As Spring Grows From Winter

A short time ago, there were snowflakes on the window screen.  The sun shines now, and already the snowflakes are gone.  There are icebergs along the Lake Michigan shore where we live.  Snow rests on trees that will grow new leaves and on evergreens.

I think of harder years, and the blessings and art that grew from them.

As spring grows from winter, which is also beautiful.

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Ellen Grace Olinger
2018

Photo Challenge: Beloved

Beloved – perennials represent the generations, and their resilient souls.  Years and decades vary; beauty changes, grows deeper.  It was interesting to see a photo someone took of my mother when she was very old.  I did not see her age, even though I helped with her care, so much as see her spirit and soul grow stronger.  Unconditional love.

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Forget-me-nots – photo by Karl, June 2011

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Daylilies – July 2017

For me, as perennials bow to rain and fade, they picture grace, acceptance, and resilience.  They are beloved.  I look forward to their new season in 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

sometimes

sometimes
it is enough
to simply hold
one of my
well-worn Bibles
and thank God
and then reread
a Psalm I’ve read
more times than
I know and still
discover something
new

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Beach Shells Wallpaper is courtesy of wpclipart.

Acrostic for HOPE

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H ave faith as you journey
O n and trust God’s love and
P romises for you
E ven today and then always

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Ellen Grace Olinger