Category: Encouragement

Psalm 23


Psalm 23 (KJV)
A Psalm of David

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


He led me to get more rest so that my soul might be restored.  During the caregiving years with my mother, she often simply needed me to sit with her.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic for PSALMS


P   romises of
S   erenity
L   ove
M  editations and
S   trength

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18: 1 (KJV)

The photo is of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin today.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Praying The Psalms

While the Psalms have always been a part of my life, I began praying them in a consistent and personal way over 20 years ago.

I wrote about my story, the Psalms, and short poetry forms in my post at Curtis Dunlap’s site:  Ellen Olinger – Three Questions.  Three of my best haiku are in this post.

In early December 2009, Curtis Dunlap featured “Deeper Places,” which was published first in Time Of Singing (2003):  Poets and Poems – Ellen Olinger.

Recently, I was blessed with another birthday.  I am 62 now, by God’s grace.  My 40th birthday was in the hospital, and my life had to change to be well again.  This life has everything to do with the art that seems to bless others.

I rest in God’s plan and His mystery.  When I was younger, I was able to give 20 years to special education.

I look forward to some simple posts here, where I revisit verses that held me together and gave me hope.  A time of renewal.

This verse that I shared yesterday is one I held close during my recovery.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

Gratitude.  There are always new challenges and lessons.  I hope to always keep growing and learning.  May the Psalms continue to be my prayers.

The Psalms are honest and emotional, and they lead to praise and deeper trust in God.

Blessings, Ellen

Thanksgiving Complete – Poem by Charles A. Waugaman


Thanksgiving Complete

Father, I wish to praise You for the whole
of life. Besides these blessings obvious
and bright with benediction for the soul;
beyond intangibles that comfort us
when doubters cower under circumstance
and faithless people cast all hope on wealth;
even before the graces that advance
our comfort, pleasure, family and health,
I would give thanks for pain, displeasure, fear,
reversals that avoid the cul-de-sac
of pride, anxieties, and every tear
that draws me near through prejudice or lack
to Your forgiveness. Surely all is good
that leads me into doing what I should.

Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

WITHIN The Circle Of Seasons
Poems by Charles A. Waugaman
Elin Grace Publishing
ISBN 0-9729848-1-X
2003, Author Copyright
All Rights Reserved


Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger

For the “Ornate” challenge at The Daily Post


For the WordPress Challenge Ornate: I made this needlepoint picture of the Cezanne painting years and years ago.  The kit was high quality and then we had the needlepoint framed.  Photo by Karl.

These photos from my garden journal (2015) also seem to go with the theme this week.

of teaching Sunday School
burning bush


roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

Ellen Grace Olinger