Monday, January 31, 2011


Live simply... love much... know Jesus.

Live fruitfully... give much... bless Jesus.

Live honestly... work hard... serve Jesus.

Live purely... honor God... love Jesus.

Live humbly... be thankful... worship Jesus.

Live wisely... pray much... seek Jesus.

"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

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, January 30, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Moving means work... and a time of review.
There are cupboards and boxes and drawers to go through.
Where did it come from... all of this "stuff"?
If we move half of it we'll have enough!

We'll rediscover some things we had lost.
Now we must deal with what should have been "tossed".
All of those things that we tried to collect
We really don't need... as we stop to reflect.

Moving is "painful"... it's not any fun,
And we sure will be glad when it's over and done.
We've learned not to store stuff, and think we will find
We won't even miss that which we leave behind.

This is a picture of how we will feel
As we follow Jesus and learn what is real.
He will make change in our lives every day
And cause all our "baggage" to just fall away.

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Colossians 3:2 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, January 29, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Once there was an old, old tree. And it had stood for many years, enduring storms and drought, wind and weather... and broken limbs...

Over the years many had gathered around its base and rested in its shade. Many found a place of refuge in its shadow. The tree was a symbol of strength, and its roots reached very deep.

It dd not lose its leaves or have a season of rest, as some trees do, but was always green and stately and beautiful. The sound of the wind in its branches was soothing and restful.

There are certain people whose lives are like that of the old tree... who stand for long periods of time... unwavering in their positions. They have strong foundation, and their lives are examples of deep strength and encouragement for others. They do not waver, though storms may threaten.

And even when they are old and "weathered", they are unchanged. By their steadfastness they are a glorious inspiration to many...

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."
Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, January 28, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


When he started his week
He carried a small bag.
Each day it got heavier,
And he started to "drag".

It would be hard
To get through the week.
With this leavy load,
The prospect was bleak.

A Friend came beside him
And picked up his load,
Then carried it for him
As together they strode.

"Why did you do this?"
The little man pled.
"Because I have loved you,"
Is what the Friend said.

"When the weight of the load
Is too much to bear,
I'll carry it for you.
For I'm always there."

"But I do not know you
And cannot give pay,
And yet you'll come with me
As I go my way?"

The Friend looked upon him
with mercy and grace.
The man had ne'er seen
Such love in a face...

His burden was lifted
And he could go on.
The Friend sinmply said,
"Now do as I've done..."

His life was changed
And healed on that day.
He had met Jesus,
"The Light and the Way".

"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 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, January 27, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


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 the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
Hebrews 13:8 KJV

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


That which we live and that which we speak
Will be echoed in time in a way that's unique.
The sound of one voice will be heard in another,
And our words will "return" through a sister or brother.

For we leave a trail as we live day-to-day
Which others will walk on as they find their way.
The "sounds" of our lives echo back o'er and o'er,
For they are not lost, but in others find "store".

If we watch and listen we'll hear a reply
In far-reaching echoes we cannot deny.
Echoes reverberate more than we know,
Extending our lives as they move to and fro...

"A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!"
Proverbs 15:23 KJV

"A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children..."
Proverbs 13:22 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


What could be more delightful than a little grandson with a great big smile?

One day I was going to meet my son and grandson for lunch. As I drove into the parking lot, they were waiting for me. My grandson was waving and had a smile as big as all outdoors. As I parked my car he ran over to open the door for me. Then he coiled up the seatbelt because it didn't retract properly. Next he offered me his little hand to help me get out of the car. (It struck me how thin his little arm was). I took his extended hand as I got out, thanking him as I did. Then he closed the door for me.

After all this, he turned to his dad and commented with a bright smile, "We're supposed to help the old ones."

I could hardly contain my laughter as my son was trying to tell him it's not polite to say someone is old. But it was okay. To him I AM old! He was only six. And he was practicing his latest skills in manners he had learned in Christian school.

I laugh every time I think of this. This little guy brings much laughter to my life... he makes me feel YOUNG when I'm around him.

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, January 24, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Seniors are gold and full of much treasure.
When we "draw them out" we learn of the measure
Which caused them to prosper through times which were hard.
We should esteem them with highest regard.

We have not labored to sow as they've sown.
We have not suffered the hardships they've known.
We have not learned the lessons they've learned
Or even come near the honors they've earned.

Their world is fading from times that they knew,
But values they lived by are worth much review.
When we understand their caring and giving,
Then... only then... will we know about living.

