Thursday, December 31, 2015

Let Hope Rise Up

In this new year let hope rise up
In faith that God will fill our cup.
We need not feel we're all alone.
He is faithful to His own.

In our walk He hovers near,
He lends to us His listening ear.
With eyes on Him we will not fail.
By His strength we will prevail.

We'll meet our challenges and goals
And fulfill all our needed roles.
With hope in Him we will have joy.
Our hope will be a constant buoy.

"I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope."
Psalm 17:8-9 KJV

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

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hope For Each New Day

Lord, You're our hope in each new day.
You lift us up when skies are "gray".
In all we do, You are our Source.
You guide us on a careful course.

You bring us balance, peace and joy
And wisdom which we can employ.
Our lives in You have brighter hue.
We're thankful and rejoice in 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. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips."
Psalm 63:3-5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Bright Dimension

In each of us God will do a good work,
But first He must get our side-tracked attention.
He may be trying to bring about change
And lead us into a bright new dimension.

The more sensitivity we have to His will,
The more we will know His path and design.
What blessing to feel His touch on our life.
What treasure when we with His leading align!

Trusting in Him we'll learn how to "soar"
As the riches of God we mine and explore.
We'll see with new eyes and hear with new ears.
We can't even guess what He has in store!

"Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us: no one can compare with You! If I should speak of them, they are too many to be numbered."
Psalm 40:5 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 28, 2015

Healing Balm

It is of the Father's will
That we have quiet and are "still".
When daily testings take a toll
He soothes the unrest of the soul.

His peace penetrates life's din,
Restoring quietness within.
His refreshing is sweet balm
To heal our lives and give us calm.

"He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul."
Psalm 23:2-3 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Blessed Vessel

If I were a lump of clay
And in the Lord's hand I might lay,
I shouldn't hesitate to stay
As He shapes the lump of clay.

He will form a perfect vessel
If with His plans I do not wrestle.
Yielded clay will have rare form...
Set apart from worldly norm.

"But now, O Lord, thou art our father: we are the clay, and thou our potter: and we all are the work of thy hand."
Isaiah 64:8 KJV

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Psalm 139:14 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 26, 2015

CHRISTMAS Walks Among Us

One cold night long years ago
God sent His Son in a manger low.
This tiny babe would give His life
To free us from all sin and strife.

Today He lives... He’s ever near
And by His Spirit brings good cheer.
Every place where we might go
He is there, His love to show.

We have Christmas every day
As in our hearts He comes to stay.
He brings gifts of greatest blessing...
The love of our great God expressing.

“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 25, 2015

KING Of Kings

Let all Heav’n and earth proclaim
The majesty of Jesus’ name.
Let His power be spread abroad.
Magnify and give Him laud!

Master, Savior, King of Kings...
Praise Him with the harp and strings!
Let all Heav’n and earth give voice.
He is Lord... in Him rejoice!

Carols, hymns and anthems raise.
Give Him honor, sing His praise.
Share with all His wondrous story.
He is worthy of all glory!

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
I Timothy 1:17 KJV

© 2009 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 24, 2015

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 23, 2015

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 anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
John 14:23 NKJ

© 2004 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Love Came Down On Christmas Eve

Jesus came... for me and you.
Quietly He made debut.
Time would prove He was God’s Son,
The King of Kings, Most Holy One.

God poured out His love that night
In a tiny babe... so slight.
No one knew how great His plan
To cover sin and redeem man.

When He sent His precious Son
He had thoughts of us... each one.
He gave us the best He had.
Rejoice and be exceeding glad!

“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

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Sounds Of Christmas

Oh, what joyful sounds we hear...
Bells and chimes upon the ear,
Carolers and choirs singing,
Children’s laughter gaily ringing.

Happy sounds float through the air
The birth of Jesus to declare.
Excitement fills our hearts with song
And makes us want to sing along.

The Christmas season fills with joy
As praise and worship men employ.
Lift your heart and voice to sing.
Celebrate the newborn King!

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

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

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 gates 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

Friday, December 18, 2015

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 17, 2015

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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 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

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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 14, 2015

Mirrors Of Christmas

If this Christmas season were seen in a mirror,
What would be found there in it’s clear reflection?
Would there be singing, or sharing and love...
Would anything there point in Jesus’ direction?

Would there be scenes of sweet celebration,
Honoring Jesus... rememb’ring His birth?
Who there would practice “good will to all men”
And live in a way to bring peace on the earth?

Christmas has meaning anew every year
As His love is birthed afresh in each heart.
And when this happens, new joy will come forth...
His love and His peace and warmth to impart.

The scenes in the mirror will be lovely indeed,
Recording the love of the Christmas season,
For all that has meaning and really has worth
Is found in our Lord... HE is the reason!

Without Jesus Christ the mirrors will be empty
And will not record a scene or reflection.
The scenes will be lost, for they don’t have true meaning,
And will not be worthy of sweet recollection.

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Warmly-Burning Fire

In this season joy impart.
Light a candle in a heart.
Of joy and caring be a spark.
Be a bright light in the dark.

A hurting one may need a hug.
Don't just look away and shrug.
Your hug might cause that one to heal
And great potential to reveal.

An act of love, done to inspire,
Will light a warmly-burning fire.
Be a warm flame, be a "smile",
To help one walk another mile.

