Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Path For The New Year

Beginning in this fresh new year
I want to have a listening ear,
That all the Lord speaks I’ll not miss.
I pray for diligence in this.

He is able to provide
And all my ways to lead and guide.
The path He sets is safe for me.
He enables me to “see”.

So I’ll not stumble nor will fall
In my endeavors, great or small.
When I choose to hear His voice
I know He’ll cause me to rejoice!

“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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 30, 2013

A New Baton

Take a small step forward
Into something bright and new.
Make a choice to move into
What God would have you do.

Leave the baggage of regret
And unforgiveness far behind,
For these will hinder that new path
And cause you to be somewhat “blind”.

When you’ve taken that first step,
Trust the Lord to lead you on.
The needless weights you’ve carried
Will give way to having His baton.

Carry it with fervor
God’s goodness to proclaim.
Your life will have new brightness
And bring glory to His name.

“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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reflecting On God's Goodness

Thankfulness changes our daily perspective
When on God’s goodness we are reflective.
If we are “running” and going too fast,
The blessings of God we may run right past.

Our God is great and worthy of praise.
We should pause often and gratitude raise.
He is our fortress and mighty in power...
Our peace and our strength in this very hour.

Moments we spend in praising His name
Will change us inside... we won’t be the same.
We will have joy as we’re in His presence...
As we acknowledge and show Him our reverence.

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised...”
Psalm 48:1 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Healing Peace Of Jesus

Yesterday, as I sat in a doctor’s waiting room, I had opportunity to talk with several different people. As they began to share with me I was impacted by the enormity of their needs. One lady said she had just spent a whole month off of work because of a bout with shingles in her mouth. She spoke of the intense pain it caused and also mentioned that she had stress in her life. As she was called in to see the doctor, she reached out to me with her hand... and it was like she was just reaching out for a warm touch in her life.

In speaking to another lady I learned that she was facing a knee replacement because of an injury she had had earlier in her life. She was limping and walking very gingerly on that leg. I talked with some others who were there and were struggling with complex back injuries....

As I came away from that office I was deeply impacted by the need for prayer and healing in people’s lives. I believe Jesus is saying, “Come away into quiet places with Me, where restoration and healing can begin to take place. In the world today you have stress (and stress-related ailments), but in Me you will find deep, penetrating peace. Pursue My peace so your body, mind and spirit can rest. For when you rest in Me your body will be able to heal.”

“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

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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Every Day

May love rest within our hearts
Through the coming days and year.
Though Christmas now is over
May its warmth and tidings linger near.

Its message is good will and peace.
To this we daily should give thought.
Practice kindness every day.
Spread the joy that Christmas brought.

Let the fires of God’s great love
Brightly shine for all to see.
Let us truly live our lives
With peace, good will and amity.

“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
John 15:12 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 26, 2013

God's Gift To Us

In a manger Christ was born.
No fancy robes by Him were worn.
But in His heart was Heaven’s gold.
As He grew this would unfold...

People sought His healing touch.
He healed lepers, poor and such.
He cut through tenets of the day,
The truths of God’s love to convey.

His life did not have fancy “wrappings”...
Raiment, finery or “trappings”.
But with wisdom He was rich.
In our hearts He would seek niche...

Welcome this pure “gift” of gold,
Your blessings will be manyfold.
When God sent His precious Son
To us His gift was “one-on-one”.

“God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
I John 4:16 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Good Tidings Of Great Joy

Bethlehem was quiet on the night when Jesus’ came.
Little did man know... that He would set the world aflame.
He would bring salvation to redeem man from all sin,
And yet there was not room for him in the local inn.

Today He lives and dwells within the hearts and lives of men.
May we all remember Jesus’ coming once again.
Let our celebration be to honor He Who came.
And let His love within us be an ever-burning flame.

“For 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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Room In The Inn

Baby Jesus, do not fear...
I will make for You some space.
Little child without a bed,
In my heart I'll make a place.

I invite and welcome You
Deep within my heart to stay.
I want to live my life for You
And want to bless You every day.

As You reside within my heart,
Joy and worship I will bring.
You are worthy of all praise,
You'll daily cause my heart to sing.

Nothing I can offer You
For me could greater joy impart
Than to give You residence
In the inn of my own heart.

"If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
John 14:23 KJV

© 2004 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Message Of Hope

The Christmas message brings us hope
As we remember once again
The birth of Jesus, God’s pure Son,
Would bring redemption for all men.

In this precious Christmas season
Celebrate His wondrous birth.
Let choirs sing and worship swell
In myriad hearts throughout the earth.

Christ is worthy of all praise.
With love He set the world ablaze.
When we hear the Christmas story
Rejoice, be glad, and give God glory!

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...”
I John 3:1 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Childhood Christmas

The light in the eyes of a sweet little child,
Worshiping Jesus, the sweet baby mild,
Is precious and tender and wondrous to see.
His love is so pure and his spirit so free.

Lord, let this “imprint” on him ne’er be lost.
May Your love and grace in his heart be embossed.
May the wonder and awe which he has in his heart
Always remain there... Your joy to impart.

For childhood will fade and a young man emerge.
May angels keep watch and around him converge
To guard and protect this wonder and awe.
Let him ne’er forget the “manger” he saw.

“For He will give His angels (especial) charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways (of obedience and service).”
Psalm 91:11 Amplified Bible

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Celebrate Jesus

As Christmas draws near with bright notes of cheer,
Bell sounds and carols are sweet to the ear.
Hearts become full of excitement and joy
As we remember a sweet baby boy...

Birthed in a manger one night long ago,
Sent down to earth, God’s great love to show.
This is a time to sing and rejoice,
Spread the good news and lift up your voice!

Celebrate Jesus. Make room in your “inn”
For His love a new work in you to begin.
Let His love blossom in all that you do.
Welcome His coming, as He comes anew.

“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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 20, 2013

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 touch.

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 19, 2013

The Real Christmas

Christmas is a holy time
To celebrate our Savior’s birth...
A time to worship and remember
God’s own gift of greatest worth.

But man would try to change it all,
Diminishing the Christmas season,
Leaving us a “holiday”
Without its God-intended reason.

Then what is left to celebrate...
The endless gifts? Or what we ate?
The Christmas trees we decorate?
Or too much cost which we create?

Let us pause and contemplate
The blessing of God’s greatest gift.
Let us worship from our hearts...
Much praise and adoration lift!

“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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

God Sent Love At Christmas

Christmas time should remind us again
Of peace on the earth and good will to men.
We must not forget the sound of church bells
Or the story of Jesus a manger scene tells.

The true joy of Christmas is birthed in God’s Son...
A time to rejoice in what God has done.
He sent us His Son, His great love to show,
And history changed that day long ago.

Christmas is truly a season of joy.
Peace and good will all men should employ.
Remember God’s gift. To Him be all glory!
His expression of love is the true Christmas story.

“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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Let The Children Sing

At Christmas let the children sing.
Let their little voices ring!
Let their hearts well up with joy,
Every girl and every boy.

As they sing of Jesus’ birth
And are filled with glee and mirth,
Listen to their gentle sound.
Love and sweetness there abound.

Children have a special way
In how they sing and what they say.
They will bring a simple view
Which oft refreshes me and you

When the little children sing,
Special blessings they will bring.
Listen to their voices sweet
As the Savior’s birth they greet.

“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

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 16, 2013

This Christmas Season

May candles of warmth burn brightly each day
In hearts filled with love... a beautiful way
To celebrate Christmas and show the true reason
Why we celebrate in this wonderful season.

Giving and sharing with those who have needs
Are beautiful ways to bring joy and “sow seeds”.
Bringing a meal might warm someone’s heart
If their friends and their families may be far apart.

The lonely and hurting may need a soft touch
To brighten their day so they won’t hurt so much.
Some little child might need some new shoes,
A hug or a toy or a game to amuse.

Loving and caring can make this December
A time of much warmth for folks to remember.
If we reach out in this season of love
We’re extending true warmth from the Father above.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 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. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ 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 2:8-14 KJV

© 2007 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmastime Long Ago

In reminiscence of Christmases when I was a child, I treasure the simplicity of those times. As a family we weren’t all stressed out and weary from the “rush” of it all. We had family time... singing around a player piano, trimming the Christmas tree and a nice Christmas dinner. Those were good times.

Each Christmas my brothers and I received only one or two items. I remember the simple things I played with over time as a child.... paper dolls and coloring books; play dishes and baby dolls with clothes; a doll house with furniture; crayons, pick-up sticks and jacks; checkers, simple card games and dominoes; Big Little books and Felix comic books (comic books cost 10 cents back then); roller skates which clamped onto my shoes. I remember my brothers especially liking marbles (do boys even play marbles anymore?), Monopoly and baseball-related items like bat and ball or a catcher’s mitt.

Perhaps the key for today is just keeping things simple and not over-spending (today’s “toys” are expensive); not wearing ourselves out with endless shopping trips, but choosing to spend family time together. Because of today’s pressures on every side, it is more important than ever that we just enjoy one another. The ones we love are more important than the things we get.

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Brightening Someone's Holiday

There are folks I know
And I wonder where they go
At the holidays and such...
Or if they will have much.

It causes me to think,
“Will they have a warming drink
Or a meal to satisfy
When poverty draws nigh?”

If we will just ask
God will show us some small task
In which we could take part
To cheer another’s heart.

For one who is alone
Some act of love we’ve shown
Might bring some needed light
And serve to make things bright.

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so even to them...”
Matthew 7:12 KJV

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 13, 2013

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Re-Capturing Christmas

A subtle loss at Christmas
In the world as we now know it
Has been meaningful tradition...
So many just forego it.

The season is so very full
Of things we "need" to do
That the real point of Christmas
Is being lost from view.

We can take a different path,
Avoiding all this tension,
And re-create a Christmas time
With beauty and dimension.

The real gift of Christmas is
Taking time to help another
Or making something really nice
For family, friend or brother.

The love and wonder of this season
Are seen in people's faces
When we reach out in Jesus' name
With love and warm embraces.

Reaching out to show the world
The Father's awesome love.....
There is no finer gift than this,
By which we honor Him thereof.

"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

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Revisit The Manger

I will revisit the manger again
To retrace my steps and where I have been,
To recall God’s blessings and open my heart,
Ready for God new lift to impart.

Let all my worship be fragrant as myrrh,
And let His great love anew in me stir.
As I remember and take time to pause,
Again I am filled with joy and applause.

Salvation was birthed in the manger that night...
Promise of heaven, mankind to excite.
We can take joy, for God had a plan
To bring full redemption and blessing to man.

“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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The WORD Is Light

When we have the Word’s bright light
Darkness can’t come near to us.
The Word within our heart and mind
Is wisdom’s light... a constant “plus”.

Darkness flees from wisdom’s light.
It likes to work but not be seen.
While evil hides and moves in darkness
Eyes with light are very keen.

Even in the dark of night
The Word sustains and brings us through.
When the Word is in our heart
No fear of darkness can accrue.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalm 119:11 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 09, 2013

A Song Of Praise

In my heart there is a song.
I hum its tune the whole day long.
Its melody will rise and fall
In worship to the Lord of all.

It is good to praise His name
And His goodness to proclaim.
As refrains of worship swell,
Joy and peace within me dwell.

He is worthy, He is King
He is Lord of everything.
Join with me in exaltation,
Praise and worship and ovation!

“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.”
Psalm 145:1-2 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Prayer Breaks Through

In years past I was part of a bible study group that met once a week for worship, bible study and prayer. The home where we met was on a corner in a lovely neighborhood.

The Lord spoke to my heart that I should walk around the four blocks adjoining that corner and pray and that this would bring change in our bible study time. A few days before our study I walked and prayed, as did a few others in the weeks to follow. As I walked God showed me the needs in some of the homes there. One in particular I remember... He said there was a lot of fighting going on there.

