A Light has Shined!

To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Luke 1:79 NKJV

I felt myself slipping into depression. Sadness moved into my heart and positioned itself to stay. Grieving for my Country, her people and our future is overwhelming for a someone who likes to fix things.

In quiet time, I heard my Friend say to me,

 “Peering too long into the darkness causes you to lose your Light.”

This truth pulled me back from the edge of the pit saving my spirit, and bringing hope back into my soul.  

 I pray these verses brighten your day as we walk in the His Light together.   

Denise

“To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79 NKJV

“Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed…upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:1-2 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV

Photo capture by denisebalog©2020

Tears of Rain

“Lord, walk on water,

As only You can do.

Comfort those who’ve lost their way;

Guide them safely through.

Stretch out Your hand;

The One who knows their pain.

Losing all they have,

Dry their tears of rain.”

 

“And in the fourth watch of the night

He came to them,

Walking on the sea.

Take heart; it is I.

Do not be afraid.”

Matthew 14:25-27 (ESV)

 

Continued prayers for those in the midst of this storm.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog

Bayou Bill – Remembering Tropical Depression “Bill” – One Year Ago

Cow rescued.

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Like many, my family and I ventured to the Bayou to see for ourselves the rising waters resulting from Tropical Depression “Bill”.

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Instead of the depression surrounding this devastating weather event, we witness

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American values, respect, and bravery.

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Neighbors helping neighbors saving livestock, livelihoods and demonstrating who we are Americans.

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“This Nation under God” – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address and inscribed on Lincoln Memorial


Photos captured by denisebalog 6/18/15

Blessed is the Nurse – Celebrating National Nurses Day

Especially for all the Nurses in my life.
“LORD on this day of prayer,

Bless the “Day of Nurses” everywhere.

Their helping hands,

Caring hearts;

Dressed for healing from the start.

Blessed is she who cares for the ill.

Strength and dignity are her fill.

Strengthen each with wisdom and might.

Continue strong,

Women in white!”

Discovered today, my Nana was a Nurse at Williamsburg Hospital, Virginia! Thanks Cousin for sharing the photo!!
Discovered today, my Nana was a Nurse at Williamsburg Hospital, Virginia! Thanks Cousin for sharing the photo!!

“She is far more precious than jewels…

She rises while it is yet night…

She dresses herself with strength and

Makes her arms strong.

She opens her hand to the poor

And reaches out her hands to the needy.

Strength and dignity are her clothing…

Many women have done excellently,

But you surpass them all.

Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her works praise her in the gates.”

Proverbs 31:1-31 (ESV)


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A funny in Elementary…

Miss Cheryl (in the blue) and I dressed up for the Fall Carnival. I borrowed the traditional “white” nurses uniform from a friend. The kids, Pre-K through 5th grade, DID NOT HAVE A CLUE of what I was supposed to be dressed up as!!!

Kids today are familiar with “scrubs”!! Oh we laughed and laughed! Here we thought we were so “smart,” and the kids looked at us like we were crazy!! Gotta love Elementary!! 

poem by denisebalog

Jonas Snow – Blizzard of 2016

“On this Blizzard Jonas morn,

Comfort and warm those

Lost in storm.

Depths of snow,

Winds blowing go.

Shaking trees to and fro.

Cat and dogs,

Deer and squirrels

Burrowed in

Leaves unfurled.

Nasty business

Blizzards go.

Land completely

Gone in snow.”

 

“For every beast of the forest is Mine,

The cattle on a thousand hills.

I know all the birds of the hills,

And all that moves in the field is Mine.”

Psalm 50:10 (ESV)

 

Poem and photo by denisebalog©


Prayers and safety for our family weathering the snows of Blizzard Jonas 2016.

Looking for Peace is Illuminated

As I thought about what profile photo

would best replace the red, white and blue flag

in support of France on my personal Facebook wall,

this photo, taken on Mount Carmel,

was tucked away inside my Israel 2014 trip file.

Looking up the place in Scripture,

it is the site where Elijah confronts

Ahab and the 400 prophets.


 

After posting,

I glanced down the page,

and this verse was “illuminated”.

“How long will you go limping

between two different opinions?”

If the LORD is God, follow Him…”

1 Kings 18:21


 

Yes, in the midst of so much turmoil

and world conflict,

His Word continues to offer peace and direction.


 

“…and the God Who

answers by fire,

He is God.”

1 Kings 18:24


 

The “fire” is the “shadow” of

The Holy Spirit.

And I choose NOT to go

“Limping between two different opinions,”

The LORD is God

and I will follow Him.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

World Prayer Day for Peace in Jerusalem

Sharing from my heart tonight.

In quiet time this morning, I remembered today, Sunday, October 4th,

was a day of world prayer for peace  Jerusalem.

My hand turned to Psalm 137, and as I read the words,

my heart was opened to the tenderness of His Word.

(The parentheses are the Scriptures (ESV) and thoughts that came to my mind)


 

HOW SHALL WE SING THE LORD’S SONG?

By the waters of Babylon

(Babylon, a shadow of this world in which we live and work)

There we sat down and wept,

When we remembered Zion.

 

On the willows there we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors required of us songs,

And our tormentors, mirth saying,

(“…my adversaries taunt me, while they

Say to me continually,

“Where is your God?” Psalm 42:10)

 

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the LORD’s song

In a foreign land?

(“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called

To go out to a place that he was to receive

As an inheritance…By faith he went to live in the land of promise

As in a foreign land, living in tents”…Hebrews 11:8-9)

 

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

Let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

If I do not remember you,

If I do not set Jerusalem above

My highest joy! Psalm 137:1-6

(We have thought on Your steadfast love,

O God,

In the midst of Your temple.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

Let Mount Zion be glad!…

Walk about Zion, go around her,

Number her towers,

Consider well her ramparts,

Go through her citadels,

That you may tell the next generation

That this is God,

Our God forever and ever.

He will guide us forever. Psalm 48:9-14)

 

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem,

Peace in our world.

Praying for the next group of pilgrims to “go out” in January 2016.

 

“Therefore I remember you

From the land of Jordan and of Herman…

By day the LORD commands His steadfast love,

And at night His song is with me,

A prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:6-8

Good night, and may the LORD bless you from Zion!

Amen

Photo captured by Jasmine James on our February 2011 trip to Israel.

Will I wear the letter of Life?

Two weeks ago I dropped off the grid. Heart shaken and questioning the strength of my faith.

Headline news stunned the world with photographs of the Aramaic letter N (for Nazareth the town Jesus was born) drawn on houses indicating Christians dwelled inside. www.cbsnews.com/news/for-christians-symbol-of-mideast-opp

I was horrified as the visual played out in my mind.

As an American, would my faith stand strong under this same kind of persecution?

Nightmares taunted me through the night.

Vivid pictures from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, www.yadvashem.org/ etched in my mind’s eye recalling the horror. Children wearing yellow patches marked with the Star of David pinned to breast of their shirts. Families separated in lines; men to one side, woman and children to another.

I would like to say, I walked away from this miserable night stronger.

No, I crawled out of bed in deep sorrow, and

Curled up in the arms of Jesus.

 


I wrote this poem during my quiet time with Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

 

“Lord, would I wear the sign of Naziyer (naw’zeer)

Upon my cloths and home so dear?

Would the letter of my heart

Bring fear and tear apart?

Blessed to be free indeed,

 from

Social customs and tyranny.

Am I willing to stand,

Come soon,

With the letter of Life,

The letter Noon?

 

Can I now remember how my father,

Brother,

Uncle too,

Fought the world

in World War II?

Will I stand against any man

who

Threatens my life and

Relationship with You?

 

In Christ Jesus,

I am set free

To rise,

Remember,

To live in Thee.

American and

Nazarite too,

Rise up

Oh daughter of Liberty

Count me too!”

Poem by denisebalog

 

“Because I live, you also will live…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:19 & 27 (ESV)

WWII Women Memorial, Washington, DC
WWII Women Memorial, Washington, DC


The Hebrew letter “N” is the 14th letter Noon.

The word picture is of a “fish” or a “believer”

Noon represents – life activity, life, movement.

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Hebrew letter Noon – Life Activity 

 


 

In memory of all who fought and stood for liberty in WWII

WWII Memorial, Washington, DC
WWII Memorial, Washington, DC

photos captured by denisebalog