Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blessings Shared

Blessings shared with hurting folks
Are as manna for the soul,
Lifting, healing, bringing light,
Helping them toward being whole.

Do not turn and walk away.
Stay and linger for awhile.
When they know you truly care
They once again will start to smile.

"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."
Philippians 2:4 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 30, 2016

Heartfelt Tribute

Our highest tribute has been earned
By many who have not returned....
Who gave their lives for freedom’s cause.
For them we raise heartfelt applause.

We will always owe a debt
To every soldier, every vet.
Who bravely answered country's call.
They gave so much, and they stand tall.

To all who’ve served, our thanks we raise.
You deserve our heartfelt praise.
May God’s safekeeping follow you
And be your strength in all you do..

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Solid Rock

Build on ground which can't be shaken.
Build upon the solid Rock.
Your "foundation" will not fail
Should storms or challenge come to knock

Faith in God will keep you strong.
He will always light your way.
He will be your mighty fortress,
All your fears He will allay.

"And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour."
II Samuel 22:2 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 28, 2016

In Times Of Praise

When our lives are focused toward
A life of praise unto the Lord,
Worship changes all within,
Causing "newness" to begin.

Our perspective then is bright,
Washed in joy and filled with light.
Attitudes which were too tired
Give way to those much more inspired.

Worship nourishes the soul.
Deep within we are made whole.
Let hearts and hands to God be raised.
Always let His name be praised!

"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Psalm 34:1 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Gift Of Words

Some conversations are meaningless chatter,
Lacking in purposeful subject matter.
If we're not careful there is high cost,
For focus on beauty and worth can be lost.

The words which we speak, when chosen with care,
Will brighten our message whenever we share.
Words filled with loveliness are a delight.
For others our words are a gift which is bright.

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God's favor) to those who hear it."
Ephesians 4:29 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Freedom To Soar

The world offers much of what we don't need.
What we DO need is Wisdom's good seed.
Acquiring discernment from Wisdom's store
Will help us excel and free us to soar.

Wisdom and knowledge will be our friends
And save us from weights of worldly trends.
Freedom to follow where our God would lead
All of our thinking will truly exceed.

"For wisdom is better than rubies: and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Proverbs 8:11 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Blessed Rest

In the quiet, in the stillness,
As I wait upon the Lord,
I feel all tensions slip away.
In times with Him I am restored.

My weariness is soothed away.
Deep within I am refreshed.
In Him I find tranquillity,
Peace and calm and blessed rest.

For such comfort in His caring.
I will thank Him all my days.
Because I know I'm never alone
My heart is filled with joy and praise!

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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Life Is A Journey

Life is a journey, a one-time trip.
Of every moment, get a firm grip.
Enjoy the adventure as you travel through.
Savor each day in all that you do.

Create some memories of beauty and worth.
Be sure to include some laughter and mirth.
In all of your days, let goodness unfold
So all of your journey much gladness will hold.

"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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Place Set Apart

“Trillium” was a place set apart,
A place of refreshing for spirit and heart,
A hidden oasis, a breath of fresh air
Where spirit and soul could find sweet repair.

With wellsprings of water, flowing year round,
The refreshing of God was truly profound.
Cooling was there in the soft summer breeze,
Heard in the winds brushing tops of tall trees...

Restoring the soul, healing the heart,
The refreshing of God to sweetly impart,
Escape from the rush of everyday life...
A place of sweet quietness, free from all strife.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7 KJV

(Note:) "Trillium" was a property out in the country which my parents owned. My father built a cabin there, and our family spent many restful weekends there. We named it "Trillium" because every year the property was covered with wild Trillium flowers.

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Joy And Refreshing

Lord, You are my hope and You are my joy.
In You I find strength which I can employ.
I will look up and I will rejoice.
I will sing praises with heart and with voice.

Why should I look down or just sit and mope,
Or wonder each day just how I will cope.
In You is resource which never will end...
So very much more than we comprehend.

I won't give gloominess even a glance.
The joy of the Lord is my chosen stance!
Your Word is a wellspring which I will explore.
In You is refreshing, new life and much more!

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise him."
Psalm 28:7 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 21, 2016


"I wish I would have" comes too late.
It says that something was not done.
Regrets are sad and can't be fixed
But sure are something we should shun.

When we know we've done our best
We'll leave a trail in retrospect
Of blessings and achievement plus...
Such happy memories to collect.

"Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as (something done) for the Lord and not for men."
Colossians 3:23 Amplified bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 20, 2016

Faithful Drumbeats

God is marching down through time.
Do you hear His distant drumbeat,
Calling forth and hastening
The sound of many marching feet?

He is gathering His people
As the time is growing short.
The drumbeats have an urgency,
Myriad souls to save and court.

Listen for His faithful drumbeat.
Do not miss its urgent call.
Moving toward that final hour
God cries out, "COME, ONE AND ALL."

"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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Speak Softly, Walk Softly

Walk in softness, softly speak.
Let your presence soothe and heal.
Gentleness releases peace
And shows a caring which is real.

Willingness to pause or pray
May help another just to stand,
To feel self-worth and have some hope
And finish what they once began.

Hard times may have set them back
Or robbed them of their life's desire.
Through your caring they will heal
And to new heights they will aspire.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance..."
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In God's Timing

Moving in God's timing
Is the best way toward success.
He "primes" and makes us ready
So we don’t have needless stress.

He prepares us step-by-step
High aspirations to embrace.
We can reach our highest goal
In His timing, by His grace.

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me."
Psalm 138:8 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Increased Understanding

Without the Lord our perspective is small.
We will not be able to understand all.
He broadens our insight, increasing our vision
So we start to see with Godly precision.

In Him we will have a new-found perception,
Increase of insight and visual "correction".
The knowledge He brings will cause us to see,
Change how we think, and know who to be.

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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 16, 2016

Stillness In HIM

When your mind is all awhirl
With thoughts which just crowd in and swirl,
Seek the Lord for inner peace.
Be still until you find release.

"Overload" can steer you wrong
And sap your strength the whole day long.
Switching gears from "fast" to "slow"
Will give your day an easy flow.

When you give Him a listening ear,
Perspective then will be more clear.
Deep within He'll give you rest
And walk with you through every test.

"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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Our Healing God

God is able to repair
What we think cannot be fixed
When in faith we turn to Him
And our faith with prayer is mixed.

He can mend that which is broken
And hears prayers yet unspoken.
He is able to bring healing
For events which leave us reeling.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies."
Psalm 103:2-4 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Worthy Seed

In God's wisdom we must grow
If in our lives good seed we'll sow.
If His teachings we will heed,
He'll cause us to sow worthy seed.

When these seeds take root and sprout
There will not be any doubt
That we have learned and studied well
And in His wisdom choose to dwell.

"And (God) Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your (resources for) sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness (which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity)."
II Corinthians 9:10 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 13, 2016

Knowing Truth

When we know the truth, we'll have a strong "border".
When we honor truth, our lives will have order.
But watered-down truth will bring disarray
And open our lives to fear and dismay.

We must be alert, the truth to discern,
And all of God's tenets to study and learn.
Let truth be our guide to chart a clear course,
To keep us from error and save us remorse.

Truth is our friend and will be our shield,
A very strong tool for our hand to wield.
Importance of truth we cannot downplay.
In it is strength we need for this day.

"If you abide in My word (hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them), you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will see you free."
John 3:31-32 Amplified Bible

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jesus Within

Jesus makes change wherever He's welcome,
But how many places in us do we block?
In areas which He has not yet touched
Will we open the door if He should knock?

All that is in us improves with His presence.
His light will define those things which need change.
If we will trust Him and yield to His light,
He'll give beauty for ashes in loving exchange.

