new.

Through the years are lessons learned in how to wisely live.
As we understand God's ways much wisdom He will give.
Even then, when we are old, our God is faithful still
To guide and teach and show us and to add to us new "skill".

"The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is they gray head (suggesting wisdom and experience)."
Proverbs 20:29 Amplified Bible

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Searchlight Of God

God is pressing in and is shaking all that shakes.
His light is on His people... a clear call to truth He makes.
There can be no shadow as His searchlight makes it's call,
For He will touch His people out of mercy, lest they fall.

Truth will be the judge and will pinpoint error and sin,
Cleansing and exposing what is hidden deep within.
If His people bow and will seek His face this day,
God will bless and keep them from the shakings and the "fray".

Do not be alarmed at the shakings you will see.
Pray for light and truth to set all His people free.
Thank God for His mercy as these shaking times appear.
Truth will lift it's voice to all or any who will hear.

"Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.,"
Lamentations 3:40-41 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Forgiving Heart

The cost of unforgiveness is an aching, ailing heart,
A malady which penetrates and pricks one as a dart.
The torment grows in size o'er time and robs deep joy and peace,
Bringing illness and despair, causing love to cease.

Jesus Christ forgives us of our actions and offense,
So we should practice to forgive, to lay down our "defense",
Praying for each other as the Lord would have us do.
He will lift our "woundedness" and heal us through and through.

Oh, what happiness we have when we lay down our "woe".
As we love, and do not hate, His healing waters flow.
Jesus prayed, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do",
Even when He knew that He would die for me and you.

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
Luke 23:34 KJV

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Matthew 6:14-15 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Soaring Above The Storm

Do you rise above the storm,
Reaching heights beyond the norm?
Do you see with distance vision
And with well-thought-out precision?

Storms of life will come and go,
Buffeting us to and fro,
But when the storms are come and gone,
Do you soar, or are you wan?

God is with us in the storm,
Our lives and thinking to transform,
Lifting us to greater height,
Greater wisdom to ignite.

"He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven."
Psalm 107:29-30 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Power Over The Enemy

The enemy studies to set his sly traps
And hides his intentions in enticing wraps,
Trying to sidetrack or spoil or devour.
But he is no match for God's holy power.

God will expose his wiles and deceit.
God is our tower, our strength, our retreat.
There we abide and always return.
There we find wisdom and power to discern.

As we are focused, with eyes on the Lord,
Using the Word, His two-edged sword,
We can avoid the enemy's ruse.
By "living" the Word, his plans we diffuse.

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
I John 4:4 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Measure Of A Life

If a life could be reviewed, what would be the sum of it?
What would be the greatness which to others would bring benefit?
Let us leave an imprint in the lives of those we touch,
To be a light for Jesus to those He loves so much.

Life cannot be measured in the confines of the mind,
But through our service to the Lord are riches left behind.
And these become a a reservoir which can be drawn upon
By many who have known us, even after we are gone.

If a life could be reviewed, what should be the sum of it?
What should be the greatness which to others would bring benefit?
Let our lives be worthy and bring blessing to the Lord.
For this we are created, and in this is great reward.

"Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves."
Psalm 100:3 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Blessed Day

Draw nigh unto the Lord in the stillness of the morn.
Let His sweet tranquility your heart and thoughts adorn.
He brings beauty to each day beyond what we have known
And reassures us He is there... we will not walk alone.

Stride by stride He takes us through the "hurdles" of the day.
With love and joy and peace He protects us from the "fray".
We can be serene and have joy in all we do,
For He gives us perspective and the strength to carry through.

And when our day is done we have quiet and blessesd calm.
His presence has been with us as a helpful, soothing balm.
When He walks beside us every day will be A-One.
We can rest in stillness and be glad for what He's done.

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

"In thy presence is fulness of joy."
Psalm 16:11 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

Freedom comes at fearsome cost
And must be guarded, never lost.
Men have suffered, bled and died
That we in safety may abide.

Evil battles for control.
Ungodly men it would enroll
To serve it's own agenda thus.
Let us pray it not touch us.

March in prayer and rise up strong!
Firmly stand against this wrong!
Let our cries be loud and clear,
That our nation God might steer...

Around these dangers, toils and snares.
May God rule in these affairs,
Lest we drink the cup of sorrow
And not have freedom for the morrow.

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
I Timothy 2:1 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Waters Of The Spirit

The waters of the Spirit, which are pure and crystal-clear,
Will wash and cleanse within our hearts until we shall appear
As spotless and with robes of white before our precious Lord.
Eternity with Jesus Christ is Heaven's blessed reward.

Holy Spirit, wash us now of all our spot and stain.
Wash away the "cloudiness" of that which is mundane.
Let no haziness remain... no shadow or no doubt.
Make us pure and holy. Cleanse us, Lord, inside and out.

"Search me, O God and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Psalm 139:23 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Lord Is Our Help

God picks us up when we're flat on our face
And cushions us gently with mercy and grace.
He sees our needs when we are bent low
And pours out compassion, His love to bestow.

We cannot fathom the depth of His caring
But know He brings help when we need "repairing".
He is our comfort in times of real need
And fills us with strength so we may proceed.

We can rise up from fear and despair
And make a new start because He is there.
He restores hope and brings us great joy.
Always He saves us... He is our buoy.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hlls, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:1-2 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Summertime is near it's close
And autumn hastens near our door.
It's time to think of season's change,
For lazy summer days are o'er.

Autumn, dressed in brilliant color,
Paints the world with new dimension.
(Until she has to look ahead,
And to winter pay attention.)

Autumn is a glorious time,
Reminding us of myriad reasons
Once again to worship God
For His watchcare through all seasons!

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Prayer knows no distance,
But reaches 'cross the miles,
And comes as soothing, healing balm
To ease our daily trials.

Prayer changes circumstance
And really isn't bound.
When we rest within it's arms
God's healing is profound.

Prayer brings God's healing touch
And ushers in sweet heav'nly sphere.
Oh, what comfort, Oh, what peace,
As God replies and hovers near.

God pours out His lovingcare
And fills us with His joy and peace.
When we speak a heartfelt prayer
Graciously He brings release.

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, September 06, 2010

Time To Think

Our minds and our thoughts are under assault.
To noise and confusion we must call a halt!
The core of the problem is daily TV.
Turning it off may be the best key.

We should protect our minds from it's threat.
When we have quiet our minds will "re-set".
Then we will realize what TV does.
It keeps us from God by it's constant "buzz"...

Consuming our time so we do not think,
Making us weary till we're out-of-sync.
Wisdom would tell us that we are not free
If we always sit in front of TV.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Philippians 4:8 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, September 05, 2010

He Is My Peace

I don't wish to be where I am just tolerated.
But I take comfort... in Jesus I'm celebrated.
I can walk tall
For He is my "all".
Always in Him my spirit is liberated.

When things in life become just too complicated,
And all of the factors in Him are well-contemplated,
He gives me peace
And I find release.
By His gentle hand I'm covered and "insulated".

He shows me beauty, more than anticipated.
He is my righteousness... in Him I'm venerated.
I am made whole.
He enriches my soul.
Always to Him my life will be consecrated.

"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

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, September 04, 2010

True Wealth

There are so many who just live to "get",
And, in their "getitng", they worry and fret.
Labor is good to meet daily need,
But "getting" and hoarding have symptoms of greed.

Wealth can be empty, and houses don't speak.
Money can't buy the joy which we seek.
True wealth is found in sharing and giving.
This is the secret to beautiful living.

All that we give our God will return
With much bigger blessings than we could earn.
He multiplies the work of our hands.
In Him we have wealth to meet life's demands.

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
II Corinthians 9:6-8 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, September 03, 2010

Grandma's Quilts

It is fascinating to me... how my grandmother would save remnants and scraps of fabric and then sew them together to make beautiful quilts. The scraps were small and not useful for any other purpose, and yet became part of a beautiful design because of her diligence and her careful stitchery. Her quilt-tops were not stitched together by machine, as today's quilts are, but were carefully stitched by hand with a blanket stitch in a lovely "decoupage" of colors and prints. She did not let any scraps of fabric go to waste.

I am reminded of her lovely quilts when sometimes the pieces of my life feel scattered and there seem to be remnants here and there which don't fit together. I have gone through seasons where everything was in scraps, and it seemed that all possibility of putting them back together was gone.

But God doesn't look at it that way. He will gather up every scrap... and even find some you have lost. Then, with great love and caring, He takes these pieces and starts to create beauty where there was nothing, or where there was a mess. He creates a new "quilt" with lasting beauty, and His handiwork is strong and enduring.

I hsave learned that His love and caring are as a coverlet over my life in every season.

"For he hath said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee'."
Hebrews 13:5 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Growing In Him

In the Lord we stretch and grow,
Our understanding to expand.
Wisdom comes from meeting challenge
Given from the Lord's own hand.

God does this His love to show,
That we might rise to higher planes.
All His "teaching" is divine
And causes us to have rich "gains".

If we walk His chosen path
And do not shrink from His own plan,
We will grow in revelation
Which cannot be matched by man.

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."
Proverbs 4:7-9 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Inner Healing

Much "knitting together" happens in a life over the years, and the constant knitting creates layers and layers of covering over the events of that life. What is in the underneath layers becomes hidden and covered up... so much so that we forget or no longer can even reach or define what is there. Sometimes the "layers" of our life weigh us down and we lose the ability to function as God designed. Only He, by the searchlight of the Holy Spirit, can identify what is there.

And so we must put the knitting needles down and hand the thread of yarn into the hands of God, in trust. With tender, loving care He will begin to unravel the complexity (or tangle) of layers which has accumulated over time. Some of the layers may have been knitted by those around us or by circumstance, but oftentimes we have knitted the layers by our own thinking or actions.

Because we have a merciful and loving God we should not fear this unraveling process but look forward to the fullness of life He would give us. What a blessing it is to have God uncover the knots and tangles and missed stitches and, when He is through, to wear a new garment of beauty, knitted by His hand.

"Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou has put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness..."
Psalm 30:10,11 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf