His Design

“Give me an understanding heart…”Psalm 119:34

“Covered with Your sunlit kisses;

Designed by Your purpose,

And not my futile wishes.”


“Give me an understanding heart so that I can passionately know and obey Your truth.” Psalm 119:34 TPT


Photograph and poem by denisebalogc2021

Good Hope

“Where are the promises of Your song?

They seem to be distant like a long ago storm.

Remembered in name but gone all the same;

Where are the notes of Your horn?”


“Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven!

For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.”


“When the choir of angels disappeared and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

“Let’s go! Let’s hurray and find this Word who is born in Bethlehem and see for ourselves what the LORD has revealed to us.” Luke 2:14-15 TPT




“You are wearied in the length of your way; yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; therefore you were not grieved.” Isaiah 57:10 NKJV


“I created the fruit of the lips, “Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.” says the Lord, “And I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19 NKJV


Poem by denisebalogc2021

Photographs captured by denisebalogc2015 – Prestonwood Christmas Program, Dallas, TX

My Own Small Way

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” Alfred Austin

I decided this summer,

As I watched my Flag wave,

I’d save which was once lost,

In my own small way.


With renewed hope and delight,

Plans were laid out,

As I dreamed through the night.


In the cool of the morning,

My work would begin,

Planting and digging were gardens had been.


With the sweat of my brow on 90 degree days,

I’d press through the heat wiping my face.


The moisture of salt mixed with my tears,

Remembering the former beauty of my garden’s earlier years.

“Tears are the summer showers to the soul.” Alfred Austin

Day after day,

Going back out at first light.

I’d press to restore her,

It only seem right.


In her kindness and sweet morning refrain,

She draws me to her moist soil,

As my Flag bravely waves.



“And now, Lord,

what do I wait for?

My hope is in You.”

Psalm 39:7 NKJV


Alfred Austin was an English Poet Laureate in 1896.

Born May 30, 1835-Died June 2, 1913.


Poem and photographs by denisebalogc2021

Dream and Play

“Waking to Your sunshine,

The rising of the day.

Giving glory to our Creator,

For in Christ,

We live, dream and play.”


“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth… All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16 NKJV


Photograph by denisebalogc2021

Poem by denisebalogc2021

Prepared

“Nourish Up!

Revive me according to Your Word,”

Promised life,

Your best is yet reserved.”


“The Kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

“Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner…and all things are ready.

Come to the wedding.”’

Matthew 22:1-4 NKJV


“Revive me according to Your word…

Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.”

Psalm 119:154 & 159 NKJV


Poem by denisebalog©2021

Photograph by denisbalog©2021

Song in the Wind

“All writing is in a sense a prayer – a sending out of hope, a thanksgiving, a celebration, a song sent into the wind that we hope someone will hear.” Quote by Georgia Heard


Writing the words scored on our hearts happens for me in the quiet places of life. In the uninterrupted times when the house is asleep or the rare days of gardening outside in the light.

Raking pass the clutter of the “to do’s”…


Stepping into the ideas, dreams and stories my heart longs to share.

Cutting away the weeds of negativity…


Not listening to the trash talk, “Your not good enough,” or “No one else will care to read.”


“Weeds were wrapped around my head.” Jonah 2:5

Uncovering a nugget of truth.


It takes persistence to break open the time…


Once opened, beauty blooms upward toward the light renewing the passion planted deep inside one’s soul.


“In hope believed.” Romans 4:18


Let it not be said of me, she didn’t find the time to write, to embrace her destiny for if she passes by her heart’s desire as “…a song sent into the wind…”

“I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40 NKJV


“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 NKJV


“Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before You, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Psalm 139:15 TM

The Path Ahead

“You’re my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe Leader, be my true mountain Guide.”

Psalm 31:3 The Message Translation

Caves on the rocky hillside of the Valley of the Doves in Galilee area in Israel.

Travelers would have past these caves when walking between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee.

Photos by denisebalog

Be Still

“When I awake.”

 

Silencing the sounds.

Peace embraces.

Holy Quiet surrounds.

 

“He will quiet you with His love.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

 

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, Oh God!

When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 NKJV

Set Free

“Up early, desiring You.

So many questions,

Answers few.

“Be still and know,”

Remains the same.

Stay close to Me,

For I removed your chains.

Chains of time,

Prison lines

Step upon step,

Heart’s neglect.

Now your set free,

Continue with Me.

For I’m about to show you

Life’s tapestry.

Your heart’s not dead,

Nor your ear to hear.

Continue the safe path

For the way is clear.

Can’t you feel His Breath,

He’s flowing in you.

Stirring your heart,

Empowerment too!

Stay the path,

Follow the lines.

Precept upon precept,

The bud’s on the Vine.

Bursting forth in your identity,

Don’t turn back now!

For whom the Son sets free,

Is free indeed!’

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 ESV

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NKJV

Poem by denisebalog©2021

Photography by denisebalog©2021

Psalm 91:16 – Eyes to See Salvation

Faith Pictures

“With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My Salvation.”Psalm 91:16 NJKV

I pray you have been blessed with a journey through Psalm 91 as seen through prayer, my heart and lens for His glory.

I pray your eyes have been blessed to see Jesus our Salvation, ever present help in trouble and lover of our souls.

May God bless you abundantly in His Peace today and always.

Denise

“And His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:6-7 NJKV

Psalm 91:15 – He Will Answer

Faith Pictures

“He shall call up Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91:15 NKJJV

I hear myself answering back to the cat’s cry to go out yet again this morning, “I don’t want to hear it!”

How comforting to know my Father never says the same to me.

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.” Amen

May your day be blessed,

Denise