Saturday, December 31, 2011

Promise For The New Year

The old year now is almost spent,
And the new year hovers near,
Bringing opportunity
Great new plans to pioneer.

Promise for a bright new day
Is what the Lord is all about...
Perhaps new purpose to survey.
Do not question or have doubt.

"Catch" the Holy Spirit's wave
And move in rhythm with the Lord.
The greatest purpose we can find
Is with Him to be "on board".

"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart."
Psalm 31:11 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Great God

If God created heav'n and earth
And to all mankind gave birth,
We can know that He has power
To give us help in needful hour.

Circumstance which we go through
Can never quench what God can do.
God is greater than we know.
Gratefulness to Him we owe.

When His goodness we proclaim
And call upon His holy name
We can know He'll hear our prayer.
God is great... beyond compare.

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
Psalm 124:8 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jesus' Touch

The healing power of Jesus carries warmth and cheer and light...
Encouragement for all that ails... refreshing which is bright.
The healing power of Jesus can transform that which is worn,
Bringing new vitality and mending what is torn.

Jesus' touch is powerful and filled with love and hope...
Much beyond our comprehension, greater far in scope.
All that we release to Him will have a healed dimension.
Even of our smallest prayer He gives us full attention.

Many things we do each day may seem to work okay,
So we don't think to "ask for help"... for some things we don't pray.
Should we bring these things to Him, we may have huge surprise.
In Him ALL is better... all we do He beautifies.

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

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Echoes Of A Life

The echoes of a person's life reverberate through time
And leave a bank of memories which some may wish to mime.
Lives well-lived will leave a treasure, rich and of much worth.
In another person this rich treasure may find berth.

Imprint of the way we live may foster life in others,
Even some we do not know, in neighbors or in brothers.
Good example speaks it's message... we don't have to say a word.
By our actions over time our own echoes will be heard...

Ringing in the memories of some who have passed by
Who wish to change their lifestyle and our example try.
Life well-lived is never lost... it echoes on and on,
Passing on it's blessings as a valuable baton.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Song Of Praise

Your mercy is greater than I comprehend.
On your love and grace I daily depend,
For I'm not complete except by Your grace.
With Your lovingkindness my life You embrace.

Heavenly Father, to You I bring praise.
With all of my heart my worship I raise.
Let my expression Your greatness proclaim.
All glory and honor be unto Your name.

"I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
Psalm 13:5-6 KJV

"Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name."
Psalm 63:3-4 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 26, 2011

Never Alone

Never alone... we're never alone.
We need not fear what may be unknown.
Jesus, our Lord, is constantly there,
Our worries and loneliness always to bear.

He is our friend, well able to fill,
All of those empty spots which feel so "nil".
He brings a fullness of gladness and cheer.
Always His presence is precious and dear.

With Him alongside, in peace we abide.
His loving hand will comfort and guide.
We cannot fathom the works He will do.
Worship the Lord! He makes all things new.

"How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light."
Psalm 36:7-9 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

The Good News

Once again our hearts make trek
To Bethl'hem town to pay our "dues",
Where history changed when Christ was born
And heav'nly hosts brought God's good news!

Once again our hearts will sing
As we are filled with bright new hope,
And worship God for Jesus' birth.
Through Him to us Heav'n's doors would ope.

Hallelujah! Worship Him!
He is Lord and He is King.
With chorus, bells, and harp and flute
Let all men adoration bring!

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:13-14 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blessed Child

Lullaby, sweet Son of God,
As off to sleep You gently nod.
Slumber calmly, safe from harm,
Leaning on Your mother's arm.

Rest in peace... have sweet repose.
In her heart Your mother knows
You're the Son of the Most High,
One Whom men will glorify.

Baby Jesus, You will bring
Salvation to which men will cling.
You are Chosen, Blessed Child,
To reign as Lord... though You be mild.

"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord god shall give unto him the throne of his father David."
Luke 1:30-32 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Tiny Spark... A Mighty Flame

A baby's birth... a tiny spark... would over time become a flame.
God's great love for all mankind the light of Heaven's hope became.
Jesus had no earthly comfort but was birthed in lowly place.
Man received a miracle of lovingkindness and of grace.

