Category: Praying the Psalms

“Wait on the Lord”

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

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

Lake Michigan – July 2019
Amsterdam Park
Town of Holland – Sheboygan County
Wisconsin

Photo by Karl

“This is the day”

This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118: 24 (KJV)

By The Sheboygan River
Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
July 5, 2019
Photo by Karl

“my songs”

Thy statutes
have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Bridal Wreath near Lake Michigan

A butterfly found the hawkweed in the front yard.

Photos are by Karl this week.

I took this photo of flowers from a store.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

Each month, I try to review some of the past posts and years in my archives. Today I am looking at July 2010, as that is when I began Poems From Psalms And Nature. When the time arrives to create a new book or two from my blogs, I think the review work will already be complete. I update my archives here and there too.

Be still, and know
that I am God

Psalm 46: 10a (KJV)

each flower
a star for a time
daylilies

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

Published in Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 1
Spring 2011

Karl took this photo of a daylily in July 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem, Photo, and Creative Note

hosta plants grow
around the ash tree stump
an abundance of health
and new green

as if to say
we knew you would not
last the storm
we are here

there is new beauty now
new hope and a new time

I wrote the poem last week, and took the photo yesterday. They were published first in posts at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I call these poems journal poems. They flow from my heart, and I write them directly in posts. Often though, an image or personal reflection is with me for a long time, before I write. When I can write easily, it is because I am living with the images, and blessed by God’s grace in many ways. And as I pray the Psalms and read in general, my own writing grows. Rest is necessary too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

for a few moments

for a few moments
as I pray and read
early sunlight
on birch trees
and a grey-blue sky

Image: wpclipart

Poem is by Ellen Grace Olinger.