Grateful

This was my post for Thanksgiving this year, and grateful every day. As Ann Voskamp writes:  eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

“Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life –eucharisteoprecedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts
by Ann Voskamp – Page 31.
2012, Zondervan; author copyright.

I remembered the quote today and had not looked at this book for awhile. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny. It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days. I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before. Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life.

These are photos from my 2016 archives.

Lake Michigan – November 2016

Begonia planter – November 2016

Poinsettia – December 2016

Snow on the blue tarp for Karl’s trailer – December 2016

Thank you for all your inspiration…

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AND SO MY SOUL

And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again
As the sun spills
Over flowers
And the neighborhood
Sleeps

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

Oh, my heart
Is tender
Yet God keeps it
Strong
And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again

Ellen Grace Olinger

Published by Time of Singing (1991).

Beauty

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”

From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV).

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I chose this Bible verse as the theme for my blogs.  There is the beauty of each season in the garden, and the seasons of life.  With our long winters and short summers, I learn more each year about beauty.

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The perennials inspired this poem awhile ago:

all winter
flowers rest
in the earth
beauty begins
in the heart

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Daffodil – Ellen Grace Olinger