As this praying process went on for a few weeks we began to see a breakthrough in the meeting times. The power of God during our prayer times was profound, and healings and breakthroughs began to take place in the women’s lives.

The time spent in “prayer walks” was like the tilling of ground... needed preparation for planting and harvest. We saw results in our study group, but surely many people in the neighborhood were also blessed as the atmosphere changed in that four-block area.

If we want to see change, we must “till the ground” with prayer first... and God will hear these prayers.

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Guarding Our Focus

TV and radio, computers and smart phones
Have altered our lives but have some unknowns.
By the end of the day we’re exhausted and drained.
Our time is all spent, but not much was gained.

We no longer “study” what goes on around us.
Good conversation is nil... not a “plus”.
Relationships suffer because they are “shuffled”.
What is important gets dampened and muffled.

Electronics are a huge “mind invasion”,
Crowding out thoughts of spiritual persuasion.
We need to measure their use with much care
And recognize how they can be a real snare.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 KJV

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 06, 2013

The LORD Is Our Shepherd

Cease to just look down and weep.
The Shepherd watches o’er His sheep.
Lift your eyes in faith to Him.
He’ll beautify what now is dim.

Turn aside from worldly cares
And speak to Him with loving prayers.
He will draw near to your side,
And in His peace you will abide.

He will change your every thought
And bring perspective you have sought.
Always listen for His voice.
He’ll give you reason to rejoice!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:1-3 KJV

“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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Seeing Loveliness

We sometimes miss the beauty
Which the Lord pours out each day,
But we’ll perceive and see His best
If we’ll take time to pray.

Many, many thoughts crowd in...
Not all of them are bad.
But when they crowd out “loveliness”,
This is truly sad.

Taking time to meditate
And worship in the Lord
Opes our lives to loveliness...
A rich and blessed reward.

“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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Procrastination Doesn't Work

Procrastination makes us late
Whenever we decide to “wait”.
If we tend to drag our feet
Important things we won’t complete.

When we have “much” on our plate
The need for urgency is great.
If we get too far behind,
Then we get caught in a bind.

It is better not to dawdle.
When tasks await, be as a model!
Diligence will show you care.
Procrastination is a snare.

“He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
Proverbs 10:4 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Gift Of Caring

Eat of the bread of kindness and caring.
Partake of the fare of giving and sharing.
Drink of the waters of loving expression.
Dine at God’s table in sweet intercession.

We are not “second” when others are first.
In blessings from God we soon are immersed.
Living for self is empty and hollow.
When living for others, much joy will follow.

In giving of self we often can’t measure
The worth of the gift, but it will be treasure
To Him who receives and knows that you care.
For you do not know the weights he must bear.

“Clothe yourselves therefore, as (God’s own picked representatives,) His own chosen ones, (who are) purified and holy and well-beloved (by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by) tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, (and) patience - which is tireless, long-suffering and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper.”
Colossians 3:12 Amplified Bible

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 02, 2013

Listen And Remember

Many times the Lord will “speak”,
But then our memories are weak.
If we don’t keep careful focus
The enemy plays “hocus-pocus”.

If our minds are just too full,
Or busyness exerts it’s “pull”,
He will rob that precious seed
Which God has shared and which we need.

Do not let His words be lost,
For this is much too high a cost.
God will be our faithful guide.
Draw near to Him... in Him abide.

“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
Luke 8:11-15 KJV

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 01, 2013

A Lovely Candle

Encouragement from a friend
Is a candle burning brightly,
For when you’re down it’s hard to see
And do and takes things lightly.

The candle has a healing touch
And overcomes “the blues” with gladness.
Soon you’ll break out into laughter,
Driving out all gloom and sadness.

But more than that, encouragement says,
“I love you and believe in you”.
The candle sheds its lovely light
To brighten all you’re going through.

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

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
Proverb 16:24 KJV

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

© 2013 Arlene Schwartzkopf