En Gedi – David – Just a “kid”

We have been blessed with copious amounts of rain for the past week here in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.

The sun is coming from its hiding place and I thought I would share some travel pictures of David’s hiding place – En Gedi captured in January 2018.

“Then David went up from there and dwelt in the strongholds at En Gedi.” 1 Samuel 23:29 NKJV

As we made our way up the dry path we could hear the trickle of water.

David would have hid from Saul in a cave like these at En Gedi.

I couldn’t wait to put my hand and feel the cool water that David felt.

En Gedi means the “fountain of the kid”.

Seems appropriate “the fountain of the kid”.

David would have been in his twenties when he hid from Saul at En Gedi.

Just a kid, and look,

David’s mighty men!

Hope you enjoyed a brief trip to En Gedi Natural Reserve at the Dead Sea.

Photos by denisebalog©2018

 

Morning Tide

“Light broke the sky

Before the morning

Timed rise.

Pink of the tide

Revealed in

His eyes.”

“But when the morning had

Now come,

Jesus stood on the shore;

Yet the disciples

Did not know

That it was Jesus.”

John 21:4 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee

Dipped In Colors

 

“Banners raised

We seize the day.

Dipped in colors

The pilgrim’s way.”

“He brought me to the

Banqueting house,

And His banner

Over me was love.”

Song of Solomon 2:4 NKJV

 

“You enlarge my path

Under me,

So my feet did not slip.”

Psalm 18:36 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018

Pilgrimage in Israel

Flocks of Song

“Birds above

Their morning call.

Palm trees tower

Growing tall.

Morning awakens

Not by alarm,

But in the movement of

Sea gulls and their

Flocks of song.”

 

“Praise the LORD from the heavens,

Praise Him in the heights above…

Praise the LORD from the earth,

You great sea creatures and all

Ocean depths…

Wild animals and all cattle,

Small creatures and flying birds…”

Psalm 148:1-10 NIV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee

 

Friendships to Keep

“How can one sleep

When hidden so deep

Are memories of journey

And friendships to keep.”

 

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos of some our first full day photos of travel – Megiddo in Israel – Solomon would have stabled his thousands of horses here. – 2/20/18

 

Final Hello

2018-01-18 – Journal Note:

“We are running along the east side of Lake Erie – Cleveland.

Snow, like frosting, covers the land below as we head northeast toward Canada.”

“It’s night now

Towns glowing below.

Orange sunset to the West

Waving its final hello.”

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured inflight Frankfurt to Tel Aviv by denisebalog©2018

Never The Same

“Stepping out into the

Cool dark air.

One lone bird

Welcomes my presence here.

 

“Don’t lay inside

In a jetlag night.’

Step outside and

Absorb the light.”

 

Once to be experienced

In this life of change.

Resting on the shore of Galilee –

Never the same.”

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee

 

Through Travel Eyes

“What made you take this trip again?

You’ve been there once and

Twice my friend.

 

What draws you back

To fly the skies?

Distant lands through

Travel eyes.

 

What do you find so

Far from home?

To cause your heart

To want to roam?

 

‘There is no answer of

Come and see,

Except for one;

“Follow Me.”’

 

“The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee,

And He found Philip and said to him,

“Follow Me.” John 1:43 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo captured on the Sea of Galilee by denisebalog©2018

 

In Dreams We Went

“I woke,

I slept,

In dreams

We went,

Across the sky

His Promise led.”

 

“Then you shall

Delight yourself in the LORD;

And I will cause you to ride

On the heights of the earth,

And feed you with the

Heritage of Jacob

Your father.

The mouth of the LORD

Has spoken.”

Isaiah 58:14

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

On the eve of departure to the Holy Land.

She asked again, “What do you seek?”

As the countdown to a real life journey next week to Jerusalem,

May I share the desire of what I seek in the new year 2018.

May you each be blessed in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ as we continue to purse and be sought by Him.

 

She asked again,

“What do you seek?”

 

“I seek a trust,

As between a

Husband and wife.

The maturity to stand firm

Amidst the chaos of life.

 

The desire to blush,

As a new, young bride,

Listening as my Bridegroom

Whispers by my side.

 

Faith that doesn’t question,

And doubt

Every time I hear the enemy going about.

Confidence to know,

You’ll work it all out for my good;

Even when I’m wrong or I’ve misunderstood.

 

May I seek to know

More of Your ways.

Faith to depend

Only

In Your Faithfulness

During the darkest of days.

For in You,

Christ Jesus,

Is the fullness of Life.

For I am blessed to know,

You call me

Your wife.”

 

“And as a Bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

So shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5 NKJV

 

“I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” Song of Solomon 6:3 NKJV

 

“As a Bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,

And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2014 in Jaffa, Israel