Saturday, April 30, 2016

Quiet Wisdom

When others have wrong words to say,
Don't let matters go astray.
It's often better just to pray,
For prayer turns ill will away.

Understanding holds its peace
And causes inflamed words to cease.
Quiet wisdom is a plus
And often saves ado and fuss.

"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his (own) spirit than he who takes a city."
Proverbs 16:32 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, April 29, 2016

Guarding Our Vision

Seek what's lovely, seek what's good.
Guard your vision as you should.
Our eyes need God's clear precision.
Don't let "wrong" things fog your vision.

Turn away from worthless fare
And of God's beauty be aware.
Rethink all you daily see.
Let it full of beauty be.

"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."
Psalm 27:4 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Diligence is a wonderful thing...
A positive habit to which we should cling.
It gives attention to careful detail,
And when it is practiced, order will prevail.

It follows through on each task it began
And finishes up exactly as planned.
Diligence accomplishes all that it tries.
A diligent man is indeed very wise.

“The hand of the diligent will rule..."
Proverbs 12:24 KJV

© 2006 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Note: This so reminds me of my dad, whose birthday was April 28th (1896 - 1988). Everything about his life was always in order. Our home was always in good repair and freshly painted. Our yard was the best taken care-of on our street. His tools were always in order and well-sharpened. He was truly a diligent man in every way.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lightheartedness Wins

Lightheartedness will lift a load
And introduce a pleasant mode,
Leaving weightedness behind.
With joy and laughter it's entwined!

It refuses to look down
And just will not allow a frown!
It has made a choice to smile
And has a truly lovely style!

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Word Is As Light

God's Word is a blueprint to keep us on track,
To give us foundation so we do not lack.
It filters our thinking and shows us the way
In which we should walk and how we should pray.

The Word is as light... to pierce through the dark
And guide us in safety through times which are stark.
We are not helpless when armed with the Word.
Our path will be clear... and never be blurred.

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, April 25, 2016

One Of A Kind

You are special... one of a kind!
Another like you no one can find.
God made you with unique design
So always you will beautifully shine.

You have promise which is bright
And talents which will bring delight.
God filled you with special treasure,
Overflowing with good measure.

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A New Song

Each day has a melody...
Its own delightful song to sing.
As we hear its harmony
In the heart its sound will ring.

Let its music fill your soul
And its beauty make you whole.
Sing along. In God rejoice!
To our God lift up your voice!

""Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song..."
Psalm 33:2-3 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Peace When Needed

The "threads" of our day sometimes get tangled.
"Plan A" did not work, and our nerves are jangled.
God will restore the order we need
If we'll simply ask Him how to proceed.

Leaning on Him will reduce the stress,
Weariness then will be a lot less.
With God in control, then we can relax
And not feel frustration from those things that "tax".

"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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, April 22, 2016

Words We Speak

Words will sometimes make a mess.
It may be better to say less.
Before we speak we should give thought,
Using wisdom as we ought!

Words go forth and have impact,
Causing others to react.
If our words are well thought out,
Then what we say will not leave doubt.

Talk much less and listen more.
Before you speak, the facts explore.
Let wisdom be a constant guide.
Let all your words in peace abide.

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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wondrous Grace

Lord, how we need Your grace each day
To cheer and keep us from dismay.
In You we can reach across
Every challenge without loss.

Your grace always spurs us on
In situations which seem wan.
Thank You for Your wondrous grace,
A precious gift to run our race.

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Finding The Best Path

We have paths from which we choose,
But only one way is the best.
As we seek to find that path
In God's leading we can rest.

As we listen to His wisdom
He will build us up within
To be prepared for our best path
And have the tools by which we'll win.

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105 KJV

© 2016 Arlene schwartzkopf

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Take Time To Reflect

Too much to do can have high cost
If time to pray somehow gets lost.
Spending time before the Lord
Gives balance which will bring reward.

In Him we find a measured pace.
He "slows us down" so we don't race.
When we're traveling too fast
Important things we rush right past.

Take time to rest and to reflect
And precious insights to collect.
It may be wise to simplify,
For life can too soon pass us by.

"Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob."
Psalm 132:3-5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wisdom And Understanding

When things just are not going right,
Ask the Lord to help you see
If what is wrong is in your soul
Or what the matter just might be.

There is much which can be learned
Through understanding or through change.
The problems may just dissipate
With wisdom you will earn long-range.

"Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."
Proverbs 4:7 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Memorable Times

People used to sit and talk
Or visit as they took a walk,
Sharing joy in simple things...
A butterfly with pretty wings
Or a bird which brightly sings.

The former joys were really best.
Our lives back then were truly blessed.
Now these times may be unseen.
(Preempted by a cell phone screen).
Rich joys in life they may not glean.

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Gentle Touch

The art of gentleness is rare
And practiced well will show you care.
It offsets harshness and deep pain,
Bringing healing as soft rain.

Gentleness brings peace and calm
And truly is a healing balm,
Restoring confidence and joy
As a Heaven-sent, lovely buoy.

"Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not (merely) his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and (humble) mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus; (Let Him be your example in humility:)"
Philippians 2:4-5 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Bright Side

To brighten daily, mundane cares
I will focus on the Lord.
He gives fresh perspective.
In Him is gladness and reward.

He helps me see the brighter side
And chart a pathway set for good.
All my days are filled with joy
When I seek Him as I should.

"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing."
Psalm 100:2 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Let Peace Rule

Let God's peace rule in your heart,
Calm and stillness to impart,
In yieldedness with Him agreeing,
Bringing forth a soft well-being.

God's peace brings an inner healing
For unrest you may be feeling.
When you choose to walk in peace
All your fears will find release.

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body: and be ye thankful."
Colossians 3:15 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

God Is Love

God gave His Son for you... He loves you so.
But if you've not hoped in Him, you'll never know.
Our God is love... He desires none be lost.
To not learn to know Him has very high cost.

Eternity waits when life is through here.
We will see Heaven if to God we draw near.
When we know Jesus, from sin we're set free
To be with our God throughout eternity.

"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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Wisdom Gathered

Old folks are a source of "gold".
Wise perspective their lives hold.
They have labored, they have toiled
And many "squeaky wheels" have oiled.

They are full of wisdom learned.
Merits and honor they have earned.
They are as a reservoir
Of deep life lessons, truth and more.

"The beauty of old men is their gray head (suggesting wisdom and experience)."
Proverbs 20:29 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Touch Of Heaven

Lord, Your many blessings so abound...
A touch of Heaven all around.
And so much more will Heaven be
Than what we now can hear or see.

Your presence is so very real,
In myriad ways which You reveal.
You so graciously have shown
That we are never left alone.

"In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
Psalm 16:11 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, April 09, 2016

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

Friday, April 08, 2016

Let Prayers Be Many

Let truth be known throughout our land.
Let Godly men be in command.
Let prayer mount up to keep us strong
And our stability prolong.

Prayer breaks through with power and might,
Bringing healing, bringing light.
Let prayers be many in this hour,
The works of darkness to devour.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
Psalm 331:2 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The WORD Of God

The Word is full of veins of gold
Which we can mine, our lives to mold...
Endless riches freely flowing,
Wisdom's benefits bestowing.

Oh, what blessings there abound!
Oh, what treasure can be found...
Enduring truth, eternal gain,
Countless joys... an endless rain.

"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:10-11 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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 Godk that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
James 1:5 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The LORD Is My Light

There is cause for great concern
As evil lurks at every turn,
But as we live by God's own Word,
By truth and righteousness we're stirred.

In Him we have strong foundation
And our lives make declaration.
He brings strength and might and power
To guide us in this urgent hour.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 27:1 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, April 04, 2016

Spring's Special Gift

Spring prompts new life to begin,
Making all of nature grin.
And then within we start to smile
At her bright cheer and lovely style!

All the landscape she will groom
With fluffy blossoms and perfume.
Beauty is Spring's special gift,
Our hearts and lives with joy to lift!

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, April 03, 2016

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.

“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

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Living Waters

Living waters, freely flowing,
Soothing, healing, bringing peace,
Sweet refreshing for the soul,
Causing tensions all to cease.

Oasis from the Living God,
Set apart from daily toil
Where you may linger for awhile.
These waters are as healing oil.

"For with thee is the fountain of life..."
Psalm 36:9 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, April 01, 2016

A Covered Bridge

Grace is a bridge which reaches across
Inadequacy, distance, weakness and loss...
God's special gifting to cover our need,
All of our hopes and desires to exceed.

He is our helper when times are just rough.
Always His grace is more than enough...
His sweet assurance we're never alone,
His loving care for His very own.

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf