The Blessings of The Bread

“Bless my hands and order my steps;

Each one according to

Your Word direct.

Bless my basket and kneading bowl.

Weaving time of refreshment, and

Rest for the soul.”

 

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.”

Deuteronomy 28:5 NJKV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph by denisebalog©2018

Captured in The Nazareth Village, Nazareth, Israel

Lightroom Preset – Vintage Cinematic

 

 

 

Cooing Song

 

“In the Valley of the Doves

Is where I heard my  Faithful Love.

The cooing of His song

Carried my feet along.

Searching for His path;

The sounds of joy

His gentle laugh.

On rocky hills we made our climb;

Guiding steps one at a time.

 

Further up He sang to me.

Open heart my eyes could see.

Purest Love for all time;

For I am His and

He is mine.”

“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.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 NKJV

 

“My Beloved is mine,

And I am His.”

Song of Solomon 2:16 NKJV

 

Jesus said…

“And I will pray the Father, and

He will give you another Helper that

He may abide with you forever –

“The Spirit of Truth” –

Whom the world cannot receive,

Because it neither sees Him nor knows Him,

But you know Him,

For He dwells with you and

Will be with you.”

John 14:16&17 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs by denisebalog©2018 – Galilee area, The Valley of the Doves, Israel

Watchtowers Keep

“Rainy streets

Are where

Watchtowers keep

When sleep evades

And memories speak.”

“Upon a watchtower

I stand, O Lord,

Continually by day,

And at my post I am

Stationed whole nights.”

Isaiah 20:8 ESV

View from the Ambassador Hotel the night before our departure home– Jerusalem January 2018

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photography by denisebalog©2018

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

 

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.

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.