Points with No End

View from Mount Carmel. Overlooking the Valley of Jezreel.

“Pencils with no points.

Journey that never ends.

Paper stretched before me

To travel once again.”

The Shunammite woman rode her donkey up Mount Carmel to speak with Elisha. 2 Kings 4:8-37

“And so she departed,

And went to the man of God

At Mount Carmel.”

So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off,

That he said to his servant Gehazi,

“Look, the Shunammite woman!” 2 Kings 4:25 NKJV

Oh what a view from Mount Carmel.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 on Mount Carmel in Israel January 2018

Walk About Zion

2018-Watermark

“There’s a kitty hiding,

Or maybe it’s two.

Poking around the corner

Peeking out at you.

“Walk about Zion”

Each they go.

Circling around her towers

In search for;

Well you know.

Turn on any corner.

Walk up narrow streets.

You’re sure to find a kitty

In every place we meet.”

 

“Walk about Zion,

And go all around her.

Count her towers;

Mark well her bulwarks;

That you may tell it to the

Generation following.

Psalm 48:12:13 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo by denisebalog©2018 in Jerusalem

Sweetness of Song

“There’s a fragrance

That lingers inside of my head.

Scenting the steps,

And the paths that we tread.

Oil of joy,

Sweetness of song;

Memories refreshed

In the womb of the dawn.”

Walking the path down to the Sea of Galilee at the Tabgha site where Jesus made breakfast for His disciples.
Climbing the path up Mount Arbel to view the Sea of Galilee. Jesus may have watched His disciples row the Lake from this mountain top.

“When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,

We were like those who dream,

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

And our tongue with singing.”

Psalm 126:1 NKJV

 

Walking the paths of Masada. “Fortress where from 70 to 73 AD Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome”
Dead Sea location.
Walking the path to Bethsaida to visit the house of fisherman. This is the city of Peter, Andres and Philip. John 1:44

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured of our group by denisebalog©2018 in Israel

Mediterranean Memories

“Caesarea

On the Sea.

Come and

Walk these

Mediterranean memories

With me.”

“But Festus (the Roman governor of Judah. 52 AD to 59 AD) answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea…” Acts 25:4 NKJV

“Then Agrippa said to Festus, ‘I would like to hear the man myself…” Act 25:22 NKJV

“So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernie had come with great pomp entered the auditorium…Fetus command Paul brought in.” Acts 25:23 NKJV

“So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself.”

‘I think myself happy, King Agrippa,

Because today I shall answer myself before you…”

Acts 26:1 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 in Caesarea, Israel

En Gedi – David – Just a “kid”

We have been blessed with copious amounts of rain for the past week here in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.

The sun is coming from its hiding place and I thought I would share some travel pictures of David’s hiding place – En Gedi captured in January 2018.

“Then David went up from there and dwelt in the strongholds at En Gedi.” 1 Samuel 23:29 NKJV

As we made our way up the dry path we could hear the trickle of water.

David would have hid from Saul in a cave like these at En Gedi.

I couldn’t wait to put my hand and feel the cool water that David felt.

En Gedi means the “fountain of the kid”.

Seems appropriate “the fountain of the kid”.

David would have been in his twenties when he hid from Saul at En Gedi.

Just a kid, and look,

David’s mighty men!

Hope you enjoyed a brief trip to En Gedi Natural Reserve at the Dead Sea.

Photos by denisebalog©2018

 

Morning Tide

“Light broke the sky

Before the morning

Timed rise.

Pink of the tide

Revealed in

His eyes.”

“But when the morning had

Now come,

Jesus stood on the shore;

Yet the disciples

Did not know

That it was Jesus.”

John 21:4 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee

Dipped In Colors

 

“Banners raised

We seize the day.

Dipped in colors

The pilgrim’s way.”

“He brought me to the

Banqueting house,

And His banner

Over me was love.”

Song of Solomon 2:4 NKJV

 

“You enlarge my path

Under me,

So my feet did not slip.”

Psalm 18:36 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018

Pilgrimage in Israel

Flocks of Song

“Birds above

Their morning call.

Palm trees tower

Growing tall.

Morning awakens

Not by alarm,

But in the movement of

Sea gulls and their

Flocks of song.”

 

“Praise the LORD from the heavens,

Praise Him in the heights above…

Praise the LORD from the earth,

You great sea creatures and all

Ocean depths…

Wild animals and all cattle,

Small creatures and flying birds…”

Psalm 148:1-10 NIV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee

 

Friendships to Keep

“How can one sleep

When hidden so deep

Are memories of journey

And friendships to keep.”

 

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos of some our first full day photos of travel – Megiddo in Israel – Solomon would have stabled his thousands of horses here. – 2/20/18

 

Final Hello

2018-01-18 – Journal Note:

“We are running along the east side of Lake Erie – Cleveland.

Snow, like frosting, covers the land below as we head northeast toward Canada.”

“It’s night now

Towns glowing below.

Orange sunset to the West

Waving its final hello.”

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured inflight Frankfurt to Tel Aviv by denisebalog©2018

Never The Same

“Stepping out into the

Cool dark air.

One lone bird

Welcomes my presence here.

 

“Don’t lay inside

In a jetlag night.’

Step outside and

Absorb the light.”

 

Once to be experienced

In this life of change.

Resting on the shore of Galilee –

Never the same.”

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee