Fragrant Morning Star

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“Good morning LORD,

the dawn of day

has just begun.

Bring forth Your Son,

as a Bridegroom,

for to Him alone I run.

 

Sweep me up in arms

of strength;

Your Presence my desire.

Your loving Words my

Strong defense,

Your fragrance

Lifts me higher.

 

The sun soon rises

from the east.

stars blinking one last light.

Fragrance of the

Morning Star,

gives my heart delight!”

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“And as the Bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

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


 

Poem by denisebalog©

Photo capture – Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

 

Whom is This? Daniel at the Door – Day 4

“On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) Daniel 10:4

Dalet - 4th letter Word picture - Door pathway, direction, course, breakforth
Dalet – 4th letter
Word picture – Door
pathway, direction, course, breakforth

Daniel was in the right place or “path”.

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Jerusalem

Daniel was – at the place to see a “break forth” of his fasting.

Bethlehem
Bethlehem the house of “bread”

“(Daniel) probably walking there, not for diversion, but devotion and contemplation, as Isaac walked the field…” quote by Matthew Henry

Jesus walked with “direction and course” for devotion and prayer with the Father.

“…first month” is speaking of  the month of Nissan – Jesus was crucified on the 14th day of Nissan. I wonder if He was walking on by the Sea of Galilee 10 days after he rose?Arbel, Galilee, Israel


 

The past three days I have prepared the posts the night before. Last night, after a long day, I choose to sit quietly before going to bed. Rising early, for the best part of my day, time spent in the Word.  Pondering whether to take to prepare the post of Dalet, I want to be sure I am right on His path and not mine.

Coffee poured, picking up the little devotional book I read daily,

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noted in my handwriting was Exodus 21:6. Turning to the Scripture, my heart was quicken with a sweet “Word” to open the door for this post today. 

“He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.” Exodus 21:6

The verse is speaking about one who “chooses” to stay by his master’s side and live in his house.

Yes, today Lord, I thank You for Your Word, which guides, and positions me at the door of all the good things You have prepared on the path. Blessings be upon all my friends and neighbors as they go on their paths today.

Pilgrims descent down the Mount of Olives
Pilgrims descent down the Mount of Olives

 

Whom is This? Day 3 – Daniel the burden-barer

The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10. – Day 3 – Verse 3 – Third letter of Hebrew Alphabet – Gimel


“I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.” Daniel 10:3 

Gimel - 3rd Hebrew letter Word Picture: Camel Meaning: to lift up, transport, kindness, service, burden-barer
Gimel – 3rd Hebrew letter
Word Picture: Camel
Meaning: to lift up, transport, kindness, service, burden-barer

Custom – mourners do not speak and stay inside.

Anointing oil is for joy – Daniel stayed “within” in prayer; he was burden for his people.

Jesus was hungryBurden- barer “And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”Matthew 4:2 (ESV)


“Though he (Daniel) was now a very old man, and might plead…” quote from Matthew Henry 

Jesus “denied Himself, and did not plead…He chose to “lift up” prayer and devotion.


In Jewish lore, the letter Gimel, reflects a person who is running (can you see the two legs?) after someone to show them kindness.


If you have ever been to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, most likely you would have seen a camel waiting at the top of the descent, offering tourists the opportunity to take a ride.

Hard working - burden-bare Camel
Hard working – burden-bare Camel

The camel pictured here, was the same camel waiting for our group to come in 2011 and 2014. One look at his callous knees, and the amount of times he has to get up and down, I think you would agree, it is an act of kindness on his part.

I have often thought of this hardworking burden-barer, wondering if he will find a special place of honor, and rest beside the throne in our Kingdom heaven. I would like to believe his reward will be great for faithfully serving pilgrims over the many years.

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May your day be filled with joy in the knowledge of the One Who left His throne to run after us with His acts of kindness and love. Jesus, Who bore our burden all the way to Calvary. 

Whom is This? The heart of Daniel – Day 2

The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10.  – Day 2 – Verse 2 – Second letter of the Alphabet – Bet


 

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.” 

Daniel 10: Verse 2.

Daniel was “heartbroken”.

Bet - 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet Picture of a "tent or house" Within, heart, begin to, build, family.
Bet – 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet
Picture of a “tent or house”
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family.

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 (ESV)


“Note, Good men cannot but mourn to see how slowly the work of God goes on in the world and what opposition it meets with, how weak its friends are and how active its enemies.” quote from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible.  


Bet or Beit

The letter Bet is the first letter of written in the Bible (Torah). Genesis 1:1.

The Jewish sages or teachers, see the letter as a house with a roof, floor and a back, which blocks the view of all that comes before the letter. (As it is the first letter in Scripture, nothing else should come before Scripture).

The understanding is that the front of the letter, the door of the “house” are where the words of all the Scripture is “housed”, and inside the words are all the secrets of God’s wisdom.

Tent or House - photo captured at Megiddo in Israel - 1 Kings 4:12
Tent or House – photo captured at Megiddo in Israel – 1 Kings 4:12

As my heart’s desire was to capture photos to represent the Hebrew letters, this tent was set up at Megiddo (where Solomon housed his many horses) in preparation for a children’s afternoon play. I was delighted to “see” it on our first full day in Israel:)

blessings, 

denise

ps: Hebrew reads right to left; my “tent or house” is visually backwards to the letter, but it was too pretty to pass by:) 


 

Whom is This? The beauty of Jesus in Daniel 10

The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10.


I has occurred to me, I have never explained each of the Hebrew letters and their word pictures. With that said, here goes, Jesus revealed in Daniel 10. 


“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. Daniel 10: Verse 1.

Daniel is beginning to tell his story of the revelation of the power of God and Jesus.

Alef - 1st letter in Hebrew Word Picture: Ox or Bull Meaning: Strength, leader, first power, sacrifice Can you see the horns of the Ox? Jesus is the strength, power of God. He is the picture of the Ox or Bull sacrifice.
Alef – 1st letter in Hebrew
Word Picture: Ox or Bull
Meaning: Strength, leader, first power, sacrifice
Can you see the horns of the Ox? Jesus is the strength, power of God. He is the picture of the Ox or Bull sacrifice.

“…like a lamb or an ox that is brought to slaughter…” Jeremiah 11:19 KJV


“…he understood…; so distinctly was it delivered to him, and received by him, that he could say he had understanding…It did not so much operated upon his fancy as upon his understanding.” quoted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible”


Lion Image: wallpapervortex.com

 

In a word – Ability

Anointed open palm –

Joined in mighty power,

By His Holy Grace.


“Good morning Lord,

The tree is down,

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Blizzard Jonas

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is the

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Talk of the town.

 

Abby and I did a

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Walk around.

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 Blessed to do

“All things through You.”

Not of my own

Ability,

But only in You.

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 Among those attributes

You ascribe

Is Kingdom power by

Your side.”

Poem by denisebalog

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(My faithful pup Abby, never too far from my side.

She loves when Mom goes for a Saturday afternoon walkabout!)


Hebrew word #3581 – Ability – kowach (ko-akh)

Kaf – anointed palm

Kaf - 11th letter - Palm (open cupped hand) left, Meaning: to cover, to open, permit, wing of a bird, anointed hand. Can you see the cupped hand?
Kaf – 11th letter – Palm (open cupped hand) left,
Meaning: to cover, to open, permit, wing of a bird, anointed hand. Can you see the cupped hand?

Vav – nail – joined

Vav - 6th Hebrew letter Word picture - nail, peg, or spike Meaning: joined, to secure, safety, to add, protection. Can you see the "nail" or "spike"?
Vav – 6th Hebrew letter
Word picture – nail, peg, or spike
Meaning: joined, to secure, safety, to add, protection.
Can you see the “nail” or “spike”?

Chet – fence – protection, surrounding, full-face

Chet - 8th Hebrew letter. Word Picture - Fence Meaning: - inner-room, protection, private, to separate, full-face
Chet – 8th Hebrew letter.
Word Picture – Fence
Meaning: – inner-room, protection,
private, to separate, full-face

“I can do all things

through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

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Not of my own,

But through

His Ability


Snow photos Blizzard Jonas by GMF

Jonas Snow – Blizzard of 2016

“On this Blizzard Jonas morn,

Comfort and warm those

Lost in storm.

Depths of snow,

Winds blowing go.

Shaking trees to and fro.

Cat and dogs,

Deer and squirrels

Burrowed in

Leaves unfurled.

Nasty business

Blizzards go.

Land completely

Gone in snow.”

 

“For every beast of the forest is Mine,

The cattle on a thousand hills.

I know all the birds of the hills,

And all that moves in the field is Mine.”

Psalm 50:10 (ESV)

 

Poem and photo by denisebalog©


Prayers and safety for our family weathering the snows of Blizzard Jonas 2016.

In a word – Stand

I will set my heart –

Upon the waters movement,

Seeing opened paths.


“I will stand at my watch and

station myself on the ramparts;

I will look to see what

HE will say to me…”

Habakkuk 2:1 (NIV)


 Hebrew word #5975 – Stand – amad (aw-mad)

Ayin – eye to see to know

Ayin - 16th letter Word picture - Eye to see, to know, to experience, to understand.
Ayin – 16th letter
Word picture – Eye
to see, to know, to experience, to understand.

