Tuesday, March 31, 2015

God Heals Brokenness

When you search for strength to cope,
In our God you will find hope.
Encouragement and hope will come
To offset all which makes you glum.

He can overcome deep pain
And free you from your hurt or strain.
He can heal what may be broken,
Erasing wrong words which were spoken.

His healing is a living stream,
Life's painful moments to redeem.
God's lovingkindness is profound,
Spreading blessings all around.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (curing their pains and their sorrows)."
Psalm 147:3 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sowing Seeds In Prayer

Good thoughts and prayers can travel far,
So why not send a few each day
To family, friends and other folks...
Or those who don't know how to pray.

When we pray in Jesus' name
And send some blessings from our heart,
Our prayers become a healing stream
And joy and laughter will impart.

Our prayers may be a bridge of grace
To cover challenges unknown.
The Lord will prompt us how to pray.
His blessings then will be full-blown.

We can be an "instrument"
By spreading blessings to and fro.
By our thoughts and prayers each day
So many blessings we can "sow".

“Always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody. Be happy (in your faith) and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); be unceasing in prayer (praying perseveringly)."
I Thessalonians 5:15-17 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwwartzkopf

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Precious Day

Live today with expectation.
Give to it your very best.
Don’t dwell in what is done and past.
Let yesterday be put to rest.

Fill today with joy and laughter.
Treat it as a golden ray.
Let its promise bring delight,
For God has given us this day.

Let His joy well up within you.
He will bless you with good measure.
When today is put to rest
You will have gathered precious treasure.

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

“In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16:11 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gathering Gold

Wisdom truly takes us higher
If we seek it and inquire.
We should always want to grow
And learn more wisdom than we know.

Wisdom is as priceless gold,
The worth of which does not grow old.
If its merits we would earn
We'll have rich blessings in return.

Gather wisdom, seek it out.
Let it be a "waterspout",
Saturating all you do.
Let its gold in you accrue.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Strong Covering

It is wisdom to pick up the threads of your responsibility and weave them into a strong covering. Leave no loose ends Do not skip over anything, thinking little threads (things) won't matter that much. Little threads, when bound together, contribute to the overall strength of the covering.

A covering woven out of wisdom and diligence will have great strength and provide stability in times to come. When the threads of our lives are tightly secured we will be able to stand strong.

Securing our "threads" now in many ways will be a saving grace later. Let prayer be as a sealant on the covering, and the covering will not fail.

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore, be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."
Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Loving Artistry Of God

God plants in us a “DNA”...
Of wealth and riches to explore.
He adds to us exquisite “color”...
Art and beauty and much more.

Locked within us are His gifts,
Placed there in abundant measure.
It may take us many years
To discover all His treasure.

None of us is ever “empty”,
For we have a God of plenty.
He will give us deep insight
And “vision” which is twenty-twenty.

We are blessed with great potential,
Filled with beauty from His hand.
We are God’s own work of art.
By His love our lives were planned.

“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me.”
Psalm 119:73 KJV

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk n them.”
Ephesians 2:10 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thought "Overload"

Our thoughts get so full of everyday "stuff".
Some may be good, but some is just "fluff".
We must be careful to sort all this out
And need to remember what life is about.

Being alert will save us from snares
And help us avoid confusion and errors.
When we weed out what does not have worth,
Our minds can be ready for wisdom's sweet birth.

Wisdom brings insight and fresh new direction,
Lighting our way, providing protection.
We'll not bog down with trivial thought
But have a clearheadedness, just as we ought.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, 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

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that givethto all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and itshall be given him.”
James 1:5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Good News

God will bring good news each day
To those who follow in His way.
Spread the word... His news proclaim!
Let God's love be as a flame...

Healing lives and warming hearts,
Helping many make new starts,
Bringing new-found peace and joy,
For lost souls being as a buoy.

God desires that none be lost.
He gave His Son to pay the cost
Spread His good news far and wide.
That many in Him will abide.

"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

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 23, 2015

Exciting Discoveries

We should be careful to not have near-sightedness in the things of God, for there is always something deeper, higher, greater or more glorious and exciting to be learned...

When we study to know Him better we make discovery, and our perspective is wonderfully changed. We will find a new order in everything we do. Things which we thought were important fade into the background in the light of our discoveries, and a new simplicity and refreshing will develop in the patterns of our lives. We are freed from myriad distractions which surround us every day, and will find beauty in this new simplicity which comes into place.

When we see with singular purpose in Him, we are spurred on to learn and know yet more... always a delightful and rewarding experience... We have an awesome God!

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God..."
Psalm 42:1-2 KJV

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."
Psalm 25:4-5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bringing Hope

Every day will bring us joy
When we are in the Lord's "employ".
The simplest task may count for much
When we serve Him and bring His touch.

He will show us many needs,
Into which we can plant seeds...
Seeds of laughter, seeds of hope,
Encouragement to help folks cope.

A good word just to show we care
May spark new life or lift despair.
When we serve we are as light,
New hope and promise to ignite.

"Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not (merely) his own interests, but also for the interests of others."
Philippians 2:4 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring's Promise

Spring is as a breath of fresh air
Awakening all from winter’s cold fare.
Spring holds the promise of hope and good will,
A blossoming future for us to fulfill.

Welcome it’s freshness and fragrance and flair.
Move in it’s rhythm, it’s happiness wear!
When flowers burst forth and birdsong is sweet,
Rejoice in your heart, for spring is a treat!

Only our God could create a flower.
When spring makes an entrance, we’re seeing His power.
Give Him the glory, His goodness declare!
Without His great beauty, our lives would be bare!

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

© 2012 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blessing Our Children

Do you want to bless your children?
Honor God in every way.
Follow Him with all your heart.
His tenets honor and obey.

Let your children see your “walk”
And learn well by your Godly talk.
When you set your standards high
Your children to God will draw nigh.

If you don’t know Godly ways
They may suffer all their days.
Let God’s wisdom in you rest.
Your children will be greatly blessed.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 KJV

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Hosea 4:6 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Beauty Of Holiness

Holiness is beautiful,
Undisturbed by flaw and sin.
When we see through holy eyes
We're impacted deep within.

No longer will our sight be veiled.
Our perception will be new.
Suddenly perspectives change
As God's dimensions are in view.

Life can have much deeper worth
When holiness is truly found.
To comprehend its depth and beauty
Is life-changing and profound.

"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
Isaiah 6:3 KJV

"But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy."
I Peter 1:15-16 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Start Today

If you are tired of "day after day
Doing your work the same old way",
Wishing that somehow you could make some change
Or have new ideas to cheer you long-range,

Today is the day... just start where you are.
Don't let old thoughts your happiness mar.
Discard old patterns which just have not worked
And tackle the "projects" which you may have shirked.

From this day forward your life will get better
If you choose to be a cheerful pace-setter.
Set higher standards in all that you do.
The blessings of God will then follow you.

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."
Colossians 3:23 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hope And Promise

Many years ago (1992) the Lord spoke to me and said, “The best of times and the worst of times will walk hand-in-hand”.....

I did not understand why He was speaking this to me at that time. But I know without a doubt that now we so need the promise in those words. So much has changed in the world around us since then.

Many people are struggling right now, but we must not give up. There is HOPE and there is PROMISE in what the Lord said. I believe, in this time, that we need to look up... to focus and recognize what is “the best of times” and receive it in its fullness. This will be our balance in the days to come.

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”
Psalm 31:24 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Reminder To Me

To count my many blessings
Whenever I get tired or stressed.
This is better than worry
And from tensions brings a needed rest.

Worry tends to fret and nag.
It's wise to just not let it start.
When I think about my blessings
Worry then will soon depart.

I daily choose to focus in
On all the goodness of the Lord.
This changes worrisome perspective,
Bringing joy as its reward.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
Psalm 103:2 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Residing In Peace

In days to come we need strong grip
So we don't falter, trip or slip.
Seeking God for clear direction
Is our safeguard and protection.

We can't see around the bend
The challenges which may offend,
But with God's wisdom we can find
A pathway which will not be blind.

What a comfort, what release,
In unknown times to have God's peace.
As we rest within His hand
He will guard and help us stand.

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (Whose power no foe can withstand)."
Psalm 91:1 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Words With Grace

Do the words of your mouth impart grace to the hearers?
Are words which you say to others as mirrors...
Reflecting the goodness of God as you speak,
Brightening and cheering up lives which are bleak?

Your words can pierce through much darkness and gloom,
Presenting a fresh hope where troubles would loom.
Words are as arrows of healing and light.
And when carefully “measured” are so very bright.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Ephesians 4:29 KJV

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Work Of Our Hands

We often think a life of ease
Is something that would really please,
But more exciting is a role
Where we can reach a treasured goal.

Work we love will spur us on
And keep us from becoming wan,
Causing us to grow and bloom.
For growth we always should make room.

When you step out and explore
You may find new joy in store.
Choose a goal which brings delight
And it will make your days be bright.

Often learning a new skill
Your life with richness will fulfill.
Do not be afraid to try.
In all your work to God draw nigh...

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Joy Overcomes

Choose to sing a happy song,
Even if things sometimes go wrong.
We can weep or "bump along",
But why not sing a happy song?

Choosing joy will overcome
Those things which make us feel glum.
Don't just yawn and say, "Ho-hum".
Let gladness on your heart-strings strum.

Cheerfulness within will grow,
And soon your joy will overflow.
As you spread joy to and fro,
Gloominess will be "no-show".

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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Safe In His Hands

God will heal the brokenhearted
And lead them in new paths uncharted.
He will mend each broken piece
By His loving expertise.

Your heart is safe within His care,
Made whole again by His repair.
Should you feel you can’t go on,
Know He’ll give you a new dawn.

Rest in Him, receive His peace.
His healing hand will bring release
From aching and anxiety.
His love for you will set you free.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (curing their pains and their sorrows).”
Psalm 147:3 Amplified Bible

“You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, to the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
Psalm 30:11 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Sweet, Healing Balm

Are you contented, with deep, inner peace?
From cares and frustrations do you have release?
In times with the Lord we find needed "rest".
Perspective is changed, and we are much blessed.

Our thoughts will pierce through the cares of each day
And overcome all that would stand in the way
Of joy and well-being, contentment and calm.
The peace of the Lord is a sweet, healing balm.

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 09, 2015


When we know the Lord we will have increased potential.
In Him we will find wisdom - a "gold", inspired credential.
Our perspective will be keen
As we from Him our wisdom glean.
Whatever we desire in life, His wisdom will be consequential.

In Him our capabilities will reach a higher plane.
Our insights will be clearer, understanding we will gain.
Inspiration then will flow.
Creativity will grow.
When we follow in His path, to higher goals we will attain.

Do not say, "This isn't me. These higher goals I do not see."
The Lord will lift you higher... up to who you're meant to be.
For lesser things you should not settle.
Let Him add to you new "mettle".
Trust the Lord to lift you up... from hesitations be set free.

"Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me..."
Psalm 119:73 Amplified Bible

"For we are God's (own) handiwork (His workmanship) recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live)."
Ephesians 2:10 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Treasures From God

God gives to us a legacy
Of beauty and of worth.
His faithfulness and love
To inspiration will give birth.

As we’re listening and gleaning,
Discovering and learning,
To share what God has shown us
Then becomes a constant yearning.

The dawning of each precious day
Holds riches which we may explore,
Where we may find deep treasure
From an overflowing reservoir.

Oh, what joy, what depth we find,
When God shows us His treasure.
What insight and perspective...
Every day in greater measure.

“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. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.”
Psalm 63:3-5 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Prayer Brings Balance

We find perfect balance when we are in prayer,
For prayer brings guidance which we truly need.
How will we sort out the factors before us,
And how will we know just how to proceed?

In prayer we always will see much more clearly.
The Lord guides our way and helps us to know
The best way to do things in each situation
So we can be certain... not blown to and fro.

And also we learn if the Lord just says, "No"
That we should then go in another direction.
He gives assurance in all that we do
To help us achieve our goals with perfection.

"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 keepyour hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, March 06, 2015

Moving Forward

In God, possibility rests before us and draws us forward. When our path is authored in Him we can rise up to new levels of understanding, ability, creativity, confidence and strength.

In Him we have the ability to see above and beyond problems... to move from "littleness" (focus on everyday, little things) to "greatness" (vitally in tune with the most important things). He causes us to think "upward".

Singular focus sorts out the glorious from the trivial, giving clear definition and perspective, moving us forward with great joy and anticipation.

In Him we are refreshed...

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
Colossians 3:1 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, March 05, 2015


It’s important to have “checkpoints”
In all we think or say or do,
To write down things we need to work on,
Keep a list and oft review.

We can change our daily patterns
If we pray and think things through.
We may see within ourselves
Some changes which are overdue.

Our list requires good “maintenance”
To keep us from becoming slack.
When we’re diligent in this
We’ll not have fear of “slipping back”.

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.”
II Peter 1:5-7 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Resting In God

The Lord is our Shepherd, a safe place to abide.
When all is crumbling 'round us, He walks right by our side.
In Him is our confidence, for He will help us stand.
In Him we can rest.... in the safety of His hand.

True rest is a gift of God which many do not comprehend.
We can walk in total peace, no matter what the current trend.
As we find rest in the Lord. then our lives are set apart.
Our perspective will be new. Uncertainty will then depart.

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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Patience Waits Quietly

Patience is not quickly learned
Nor easily its merits earned.
Our attention it will need
If in us it will succeed.

Though we fuss, make haste or worry,
This is one thing we can't hurry.
Sometimes timing is at stake,
And patience says, "Put on the brake".

When we're being made to wait
A thoughtfulness it will create,
And as we learn its lesson well
A peacefulness in us will dwell.

"Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be (people) perfectly and fully developed (with no defects), lacking in nothing."
James 1:3-4 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, March 02, 2015

Good Tools For Life

Those who study to be wise,
And those who gather common sense
Are armed for any challenges
And move through life with confidence.

Some folks may be very smart
And educated in fine schools,
But “wisdom” overshadows “smart”
And gives us much more useful tools.

Common sense is practical,
And by experience it is earned.
Life will not be very easy
Until common sense is learned.

For wisdom we should make deep quest,
With common sense should be impressed.
These two things are basic tools
So we won’t fail and be as fools.

“Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding (drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences).”
Proverbs 3:13 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Learning To Soar

When God readies us for change
Our circumstance might feel quite strange.
If we'll lean on Him in trust
He'll walk with us as we adjust.

We may not even see His plan
As we accept what He began,
But He'll prepare the way for us.
The benefits will be a plus.

We may need to learn new things
Or maybe even try new wings.
If in Him we're meant to soar,
His leading we should not ignore.

We can find no greater joy
Than being in the Lord's employ.
In Him we have a special niche,
And He makes life so very rich!

"It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places."
Psalm 18:32-33 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf