Category: Chronic illness

books and blessings

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

We also bought used books from Mead Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After I read them, I can give them to someone else, or donate to another place. Lately, I am especially interested in memoirs.

And I bought Jan Karon’s new book: Bathed In Prayer, Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series. I looked for the book at local stores, and then bought from Amazon. I appreciate being able to order online too. I have also bought used books from Amazon.

Please see Jan Karon’s site for more information. I love her novels. They are deep and true, so well-written.

It is endless – all the ways to learn, bless, and be blessed.

Peaceful gratitude,
Ellen Grace Olinger

morning prayer

Easter And Spring Poetry

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

My haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010. SMILE was a large print journal edited and published by Joyce M. Johnson for years.

And published in Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Membersā€™ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Rereading Bible Verses

rereading Bible verses
I recall from younger years

God knew

He would bring me
here from there

and faith grows

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
Psalm 18: 1 (KJV)

Snowdrops
April 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

National Doctors’ Day – March 30: My Grateful Reflections

We learned about National Doctors’ Day from Aurora Health Care Foundation, which we support. I am grateful for my nurse practitioner and doctors. For everyone who helps me – the entire staffs where I receive kind and excellent care.

When I was in the hospital last summer, I experienced grace and peace. I said thank you to all who helped me. I thought, “Where did I learn how to do this?” And I thought of my overnights in a Milwaukee hospital with my mother, and her care in general. She taught me. And my heart was full, because I pray the Psalms. I was not able to read then, for a time. Some of the authors I read a lot are Jan Karon, Luci Shaw, Barbara Crooker, many memoirs over time. Our blogs. Poetry journals.

So good to do our work as we can, read, view art – our gifts and their expressions vary. Everyone has a gift.

And when I cannot write, I review my blog archives. I’ve started a few lists of poems for large print chapbooks. These will be gifts for my caregivers and fellow patients. Anyone who needs a simple book in a time of need – or simply a busy day.

I am on a new journey, with Karl’s faithful help too. Better now. Work to do. Appointments on the calendar, and grateful for care. I can no longer be a caregiver, in terms of the physical work. Follow-up care is very important.

My parents passed away years ago – Dad in March 1983, and Mom in January 2004. It is a profound Mystery that I continue to feel their unconditional love. Love is eternal. My parents modeled what I call Big Picture Faith. We shall meet again. And I hope for a very long life, as they would wish for me, and I work towards this goal every day. I call this, Daily Dedication and Small Steps.

I am just beginning as an artist. With great-gratitude.

Emotionally and spiritually, I continue with the Psalms and Nature – the theme of this blog. I am watching Spring! And still need my winter coat by Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. That’s OK.

But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.

Job 23: 10 (KJV)

Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.


Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Bible Verse and Photo

ā€ . . . 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.ā€
Philippians 4: 8 (KJV)

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Ellen Grace Olinger