Taste and See

I woke this morning ‘muttering” this verse…

“Oh, Taste and See that the

LORD is good;

Blessed is the man who

Trust in Him.” Psalm 34:8


“…Israel called its name manna…and the taste of it was like wafer made with honey.” Exodus 16:31



“Taste and See

In the fatness

Of Your Word.

Rich and Full,

More than a

Hundred calories worth!”

Taste – Hebrew word – Ta’am #2938  – perceive – good discernment.

Ta’am or the Hebrew letters – Tet, Ayin, Mem

Taste and See in the Word Pictures….

ט  Tet – snake – encircle, wrap, twisting.

Word picture: Snake Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling
Word picture: – 9th letter Snake
Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling

ע  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.

ם   Mem – water – movement, Holy Spirit

Mem - 13th Hebrew letter Word picture - Water Meaning - waters, flow, Holy Spirit Can you see the "wave" on the top of the letter? (One of the five letters with a different shape when used at the end of a word)
Mem – 13th Hebrew letter
Word picture – Water
Meaning – waters, flow, Holy Spirit
Can you see the “wave” on the top of the letter?
(One of the five letters with a different shape when used at the end of a word)

 Taste and See…

-Wrapping your eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit!-

Yardinet Baptism site - Jordan River, Israel
Yardinet Baptism site – Jordan River, Israel

And NOT the snake…

Do not look at the twisting chaos of his wake!! –


The snake is all around us…but I want to Wrap my eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit Who is with us wherever we go!!

Thank You Jesus for your finished work of the Cross!

“This Book…shall not depart from your mouth…meditate in it day and night…observe…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Be strong and courageous. Do not be frighten, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you whenever you go.” Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

 “Bless my hand as I

Knead the dough.

Your Holy Spirit

Is my Guide

As I follow Your flow.”

Jesus Calling Devotional - June 28th
Jesus Calling Devotional – June 28th

 When I opened the Jesus Calling Devotional book after this time with the Lord, I about fell out!!

May you Taste and See the Holy Spirit’s movement in all the good plans He has for each of you, in Jesus Holy Name!! Amen!!

Poems by denisebalog©

Lifter of my head


“Pencil, book, back in hand.

Praise You LORD,

The Great “I AM”.

Lift me up for mercy’s sake;

Open wide Your heaven’s gate.

All good treasures stored for me;

Adventure is my destiny!”


“But You, O LORD,

Are a Shield about me,

My glory, and the

Lifter of my head.”

Psalm 3:3 (ESV)


Not on an actual “vacation” or “journey” right now, but I am VERY excited about the path and adventure He is leading me on …

My morning path...
My morning path…


Poem by denisebalog©



A New Song of Heart!

The Lord “Who makes all things new” has caused a new song of Hope to rise up in my heart!!

I was really suffering with indecision and doubt of my future plans.

During quiet time, the Holy Spirit brought a woman who within the past 24 hours and a long period of waiting and lost hope, literally had received a heart transplant. As I prayed for her wellbeing and all the complications and difficulties of a delicate surgery…

The Lord spoke to me…

Just like when I put a “new heart” in you, if your BODY rejects it – it dies!!!

I know what the Word has been speaking to my “spirit” man, but as Paul says, my “body” has been warring with my spirit!! I can either accept the Word of Life or reject it!!!

(I won’t say die, because I know Jesus will continue to walk with me even when I am not strong enough to “walk in the spirit” and let my body lead me the long way around.)

Praise Jesus for His Faithfulness – Mercy and Grace!!!

SO…After a LONG season of drought, He has opened the eyes of my heart to see the “new” in the plans and purpose He has for my life!

I look forward to what lies ahead…


“Just when I put my

“Hope” away,

You reached down and


“This is the day that the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice in it!” Psalm 118:24”


“…I will…speak tenderly to her.

And there I will give her her vineyards

And make the Valley of Achor a

Door of Hope.”

Hosea 2:14-15 (ESV)




Poem by denisebalog©

The first almond blossoms are a sign of a blessings! Zippori, Israel. The town of Mary's Grandparents. A few miles walking distance from Nazareth.
The first almond blossoms are a sign of a blessings! Zippori, Israel. The town of Mary’s Grandparents. A few miles walking distance from Nazareth.


Pregnant Hope

“Good morning LORD,

Waking me as

You do.

Pregnant with


Expectations based in You!


Not looking to my feet,

Covered in the dust and dirt;

“Looking unto Jesus!”