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

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, January 23, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


God's greatest work is done in hearts
When His salvation He imparts.
Who else could bring a sinner home
When he determined just to roam?

Who could make such wondrous change,
A wasted life to re-arrange?
Who could bring a heart of stone
To kneel and pray, for sin atone?

He will reach into deep "sludge"
And save a sinner with a "nudge",
Pouring out His love and grace,
Offering His own embrace.

What an awesome God we serve.
His love is more than we deserve.
No one else could e'er compare
Nor give to us such lovingcare.

"Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
Luke 15:10 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, January 22, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Love can heal a broken heart
And wash away a tear
... or two... or three.
Love breaks down the barriers
And helps us with our fear
... and sets us free.

Love can fill an empty heart
Where loneliness has been
... day-to-day.
Love restores and gives new life,
Bringing joy and warmth again stay... to stay.

Love transforms and changes lives,
Causing a "new day" to dawn
... refreshing... as the dew.
Love is the great healer, bringing
Bright new hope to build upon.
... for me... for you.

"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it..."
Song Of Solomon 8:7 KJV

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear..."
I John 4:18 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, January 21, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Said the tree unto the vine,
"Why do you lean on me?
You should grow your own strong trunk,
Not wrap around a tree!"

Said the vine unto the tree,
"I can't grow tall alone,
So if I cling to you
I'll get up where I am known!"

"But you smother and take over
And my branches cannot breathe.
I need to grow up tall and
I don't like the way you wreathe!

"Therefore, Vine, I counsel you,
Since you were meant to "creep",
I will not let you cling to me.
My mission I must keep.

"It's good to stick to who you are...
A Pretty flowering vine.
You have a different purpose,
And it's not the same as mine.

"So as you stay near to the ground
And cover things down low,
You will be seen by many
As you make your flowery show."

"Every purpose is established by counsel..."
Proverbs 20:18 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, January 20, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


Weave in me a tapestry
With gold and silver filigree,
With red and purple, gold and blue...
All Your shades of richest hue.

Love and beauty intertwine
To make of me Your own design.
Let my threads be clear and bright,
With creativity and light.

Perhaps Your hands will make of me
A work of art which all may see,
Or maybe just a table cloth
Where homeless come to sip some broth.

Maybe You will weave a shawl
For someone old or very small,
Or maybe a warm coverlet
For one whose life is desolate.

When my threads are worn and old,
May they reflect Your heavenly gold,
Woven by Your loving hand
With heavenly riches in each strand.

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me..."
Psalm 138:8 KJV

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writings


The work of one's hands often shows the love of one's heart...

I have been blessed to come to know two ladies who I think have very beautiful hearts... as evidenced by the work of their hands.

These two ladies, Mabel and Hazel, had been working in a church center which ministered to and helped poor people. When the church center closed down they, along with a few other ladies (Zelda, Linda, Helen, Lois, Gloria and Betty), still had a desire to do something for those who needed help. So they decided to make quilts. One day a week they would gather together at Mabel's home, and would cut and sew and hand-tie quilts. Usually there were four or five ladies working, but toward the end there were only three. When the quilts were finished they would give them to people in need.

This may not sound like a very big thing to some. But because they were willing to do this project over a long period of time, the results were extraordinary. Over a period of six years these lovely ladies made 998 quilts and gave all of them away.

Mabel commented that they only quit their project because it began to cause pain in their fingers to pin and sew the quilts. So they have now given the quilt tops that weren't yet completed to a group who is making lap robes for the mentally ill.

What started out as a small thing amounted to MUCH... simply because they were faithful to continue on. What an inspiration!

"She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."
Proverbs 31:20 KJV

© 2005 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Of My Favorate Writings


This is a new day... unlike any other.
It does not look back or mimic another.
It gives opportunity for a fresh start
And offers us time, in which we have part.

How will we use it to please our dear Lord?
Where would He send us... or what point us toward?
This precious day offers very wide choice.
When Jesus directs us, then we can rejoice!

It's just "one more day" till we find His design,
And then it explodes into "brilliance and shine".
The day is unique, with His signature on it
And becomes like a lyric and beautiful sonnet.

May all of our days be "signed" by His hand
And have mighty impact as in Him we stand.
May each day be filled and have a rich story,
Accomplish His purpose and bring Him much glory.

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

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, January 17, 2011

His Love

I stood at the window looking down at the beach. And all was still except for the lapping of the waves. It was early in the morning, and the sand was smooth from the washing of the waves through the night.

