To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Luke 1:79 NKJV
I felt myself slipping into depression. Sadness moved into my heart and positioned itself to stay. Grieving for my Country, her people and our future is overwhelming for a someone who likes to fix things.
In quiet time, I heard my Friend say to me,
“Peering too long into the darkness causes you to lose your Light.”
This truth pulled me back from the edge of the pit saving my spirit, and bringing hope back into my soul.
I pray these verses brighten your day as we walk in the His Light together.
“To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79 NKJV
“Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed…upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:1-2 NKJV
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
Photo capture by denisebalog©2020
“America, my Father’s pride.
Oh, how he loved to serve by your side.
Fathers, Sons, and Daughters too,
Laid their lives down to fight for you.
If truth be told, they’d tell you so,
If called to arms, they’d willingly go.
The proud, the strong, integrity bound,
In serving you,
America was found.”
Picture captured of my Dad back in the 70’s. Enlisting at a very early age, he was proud to serve in as a GI Joe in WWII in Germany. After the war he enlisted in the Navy and finished as a Sgt Major in the National Guard.
He taught me to love our Country, our history and never forget the price paid for freedom. This daughter is proud of my Father’s pride.
Happy 4th of July!
God Bless America!
Poem by denisebalog©2016
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV
Strong and Courageous
31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles
Day One – Jericho – A Fragrant Place
Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles
Day Thirty-one – Tirzah – Pleasantness
“…the king of Tirzah, one – all the kings, thirty-one.” Joshua 12:24 NKJV
Tizah – means pleasantness or delightsomeness. From the primitive root to be pleased with, to delight, to favor, to satisfy a debt.
In the land of Promise or pleasantness, the battle we face daily is to know the debit is paid, it is satisfied by Jesus who humbled Himself to the Cross.
“Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.” Joshua 24:26
Joshua who found favor with God, completed his mission in the land of Pleasantness.
Joshua’s name means – Jehovah-saved. The Hebrew spelling of Joshua’s name is Yeshua – Yhowshuwa (yeh-ho-shoo-ah). Yeshua in the Greek language is Jesus. “…and shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:31 NKJV
Jesus,” who for the joy set before Him, endured the Cross”, satisfied the debt, because He delights in us.
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, …every man shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD…everyone among them…shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary…And you shall take the atonement…to make atonement for yourselves.” Exodus 30:12-15 NKJV
I can’t think of a more pleasant or delightsomeness way to end of Joshua’s story than to find “under the oak tree” Jesus satisfied the Law’s requirements and paid the sanctuary debt for me.
“Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free…” Matthew 17:26 NKJV
“He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.”
Psalm 18:17-19 NKJV
I thank you for your sharing your time with me as we traveled thirty-one days to the land of Pleasantness in Joshua’s Journey.
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79 NKJV
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Photo by denisebalog©2018
Photo captured Jerusalem
“They will lie down in pleasant places and feed in the lush pastures of the hills. I Myself will tend My sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign LORD. Ezekiel 34:14-15 NLT
Day 31 – the Land of Pleasantness