This is the Way, walk in it…

“Who do I follow

If I don’t follow You?

Where do I place my feet,

If it’s not after You?

With great care

You speak softly,

“This is the way”,

Believing it yesterday,

And choosing today.”

Poem by denisebalog

Heart found on path at Megiddo in the Valley of Jezreel. Solomon stabled thousands of horses and chariots here. 1Kings 4:12 and 4:26
Heart found on path at Megiddo in the Valley of Jezreel.
Solomon stabled thousands of horses and chariots here. 1Kings 4:12 and 4:26
Megiddo at the Valley of Jezreel, Israel
Megiddo at the Valley of Jezreel, Israel

 

“So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him

So He can show you His love and compassion.

For the LORD is a faithful God…

Your own ears will hear Him.

Right behind you a voice will say,

“This is the way you should go,

Whether to the right or to the left…”

Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time.

There will be wonderful harvests and

Plenty of pastureland for your livestock.”

Isaiah 31:18-23 (NLT)

Megiddo, the cross roads of the world, Valley of Jezreel. Over 20 different civilizations have occupied this site.
Megiddo, the cross roads of the world, Valley of Jezreel. Over 20 different civilizations have occupied this site.

Photos capturing what my

“heart” heard Jesus’ voice

say to me,

“This is the way you should go…”

Heart stepping stone on the shore of Sea of Galilee.
Heart stepping stone on the shore of Sea of Galilee. John 21:1-25

With trembling knees,

my journey began,

and every place I turned,

“Whether to the right or to the left,”

Heart shaped stone captured at Caesarea. Cornelius, the centurion who sent for Peter while Peter was lodging in Joppa. Acts 10:1 and Paul would have stood before "Felix at Caesarea" Acts 24:1-27
Heart shaped stone captured at Caesarea. Cornelius, the centurion who sent for Peter while Peter was lodging in Joppa. Acts 10:1 and Paul would have stood before “Felix at Caesarea” Acts 24:1-27

I saw “hearts”

…His heart of

Faithfulness,

Compassion,

And Love.

Caesarea on the Mediterranean - Paul would have been imprisoned here while waiting to journey to Rome. Acts 24 and Acts 25
Caesarea on the Mediterranean – Paul would have been imprisoned here while waiting to journey to Rome. Acts 24 and Acts 25

 

From the highest of mountain,

Mount Hermon in the northern limits of Galilee. Also known as the most likely "high" mountain of the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-13 "His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light."
Mount Hermon in the northern limits of Galilee. Also known as the most likely “high” mountain of the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-13 “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light.”

To the lowest of Sea,

The Dead Sea, near Ein Gedi, Israel
The Dead Sea, near Ein Gedi, Israel

Jesus is Faithful to

you and to me!


 

Photos captured by denisebalog in Israel in February 2011 and March 2014.

 

The Red at Rahab’s House

“The Red at Rahab’s house.

The scarlet cord

that binds.

Rescued,

Redeemed,

His life

Is joined

To mine.

Protected,

Shielded,

Forgiven by

His Blood.

Love,

Cherished,

in

Jesus’

Tender love.”

poem by denisebalog


 

 

“…all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive.” Joshua 6:25 (ESV)

“…by which you will be saved, you and all your household.” Acts 11:14 (ESV)

“…everyone who believes in Him (Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through His (Jesus) name.” Acts 10:43 (ESV)


 

Photo captured at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
Photo captured at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, Israel

Photo captured in the little church at Tabgha on the Sea of Gaillee, Israel – March 2014

Wandering Warrior

“Lord, this is my

Time of worship,

Time spent with You.

Do I give it up

To write a word or two?

Wandering warrior,

The victory is right here.

Camped beside the

King’s tent,

Listening with an ear.”

Poem by denisebalog

 


 

"Tell me, whom my soul loves, where You pasture Your flock..." SofS 1:7

“Tell me, whom my soul loves, where You pasture Your flock…” Song of Solomn 1:7

“Tell me, You whom my soul loves,

Where You pasture Your flock,

Where You make it lie down at noon;

For why should I be like one who veils

herself

beside the flocks of Your companions?”

Song of Solomon 1:7 (ESV)


Feature photo captured by the Ford of Jabbok (Genesis 32:22)

on the way to the Dead Sea area in Israel, March 2014

The Dead Sea area, En Gedi, Isarel - March 2014
The Dead Sea area, En Gedi, Isarel – March 2014
The Dead Sea, Israel
The Dead Sea, Israel

Sharing a bit or two of my adventure.

The Bible changed from black and white to

living color right before my eyes.

May you also be blessed with eyes to see.

blessings, denise

 

 

Do I write for You or the Silent “W”?

The silent "W"
The silent “W”…do I write for You?

This poem is dedicate to neighbor, friend, and brother in Christ,

Edmond Sanganyado of “Naked Christian”

formerly “The Chronicles of the Kid Next Door”

http://gracemusing.com/2015/09/19/for-the-first-time-i-am-a-naked-christian-this-is-why/


 

Blogging for less than a year,

I have asked myself this question many times.


 

“Do I write for You

or

to see the

Silent “W”?

Do I worship

or

worry?

Do I wavier

or

walk?

Are these words

from my heart,

or

merely just

talk?

Show me Way, Lord,

Wander,

I’m prone to do.

Wonderful,

Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace,

my heart

Worships

You!”

Poem by denisebalog


“For to us a child is born,

To us a Son is given;

And the government shall be upon

His shoulder,

And His Name shall be called

Wonderful, Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and of peace

There will be no end…”

Isaiah 9:6-9 (ESV)

 

L’Chaim’ (to Life!) Apple Cake – my recipe for Life!

I would like to thank my friend and fellow blogger Marcey http://marceystable.wordpress.com/ who continually amazes me with her daily post of beautiful photos of meals and recipes!

I am inspired and giving my hand to share a bit of a story and my recipe for Apple Cake. I call it “L’Chaim’ Apple Cake” because…one day last fall,

I volunteered to bake two Apple Cakes.

Two Apple Cakes
Two Apple Cakes

Before starting, I turned to my son, and suggested I invite God into baking the cakes for perfection, unlike when I started painting the bathroom last summer.

I remembered on the first stroke of the brushed, I tipped the gallon paint can, spilling a quarter of the paint onto the tile floor.

Recipe for Life lesson…invite first, then proceed with project!

Painting the bathroom
Painting the bathroom…
Yep, me painting over the tub after the initial messy start!
Yep, me painting over the tub after the initial messy start!

Back to the two cakes…when I turned the baked cake over to remove from the pan, the Hebrew symbol for the word “Life” “L’Chaim” appeared on the bottom of the cake. I was absolutely blown away!

Can you see the L Chaim letters? I bought the Hebrew letters at a Sea of Galilee gift shop.
Can you see the L Chaim letters? I bought the Hebrew letters silver charm at a Sea of Galilee gift shop.

Walking in His footsteps is more like a happy dance to me! 


Today celebrating the beginning of cooler weather, and Rosh Hashanah  Happy New Year to Life!


L’Chaim’ Apple Cake

3 medium apples pared and sliced

3 cups of flour (I prefer to sift all my flour when baking)

1 ½ cups sugar

4 eggs

¾ cup oil (not olive oil)

3 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup of orange juice or one orange

In separate small bowl to be used in between the layers

¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon mixed.

Ingredients L'Chaim' Apple Cake
Ingredients L’Chaim’ Apple Cake

Pare and slice apples thin. (Optional – I soak mine in water with a bit of fresh fruit preserver or a squeeze of the orange or a lemon to keep from turning brown) while I prepare other ingredients.

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Tube pan – grease with butter and dust with flour to prevent sticking.

Beat eggs, gradually add sugar (not the mixed sugar and cinnamon), add vanilla, and begin to add flour, add baking powder, alternate with flour, oil, orange juice.

Beat until smooth. Batter will be thick.


Pour half the batter in the pan and arrange half of the apples on top.

Pour 1/2 batter on bottom of pan - arrange 1/2 of apples - sprinkle 1/2 of sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
Pour 1/2 batter on bottom of pan – arrange 1/2 of apples – sprinkle 1/2 of sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.

Sprinkle with half of the mixed sugar and cinnamon mixture.


Pour rest of batter on top and remaining apple.

Pour remaining cake batter on top of first level. Places apples, sprinkle remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
Pour remaining cake batter on top of first level. Places apples, sprinkle remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.

Sprinkle the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture on top.

Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cake rises while baking and pulls away from edges of tube pan. Let cool 15 minutes before turning over on to cooling rack.
Cake rises while baking and pulls away from edges of tube pan. Let cool 15 minutes before turning over on to cooling rack.

Cake should pull away from tube pan.

Waiting 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Use a thin knife to go around the edges of cake and pan to shake loose from the sides before turning out of tube pan.

Let cool...
Let cool…

Let cool, pour big glass of milk or favorite beverage and

enjoy Life! L’Chaim’


“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!” Psalm 34:8 (ESV)

LChaim Apple Cake - to Life!
LChaim Apple Cake – to Life!

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye…” Psalm 17:8 (ESV)


blessings,

denise

 

 

Sweet Choice

The world's choice food...
The world’s choice food…

“Mine ear is listening

Diligently to You.

I choose sure love

Over the world’s

Choice food.

Bid me Lord to

Come to You.

Beckon my ear to

Hear Your voice.

Mine eyes to see

Your sweetness

by choice.

Closer ever,

Drawing me near.

Walking on water,

I feel no fear.”

Poem by denisebalog


“The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger.

I trust in Him with all my heart.” Psalm 28:7


 “And Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus…”Matthew 14:28 (ESV)


Trusting Him with all my heart as I look ahead to stepping out of the boat…

He will cover you with His feathers…

Flutter of a wing to rest
Flutter of a wing to rest

Today is September 10th, so I turned to

Psalm 91 – (September is the 9 month and 1 for the 10)

May you also be encouraged and blessed!


“He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

He is my God, and I trust in Him…

He will cover you with His feathers.

He will shelter you with His wings.

His faithful promises are your

Armor and protection.”

Psalm 91:2 & 4 (NLT)


“Finally, be strong in the Lord and

In the strength of His might.

Put on the whole armor of God,

That you may be able to

Stand against the schemes of the devil…

The belt of truth… (Jesus is the Way and the Truth – you are LOVED)

The breastplate of righteousness…(Christ Righteousness not yours – He finished the work)

Shoes for your feet…(The good news of the Gospel – for God SO loved us He sent His only Son)

Shield of faith…(Jesus Faithfulness, not ours)

The helmet of salvation…(Who you are in Christ. Loved, saved, redeemed forever!)

The sword of the Spirit, (the Holy Spirit – He brings to remembrance ALL things)

The Word of God, (Jesus is the King of kings!)

Praying at all times…” (for each other, our families, our country, peace…)

Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV)


(Parentheses mine)

Photo captured on outside mural in the Jerusalem 2011

In all my paths from here to there…

“LORD, I thank You

for Your Son Jesus.

Who is the Word.

Who guides my feet.

Who draws me close

Who comforts me.

Who plants His will

Inside my heart.

 

I thank You LORD

For His great care

In all my paths

From here to there.

I go in what Your

Word does say,

Come, buy and eat”

To those who

Cannot pay!”

(Isaiah 55:1)

Poem by denisebalog 


“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

And your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good,

And delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to Me;

Hear, that your soul may live…”Isaiah 55:2-3 (ESV)


Photo of my morning walk…from here to there.

Will I wear the letter of Life?

Two weeks ago I dropped off the grid. Heart shaken and questioning the strength of my faith.

Headline news stunned the world with photographs of the Aramaic letter N (for Nazareth the town Jesus was born) drawn on houses indicating Christians dwelled inside. www.cbsnews.com/news/for-christians-symbol-of-mideast-opp

I was horrified as the visual played out in my mind.

As an American, would my faith stand strong under this same kind of persecution?

Nightmares taunted me through the night.

Vivid pictures from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, www.yadvashem.org/ etched in my mind’s eye recalling the horror. Children wearing yellow patches marked with the Star of David pinned to breast of their shirts. Families separated in lines; men to one side, woman and children to another.

I would like to say, I walked away from this miserable night stronger.

No, I crawled out of bed in deep sorrow, and

Curled up in the arms of Jesus.

 


I wrote this poem during my quiet time with Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

 

“Lord, would I wear the sign of Naziyer (naw’zeer)

Upon my cloths and home so dear?

Would the letter of my heart

Bring fear and tear apart?

Blessed to be free indeed,

 from

Social customs and tyranny.

Am I willing to stand,

Come soon,

With the letter of Life,

The letter Noon?

 

Can I now remember how my father,

Brother,

Uncle too,

Fought the world

in World War II?

Will I stand against any man

who

Threatens my life and

Relationship with You?

 

In Christ Jesus,

I am set free

To rise,

Remember,

To live in Thee.

American and

Nazarite too,

Rise up

Oh daughter of Liberty

Count me too!”

Poem by denisebalog

 

“Because I live, you also will live…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:19 & 27 (ESV)

WWII Women Memorial, Washington, DC
WWII Women Memorial, Washington, DC

The Hebrew letter “N” is the 14th letter Noon.

The word picture is of a “fish” or a “believer”

Noon represents – life activity, life, movement.

Hebrew letter Noon - Life Activity - Word Picture - Fish
Hebrew letter Noon – Life Activity 

 


 

In memory of all who fought and stood for liberty in WWII

WWII Memorial, Washington, DC
WWII Memorial, Washington, DC

photos captured by denisebalog