As I watched, a family with children came walking down the beach. The children had sticks in their hands and were writing in the sand and digging holes.

After the family passed by the sand looked "messy". There were holes and debris everywhere. The serenity I had seen was no longer there.

Then a big wave came in and washed over the whole scene. As the water receded, once again the sand appeared smooth and untouched... as though nothing had happened. The stillness and beauty were there again.

And God spoke... "My love is like that..."

It continually washes and restores...
Even as the waves washing on the beach.

"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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 NKJ

© 2003 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, January 16, 2011

People Who Inspire - Connie

I once knew a woman named Connie who had learned to lean on the Lord in a very practical way. Connie was a lovely, young married woman with three small children...

She and her husband had invited our Sunday School class to their home for a backyard barbecue. On the day of the barbecue I stopped at her home around 11:00 a.m. to bring a card table and chairs to her. She was trying to mow the back lawn, but her day wasn't going well. She had a sink full of dishes, wall-to-wall toys, hadn't washed her hair, and one of the children had a problem which needed medical attention. Also, that morning, when her husband left for work, he had asked her to fold all the diapers and laundry in the basement because he wanted to show everyone their new waterbed. When I left she was headed to the doctor's office. I offered to come back and help her, but she said, "no".

In the evening when I returned to her home Connie was relaxed and well-groomed, and her home was in perfect order. She was not at all frazzled, but looked rested. I asked her if someone had come to help, and she said, simply, "No. Every time I felt rushed I sat down and read the Word." She had accomplished a supernatural amount of work that afternoon and seemed to have gained strength and composure in the midst of it.

As we remember to lean on Him in the little things He will give us increase in our days and allow us to accomplish the bigger things He has for us. If we don't lean on Him in the little things we may not ever learn what the bigger things are.

"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

2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reaching Out

A Prayer

Help us to see, to know and discern...
A hand reaching out needs a hand in return.
Some folks in need are quiet and shy.
Help us to hear the depth of their sigh.

Sometimes a smile will bring inner healing
To one who is down in how he is feeling.
Sometimes a touch to show that we care
Becomes as an answer to someone's deep prayer.

Lord, You alert us to those who have need
And cause us to sow some positive seed.
Help us, O Lord, to see as You see
And always a messenger of hope to be.

"...Let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
Philippians 2:3-4 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, January 14, 2011

Seniors, Hang In There

If you're feeling useless
Like a flat or limp balloon,
Or if you feel outdated
Like an old and wrinkled prune...

Don't despair, look up and shout!
Don't let your spirit get the gout!
Seniors should not groan and limp
Nor let old age their "style" crimp!

You know more than young 'uns do...
Could show them just a thing or two!
Have some fun... and please don't quit.
We need your wisdom, wit and grit.

By your knowledge and your spunk
You can see through "bunk" and junk.
How we need your common sense
To help us live with confidence!

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

"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing."
Psalm 92:13-14 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Careful Words

Sometimes the words we speak get us in trouble.
Speaking too quickly can make problems double.
It is much better to give words some thought
Or maybe say nothing till wisdom is sought.

How many problems could daily be solved,
And how many tensions could then be resolved!
A disciplined tongue will measure it's speech,
Lest kindness and friendships it's harshness might breach.

The tongue may be small, but has might and power
To impact for good and bring a "sweet shower"
Of kindness and wisdom to those who have need,
And bring good example while sowing rich seed.

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow in wrath..."
James 1:19 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peaceful Waters

Peaceful waters soothe my soul,
Refresh my spirit, make me whole.
Should I pass through arid places
Your pure water "dust" erases.

Waters from Your heav'nly fount
Enable me to climb a mount
Or reach up to a higher plane,
Greater vistas to attain.

Peace is as a living stream,
My anxious moments to redeem,
Flowing out to touch and heal,
God's lovingkindness to reveal.

"He leadeth me beside the still waters."
Psalm 23:2 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Planning Ahead

Many people are "at risk"
Because they haven't given thought
To where they are and where they're going,
Using wisdom as they ought.

Time and resource flee away
When we're not diligent to plan.
How much progress have we made
Since the time when we began?

Prayer and forethought cover much
And save us from much wear and tear.
God will simplify our paths
When we seek His will in prayer.

"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

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, January 10, 2011

God's Best Plan

God will give us what is best
If we will give Him "sway".
Anything which we would choose
May just get in the way.

He already knows our needs
And gives us loving care.
His design for every life
Is rich beyond compare.

Following our own "good" plans,
E'en though they may seem right,
May cause us to o'erlook God's best
And miss His timing for "high flight".