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
Luke 6:31 KJV

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Thank You, LORD

Lord, in this special time of year
We have deep gratitude and cheer
In remembrance of Your birth
And why God sent You down to earth.

Your life brought hope for all mankind.
God's love, through You, was well-defined.
Rejoicing fills this wondrous season.
Thank You, Lord... You are the reason!

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Flame Seen Far And Wide

Come, Dear Lord, be birthed anew,
The hearts of men to heal and woo.
How man needs Your precious touch,
For he's off-course and hurting much.

Salvation's warmth can build a fire
And change the bent of man's desire.
Let its flame spread far and wide
And cause men in You to abide.

"For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him."
John 3:17 Amplified bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Possible Dream

If we would desire to walk as God leads, the size of our accomplishments would be far beyond our own expectations. By simple obedience to Him the prosperity of our lives would flourish. The bindings and roadblocks caused by error would fall away. Light would increase, joy would burst forth, peace and well-being would rest upon us.

Even in today's mixed-up world this is not an impossible dream. God's promises to us stand. He is faithful, His goodness is profound and always follows a tuned-in heart.

The more we are attuned to God, the more our "walk" will be adjusted and healed... no more stumbling and lack of direction or confidence, no more emptiness, but sureness and fulfillment and joy in each step we take.

Let this be the desire of our hearts...

"The steps of a (good) man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way (and busies Himself with his every step)."
Psalm 37:23 Amplified Bible

"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."
Jeremiah 10:23 KJV

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


We each have an identity...
By our God we're hand-designed.
The greatest joy which we can have
Is when His plan for us we find.

Discovering the gifts we have
Creates both joy and inner peace.
We will have new-found direction
And of blessing have increase.

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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Choose Joy

Though you may be struggling or working very hard,
Let pleasantness become the rule, all your thoughts to guard.
Happy thoughts can lift your load and brighten up your day
And any daily negatives will laughingly outweigh.

Laughter is a useful tool... one we all can choose.
It helps us have a win-win day and offset nuisance "blues".
Don't let any situation cause you to look down.
Let pleasantness become the rule, with joy your days to crown.

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

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness."
Psalm 30:11 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, December 07, 2015


With deep understanding a person is calm.
In times of great stress his peace is a balm.
He will not be jarred or speak out in haste,
For words too soon spoken are often a waste.

He will be guided by wisdom and vision
And choose all his words with careful precision.
When he does speak, his words will be clear.
His oversight will be worthwhile to hear.

Those who seek wisdom are truly a gift
And add to us blessing, our lives to lift.
They have understanding more priceless than gold.
It cannot be bought, nor will it be sold.

"He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit."
Proverbs 17:27 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Great Is HIS Faithfulness

When we are hurting and cry out with pain,
The comfort of God, who can explain?
For when we have need He comes alongside
To lend strength and balance in which to abide.

His presence brings ongoing comfort and hope,
Enabling us to once again cope.
How great His compassion and unfailing love,
That merciful touch we need from above.

"This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 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 3:21-23 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, December 05, 2015

A Crossword Puzzle

Life is like a crossword puzzle,
With many spaces to be filled.
When we fill the blanks correctly
A life of beauty we will build.

Should we enter a wrong word
The puzzle then won't be complete,
For other words cannot be entered
Until the wrong word we delete.

Each word has right definition,
And as we fit each one in place
There won't be blanks which are unfilled.
What expression of God's grace!

"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Psalm 23:3 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, December 04, 2015


We sometimes need a “shaking”
Just to bring us up to speed
So we are on the cutting edge
To always know how God would lead.

If we need a “wake-up” call
We should be grateful when it comes.
It gives us fresh, new insight
So we don’t yawn and say “ho-hums”.

If every word the Lord will speak
We carefully will hear and heed,
Always we will have a peace
In how to “move” and to proceed.

Of being in His will and timing
We should always be aware.
We will know His path for us
If we will “watch” and stay in prayer.

“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they know Me.”
John 10:27 Amplified Bible

"When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
John 10:4 Amplified Bible

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, December 03, 2015

A Time For Praise

When we're in "the Christmas rush"
And busyness becomes a crush,
It's good to re-evaluate
And "overload" eliminate.

At Christmas we should stop and pause,
Slowing down to bring applause,
Remembering God's wondrous plan
In sending Jesus to save man.

November was a time of praise,
But moreso in December raise
Deep adoration for God's Son,
God’s glorious gift for us... each one.

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Step By Step

The first step we will take
Is the best one we can make
If we maybe need to move
So our lifestyle will improve.

Each decision, when well-made,
Will truly help us to upgrade.
Diligence, when well-employed,
Will show us pitfalls to avoid.

We will start to realize
We can make change if we're wise.
Reward will come from steps we take
And wise decisions which we make.

"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

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Banners Of Prayer

Our country is blessed with Godly foundation.
Let banners of prayer wave over this nation.
The tenets of God are the strength which we need.
Only to His words should we pay heed.

With mixed information we are bombarded.
Against such confusion we need to be guarded.
Issues of import get lost in the shuffle.
Too much mixed news our insight will muffle.

We must stay focused to steer through this "haze"
And not let our thoughts fall into malaise.
When we can't sort out the news that we hear,
Always to God's truths should we adhere.

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

© 2014 Arlene Schwartzkopf