Let the flame of Jesus' love be fanned within your heart anew.
Let a holy fire burst forth and brightly burn in all you do.
Let it's light and warmth become contagious by it's healing balm,
Reaching out with new-lit flames, inspiring peace and joy and calm.

May this fire's sparks ignite, unquenchable and with great power.
Let salvation's fires burn with great new fervor in this hour.
Let our hearts be tuned afresh to know the warmth of Jesus' flame,
Remembering salvation's plan - the glorious reason why He came.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
John 3:16-17 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Glorious Event

Silent night, hallowed night,
Eastern star, shining bright,
A newborn babe, love profound,
Angels singing, Heav'nly sound...

Joyful tidings, Heav'n's good news,
Peace on earth, good will to muse,
Shepherds pond'ring distant star,
Worshipping in fields afar...

Quietly a great event,
Love came down... Heaven-sent,
The greatest gift we'll ever know,
Cradled in a manger low.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Light Of The World

Jesus became the light of the world,
A message of hope, as a banner unfurled,
Given to man... God's ultimate gift
Of gracious redemption our stained lives to lift.

In Him is mercy. In Him is grace...
God's wonderful coverings in all that we face.
Jesus became the key to the door
Of heaven's bright gate and life evermore.

If we will follow, He'll show us the way,
Will fill us with joy and all fears allay.
Jesus became our path and our light
So we might have futures both holy and bright.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Song Of Christmas

Music permeates the air
As for Christmas we prepare...
A song that started long ago.
Listen for it's lovely flow.

Let a chorus brightly sing.
Hear the distant church bells ring.
Listen to the children's voices,
Singing as the land rejoices.

Let the Christmas music swell
And celebration come to dwell.
Deep within the hearts of men
Let Jesus' birth resound again.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:14 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 19, 2011

Savor The Miracle Of Christmas

Christmas brings remembrance of God's plan for our salvation.
It's miracle of promise is a cause for celebration.
And yet we hurry to and fro... too rushed to give much thought
To that which is before us, to be reverent as we ought.

More than other times we should pause, reflect and savor
The marvel of God's faithfulness, His wondrous grace and favor.
Drink in all the beauty... stop to breathe in once again
The splendor and the essence of God's graciousnesss to men.

Christmas brings renewal as we ponder Jesus' birth,
But if we are too busy we may miss it's precious worth.
As we again receive all it's blessings and it's joy,
May we have remembrance... it's full meaning to employ.

"The Lord is God, Who has shown and given us light (He has illuminated us with grace, freedom, and joy)."
Psalm 118:27 Amplified Bible

© 2010 Arlene Schw©artzkopf

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Finding Christmas

The real Christmas isn't found
In presents from a shopping mall
And dashing back and forth in stores
For many items, large and small.

Jesus Christ is still the reason -
Christmas is His wondrous story.
He was God's most precious gift.
We should praise and give Him glory.

Jesus' name has been erased
From speech and courts and public schools,
But He still lives in many hearts.
He is Lord and He still rules!

What a wondrous gift God gave,
Of love and joy and hope for all.
The happiness which Jesus brings
Cannot be purchased in a mall.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shalll be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6 KJV

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Voice

It's time to raise a Christmas voice
With joyous sound, "Rejoice! Rejoice,"
As once again we celebrate
And Jesus' birth commemorate.

Hallowed is this special season.
Jesus really is the reason
Why we have a holiday
And God's great love again convey.

The Christmas message shall remain
And offer love and hope again.
God sent "Love" to everyone.
Meditate on what He's done.

Jesus was God's greatest gift,
Our lives to save and bless and lift.
Join with me and raise your voice.
Jesus came... Rejoice! Rejoice!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Season Of Joy

Let Christmas once again unfold
The greatest story ever told
Of Jesus' birth, God's precious Son...
God's salvation plan begun.

Let His love spread far and wide
In a mighty, sweeping tide.
As gifting to the hearts of men,
Let His birth be told again.

Jesus came to make men glad...
The greatest friend man ever had.
Let us celebrate His birth
With adoration, joy and mirth.

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
Psalm 100:1-2 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sing Noel

Angel voices sing "Noel".
Sit and listen "for a spell".
They have good news they will tell...
How Jesus came to earth to dwell.

Angel voices heard on high,
Echoing across the sky
With beauty we cannot deny,
Entreat alll people to draw nigh.

Heavn'ly choirs their worship bring,
"Glory to the new-born King!"
Listen as the angels sing
And let their joy within you ring!

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tell The Little Children

Tell the little children of that night so long ago
When Christ was born in Bethlehem in a manger low.
Share with them that Christmas is a time to celebrate
The love of God for each of them... for them to contemplate.

"Christmas" has no purpose, apart from Jesus' birth.
It takes on worldly emptiness and doesn't have much worth.
Jesus is the center, and He gives us glorious reason
To share His love with others in this bright and joyous season.

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 19:14 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Heaven's Shore

In memory of my brother, David Franzel
December 25, 1931 - December 11, 2011

Our loved one has gone and we see him no more,
But rest in the knowledge he's reached Heaven's shore...
Where sorrow and pain no longer have sway,
Where the Son always shines and there is no "grey".

He rests in the arms of our Savior and Lord.
He ran a good race and now has reward.
If he could speak, he would say, "Do not grieve.
I've just been 'promoted'! You cannot perceive...

"How entering into Eternity's gate
Is far and beyond any earthly 'state'.
All are rejoicing, for there is no night.
My new home is glorious and filled with God's light."

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Is Coming!

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!
It's time to remember our great Savior's birth...
A time of rejoicing, a time to bring praise
And celebrate Jesus throughout all the earth!

Let choirs make song and many bells ring!
Let music rise up in jubilant sound!
Let our Savior's birth be greeted with joy!
Let banners be drawn and worship abound!

Let the Good News be spread far and wide.
Magnify Jesus throughout all the earth!
Let all that we do in this wonderful season
Bring glory and honor and tell of His worth!

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Little Girl's Christmas Tree

In years past my mother, who was already in her eighties, babysat a little three-year-old girl.

As Christmas drew near I thought it would be fun to bring this child her own little Christmas tree to decorate. I gathered up a bunch of unbreakable ornaments I had, then went in search of a tree. I found a little three-foot-tall tree at a lot near my house.

I didn't know how well a three-year-old could decorate a tree, but thought she could at least try. And she totally surprised us! She carefully placed the ornaments, one-by-one, walking around the tree with each one to make sure there were no bare places on the tree. She did a remarkable job for her age. It looked really pretty.

This whole scene was priceless to watch. When she was through she sat down (on a large, wrapped package) to admire her work. Her face glowed and her eyes were filled with delight. As she was sitting there, someone came and knocked at the front door. She jumped up to go see who was there, tripped on a throw rug, and went flying right into the middle of her tree, knocking the tree over. The ornaments went flying in every direction. She was devastated! She cried and she wailed. It was like her whole magical world had fallen apart.

It took a little time to comfort her, but then I encouraged her to pick the tree up and put all the ornaments on again. (It's a good thing they were unbreakable). So she started over and once again decorated her little tree. After I left I'm sure she adjusted and re-adjusted the placement of the ornaments. She was very precise about the way it looked. It was her very own little tree!!!

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Keep Christmas Simple

Christmas is all about God's precious Son...
God's love poured out to every one.
Let celebration rise up in your soul.
With adoration our great God extol.

Church bells and choirs will ring out His praise.
Folks 'round the world bright worship will raise.
Don't get bogged down in presents and trees,
Wrapping, decor and activities.

Keep Christmas simple and take time to pause
And deep in the heart to bring your applause.
Let it's bright message again make you new,
And let God's great love be re-birthed in you.

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
John 10:10 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 09, 2011

Christmas Celebration

Though you may not have a tree
Or you purchase not one gift,
Though you wear no fancy dress
Or your life is all adrift...

The Christmas celebration
Happens deep within the heart.
From there our joy comes forth,
And then Christmas has it's start.

The parties and the decor
Really don't amount to much
If they are not expressions
With our Savior's wondrous trouch.

Our circumstance should not affect
The brightness of the season.
When we know the love of Christ
We have a priceless reason...

To celebrate and fellowship
And want to share with others,
To sing some lovely carols
With some friends or Christian brothers.

The beauty of the season
Lies in grateful adoration
To Jesus Christ Who came to earth
As means for our salvation.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 08, 2011

These Are They

Lives that count are not the rich
But Godly folks with quiet niche...
Those who walk their path each day,
Do not complain, but always pray...

Trusting God in all they do,
Knowing He will bring them through.
All the hurdles which they face
Are more than covered by His grace.

These are they whose faith has grown,
Leaving "wealth" to those they've known.
They in heav'n will wear a crown,
For there these folks will find renown.

"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
II Timothy 4:8 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Joyful Heart

Spread some love and cheer each day.
Drive some gloom and doom away,
For someone may just need a lift.
Your joy to them will be a gift!

Reach out to a little one
That they might smile and have some fun.
Reach out to a friend in need.
Renew their hope by your good deed.

Make a happy atmosphere
For everyone who may come near.
Be contagious by your joy.
Merriment and mirth employ!

"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad."
Proverbs 12:25 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

Good news came on Christmas Day,
God's lovingkindness to convey...
Jesus Christ would be the Light
God's greatest blessing to ignite.

Jesus is God's wondrous gift,
Our souls to save, our lives to lift.
Not that we deserve as much,
Yet all our lives He sought to touch.

What a gift... His precious Son...
That we with Him might be as one.
This good news won't fade away.
God's love for us is every day!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 05, 2011

A Lovely Song

As we think of Jesus' love
And God's great gifting from above,
A song of Christmas sweetly forms
And deep within it's music warms.

Christmas brings a happy glow
Because of Christ's birth long ago.
As the Christmas music swells,
Earthly sorrows it dispels.

Anticipation is so bright
As once again we see His light.
In this blessed time of year
A lovely song again we'll hear.

"And the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2 10-11 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Walk In The Light

Light and darkness just don't mix.
This kind of problem we can't fix.
Walk in light and turn away
From darkness which has gone astray.

When we choose to walk in light
Our steps are sure, our days are bright.
Tangled webs we will not weave,
For light will cause us to perceive...

The fine line which we should not cross,
Protecting us from pain and loss.
Always choose to walk in light,
Putting darkness' threat to flight.

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Ephesians 5:11 KJV

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
Psalm 1:1-2 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Every Day Is Good

Every day there's something good
To praise the Lord and shout about!
Lift up worship, songs and praise
And drive out every shred of doubt!

Think about God's lovingkindness,
His forgiveness and His grace.
His compassion and His love
Will bring a smile upon your face.

All good gifts are from His hand.
Praise His name and shout for joy!
Don't let problems get you down,.
Let His goodness be your buoy!

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation."
Psalm 68:19 KJV

"The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."
Psalm 28:7 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 02, 2011

Beauty And Worth

If there be a touch of beauty
Or a thing which has some worth,
It is from the Father's hand.
It is He Who gave it birth.

Anything that we can do
Will only be a simple "gray".
But when we let the Father work
His handiwork He will display!

His touch upon that which we do
Will transform as from night to day.
He paints beauty everywhere
In generous and full array.

"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
Psalm 90:17 KJV

© 2010 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Beauty Of Christmas

In the coming Christmas season
May our lives be wrapped in peace.
Let us turn our face to God
And may all disagreement cease.

May God's light and beauty shine
To bring new hope and life to all.
May our focus be on Him
And all His benefits recall.

Enter in this holy season.
Look beyond the Christmas rush...
God sent Jesus as redemption.
Savor what God did for us.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV

© 2011 Arlene Schwartzkopf