Would it make a difference?

Sunday Morning

“What if I chose not to go,

to stay at home, another – no show?

Would it make a difference,

would my Savior care,

if I stay at home, and wasn’t there?

Would the songs be missing one small voice,

because I decide to stay in bed by choice?

If one less hand a midst the sea,

raised in worship and praise to Thee?

Would the prayers be less pronounced,

as they say “Amen” in the Father’s house?

Would it make a difference if I wasn’t there,

Dear sweet Jesus, do You really care?

I heard Him whisper softly to me,

“Don’t shy away in fear you see,

I died for you to Come to Me.”

by denisebalog©

Movement of Chaff

Movement of Chaff

  • The napkin stuck to the bottom of the cup.
  • The unexpected letter of the day.
  • The reminder of something undone.
  • The harsh word spoken in tiredness.
  • The routine interrupted.
  • The cat picking on the couch.
  • The dog barking to come in again.
  • The distant between here and there.
  • The dream yet realized.

The movement of the secret chaff blowing against the peace of the day.

 

Looking for my kids in a heartbreak song…

Last week to work until summer vacation starts for me.

There are days when I think I’ve gone crazy with band aides, questions and such. Hours when I know I have not completed one office “task” or solid thought.

But today with all this emptiness, I am looking for my “kids!” Feeling like an up and down “heartbreak country song!

“Oh, where have all my children gone…enjoying their summer all the days long!!”

Blogging Song

“Blogging? I’ve heard the term before;

had no idea it meant much more.

Blogging tips made to stick,

I’ve learn these on my daily trip:

  • Go out and find five new friends;

it makes a difference in the end.

  • They took the time in reading yours;

be a nice neighbor, and go knock on theirs.

  • If you don’t agree with what you see;

kindness first, it is the key.

  • Reading white on black,

please change the background, I’d like to come back.

  • Sharing the heart;

it’s hard to do.

If I share mine, will you do to?

One hundred and twenty days or so;

I’ve stumbled around, this I know.

“Thank you” to each who have come to see,

I appreciate your “Like” or “Follow” me.

May you be blessed as we travel on;

Sharing your thoughts, and heart to this “Blogging” song!”

Poem by denisebalog

Photo by denisebalog – of mosaic found in archeological dig in the “heart” of the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

The last bus to go…

“The year complete;

I rest my feet.

Waving goodbye;

always a treat.

Small rural school,

remember the golden rule.

Be kind to your friends,

until we meet again.

The last bus to go,

we’ll miss them you know.

It’s been a good year;

yes, I believe that’s a tear.”

poem by dbalog

Mutiny on the Bounty in Elementary

A bit of a glimpse into my life as the Elementary Secretary…

Tomorrow is the last day of school.

It’s been a blessing to watch the kids grow another year.

Model School Students 2014-2015

“Train up a child in the way he should go;

Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

At the end of the day, it’s all about one child at time.

Turner Elementary Great Expectation Students – you are awesome!!

Be still, and know…Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know,” as treasure hunt deeper into the Hebrew letter pictures unfolds. The Hebrew word for “still” is raphah רפה (raw-faw’) The definition is to slacken, to relax, to remove the hand. The three letter word picture רפה reveals a clue. (Hebrew reads right to left)

Reysh  ר – picture of the head of man or the “first”

Pey  פ – picture of a mouth or “word”

Hey  ה – picture of a window or behold. (We are looking to behold Jesus through the window of Hey so the picture can illustrate Grace)

Studying the clues of raphah  רפה the first – word – grace –

Ok, so what was the first word or first mention of “grace” in Scripture?

“Noah found grace in the eyes of God.” Genesis 6:8 KJV

Thinking on this…Noah’s name in Hebrew means “rest.”

What did Noah rest in knowing?

Noah “rested” in knowing he found grace or favor in God’s eyes.

“Grace” in Hebrew is a masculine noun (remember a noun is a person, place or thing) meaning kindness, and unmerited favor or regard in God’s sight.

Concealed in the Hebrew word raphah רפה for “still” is a visual picture of resting in Grace.

Thank You Lord, when sudden storms of uncertainty flare up, or the chaff of emotions threaten to sweep me away, in Your lovingingkindness, You speak, “Peace, be still,” and I rest secure in the mention of Your Mighty Name – Jesus!

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He love us… seated us with Him in the heavenly places… so that…He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)

Stumbled

“When I’ve stumbled and fallen;

made a mess of things.

I spend some time with Jesus,

and begin again.”

  • Grace, underserved, unmerited love of God.

“His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22 -23 (ESV)

 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1(ESV)

“Until the day breaths…” Song of Songs 3:4

“I thank You LORD for this time of peace.

The house is quiet, the children asleep.

Draw me close to You so I can hear;

open the way Lord to hold me near.

Remove my shoes, anoint my feet;

my heart is ready to hear You speak.

Fill me with Your gentle voice;

draw me close, let my heart rejoice!

Thank You Lord for this time and place;

You bless me with Your Holy Grace.

The house is quiet, the children asleep;

I’m filled with Your Presence,

and blessed by Your peace.”

Poem by denisebalog

“The voice of my Beloved! Behold, He comes…let me see Your face, let me hear Your voice…My Beloved is mine, and I am His…Until the day breaths and the shadows flee…” Song of Songs 2:8; 3:4 (ESV)

This I know…

An electrifying three inch rain fell during the annual elementary dance. The call was made and across ankle deep water, painted toes and glittery sandaled footed students made their way to the storm shelter. Children accustomed to gym shorts and sunshine, lifted ankle length dresses to cross rising waters in the parking lot. Familiar emergency drills throughout the school year resulted in an organized evacuation of the cafeteria, but the outcome of the activity could have never been anticipated.  Continue reading “This I know…”

At the door of Dalet

What was “the word of the LORD” that “came to Abram.”? Genesis 15:1

“Fear not Abram, I AM your Shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:2

  • Spending time in the “word” will significantly change your direction and course. Opening up doors of hope to all the good plans God has for your life. –

Now, there is a “word” I can receive “within my heart” at the door of Dalet!

Resting in Jesus, my “Shield and exceedingly great reward!” Genesis 15:2

Dalet  –  ד – door, direction and path enlightened in the word “Dabar”

(daw-bawr)  [דבר] Strong’s Concordance #1697

 

Photo of the high priest breastplate or “shield” described in Exodus 28:15-29

In a …Word – “Dabar”

“… the word of the LORD came unto Abram…”Genesis 15:1 First mention of “word” (dabar) in Scripture can visually illustrate…

Dabar – The door within the heart of man.

– Opening your heart to “…the word of the LORD…” brings divine communication and revelation.

Jesus said… “I AM the Door.” John 10:9 (ESV)

“Anyone who goes through Me will be cared for – will freely go in and out, and find pasture…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:9-10 (The Message)

Visually seen in the Hebrew for “word” – Dabar (daw-bawr) [דבר] – Strong’s Concordance #1697

  • Dalet – ד  – door – entranceway or the path
  • Bet – ב  – house – within the heart
  • Reysh – ר  – head of man – the beginning…of communication and revelation!

Amen!