Pilgrim’s Journey – I

“There’s joy in pilgrims meeting.

Gathering everyone.

Traveling roads together

In laughter and in fun.

 

Each heart is set on Zion,

Her beauty a delight.

Keep focused on You Lord,

Throughout the travel flight.

Talking with each other.

Taking time to pray.

Safety in our numbers

No not one to stray.”

 

Familiar faces;

Hearts drawing near,

Reaching close to You.

A new smile mixed with tear.”

 

“Happy are the people

Whose strength is in You,

Whose hearts are set on

Pilgrimage.

As they pass through the

Valley of Baca (tears)

They make it a source

Of springwater;

Even the autumn rains

Will cover it with blessings.

They go from

Strength to strength;

Each appear before God

In Zion.”

Psalm 84:5-7 HCSB

 

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photos captured 2014 

As you can tell, my heart is set on Zion! 

“Next year in Jerusalem!” 2018

Friends Encourage Dreams

“Dreams are adventures you invite only your closest friends to share…

For your girlfriends are the ones who will give you the courage and wings to reach them.”

Quote from Day 327 in “Whispers of Friendship”. Barbour Publishing, Inc. 2009. ISBN 978-1-61628-3

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

 

Photo captured on Mount Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee 2014.

 

In Stillness

“There’s no comfort in this world.

No place to lay one’s head.

Foxes surround the vineyard;

Confusion stirs up dread.

But Peace resides in stillness,

Waiting to speak to me.

Open up the Word

‘Be still’ and ‘Follow Me.’”

 

“O my Dove, in the cleft of the Rock,

In the secret places of the cliff.

Let me see Your Face,

Let me hear Your Voice,

For Your Voice is sweet,

And Your Face is Lovely.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV)

 

“Be still, and know

I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2011 – Sea of Galilee 

Dancing Dawn

“Open up the day;

Bring the sun along.

For sorrow tarries in the shadows;

Rejoice, Oh dancing dawn!”

 

“Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints,

And give thanks to His Holy Name…

Weeping may tarry for the night,

But joy comes with the morning.”

Psalm 30:4-5 (ESV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2017

Place of Time

“Thank you for this Peace of time.

Not my will, but Yours divine.

Guide my hands and bless my bowl;

Open my eyes as Your treasures unfold.

Cause my heart to step in Thine,

For I long to hear Your voice in this place of time.”

 

“…and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12 (NKJV)

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017

Morning Dew Breezes

“It shall be in that day,

‘The tongue’ shall ‘sing’!

Open up the flood gates

For the dry lands shall burst forth in spring!

 

Flowers shall bloom,

Plans arise!

Purpose will take root, and

Prosper before your eyes!

 

Sing, oh daughters of Jerusalem,

“Do not stir up love until it pleases…”

Open your mouth wide

For singing begins on morning dew breezes.”

 

“I charge you,

O daughters of Jerusalem,

By the gazelles or the does of the field,

Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.”

Song of Solomon 2:7 NKJV

 

“Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

O daughters of Jerusalem!”

Zephaniah 3:14 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog©2017

Open Heart

“Doors wide open;

Summer breathing still.

Open up my heart Lord;

I long to hear Your will.”

 

“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (NKJV)

Mosaic fishes – Sea of Galilee 2014
Mosaic fishes – Sea of Galilee 2014

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee 2014

Days of Sand

LORD, You know the plan.

Before the beginning of time,

You destine the days of sand.

Running through the hour glass;

Minutes count away.

Someone in school needs a word today.

Bind all harden hearts, and

Let the tears flow down.

Open up their ears to hear;

Calm the “lost” and “found”.

Draw each child to Your Presence;

For we rest in Your work this day.

A Mighty move from heaven,

Holy Spirit have Your way.”

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photos captured by denisebalog©2016

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Jumping Ahead

“Sometimes you have to digest what He said.

Meditating on His Word instead of jumping ahead.”

 

“Give ear and hear My voice,

Listen and hear My speech…

His God teaches him.”

Isaiah 28:23&26 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2017

Grace, Grace to it!

“I couldn’t bring myself to do it;

Although the pieces were all in place.

Then I remembered what He spoke to me,

Not by “might or power”,

But by His Holy Grace!”

 

“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the LORD of Hosts.

‘Who are you, O great mountain?

Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!

And he shall bring forth the capstone

With shouts of Grace, Grace to it!”’”

Zechariah 4:6-7 (NKJV)

 

Cap stone.

 

View of a mountain top from the area of where the headwaters of the Jordan form in northern Galilee.

Cap stone photo captured in the remnants of what was once the town of Chorazin.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2014 Israel