Love Stepped Forward

“The oil pressed,

Blood poured out.

Love stepped forward.

In Him,

No doubts.”

“…He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden…

Judas having procured a band of soldiers…went there…

With lanterns and torches and weapons.

Jesus knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I AM”… they drew back and fell to the ground.” John 18:1-8 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photographs by Denise Balog©2014

Excerpt – Day 13

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They Esteemed Him Not

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poems to Ponder

Whom do I put my trust in? To rest at His feet and will.

He poured out His Blood to the point of death.

His fragrance covers me still.

“Now when Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” Matthew 26:6-8

The Scripture clearly points out they were seated “at table” in “the house of Simon the leper”. Obviously, Simon was healed of leprosy, or Jesus and his disciples would not have been sitting in Simon’s home, and eating at his table. Unmistakably, Jesus must have healed Simon. One can only imagine how Jesus felt hearing His own disciples say, “Why this waste?”  They “esteemed him not” and He loved them still.

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photography by denisebalog©2017

Excerpt from Day 10

 

Dust on His Feet

“He drank the cup,

I could not drink.

He walked the road,

Dust on His feet.

He washed me clean,

White,

Brand new.

Opening the door,

To spend time with

You.”

 

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem,

and Jesus was walking ahead of them…saying,

“…the Son of man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death…they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Images captured by denisebalog©2018

Nazareth Village in Nazareth, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Retracing the View

“To venture up to

Mountains heights.

Breathe the air of

Snow and light.

To walk where others

Have shared the view,

Joshua,

David,

And

Peter too.

 

Truth of days and

Time gone by.

Retracing steps

He was sure to climb.

Up unto where

Hills meet sky;

The

Transformation of

Jesus Christ.”

 

 

View of Mount Herman from Hazor.

“Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor…

Then he burned Hazor with fire.” Joshua 11:10-11 NKJV

 


“Therefore, I will remember you from

The land of Jordan, and from the

Heights of Hermon.”

A Psalm of David – Psalm 42:6 NKJV

 

“Now after six days

Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and

Led them up on a high mountain by themselves and

He was transfigured before them.

His face shone like the sun, and

His cloths became as white as the light.”

Matthew 17:1-2 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 at Hazor, in the Upper Galilee region of Israel.

Faithfulness In the Clouds

“Was it in the fields

As we moved through the land?

Or the Scriptures we heard,

And now understand.

Whatever we saw,

We know now as true;

Your Promises are Faithful,

And

Your Covenant is Truth.”

 

“Your Faithfulness reaches the clouds…” Psalm 36:5 NJKV

“It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth,

 That the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;

And I will remember My covenant

Which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh;

The waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Genesis 9:14-15 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 – Moving past Mount Nebo on our way to Jericho.

Beauty Shines

“North wind,

Changed today.

Blustery clouds,

Leaves at bay.

 

Warm the air,

Cause the sun to shine.

Flowers to bloom in

Your perfect time.

 

Oh, the

Perfection of Your Beauty,

The whole world does see.

The Radiance of

Your Love

Shining down from Thee.”

“From the rising of the sun to its going down…

The Perfection of Beauty,

God will shine forth.”

Psalm 50:2 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018

 

Tears Unfold

“After these things Jesus showed Himself
Again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias,
And in this way He showed Himself.”
John 21:1 NKJV

“There’s something that

Happens on this trip divine.

Causing your heart to

Go back in time.

When you least expect to

Hear a word,

His love unfolds

And sets tears to roll.”

“Then as soon as they had come to land,
They saw a fire of coals there,
And fish laid on it,
And bread.”
John 21:10 NKJV
“Jesus said to them,
“Come and eat breakfast”
John 21:12 NKJV

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee.

Points with No End

View from Mount Carmel. Overlooking the Valley of Jezreel.

“Pencils with no points.

Journey that never ends.

Paper stretched before me

To travel once again.”

The Shunammite woman rode her donkey up Mount Carmel to speak with Elisha. 2 Kings 4:8-37

“And so she departed,

And went to the man of God

At Mount Carmel.”

So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off,

That he said to his servant Gehazi,

“Look, the Shunammite woman!” 2 Kings 4:25 NKJV

Oh what a view from Mount Carmel.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 on Mount Carmel in Israel January 2018

Walk About Zion

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“There’s a kitty hiding,

Or maybe it’s two.

Poking around the corner

Peeking out at you.

“Walk about Zion”

Each they go.

Circling around her towers

In search for;

Well you know.

Turn on any corner.

Walk up narrow streets.

You’re sure to find a kitty

In every place we meet.”

 

“Walk about Zion,

And go all around her.

Count her towers;

Mark well her bulwarks;

That you may tell it to the

Generation following.

Psalm 48:12:13 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo by denisebalog©2018 in Jerusalem

How to Recognize when God Speaks

Reblogging this Excellent post on “How to Recognize when God Speaks”. It is so good I want to be sure I can go back and read again:)

The Christian Realist

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Sometimes, one of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to distinguish the voice of God from your own. Newer Christians would often have trouble with this question, but separating the voice of the soul and Spirit can be difficult for even the most veteran Christ follower. I’m not certain who said it first, but the best rule of thumb I’ve ever heard is, if you want to hear God speak, read the bible; if you want to hear God speak out loud, read the bible out loud. With that being said, and being the realist that I am, I know most Christians sadly don’t read God’s Word as often as they should (free advice: you should start). So, how do we recognize God’s voice without reading his Word? We would all love to physically hear God’s voice, but Christians don’t audibly need to hear the voice…

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Sweetness of Song

“There’s a fragrance

That lingers inside of my head.

Scenting the steps,

And the paths that we tread.

Oil of joy,

Sweetness of song;

Memories refreshed

In the womb of the dawn.”

Walking the path down to the Sea of Galilee at the Tabgha site where Jesus made breakfast for His disciples.
Climbing the path up Mount Arbel to view the Sea of Galilee. Jesus may have watched His disciples row the Lake from this mountain top.

“When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,

We were like those who dream,

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

And our tongue with singing.”

Psalm 126:1 NKJV

 

Walking the paths of Masada. “Fortress where from 70 to 73 AD Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome”
Dead Sea location.
Walking the path to Bethsaida to visit the house of fisherman. This is the city of Peter, Andres and Philip. John 1:44

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured of our group by denisebalog©2018 in Israel