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

Perfect in One

You are the storm,

You are the Sea.

You are the One Who rescues me.

At Your word mountains move.

In the sound of Your voice Peace is heard.

Declaring Your love with the rising of the Son.

I live, breath and walk to be with You as One.

“I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me”

John 17:23 NKJV

“You live fully in Me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity.”

John 17:23 TPT

Poem by denisebalog

Photograph by denisebalog – Caesarea, Israel

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

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

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“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

Break of Day Luminous

“The revelation-light of His Word makes my spirit shine radiant.” Psalm 19:8 TPT

The Hebrew understanding of this verse can be as this:

The break of day, luminous light of His Word causes my eyes to shine with the knowledge of His Face, and favor in life.

Praying you too may be so captivated by the Light of God’s Word and the radiance of Jesus’ Face; your eyes will shine new with understanding of His love for you by His grace!

God bless you,

Denise

“The LORD bless you and keep you;

The LORD makes His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

No Internet Needed

“You and me, Lord,

Meeting in the morn.

Battle through the night,

Choking hands of scorn.

Steadfast in Your Love;

No thoughts of abandonment.

Your Holy Spirit strong;

Removed the fear and stench.

Waking in Your Presence,

Curling up with You.

No need of internet;

You and me will do.”

“His massive arms are wrapped around you,

Protecting you.

You can run under His covering of Majesty and hide.

His arms of faithfulness are Shield

Keeping you from harm.”

Psalm 91:5

The Passion Translation

Poem by dbalog©2021

Photo by dbalog©2019

The Circling

Day Seven – Eglon – Revolve, Circular-round

“…the king of Eglon, one:” Joshua 12:12 NKJV

“Having arrested Him, they led Him…” from the Mount of Olives, to Annas and Caiaphas the High Priest house.  When morning came, they led Him to Pilate, who sent Jesus through the market, packed with people, and vendor’s wares to Herod’s palace. Circling back around, Herod sent Him back through the streets of Jerusalem to the Praetorium to stand before Pilate again. Circling around the City, and up the hill to Calvary… in my place, for me.

Thank You Lord, You walked to Calvary for me.

In the pressing, and circling of my mind,

I will look only unto Thee.

For Your Son Jesus wore the circle of thorns,

Providing rest for my mind, and

The taunts from the enemy.   

“Have you not known?

Have you not heard?

Has it not been told you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…”

Isaiah 40:21-22 NKJV

“Therefore, do not cast away your confidence,

Which has great reward.” Hebrews 10:35 NKJV

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Photo captured circling around the paths Jerusalem. denisebalog©2018

Luke 22:39 through Luke 23:33 and John 18:1-17 follows the circular path of Jesus to Calvary.  All Scripture found in the NKJV

Founded in Peace

Up the hill we climbed.
Each step drew us closer
To the days back in time.

Jerusalem – Anyone who knows me well, knows my heart skips a beat at the mention of the word, Jerusalem. According to the name meanings in the Strong’s Concordance, Jerusalem means – founded in peace.

Drawing my thoughts back to Israel, bits and pieces of memories penciled into my pocket journal. May I  share a poem penned on the last day of our journey into the gates of Jerusalem in January 2018.

“As all the days before,

We started our journey

With the open bus door.

Up the hill we climbed.

Each step drew us closer

To the days back in time.

Through the Lion’s Gate.

The place were Stephen,

A “man full of faith and the Holy Spirit”

Was crowned a saint.

Along the streets of old,

One day knowing,

Will be made of gold.

Carried right along,

We sang our final pilgrim song.

Each note tucked deep inside

Hearts overflowing,

Washed in emotions tide.

In this place we understand,

The price He paid to

Save this wretched man.”

May you and your family be founded in His peace today.

Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

Denise

Xoxox

Poem by dbalog©2018

Photograph captured as we climbed the steep hill by way of the Lion’s Gate into the Holy City of Jerusalem © 2018

No matter where you are located in Israel, one says, “going up to Jerusalem.”

“And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit.” Acts 6:5 NKJV

Stephen’s story begins in Acts 6 through Acts 8:2.

I AM the Light – Come See

“I Am the Light of the World. He who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV

“The Word forms,

My eyes see.

Sparkling in Your Beauty

Your Peace enlightens me.”

 

“One thing I know; that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalogc2020

Photo by dbalogc2019

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Hanukkah – Day Three – The Fruit

“Blossoms may tarry as we wait upon the Vine,

But the fruits of His Spirit bring forth His Beauty Divine.”

 

Symbolic of the nine candles…Day Three reminds of me of nine fruits in Galatians 5:22

“But the fruit of the Spirit is

Love,

Joy,

Peace,

Patience,

Kindness,

Goodness,

Faithfulness,

Gentleness and

Self-Control

Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22

 

When I’ve been hateful and lack all joy and peace, His gentleness loves me.

When patience runs thin and kindness far gone, He is faithful and is good to me.

When I’ve lost all self-control and go off on my own, His mercy leads me to His Grace.

Against such there is no law…only the fruits of His Beauty and Grace.

 

Poem by denisbalog@2019