Oil of Joy – Restoration – Part 2 of 3

“The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Eighteen years after fire

Consuming the Tac Barn, temporarily storing our lifetime of family memories, my family and I began to reclaim the overgrown horse pen.

2017

 

 Working side by side, we bonded with the land and appreciation for the opportunity to do so.

Never realizing we were moving in a new path of restoration.

Through no will or action on our own, a friend asked if we would be interested in a little building she used as a small office. Yes, we were interested, but with a son heading to college, purchasing was not in the plans.

Friends moved the little building with excitement and joy of helping.

Grace, pure Grace. No purchase required.

Completely gifted, and in God’s beauty of Restoration, it fit PERFECTLY on the fire marred cement slap where the original Tac barn once stood.

Did God have a plan for this new building?

Friends came to help establish God’s plan.

While we were cleaning up and  marveling in what was happening before our eyes, a “Vision” was beginning to be birth in my heart.

 

Tomorrow’s post – Work  and Purpose – Vision Direction – 3 of 3

Beauty for Ashes – Part 1 of 3

“To give them beauty for ashes…”Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Precious lifetime treasures temporarily stored between leather saddles and horse gear gone.

Fire consumed it all; ashes.

That was in 1999. One year after our very premature son was born. (1# 12 oz.). We were just beginning to get on our feet again.

We never expected to be hit in the stomach with another punch.

“And they shall rebuild the old ruins,

They shall raise up the former desolations…” Isaiah 61:4 NKJV

2016 Horse pen area.

 

Eighteen years later, my son and I began to clean up and clear out the old horse pen area.

1996
2017

 

Little did we know, we would see God’s restoration begin to unfold before our eyes.

 

 Tomorrow ‘s post– Oil of Joy – Restoration – 2 of 3

Denise

Abram’s Gate

“Now when Abram heard that his brother (his nephew Lot) was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. Genesis 14:14 NKJV

Sorting through pictures along our travel route in the Upper Galilee area this past January,

One of our stops was at Tel Dan where the oldest known Gate in the world is located; over 4000 years old.  The “Gate” is where the people met to conduct business. (Kinda like your local restaurant or feed store in a small town. Lol)

Thinking on Abram’s Gate, I was surprised by the changes made to the site. So I thought I would share the progression of the site made from my first trip in 2011 to 2018.

February 2011

These would have been the same high walls seen by the men Moses sent to “spy out the land” Numbers 13:2 NKJV

These stone wall are TALL! No wonder the 10 spies said,

“…we were like grasshoppers in our own sight…” Numbers 13:33 NKJV

Pictures captured in 2011 by a small pocket size Nikon CoolPix worn on a lanyard around my neck. Nice little camera and it takes great pictures.

March 2014

Just think, Abraham would have walked and seen this same mountain.


Pictures captured in 2014 by a step up to a Nikon Coolpix P510.

I love this red camera! With all the zooming in and out all day, it ate up at 2 plus batteries keeping it charged daily! (Took over 3000 pictures on this trip) Very easy to use and light for travel. 

January 2018 Journey

2018 pictures captured from the bus. Time didn’t allow for us to walk up. As most of our pilgrims had already walked the path over the past years, a stop to view from the bus worked.  These were taken through the window on the bus with a 50 to 200 mm.

Pictures captured in 2018 by “Yes, I can’t believe I’m going to carry this camera all the way to Israel and back” Nikon D5300 DSLR with several extra lens. Crazy, I know! Love my traveling buddy D5300. Faithful, stood up to changing lens on a hard trip and in cold, wet weather travel. Captured over 3000 plus images.

Hope you enjoy the journey over the years.

Blessings,

Denise

Expanding Sights

“Who could have imagined

We’d climb to the sky?

Opening up our vision,

And

Expanding our sights.”

