The First Day Counts

“The most important day of a person’s education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.” ― Harry Wong

It’s been awhile since you heard from me.

I started back to school, and yes,

I could barely see.

Covered in questions, “When does enrollment start?”

I thought I lose my mind at each day’s start.


But then the bells began to ring,

School is open! Welcome our children in!


“My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life, never forget the things that I’ve taught you.” Proverbs 3:1-2 TPT


“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” Unknown

WordPress friends and family,

I’ve missed seeing you!

Denise


“The ways of wisdom are sweet,

Always drawing you into the place of wholeness.”

Proverbs 3:17 TPT

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

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

She Loves to Party

During Recess.

If you ever wondered what a school secretary and the Principal really do when the kids are outside at recess, well this second grader knows the real truth.

We party!

I love all the stars, hearts and what looks like balloons hanging from the ceiling in Maddison’s drawing. They are actually brightly colored paper flowers our student remembers seeing hanging in the office.

Kids aren’t always looking for fireworks and a plugin device to look at, sometimes it’s simply floating flowers in the most unusual places that brings joy to their heart and delight to the eye.

ps: The Principal is actually on the playground during Recess and I am at my desk putting on Band-Aids or washing woodchips, yes, you heard me right, woodchips from kids eyes. I haven’t actually found a “woodchip” in anyone’s eye, but I guess when Oklahoma winds get blowing even a piece of dust can feel like a wood chip in the eye.😊🎐

School Secretary

Gives a million masks.

“Ms Denise, can I have a mask?” Or my favorite when I would ask where their mask was “I don’t know, I think I lost it on the playground.” Of course you lost it on the playground! Lol

Kids are so resilient. They never complained about wearing them except maybe when they couldn’t find their “favorite.” PreK to 2nd grade is hard work keeping up with a piece of fabric or a paper string deal for 4 year olds to about 8 year olds. Many a “princess” or “shark” lost its way from the cafeteria to the playground.

We had to go “virtual” for two weeks early on because the football team/coaches were exposed and we didn’t have enough drivers for the school buses to get the kids to school. When the kids were told to pack up because we had to be out for two weeks, many cried as they left the building. Kids upset to miss school. God bless them, we didn’t mind the temp checks at the door or handing out the numerous mask a day, we just wanted our kiddos in school and they wanted to be there too. ♥️

The drawing pictured is one of my favorites from the “make me cry” gift I received this year for Secretaries Day. Two books full of drawings from “my” kids. I will cherish each picture and caption forever.

Jesse’s drawing cracked me up and pretty much sums up our 2020/2021 school year the best. I must have given Mr. Jesse, a first grader, a mask EVERY day, possibly two depending on if he had PE in the late afternoon.

We never ran out masks, and thankfully, we we’re able finish the year out with our kids and mask free.♥️

The Meeting

He’s asking for you.

Opening where I left off, seeking to hear His voice, I happened upon Lazarus in his tomb.

“So when Mary heard this, she quickly went to find Him, for Jesus was lingering outside the village at the same spot where Martha…” John 11:29 TPT

-Stop-

Hearing Him speak directly to me,

‘the same spot where Martha left Him’.

Lord, where did I leave You?

Did my “Martha” and all her busyness inside “the village” concerned with the many details of work, and service, forget where I met with You last?

Was it in the quiet of summer past?

Have the days and months become one empty vat?

Where did I meet with You last?

Call forth the one who sleeps!

Awaken my ears and heart to beat.

Lazarus, come out!

“The Master is here and He’s asking for you.” John 11:28 TPT

“When Mary found Jesus…she fell at His feet in tears and said, “Lord”.

John 11:32 TPT

Lazarus, the one who God aids.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

He’s asking for you.

Photo by dbalog©2020-06-03

In the Morning

Included in my prayers Sunday night while the temperatures dropped and the heavy snow continued to come down on the cows and outside animals, I asked the Lord to merciful in the morning.

Oh how my heart rejoiced to see the sun rising. Giving me hope and reassurance He hears my prayers and cares deeply for the concerns of our hearts.

God bless and stay warm as we get ready for the next storm this evening.

Denise

For All Generations

The Lord brought me to this Scripture this morning.

Last night as I tried to pray for our Country,

Joining in with the prayers of those going before us,

I couldn’t think of how to pray according to His Word.

This morning going out in zero degrees temperatures to feed the birds and take a picture or two, He showed me Psalm 33 and how to pray while I warmed up with a hot cup of coffee snuggled in His Word.

Appealing to Heaven according to His Faithful Word.

“I have set watchmen on your walls…

They shall never hold their peace day and night.

You who make mention of the LORD,

Do not keep silent,

And give Him no rest till He establishes…” Isaiah 62:6 NKJV

Remembering and honoring all those who fought and continue to fight for our Freedom.

Zero degree morning.

Thankful for the morning sunshine.

Have a blessed day,

Denise

Hearing Love – 2:14

My heart always skips a beat when I discover what I like to call a “2:14 heart verse”.

Spending time with my Beloved in the

Song of Solomon 2:14 NKJV

“O my dove, in the clefts 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.”

Journaling my heart’s secret thoughts beside the Dead Sea, Israel.

Oh the sweetness found in 2 Corinthians 2:14

“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.”

His fragrance is captivating.

Who could resist imaging oneself sitting at the table with Boaz our Kingsman Redeemer in

Ruth 2:14

“Now Boaz said to her at mealtime,

“Come here, and eat of the bread, and

Dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.”

Vinegar can speak of “tears” in the Bible. Oh, how my heart weeps with Jesus’ love and comfort when I spend time in His Word.

I can share my tears with Him safely.

And the ultimate love of the One Who gave His life for me found in

Colossians 2:14

“He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us,

He erased it all – our sins, our stained soul – He deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved!

Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto His Cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation.” The Passion Translation

He first loved me.

I pray you find a 2:14 love verse for yourself as you curl up with the One Who loves us on this Valentine’s Day.

Love ya,

Denise

xoxox