New England Native Turned PA Poet- Abbott

Kari Lisa Greenaway (Abbott)

Contemporary Christian Poet, and Author, Kari Lisa Greenaway (Abbott). Who is she anyway? Where to start? To our dogs I am “mums”. Central PA is home. I am an accidental poet (or maybe not,) who was born July 8, 1971, in a small town in New England. My dad, a nature-loving gentleman, named Dennis R. Abbott (who passed from this world near 8/31/2016,) married a lovely young lady named Bonnie L. Fisher (who passed from this world 12/23/2018.) 

  • The Lord knows me and makes me to stand, kneel, lay down in green pastures, dream, and dance.  My tears are His, as is my joy and my pain.
  • I had a vivid imagination as a child and into my early adult years. Until my mind took a slight vacation without telling me. I had to practice making my mind go blank at times to keep memories and thoughts at bay. 

My childhood years?

  • Have in a sense passed yet remain in full force.

Early adult years?

  • I called myself a Christian but saw I was living a life that didn’t glorify God.
    Image of Author Kari L. Greenaway

Schizophrenia? (My crazy)

  • Living with “schizophrenia” and moving forward with hope, peace, and joy is an ongoing thing for me.
  • My faith in God and my relationship with Jesus Christ have been key. Though my marriage is on the rocks, my husband has been very supportive, even if he did fall out of love with me years ago. I don’t think reconciliation is in our future. My family- those living and those passed, along with friends who still love me have also been instrumental in supporting me.
  • I wonder and occasionally smile when I think. God, I can’t imagine how You will turn my “episodes” to good, but I know You will, and I praise You!

My relationship with Jesus?

  • Is starting to flourish.

Married? Yes, currently. Though perhaps not for much longer.

  • December 1, 2007 
  • On my wedding day, I didn’t wear something borrowed, something blue.
  • I wore a white wedding dress and carried my Bible.
  • The only thing I could bring to our union, was myself and my belief in God’s Word.
  • I trusted Him to make our marriage right.
Mark & Kari Greenaway on their wedding day


Schizophrenia and poetry?

  • They just collided. 

Life Today?

-Do you want it in black and white?

  • I’m a dreamer and an achiever.
  • I’m a contemporary Author and Christian poet

-Or do you want it in color?

Kari L Greenaway aka “Quirky Poet”

  • I’m ALIVE!
  • I’m DRIVEN
  • Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
  • There is a God
  • Jesus is the Lord. (Him crucified & risen from the dead.)
  • You can tell a gentleman by the way he acts.
  • I believe in the Bible 100%
  • There’s good.
  • There’s evil.
  • Neutrality is not an option I choose. 
  • In the past, I was not a people person. I was more of a hermit. (Reading trained seclusion, and episodes taught me loneliness.) Now though, I want the Lord to lead me to those in need, and to be an active participant in the community around me. Nurturing, comforting, lifting others.

Or do you want it in cartoon?

Kari L. Greenaway LOGO #3aka The Quirky Poet


In Closing?

  • God’s got this. (You, us, me.)
  • I appreciate your time.
  • Trust Him to open up opportunities to know Him.
  • Jesus will not push His way into your heart, but awaits your answer to His gentle knocking. He will meet you where you are, take you as you are and transform you toward hope, and joy. His, “no one can take joy.”
  • I look with hope and excitement toward tomorrow.

Have any questions?

  • Contact me or view some answers to general questions on my Q&A page.

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Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Thanks for reading

P.S. What about you?

  • Are you friend or foe? I hope it is friend. (Just saying.)
  • I would love to hear your “story.” And if you sign up for our newsletter, I will write you a custom poem. Head over to our Christian blog: Category: News or search our site for: Free poem.

Kari Lisa Greenaway (Abbott)- Christian poet/ Author

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