The Path Ahead

“You’re my cave to hide in, my cliff to climb. Be my safe Leader, be my true mountain Guide.”

Psalm 31:3 The Message Translation

Caves on the rocky hillside of the Valley of the Doves in Galilee area in Israel.

Travelers would have past these caves when walking between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee.

Photos by denisebalog

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.

Over-fed, Stuffed or Blue?

What do I need to begin the new year fresh and new?

Nourishment that won’t cause me to feel over-fed, stuffed or blue?

Jesus…Jesus…Jesus.

May you begin the New Year feeding on the One Who is the finest bread of nourishment for our body, souls and spirits.

Jesus.

“And Jesus said to the, “I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 NKJV

 

Pictures captured in Israel 2018 in the market of the Mauristan. Located on the square south of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter Jerusalem.

 

 

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Thank you for visiting my site. My hearts heals when I’m able to write, write, write. 

God bless you in the coming New Year!

Denise

Poem by denisebalog©2019

Pictures by dbdancingfreephotography©2018

Hanukkah – Day 8 – The Dedication

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

And when eight days were complete…His name was called JESUS. (Yeshua). Luke 2:21NJKV

The eighth candle, the final candle of celebration and remembrance of God’s miracle in the Temple in Jerusalem.

“They brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” Luke 2:22 NKJV

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The Dedication.

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name means Simeon. (One who hears) “So he came by the Spirit…and he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

Lord…

my eyes have seen Your salvation (Yeshua) which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,

A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 1:22-32 NJKV

The miracle of the Light,

The wonder of each night.

Generations came,

Voices gathered in one proclaim,

“Holy, Holy, Holy!

All honor due His Saving Might!

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Praise His Wonderous Light!

I pray you have been blessed as the Holy Spirit has led through this season of honor, remembrance and celebration of Hanukkah through the revelation of His Light and Grace.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photos captured by dbalog©2014

Featured photo of Judean desert looking towards Jerusalem.

The Wailing Wall or Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah – Day 7 – I AM all you need

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

Rain begins the morning,

Dark and grey to stay.

Lighting the seventh candle, remembering Jesus,

I AM

All you need in any situation,

I AM providing the way.

 

Lighting the seventh candle brings my heart and mind to the beloved Gospel of John. John highlights seven miracles performed by Jesus. John also shares the seven times Jesus gave the people a visual of Who He is in the I AM statements.

John who rested his head on Jesus’ chest, who heard Jesus’ heartbeat knew…Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 is all we need in life.

 

I AM the Bread of life                                                    John 6:35

I AM the Light of life.                                                    John 8:12

I AM the Door of life.                                                    John 10:9

I AM the Good Shepherd.                                            John 10:14

I AM the resurrection and the life.                            John 11:25

I AM the way, truth and the life.                                John 14:6

I AM the true Vine.                                                        John 15:1

 

Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photo captured by dbalog©2014 Jerusalem 2014 of a seven candlestick Menorah

 

– Hanukkah – Day Six – It Was Winter

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV

According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C.  (The Message, pg 2113)

It was winterthis verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.

Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV  Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.

It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold)  I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.

 

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photo captured in Jerusalem in the winter January 2018

 

Sure and Steadfast

“This hope we have as an anchor of our soul,

Both sure and steadfast…” Hebrews 6:19 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us,

In that while we were still sinners,

Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

 

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 at Caesarea, Israel

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

 

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.