Mem – waters movement – Holy Spirit

Mem - 13th letter Word picture - water movement of the Holy Spirit
Mem – 13th letter
Word picture – water
movement of the Holy Spirit

Dalet – door – pathway, direction

Dalet - 4th letter Word picture - Door pathway, direction, course, breakforth
Dalet – 4th letter
Word picture – Door
pathway, direction, course, break forth

 

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A year has passed from the day I set my heart to start a blog on WordPress.

Never knowing the course or direction it would flow.

Opening a door to find the voice of a poet standing inside of me.

blessings,

denise

In a word – Bold

Boldly dwells the lion –

Enclosed within,

Throne room power roars.


 

“But the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 (NKJV)


 

Hebrew word #982 – Batach for BOLD

Bet – heart within

Bet - 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet Picture of a "tent or house" Within, heart, begin to, build, family.
Bet – 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet
Picture of a “tent or house”
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family.

Tet – surrounded

Word Picture - Enclosure
Word Picture – Enclosure

Chet – in protection

Word Picture - Fence - inner-room, protection, private, to separate
Word Picture – Fence – inner-room, protection,
private, to separate

 

BOLD-

Bet – heart within

Tet – surrounded

Chet – in protection


 

ps: As I was thinking on the “boldness” of a lion,

I passed this coat of arms hanging on an entrance way.

I was taken aback, having never seen this before on a familiar

road in town. I counted it a blessing to be shared.

May you be Boldly blessed in throne room power today!

In Jesus Mighty Name! Amen

denise

 

 

What is a Haikus Poem? – a Hug in Elementary

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Monday night I “Googled” the definition of Haikus.

What a surprise to find the answer (literally)

staring me right in the face, (hanging on the wall!)

when I went to school yesterday!


 

In honor of my new friend and very

Talented neighbor, Susan Michaels of Light Room  https://5wise.wordpress.com/

Her Blog daily astounds with

“Words, Light, and Life” in Haiku style poetry.

Susan, I think you will agree,

these Third Grade students

Wrote some fine Haiku poetry!


 

Here’s hoping you each enjoy a

Haiku style “hug in Elementary”

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Great job Third Grade students!!

He shall add the blessings…

A silent eye to see.

The best gifts on earth

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 Is Your Majesty!


 

“Blessed by the LORD be his land,

With the choicest gifts of heaven above…

And the rich yield of the months…

With best gifts of the earth and its

Fullness

And the favor of Him Who

Dwells in the bush.”

Deuteronomy 33:13-16 (ESV)

The Roar of the Flight…

We were scheduled to leave

tomorrow for the

Holy Land.

Plans have been delayed.

Yes, I am disappointed,

but I will trust in Him Who calls me.

I pray you are blessed from a previous poem post.

I’ve added a few photos to enhance your journey:)


“The Holy Land,

The Promise Land,

The Walk of Jesus.

Mt. Arbel, Galilee, Israel photo captured March 2014
Mt. Arbel, Galilee, Israel – Jesus would have come this way to the Sea.

The slope of Mount Olives,

The climb up Masada,

View overlooking the Dead Sea from Masada
View overlooking the Dead Sea from Masada

The crossing the Jordan,

The circling of Jericho.

View from Jericho. "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted...command these stones to become loves of bread." Matthew 4:1-4
View from Jericho. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted…command these stones to become loves of bread.” Matthew 4:1-4

The heights of Mount Herman,

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.”

The view from Mount Carmel,

View from Mount Carmel
View from Mount Carmel

The sailing upon the Sea.

Dancing on the Sea of Galilee!
Dancing on the Sea of Galilee!

The covenant meal on Mount Scopes,

The battle for the Holy Mount.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem

The delight of the City,

Shopping in the Market of Jerusalem:)
Shopping in the Market of Jerusalem:)

The warmth of the sun,

The steps to climb,

one by one.

The steps of ascent - Jesus would have climbed these steps.
The steps of ascent – Jesus would have climbed these steps.

The sand on the horizon,

The calm of the waves.

Tiny shells on the shores of Talgha, the Sea of Galilee in Israel
Tiny shells on the shores of Talgha, the Sea of Galilee in Israel

The roar of the flight,

Night flight home...
Night flight home…

Returning to dreams,

in the midst of the night.”

Poem by denisebalog

Photo taken while sailing on the Sea of Galilee looking towards Mount Arbel. “It is believed to be the location where Jesus would have gone to pray for it is walking distance from the Sea of Galilee, and its vantage point of more than 1000 feet overlooking the lake.”quote from “The King’s Highway – Jesus Revealed in Psalm 119” 

“And after He had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23 (ESV)

Poem discovered in my travel journal.