Grace in the Wilderness

Two years ago I was lead to quit my beloved position as Elementary secretary.

My son would be a Senior the coming year and he didn’t need to have his “Momma” so close at hand. I bit of tough love for both of us.

The Lord gave me a promise in His Word.

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3

I knew if He drew me out, even though it made no sense in the natural thinking and ways of the world, I knew, believed in my heart, my Good, Good Father knew best.

In His kindness He opened the door for many wonderful experiences over these past two years.

The opportunity to attend several “Measured by Character” programs that go into Middle and High schools to build up our youth and tear down “bullying” in the schools.

The Lord opened the door to restore, what I had long forgotten, my love for photography. Encouraging and blessings my hand to photograph many He laid to my heart to do so for His glory.

He brought my lens to help out at Cowboy camp.

And to my complete surprise, returning me to Israel when again it would not have ever been possible without His drawing me.

With all that said, in the midst of my two years, I would return to the following verse of His promises.

“Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt…you shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dance of those who rejoice.” Jeremiah 31:4 NKJV

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This post was (so I thought) originally posted on Wednesday, September 5. The night before I would begin again, as one “who rejoice” by substitute teaching up at school.

My first class was Art – 5th, 3rd, 1st grades and older students in the afternoon. We had a blast!

I wondered what had happen t the post?  Discovering somehow between beginning on my phone and finishing on the desktop, it never posted.

I pray you are blessed to be reminded His Word is Faithful and True. 

“…He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 ESV

Blessings,

Denise

 

Delight in the Light

“Oh, how sweet the light of  day,

And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!”

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“Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted.

Take delight in each light-filled hour.”

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 The Message

 

Photography by denisebalog©2018

F 4.0

1/500

ISO 64

85mm

Nikon D810

RAW

The Struggle of the Daily Post

Ok, so I was doing really good at preparing “daily posts”. Then technology got up in my business!

Long story short as they say, new phone in hand. It’s a dandy too, (thank you supportive husband) but gosh it has SO much more to learn and do.

With that said, thinking on this whole “move forward, fall backward” to no post at all, I am believing His Word,

“All things work for good according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 ( paraphrase I am sure)

I am going to learn how to post from my phone in addition to the comfortable, snuggly place of my desktop. Even if this new phone asked me one more time, “Do you want to allow…?”!

Thank you for “allowing” me the room to expand my posting ability in this new season of growth.

Blessings,

Denise

Been to Camp

“That you may tell it to the generation following.” Psalm 48:13 NKJV

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

 

Missing my WordPress friends.

Blessings for a safe and joyous Fourth of July!

Denise

P.S.: Had to replace my phone so I’ve been “out of pocket” as they like to say around here. Local interpretation: “not available by design or unexpected circumstances.” 

Photos captured from “Cowboy Camp” where we enjoy “Just Braggin’ on Jesus” 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

May My Heart be the Garden

Sharing a beautiful insight and heart for His glory blooming in Laurette’s garden. Thank you for sharing His beauty with us.

Through All Seasons

Good Morning.

Today while I was out watering,  I thought about how these flowers bring glory to God. They are doing exactly what they are created and designed to do. Nothing more, nothing less. They bring beauty to our world just by blooming and growing. And they do it season after season. They endure summers hot blasting heat, then the winters bitter cold and then they begin again. They return and multiply each year with the same enthusiasm. I desire to serve our Lord Jesus, with this same enthusiasm as these flowers.

We can certainly learn valuable lessons from flowers. Just by looking at the garden where these flowers grow, and knowing the climate and the soil.

Years ago The Lord really spoke to me about how flowers bloom to the glory of God. He didn’t speak in an audible voice, it was if I heard it in my spirit. I had never thought about flowers blooming to bring God glory. They do…

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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

 

 

 

Good morning. I am glad you have decided to listen with me. I pray you and I, learn to hear and know the voice of The Lord, in a much clearer way. As we take this journey together I say Speak Lord, we your servants are listening.

Welcome to my friend Laurette Laster! She is new to our WordPress neighborhood. I pray you are blessed by what she has to share with us in her new Blog. Oh yea, she is also an awesome photographer! Welcome Laurette!!

Through All Seasons

I am glad you have decided to listen with me. My prayer is that you and I become closer and closer to our Lord Jesus, each day. I pray you and I learn to hear and know the voice of The Lord, in a much clearer way. As we take this journey together I say  Speak Lord, we your servants are listening.

 

thank you for listening with me. laurette

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