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The Meeting

He’s asking for you.

Opening where I left off, seeking to hear His voice, I happened upon Lazarus in his tomb.

“So when Mary heard this, she quickly went to find Him, for Jesus was lingering outside the village at the same spot where Martha…” John 11:29 TPT

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Hearing Him speak directly to me,

‘the same spot where Martha left Him’.

Lord, where did I leave You?

Did my “Martha” and all her busyness inside “the village” concerned with the many details of work, and service, forget where I met with You last?

Was it in the quiet of summer past?

Have the days and months become one empty vat?

Where did I meet with You last?

Call forth the one who sleeps!

Awaken my ears and heart to beat.

Lazarus, come out!

“The Master is here and He’s asking for you.” John 11:28 TPT

“When Mary found Jesus…she fell at His feet in tears and said, “Lord”.

John 11:32 TPT

Lazarus, the one who God aids.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

He’s asking for you.

Photo by dbalog©2020-06-03

His Design

“Give me an understanding heart…”Psalm 119:34

“Covered with Your sunlit kisses;

Designed by Your purpose,

And not my futile wishes.”


“Give me an understanding heart so that I can passionately know and obey Your truth.” Psalm 119:34 TPT


Photograph and poem by denisebalogc2021

Good Hope

“Where are the promises of Your song?

They seem to be distant like a long ago storm.

Remembered in name but gone all the same;

Where are the notes of Your horn?”


“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven!

For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”


“When the choir of angels disappeared and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

“Let’s go! Let’s hurray and find this Word who is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the LORD has revealed to us.” Luke 2:14-15 TPT




“You are wearied in the length of your way; yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; therefore you were not grieved.” Isaiah 57:10 NKJV


“I created the fruit of the lips, “Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.” says the Lord, “And I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19 NKJV


Poem by denisebalogc2021

Photographs captured by denisebalogc2015 – Prestonwood Christmas Program, Dallas, TX

My Own Small Way

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Alfred Austin

I decided this summer,

As I watched my Flag wave,

I’d save which was once lost,

In my own small way.


With renewed hope and delight,

Plans were laid out,

As I dreamed through the night.


In the cool of the morning,

My work would begin,

Planting and digging were gardens had been.


With the sweat of my brow on 90 degree days,

I’d press through the heat wiping my face.


The moisture of salt mixed with my tears,

Remembering the former beauty of my garden’s earlier years.

“Tears are the summer showers to the soul.” Alfred Austin

Day after day,

Going back out at first light.

I’d press to restore her,

It only seem right.


In her kindness and sweet morning refrain,

She draws me to her moist soil,

As my Flag bravely waves.



“And now, Lord,

what do I wait for?

My hope is in You.”

Psalm 39:7 NKJV


Alfred Austin was an English Poet Laureate in 1896.

Born May 30, 1835-Died June 2, 1913.


Poem and photographs by denisebalogc2021

Delightful Plan

“It is your Father’s good pleasure…”Luke 12:32 NKJV

“Good morning Father.

Delight me in Your Word.


Open up Your Truths

So I can clearly see;

For I know Your delight is set on me.


Show me the way to go

For my path is in Your hand.


Cause my feet to walk steady,

And in Your Word I’ll safely stand.”



“The LORD God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet”

Habakkuk 3:19 NKJV


Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo by denisebalog©2017

The First Day Counts

“The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.” ― Harry Wong

It’s been awhile since you heard from me.

I started back to school, and yes,

I could barely see.

Covered in questions, “When does enrollment start?”

I thought I lose my mind at each day’s start.


But then the bells began to ring,

School is open! Welcome our children in!


“My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life, never forget the things that I’ve taught you.” Proverbs 3:1-2 TPT


“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” Unknown

WordPress friends and family,

I’ve missed seeing you!

Denise


“The ways of wisdom are sweet,

Always drawing you into the place of wholeness.”

Proverbs 3:17 TPT

Dream and Play

“Waking to Your sunshine,

The rising of the day.

Giving glory to our Creator,

For in Christ,

We live, dream and play.”


“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth… All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16 NKJV


Photograph by denisebalogc2021

Poem by denisebalogc2021

Prepared

“Nourish Up!

Revive me according to Your Word,”

Promised life,

Your best is yet reserved.”


“The Kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

“Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner…and all things are ready.

Come to the wedding.”’

Matthew 22:1-4 NKJV


“Revive me according to Your word…

Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.”

Psalm 119:154 & 159 NKJV


Poem by denisebalog©2021

Photograph by denisbalog©2021

Unto You

“Anoint my hand

In the things of You.

Protect my feet

As I walk it through.


Bless my thoughts with

Your Word Divine.

“Holy unto You”

According to

Your plans

Not mine.”


“A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil…” Matthew 26:7 NKJV

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph by denisebalog©2014

Alabaster flask purchased in Bethlehem, Israel.

Bridal Hour

“Come out of your glass box,

Too long you’ve been concealed.

Pickup your shield of faith,

Remove your bridal veil!


Slip on your shoes peace,

Declare the Spirit’s Truth.

Walk in your Kingdom Power,

Arise!

This is the Bridal hour!”

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darks of the wicked one.” Ephesians 6:13&16 NKJV

Photograph by denisebalog©2020

Poem by denisebalog©2021

Song in the Wind

“All writing is in a sense a prayer – a sending out of hope, a thanksgiving, a celebration, a song sent into the wind that we hope someone will hear.” Quote by Georgia Heard


Writing the words scored on our hearts happens for me in the quiet places of life. In the uninterrupted times when the house is asleep or the rare days of gardening outside in the light.

Raking pass the clutter of the “to do’s”…


Stepping into the ideas, dreams and stories my heart longs to share.

Cutting away the weeds of negativity…


Not listening to the trash talk, “Your not good enough,” or “No one else will care to read.”


“Weeds were wrapped around my head.” Jonah 2:5

Uncovering a nugget of truth.


It takes persistence to break open the time…


Once opened, beauty blooms upward toward the light renewing the passion planted deep inside one’s soul.


“In hope believed.” Romans 4:18


Let it not be said of me, she didn’t find the time to write, to embrace her destiny for if she passes by her heart’s desire as “…a song sent into the wind…”

“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 NKJV


“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 NKJV


“Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before You, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Psalm 139:15 TM