In Him alone I trust!”



“Those who know Your Name will put their trust in You;

For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Psalm 9:10 NKJV


“…and let us run…looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

Poem prayer by denisebalog©

Bayou Bill – Remembering Tropical Depression “Bill” – One Year Ago

Cow rescued.


Like many, my family and I ventured to the Bayou to see for ourselves the rising waters resulting from Tropical Depression “Bill”.



Instead of the depression surrounding this devastating weather event, we witness


American values, respect, and bravery.


Neighbors helping neighbors saving livestock, livelihoods and demonstrating who we are Americans.


“This Nation under God” – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address and inscribed on Lincoln Memorial

Photos captured by denisebalog 6/18/15

The “Certain Woman”

“How do you walk in the Spirit?”

The question they inquire to know.

Asking myself,

“Where am I in the story?”

And allowing my spirit to go.


I traveled from the land of Moab,

All the way to Naomi’s’ Bethlehem.

Gleaning in Boaz’s field, and

Eating bread from my

Kinsman Redeemer’s hand.


In the hill country of Ephraim,

Like Hannah,

I’ve cried out to God for a son.

He heard my prayer of sorrow,

And caught my

“tears in a bottle”

Each one.


I’ve been the “Certain Woman” with

A dab of oil left to spare.

He stepped into my land of lack,

Multiplying my vessels right there.


Like David,

 “Ascending the Mount of Olives,

Weeping, barefoot and head covered in shame;

Looking on me with


Turned and restored my reign.

Gently reminding me, once again,

I’m a daughter of the King

In His Name.


So where am I in this story?

LORD let Your Word show me the way.

I’m in need of Your direction and solace,

Let Your Holy Spirit guide me today.



“Come away by yourself

And rest a while”

Sit with Me,

Here by My side.

For My words are

Wisdom and knowledge.

And in Me your

Perfect Peace does reside.”



Scripture stories from

The Book of Ruth

1 Samuel 1 & 2

Psalm 56:8

2 Kings 4:1-7

2 Samuel 15:30

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“Come away by yourselves

To a desolate place and rest a while.”

Mark 6:31-32 (ESV)

“You keep him in

Perfect Peace

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Photos and Poem by denisebalog©

Stirred Colors of Hope



You’ve planted a vision

Deep inside of me.

Stir up the colors,

Refresh my eyes to see.

Plans for the future,

Guided by Your Son.

“To prosper and not harm me,

You’ve purposed everyone!”



“LORD, you are my God;

I will exalt You and praise Your Name,

For in perfect faithfulness

You have done wonderful things,

Things planned long ago.”

Isaiah 25:1 NIV


“For I know the thoughts

That I think toward you,

Says the LORD,

Thoughts of

Peace and not evil,

To give you a

Future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Poem by denisebalog©

Grace Way – Through the Waters


“Grace Way

The place where the two ways meet.

Following in Your footsteps;

Keeping tuned to

Your heart beat.”


“Now this is what the LORD says,

“Do not fear, for I have

Redeemed you;

I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

I will be with you when you pass through the waters,

And when you pass through the rivers,

They will not overwhelm you.


You will not be scorched when you walk

Through the fire,

And the flame will not burn you…

I AM the LORD…”


Isaiah 43:1-2 (HCSB)


Poem by denisebalog©

Sit Alone in Silence

What keeps a blogger from checking in, posting a thought or sharing their heart for an extended period of time?

For me, coming through the politics, State and local, as an Elementary secretary in Public school.

“Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him…” Lamentations 3:28 (ESV)


This “season” is over and summer now stretches wide before me.


Sunday evening, I logged in and went about the neighborhood visiting friends and fellow bloggers I haven’t heard from in a long time.

Reading comments and linking through to new neighbors I would have otherwise never had the pleasure of meeting.

It has been said, posting comments is so “time consuming”; this is true.

BUT, without the time invested to learn about each other,

I would have missed the blessings of encouragement,

Stirred desire to write,

And the lifting up of my heart from

“…straining at rowing, for the wind was against them” Mark 6:48




 I truly enjoy sharing my heart,

and being inspired as you share yours. 


 I am blessed to belong to this neighborhood we call WordPress, and

look forward to spending summer days reading about you!



Abundant Son!

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“Bits and pieces

Of the past.

Sun is out!

Gone at last!”


“for everything there is a season…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1


“But I have trusted in Your mercy;

My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD,

Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 13:5 & 6 (NKJV)

poem by denisebalog