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
John 15:7 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Our Guiding Light

In God we have a guiding light.
He gives us courage and insight.
Though we sometimes cannot see,
Protected will our pathway be.

We are covered 'neath His wing.
Deep within our soul can sing!
The goodness of our God is much
In trying, unsure times and such.

"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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Grace For Our Nation

The heart of the nation is aching and sore,
And many folks tremble at what is in store.
But healing will come if we’ll seek the Lord’s face.
We’re truly in need of His mercy and grace.

Let us bow down in reverence and prayer.
Let us cry out and all our sins bare.
Our destiny lies in the palm of God’s hand.
It is He Who will strengthen and help us to stand.

We need His direction to cure what is ill
And need much correction the turmoil to still.
Man cannot solve this by instinct or pride
But sorely needs God to turn this ill tide.

“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

© 2008 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 09, 2016

Love In Action

Kindness douses many flames.
Grace will never just play games.
Diplomacy gives careful thought.
These are skills which can't be bought...

But are birthed in love and caring,
Patience and forgiveness wearing,
Healing hearts, promoting joy...
Godly skills we should employ.

"Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening)."
I Corinthians 13:7 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Precious Gold

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 07, 2016

A Joyful Life

If God has been drawing you near to His side
In closer relationship there to abide,
There will be benefit more than you know.
Deep wisdom and insight will cause you to grow.

Now is the time to answer His call
And follow His lead in things great and small.
When you wait on Him your days will be bright.
His peace and His joy will bring much delight.

Take joy in His presence and worship His name.
All of His goodness and glory proclaim!
Our God is good and worthy of praise.
Rejoice and be glad through all of your days!

"Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being."
Psalm 146:1-2 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Friday, May 06, 2016

When God Calls

When God wants to speak to you
He will not call on your cell phone.
Those who know Him listen well,
For He speaks oft unto His own.

When they listen and give ear
They have made a joyous choice.
There is no greater fellowship
Than to know and hear God’s voice.

“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know His voice.”
John 10:4 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Careful Steps

A prudent man weighs every step,
Takes time to pray, gives careful thought.
He does choose to rush ahead
Till peace and wisdom he has sought.

He considers well his way
Before he starts to move ahead.
He wants to know the Lord will bless
Every step his feet will tread.

"The prudent man looks and considers well where he is going."
Proverbs 14:15 Amplified Bible

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Refreshing For The Heart

When God's Word lies deep within
We're freed from stress and error and sin,
For in the Word we find much gold,
The kind which isn't bought or sold.

The Word becomes a place of rest
Where we can turn in every test.
We need not fear or be in toil.
The Word is as a healing oil.

From worldly thoughts we find release.
The Word of God becomes our peace.
From all our cares we're set apart
In God's "oasis" for the heart.

"The entrance of thy words giveth light..."
Psalm 119:130 KJV

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

A Train Of Thought

A train of thought can travel far,
But some "trains" we don't want to catch.
These "trains" we should filter out
Lest erred ideas they dispatch.

When God sponsors a new thought
This "train" will be safe to ride.
Thoughts from Him will travel well
And leave you feeling edified.

"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established."
Proverbs 16:3 KJV

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Monday, May 02, 2016

Hidden In Him

In these times we see things shake,
And many situations quake.
If you long for solid ground,
In the Lord it can be found.

He's our fortress, He's our tower,
Our place of refuge in this hour.
Lean on Him. Do not have fear.
Trust in Him. To Him draw near.

"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

© 2016 Arlene Schwartzkopf

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Grateful Heart

Let there be moments in every day
When you give pause and words of thanks say.
This will bring balance and keep you on track.
Of proper perspective you will have no lack.

When we acknowledge the Lord as our Source,
He will draw near to keep us on course.
All of our days will be much more bright
As we give Him thanks and in Him delight.

"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

© 2015 Arlene Schwartzkopf