 

“Therefore I will remember

You from the land of the Jordan,

And from the heights of Hermon…”

Psalm 42:6

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph by denisebalog©2018 – Mount Hermon, Israel

 

Position of Wait

“A race horse at the gate,

Or

“Mary”

Positioned at Your feet of wait.”

 

“If you have run with footmen,

And they have wearied you,

Then how can you content with horses?

Jeremiah 12:5 NKJV

 

“But one thing is needed, and

Mary has chosen that good part,

Which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph by denisebalog©2017

 

Notes on a Page

“The days slip away as

Notes on a page.

Grasping to read a

Memory today.”

 

 

“…all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan…”2 Samuel 31:12

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photography captured by denisebalog©2018 in Beth Shan, Israel.

Love Stepped Forward

“The oil pressed,

Blood poured out.

Love stepped forward.

In Him,

No doubts.”

“…He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden…

Judas having procured a band of soldiers…went there…

With lanterns and torches and weapons.

Jesus knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I AM”… they drew back and fell to the ground.” John 18:1-8 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photographs by Denise Balog©2014

Excerpt – Day 13

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They Esteemed Him Not

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poems to Ponder

Whom do I put my trust in? To rest at His feet and will.

He poured out His Blood to the point of death.

His fragrance covers me still.

“Now when Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” Matthew 26:6-8

The Scripture clearly points out they were seated “at table” in “the house of Simon the leper”. Obviously, Simon was healed of leprosy, or Jesus and his disciples would not have been sitting in Simon’s home, and eating at his table. Unmistakably, Jesus must have healed Simon. One can only imagine how Jesus felt hearing His own disciples say, “Why this waste?”  They “esteemed him not” and He loved them still.

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photography by denisebalog©2017

Excerpt from Day 10

 

Dust on His Feet

“He drank the cup,

I could not drink.

He walked the road,

Dust on His feet.

He washed me clean,

White,

Brand new.

Opening the door,

To spend time with

You.”

 

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem,

and Jesus was walking ahead of them…saying,

“…the Son of man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death…they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Images captured by denisebalog©2018

Nazareth Village in Nazareth, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Retracing the View

“To venture up to

Mountains heights.

Breathe the air of

Snow and light.

To walk where others

Have shared the view,

Joshua,

David,

And

Peter too.

 

Truth of days and

Time gone by.

Retracing steps

He was sure to climb.

Up unto where

Hills meet sky;

The

Transformation of

Jesus Christ.”

 

 

View of Mount Herman from Hazor.

“Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor…

Then he burned Hazor with fire.” Joshua 11:10-11 NKJV

 


“Therefore, I will remember you from

The land of Jordan, and from the

Heights of Hermon.”

A Psalm of David – Psalm 42:6 NKJV

 

“Now after six days

Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and

Led them up on a high mountain by themselves and

He was transfigured before them.

His face shone like the sun, and

His cloths became as white as the light.”

Matthew 17:1-2 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 at Hazor, in the Upper Galilee region of Israel.

Faithfulness In the Clouds

“Was it in the fields

As we moved through the land?

Or the Scriptures we heard,

And now understand.

Whatever we saw,

We know now as true;

Your Promises are Faithful,

And

Your Covenant is Truth.”

 

“Your Faithfulness reaches the clouds…” Psalm 36:5 NJKV

“It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth,

 That the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;

And I will remember My covenant

Which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh;

The waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Genesis 9:14-15 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 – Moving past Mount Nebo on our way to Jericho.

Tears Unfold

“After these things Jesus showed Himself
Again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias,
And in this way He showed Himself.”
John 21:1 NKJV

“There’s something that

Happens on this trip divine.

Causing your heart to

Go back in time.

When you least expect to

Hear a word,

His love unfolds

And sets tears to roll.”

“Then as soon as they had come to land,
They saw a fire of coals there,
And fish laid on it,
And bread.”
John 21:10 NKJV
“Jesus said to them,
“Come and eat breakfast”
John 21:12 NKJV

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee.