“Your works LORD,
Your works Divine.
Clouds proclaim Your Glory!
Love poems across the sky!”
“Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mentioned that His name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:4-5 NKJV
Poem by denisebalogc2019
Photo captured by dbalogc2017
“By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2 NKJV
Photo captured by dbalog©2011 Sea of Galilee...by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan.
Why the nine candles? Each candle represents a miracle of God. When the Temple was reclaimed there was only enough oil to light the candlesticks on (the Menorah) for one day. Through God’s gracious hand the oil last nine days.
My heart delights to see the oil of the nine found in Nine Gifts of the Spirit the Apostle Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 12:10 & 11 NKJV
“Now concerning spiritual gifts.. the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
The word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge… to another faith… to another gifts of healings…to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He Will’s.”
May the nine lights of Hanukkah cause us to remember the miracle of oil in the nine gifts of the Spirit residing in each as He wills in the second light of Hanukkah this day.
Today begins the lighting of the first of nine candles celebrating Hanukkah.
Thinking on how this applies to my life as a Christian it occured to me the miracle of the light that shines in me because of the Holy Spirit (the oil) I can partake of Hanukkah in the spiritual by sharing the Light.
A word of encouragement to a co-worker who has lost hope in their situation. A prayer with a friend fighting a battle of sickness. A kind word of caring to a neighbor who is experiencing their first Christmas after the loss of a spouse or a child.
Surely in prayer and asking, the Father will light a new candle every day and cause His light to shine in darkness.
Celebrating and lighting the first candle of Hanukkah – Day One.
“Let your light so shine…and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV
“Dancing loved my heart conceals.
He speaks His Truth in Word reveals.
Plans and purpose His good for me.
What once was lame my heart does see.”
“For indeed I AM for you, and I will turn to you…I will make you inhabited as in former times and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I AM the LORD.” Ezekiel 36:9-11 NKJV
Having come through a long season of waiting…my heart now sees.
Poem by denisebalog©2019
Photo captured by mbalog©2019
“Lead me Lord, guide my path.
Broken feet restored at last.
Safe and covered by Your redeeming blood.
From limping lost to dancing loved.
“Then David danced before the LORD with all his might…” 2 Samuel 6:14 NKJV
Like David, (whose name means beloved), our dance is a personal.
Poem and photography by denisebalog©2019
“Waiting on daylight, morning’s break of day. Calling all creation, Rejoice! Praise His Holy Name!
Heavens declare Your beauty, the Tabernacle of the Son. Come Oh Holy Spirit, let Your will on Earth be done.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork…In them He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.” Psalm 19:1 & 4 NJKV
Poem and photo by denisebalogc2019
There’s a significant difference between the place of in the middle and of caught in between.
One is the season of hope and waiting and the other of seeking the answer to the question yet unseen.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV
“But the just shall live by his faith,” Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV
“God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.” Psalm 19:1 (The Message)
“When I thought, “My foot slips”
Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
Your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:18 ESV
“Time line –
Between September and October.
Between Still and Wait.
Between Here and Now.
Between Walk and Faith”.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
Time Line by denisebalog 2018
Bought water today for upcoming road trip to a women’s conference.
Thought about how often it feels like we go from waist deep in the Word, to the feeling of barefooted, walking through a dry creek bed. Anyone?
Went looking for “thirst” in Hebrew.
#6770, tsame’. The letter pictures speak this to me. (Gosh, I love Hebrew)
On my knees, hands lifted in prayer and praise, “thirsty” for the First love of my life, Jesus.
Tsadik, Mem, Alef. (Reading the letters pictured right to left)
I wonder if the Lord allows us to get a bit “dry” to prepare our empty vessel for an overflowing drink of water.
Can’t wait Lord, fill me up!!
“Ho! Everyone who thirst,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.”
Isaiah 55:1 NKJV
Thirsty – tsame’ – Tsadik, Mem, Alef
PS: Hebrew letter picture chart can be found on the menu bar. I am posting freeflow from my phone and was not able to insert individually.
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” Genesis 3:8 nkjv
I see a lot of flowers but no fruit.
Ouch, that one hurt Lord.
Yep, a true Word spoken to my spirit and a visual picture to remember.
I have several things and projects in the making but common day distractions seem to be my excuse. (Laundry, dinner, blah, blah).
I see no fruit.
Thank You Lord, I needed to see that.
“He makes everything beautiful in it’s time…”Ecclesiastes 3:8
“Now to Him Who able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory” Ephesians 3:20
Yep, I needed to hear this “in the cool of ” of my garden. Stop making excuses and watch the fruit grow!
Blessings in your garden today,
PS: I learned how to tag and use categories today on my new gardening too, my phone😊