the word of our God – Isaiah 40: 8


I thought more about teaching Sunday School (1981 – 1993).  As the elementary children read from their Bibles, they began comparing different translations.  They would say, “Mine says . . .”  That led to discussions about words and meanings.

Isaiah is another book I often read for comfort and inspiration.  After our long and severe winter, this verse surely is vivid.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:  but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Isaiah 40: 8 (KJV)

Today it is 20 degrees, which is warm weather here these days.  The sun is bright.  A beautiful day.

spray-lily-valleyThe new flowers in spring will also sing Easter, which we know is where Lent leads.  Hard to imagine not knowing how the story “ended,” at the time – which led to a new beginning.

The first year after my mother’s passing, 2004, the perennials pictured Resurrection.  That is a special comfort memory.

My observance of Lent is quiet and personal.  I’m not teaching now, only telling my stories.   It seems for me Lent is about healing, which I will always need this side of Heaven.  A day with a little more time in His Word is a better day; and if for some reason I can’t read some day, I hope I have enough verses stored in my heart.

The lily of the valley is courtesy of

Hosea 6 Then shall we know . . . and three acrostic poems

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:  his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Hosea 6: 3 (KJV)

These are Acrostics from my blogs, the last few years.

M  arvelous
A  rrival of SPRING
R  enewal of gardens
C  hange of scene
H  eaven on earth!

S  ilence
E  nlivens
A  nd
S  olitude
O  pens
N  ew thoughts

S  pring
P romises
R  enewal
I  nspiration and
N  ew
G  rowth

* * *

I have a small site called Poems For Bulletin Boards.  It’s a resource for teachers and others who are looking for poetry for classes.  I also published the March acrostic there this week.

tulips-6The tulips are courtesy of Karen’s Whimsy.

John 15 The Vine and Acrostic for Lent

It feels as if nature is waking up from the severe winter, even though we may still have plenty of cold weeks and snow.  The thought occurred to me as I read my Bible this morning, watching the morning light and gentle wind in the evergreens, that this winter has been like an early Lent in a way.  The beginning of spring is always a reminder of Easter and eternity.

So perhaps as Lent 2014 begins on March 5 (looked up the date just now), I will be able to keep some of the beauty and stillness of this winter in my heart.  I would like to read the Gospels as I do the Psalms.  I remember John 15 says that He is the vine and we are the branches.  Here is a quote.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.”

John 15: 5 (KJV)

My acrostic for LENT is one of your favorite poems on my blogs:

L  ove
E  verlasting
N  ot
T emporary

Blessings, Ellen

all the fields



gentle growing snowfall
evergreens heavy-laden
and bearing the weight
with such ease

all the fields
that will soon be
corn and soybeans
wheat and wildflowers

prepared for planting

* * *

This is a poem from the archives on this blog (February 2012).  The previous title is “snow on the fields.”

The “Purple Floral Endpaper” is courtesy of Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art.

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.

~ from Philippians 4: 8 (KJV) ~

The dahlia and wheatfield pictures are courtesy of wpclipart.

Post updated on September 14, 2014.


Short Poems About Trees

Reviewing my work revealed that I often write about trees.  So I created this collection.  Hope you enjoy!

one month ends
another begins
evergreen branches
frame the night sky


tree branches
and winter white sky
poem on the page


 wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches


river of light
along the evergreens
the friends who stayed


wind uplifting
the branches of trees


small branch growing
from the old tree trunk


gentle spring winds
in evergreen trees
the friendship we grew

for Enola

“Gentle spring winds” was the Top Post for this blog in 2011.
The title of the post is “Haiku For Mother’s Day” (May 7, 2011).

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing


patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

Published in TIME OF SINGING (2011).

Psalm 1: 3 (KJV) :

And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Photo of hosta and tree by Karl.