Tag: Chronic illness

“earthen vessels”

But we have this treasure
in earthen vessels,

that the excellency
of the power

may be of God,
and not of us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

Daisies
August 17, 2019
Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger

Coleus
August 15, 2019
Photo by Karl

Mandevilla
August 15, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems and Flowers

I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me
as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets
written over so much time
that passes too soon

clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

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

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Photos are by Karl.

Ellen Grace Olinger

July and Creative Notes

sunny morning
with no wind
the quiet image
of orange daylilies
in bloom

early morning
hosta flowers grow
above the windowsill

Saturday morning
so happy with the plants
we bought on sale

early Sunday
raindrops in some light
on evergreen branches

one yellow leaf
on the birch tree
late July

Creative Note: My poems were published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I am writing short poems to describe moments as they happen. Later I may see a sequence and then reprint in one post.

Peony – July 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

Daylily – July 18, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger, 2019.

Creative Note: I am reading a used book I bought from Amazon: Sightseers into Pilgrims, A Sampler of Contemporary Christian Poets. Edited, and with an Introduction by Luci Shaw. Copyright 1973 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. Excellent poems, and I have also read Luci Shaw’s books of poetry and memoirs for many years. I enjoy both new and used books, and also look for discards from libraries when I order. I like seeing where the book was and the library information. A book from a thrift store may include a gift note. How wonderful to consider the journey of a book!

“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

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

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need

Welcoming Hope is an illustrated poetry collection with Time Of Singing, A Journal of Christian Poetry.

Please see the Time Of Singing books page for more information, including the featured poets and how to order.

Lora Homan Zill
Ellen G. Olinger
Editors

Charles A. Waugaman
Art Editor, Illustrator

The cover art is by Charles A. Waugaman.