All His plans are so much more
Than we could ever dream.
It's wondrous to be caught up
In His purpose, plan and scheme.

"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

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, January 09, 2011

The Love Of God

If your world is hurting,
Meditate on God's great love.
If you're sick or ailing,
He sends healing from above.

If your life seems harsh
He will lend a tender touch.
If you're just down-hearted
Lift your eyes... He loves you much.

If you feel uncertain,
Know that God is always there.
His helping hand is greater than
The burdens that you bear.

He will gather up lost pieces,
Tying up loose ends.
All which may seem broken
He seals, restores and mends.

"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 creatures, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, January 08, 2011

A Hymn Of Praise

Let my life be as a hymn,
A song of worship and of praise,
Breaking forth as morning sun,
A tribute to my Lord to raise.

Let my melodies be bright
As my songs of blessing ring.
Let my music have increase
In adoration to the King.

Let my hymn find echo in
My family and in my kin.
Let this worship never stop
Bubbling up from deep within.

"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
Psalm 100:2 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, January 07, 2011

Humility And Grace

He who boasts should careful be,
Lest God's great grace and mercy flee.
Grace is given to the humble.
Boasting causes it to crumble.

He who thinks he "has it made"
Is standing on a slippery grade.
Being overconfident
Can often lead to discontent.

When reality sets in
That boasting doesn't help one win,
God is able then to heal
The boaster from His self-made zeal.

"Humble pie" may then be sweet,
As grace o'ertakes pride and conceit.
Humility becomes the ground
On which a life may be profound.

"The Lord lifteth up the meek..."
Psalm 147:6 KJV

"God resists the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."
James 4:6 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Power In The Word

The Word is a fortress of power and might,
Unshakable, strong and bursting with light,
Resource unending wherein we may dwell,
All darkness and error from us to dispel.

The Word undergirds and makes us sure-footed,
Giving us strength which can't be uprooted.
It is our shield against worldly woes,
Bringing serenity, calm and repose.

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."
Proverbs 30:5 KJV

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

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

In Him We Live

Have you ever noticed how
Some folks have good resilience,
Through thick-or-thin and challenge
They just have an inner "brilliance"?

They are never down for long.
They're like a perky jack-in-the-box.
They just have a buoyancy
No matter what their paradox.

They are not discouraged
By the failures of the past.
They put their faith in Jesus Christ
And to His Word hold fast...

Knowing He will lead them on
And cause them to excel.
These folks have chosen wisely
On a higher plane to dwell.

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being..."
Acts 17:28 KJV

"For the joy of the Lord is your strength."
Nehemiah 8:10 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Winter's Pause

Winter brings pond'rings and times to just rest
As hillsides and fields are pristinely dressed
In crystals of frost and blankets of white...
A pause in the year to seek the Lord's light.

As snowflakes fall, or winds blow and storm,
Draw near to Jesus and let Him transform
Your thoughts from last year to a year bright and new
And sponsor ideas for you to pursue.

As you take time to ponder and pray
He will enrich your year day by day.
Winter gives pause when we may take rest
To savor the goodness of God and be blessed.

"The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him."
Lamentations 3:25 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, January 03, 2011

Making Repairs

When we run into a "snag"
And sense there may be a "red flag",
It is time to stop and pray...
To discern a better way.

Systems, plans and hopes we have
Sometimes need some healing salve.
As soon as we become aware
It's good to stop and make repair.

The need for healing, when let go,
The seeds of brokenness may sow.
Paying heed to those "red flags"
Will overcome most snares and snags.

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Philippians 4:6 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, January 02, 2011


Oftentimes Grandma would just sit and listen
To others' expressions and what they would say.
If we made mention of why she was quiet,
She would just say, "I hear more that way!"

This comment always would catch my attention,
For she had much wisdom she gained through the years.
We were the ones who needed to listen...
To not "ramble on" but lend her our ears.

Often our minds are too full of thoughts.
If we take pause there is much we could learn
From those who have lived much longer than we,
For we will find wisdom and have rich return.

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, January 01, 2011

A New Song

The new year beckons, "Enter in".
Let new "seasons" now begin...
Brand new goals and golden chance
To change our "same old" circumstance...

A time to leave "the old" behind
And maybe something new to find...
Wisdom which will make demand
And cause our thinking to expand.

Change from that which is mundane
In favor of new heights to gain.
With new goals we can aspire
To reach new planes which take us higher.

"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
Psalm 40:3 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf