Friday, May 31, 2013

New Every Morn

If you have days when you’re feeling quite worn,
Remember, God’s mercies are new every morn.
It’s He Who will help you and give you new zest
To run with new vigor and meet every test.

You may be behind when you get out of bed
And wonder just how you will come out ahead.
Rejoice in the Lord! Be glad for the morn.
It is His pleasure, your day to adorn...

With beauty and goodness and riches untold.
He’ll give you perspective to recognize “gold”.
Your day will be blessed. You’ll have a new view
Of God’s lovingkindness and His love for you.

“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

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

“It is of the Lord’s mercies and lovingkindness that we are not consumed, because His (tender) compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Pleasant Season

While my body moves slower, my mind is a-whiz.
(Since I’m retired, that’s the way that it is!)
I do not need to run in a race,
But I will have fun and enjoy my new pace.

I can still learn, and I can still write.
Sharing with others brings daily delight.
So I am busy and never get bored...
Many new thoughts within me are stored.

This season in life is a lovely new blessing...
Sometimes a fun way of memories expressing.
Never do I want to sit and just “laze”.
I am light-hearted... and give God the praise!

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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Listening Ear

Children need a listening ear,
Their feelings and their thoughts to hear.
Listen closely as they share
And secrets of their hearts they bare.

Children love a smile or two,
To know that they’re approved by you.
And they love a gentle touch
To let them know you love them much.

Children are a precious gift,
Our lives to warm and hearts to lift.
We can learn a lot from them,
For each one is a sparkling gem.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord...”
Psalm 127:3 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Waiting On The Lord

How many times we need to “wait”,
And on our patience this will grate!
We simply want to move ahead,
And then we have to wait instead.

But waiting on the Lord is good.
We’ll do more than we thought we could,
For he facilitates our work,
Protecting us from “threats” that lurk.

God redeems our time for us
And saves us from a lot of fuss.
Wisdom says to wait on Him
And praise Him in the interim.

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:25-26 KJV

“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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering Our Heroes

Thank you, Veterans, one and all
For answering our country’s call.
We raise a banner in your name
For your defense of freedom’s flame.

Our debt to you we can’t repay,
But from our hearts want to convey
Much honor for the job you’ve done.
You’re truly heroes, next to none.

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 26, 2013

God's Faithfulness

Thank You, Lord, that sometimes
When I pray, You answer, “No”.
For often times there’s something better
Which You may bestow.

My own choices may deter me
From Your master plan for me.
It isn’t wise for me to make
My own decisions hastily.

You shut doors which are not right,
So I learn patience as I wait.
As I hope and trust in You
An opening You will create.

As I take the steps You plan,
I will arrive where I should be.
And then I’m thankful for Your “No”.
You care for me so faithfully.

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV

“For I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you, will continue until the day of Jesus Christ - right up to the time of His return - developing (that good work) and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”
Philippians 1:6 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Shining Brightly

If you love the Lord you’ll have light in your eyes.
His love in your heart you cannot disguise.
You will have calm, and your smile will be bright.
Your appearance will change because of His light.

His presence will cause you to have peace and grace
If you’re under pressure or just need some “space”.
He’ll give you composure and add to you cheer.
You’ll make an impression on those who are near.

And if they should ask, “How did you stay calm?”
Share that the peace of the Lord is as “balm”.
Many will notice His brightness in you
And they may be drawn to want His light too.

“The light in the eyes (of him whose heart is joyful) rejoices the heart of others, and good news nourishes the bones,”
Proverbs 15:30 Amplified Bible

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble and good deeds, and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 24, 2013

Our Great Creator

God’s majesty is in a tall mountain peak,
And the size of the oceans of His vastness speak.
The heavens are far beyond our comprehension.
We cannot fathom their size and dimension.

In trees which grow tall and plants which are small,
His creativity is given for all.
Bees which make honey were part of His plan.
Something so small, yet created for man.

All that we have is from God’s own hand...
So very much more than we understand.
For His lovingkindness we bring Him acclaim.
All glory and honor be unto His name!

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.”
Psalm 150:1-2 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Worshipping God

O Lord, as I worship you today, let my meditation be as a tapestry of woven thoughts, words of beauty gently laced together with loveliness, unto You.

Let my inner being bend and sway in response to the movement of the Holy Spirit, absorbing new dimensions of sensitivity and grace.

Let all the offerings of my life respond to Your presence and be an ever-growing expression of worship unto You.

You are my God, and you are worthy of all praise...

“How lovely are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.”
Psalm 84:1-2 Amplified Bible

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my (firm, impenetrable) rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Truth Shines Brightly

Sooner or later an untruth will fail.
Tripping and stumbling o’er its own feet.
Any good purpose which we may have had
Lying and falsity will surely defeat.

We cannot create a tangle of words,
Leaving impressions which may be quite blurry.
For light pierces through, exposing the truth,
And then there is reason to hide and to worry.

There is no way to untangle a lie
Except to admit that it just isn’t true.
It may be hard to always speak truth,
But truth won’t leave shadows which flashback on you.

“Truthful lips shall be established for ever, but a lying tongue is (credited) but for a moment.”
Proverbs 12:19 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blessed Are The Thoughtful

Blessed are the thoughtful in heart,
Who reach out to others and kindness impart.
Thoughtfulness often will touch “the right spot”
And bring joy or healing where needed a lot.

We do not know the “weights” in a heart.
The heart may be heavy... or empty in part.
Just being kind may “open a door”
And may be the key for that heart to soar.

Practicing kindness will stir up good will
And make a day better than “run-of-the-mill”.
Thoughtfulness balances “woes” with a smile,
Enabling others to run the “nth” mile.

“Love endures long and is patient and kind.”
I Corinthians 13:4 Amplified Bible

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 20, 2013

Clutter Happens

Clutter happens. It’s a mess!
This problem I must soon address!
Paper seems to grow and sprout...
Do I save or throw it out?

There always is a “not sure” pile,
So I save it “for awhile”.
And soon the pile overflows.
When I’m not looking, it just grows.

My cupboard had an empty place,
And now I have need of more space.
Something multiplied in there.
Probably this needs some prayer!

My house can’t be a big “in” box.
This problem I must soon outfox!
I need boxes, labeled “OUT”
And close surveillance all about...

To stay ahead of too much clutter
(Which tends to really make me mutter!)
If I don’t have some “open” space,
I have a challenge I must face!

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Footsteps In The Sands Of Time

What footprints will you leave
As you walk the sands of time...
Will all your steps be meaningful
And have rich paradigm...

Imprints etched in hearts and lives
Of those you love and know.
Will remain as inspiration,
Though the sands may shift and blow.

Your footsteps may leave meaning
For some folks you have not known
As they observed you from afar
And through you love was shown.

Footprints walked in faith and love
Can’t be erased or blown away.
Though the winds may shift the sand,
Eternally your prints will stay.

“Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end).”
I Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Celebrate God's Goodness

It is good to review the blessings of God,
To always be mindful... our memory to prod,
Lest in our hurriedness we bypass “gold”
And don’t even see a blessing unfold.

Hurriedness “crowds” sensitivity’s space,
And we miss a blessing because of our pace.
If we will purpose to ponder and pause,
We will find reason to give Him applause.

We cannot number the gifts He pours out.
His beauty and blessings are all round about.
For all that He gives, we should celebrate.
Our God is awesome... His beauty is great!

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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blessed Children

Blessed are the children who show high regard
To parents who raised them and worked very hard,
Who show sweet compassion as parents grow old,
And time and attention they do not withhold.

Blessed are the children who listen and watch
And know when their parents aren’t feeling top-notch,
Who know that a visit or phone call brings cheer.
Hearing from children to parents is dear.

Parents “light up” when a daughter or son
Gives praise or applause for a job that’s well done.
A “pat on the back” for a mother or dad
From a daughter or son will make them feel glad!

“Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:2-3 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Fruitful Tree

I want to be a fruitful tree
And bring forth fruit continually.
Let my leaf and blossom grow
And fragrance sprinkle to and fro.

I want to drink from holy streams
And meditate on Godly “themes”.
Let my spirit not grow old
But to God’s tenets keep firm hold.

I will prosper and drink deep.
All God’s wisdom I will keep,
That I might be a fruitful tree
And bear good fruit continually.

“Blessed is the man...whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Psalm 1:1-3 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Humor is a pleasantry
To make us smile and bring us glee.
Wit and laughter are much fun
And seem to help our work get done.

Attitude and frame of mind
Will lighten up “the daily grind”.
Making choice to have a smile
Will help us go “the second mile”...

Causing others to delight
And maybe have a day that’s bright.
Laughter, smiles and merriment
On some days will be heaven-sent.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Answered Prayers

The Lord’s lovingkindness our lives can “redo”.
Joints can be healed and hearts are made new.
That which we’ve lost the Lord can restore.
He will encourage or open a door.

Whatever your need, the Lord is aware.
He’s waiting to help you and answer your prayer.
If you are suffering or have special need,
All your requests He’ll more than exceed.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”
Psalm 63:3 KJV

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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 13, 2013

Truth And Light

Our land was built with strong foundation,
But many now have deep frustration.
Lord, help us see Your light, we pray,
For truth is twisted every day.

Let our footings never crumble.
Guard us, lest we trip or stumble.
Let Your truth spread far and wide,
Exposing that which would divide.

Let Your light drive darkness out.
Let Your truth bring turnabout.
Save us, Lord from evil’s tide
That we in peace may still abide.

How we need Your might and power
To save us in this urgent hour.
Hear our prayers and heal our land.
We need Your strength to help us stand.

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

“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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartrzkopf

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day


Moms are made of precious gold.
Their gifts of love are manyfold.
From time of birth until we crawl
They smile and hold us when we “call”.

As we grow they hover near
And always have a ready ear.
Should we have a need or fear,
They are there, our thoughts to hear.

From dawn to dusk a mother prays
For wisdom in just how to raise
Her children whom she loves so much.
Through prayer she has the Lord’s own touch.

And so her children are much blessed
She gives to them her very best.
Through her love they find God’s light.
Because she shines so very bright,

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Proverbs 31:28 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Joy Will Not Fail

We can leave a bright new trail
Of hope for those who ail or fail.
Sometimes when a person’s down
A smile will help offset their frown.

Encouragement is often needed,
And joy will need to be “re-seeded”.
Laughter helps a heart to heal
And joy restores an “even keel”.

By example we inspire
And cause another to reach higher.
As we walk we leave a trail
Of hope and joy which will not fail.

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

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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 10, 2013

Alive And Well

We must keep our spirit “well”
And never let t become dull.
When the Holy Spirit moves
We cannot be caught in a “lull”.

As we listen carefully
We will hear the Spirit’s voice,
Or sense His movement ‘round about
And deep within we can rejoice!

He will lead us faithfully
And help us have fresh comprehension.
What a privilege this is...
To be part of this blessed dimension.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
I Corinthians 2:12 KJV

“Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:13 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Planning Well

It's wise to have foresight in planning ahead.
A schedule un-planned can sometimes cause dread.
Things will pile up, confusion will reign.
And "running behind" will cause undue strain.

With "too much to do" we can't keep things straight,
So we must measure "the size of our plate".
If it's too full, we need to cut back.
Important things never should suffer from lack.

Well-balanced planning will help us find ease,
And we will discover results which will please.
Planning ahead is a helpful solution,
For "tired and harried", it brings resolution.

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps."
Proverbs 16:9 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A Story About My Little Oak Tree

We had a little oak tree.
It was barely ten feet tall.
We didn’t guess another tree
Would break and on it fall.

Underneath the brush it lay,
Bent down to the ground.
But little did we know right then
How much it would rebound.

We cleared away the broken tree
And lifted up the little oak.
We didn’t know if it would live....
Maybe too its roots were broke.

We gave it tender loving care
And watched it start to thrive and grow.
O’er the years it spread its limbs.
Its “wounds” were healed from long ago.

If you ever have been broken,
Think about my little tree.
God will lift you up again,
Will nurture you and set you free...

To grow into a stately oak.
Your life too will have a story.
You will have God’s strength and beauty,
Which will bless and bring God glory.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
Psalm 103:1-2 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Our God Is Able

Lord, thank You for grace... my strength is from You
When I find myself doing those things I can't do.

Lord, thank You for joy and cheer which I feel...
Delight which You give is lasting and real.

Lord, thank You for hope which bridges across
The spaces before me... I will not fear loss!

Lord, thank You for peace which soothes every "care".
Nothing the world gives will ever compare.

"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 9:8 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 06, 2013

Parents, Listen To Your Child

Children today need a loving "cocoon"
Which by the parents is thoughtfully hewn...
Where they may speak and share what they feel...
Where they can rest and linger and heal.

Problems they face can become "a full cup".
All their emotions get stretched or used up.
When they can "spill out" the stress that they have,
Loving response will be as warm salve.

Parents, be sure you hear your child's cry.
Listen intently so you will know why
They may be suffering and feel all alone,
Just needing comfort and love to be shown.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord..."
Psalm 127:3 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Lessons We Learn

Best lessons in life are the ones that will stretch us,
But stretching is hard, so we groan and we fuss.
Sometimes we wonder why things are so hard,
But what we are learning we can’t disregard.

Endurance is good and patience will follow,
If in self-pity we don’t sit and wallow.
Ego and pride may have to move over,
For some of our lessons are not “beds of clover”.

If we “push through”, just think what we’ve learned.
Through stretching, much wisdom and grit we have earned.
We should not question the hurdles we face
But learn all we can through God’s precious grace.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
II Corinthians 12:9 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 04, 2013

A Firm Anchor

Information moves so quickly it is hard to stay abreast.
Unless we hurry all the time we miss some things and fail the test.
And sometimes we lose track of that which kept us stable in the past...
The wisdom which we leaned upon before we tried to go so fast.

It is more important now to take some downtime to reflect,
To pause for prayer and time with God, our thoughts to gather and collect,
Lest we get caught unawares and swept along in info’s tide.
We cannot let this new found pace our basic wisdom override.

Wisdom is our anchor rope on which we need to keep firm hold,
Lest we lose our footing and by all this “movement” are controlled.
Info changes all the time, but with God’s wisdom we can stand
Against life’s constant daily rush, increasing pressures and demand.

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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 03, 2013

Just One Step

We only can take one step at a time,
Our valleys to cross or mountains to climb.
If we skip steps we may not succeed.
We will not have all the skills that we need.

We learn as we go, our successes to earn.
Taking a “shortcut” should be of concern.
Diligence and patience we should not resist,
For herein is “gold” which we might have missed.

God sets the pace through which we are trained.
As we walk in it, much knowledge is gained.
Wisdom will come and be as a light
To lead us and guide us in ways which are right.

”God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.”
II Samuel 22:33-34 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Beautiful Speech

There aren’t many limits to what people say.
Tasteless expressions are heard every day.
I’m saddened how unrefined words have crept in.
I don’t like to hear them... my patience grows thin!

Christians, be guarded in all of your speech.
Consider your words and where they will reach.
Let what you say be full of much light,
Free of encumbrances, shadows and blight.

Let us reflect the goodness of God.
Let all our speech with beauty be shod.
We shouldn’t accept the speech of today.
It will not enhance what we wish to say.

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A Time-Saver

The cares of the world will rob all our thought,
And if we're not careful our time goes for naught.
Disruptions and "snags" become as a thief,
And from these annoyances we need relief.

So measure your time, spend some with the Lord.
He'll redeem your day and bring you reward.
For "hurdles" and "ruts" which slow down your pace,
He smooths out the problems and offers you grace.

Leaning on Him is sweet, healing balm.
Frustrations must flee, and He gives you calm.
Our God will help you through every delay,
And you will have peace at the end of the day.

"Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths."
Psalm 25:4 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf