Fruit in the Time of Testing

“…feed on His faithfulness…”

My garden as been such a reflection of my life this year.

Just when I want to give up, I step outside and see fruit on the vine that was barren and long past yielding any hope for the future.

Oh my soul, wait. Yes, wait on the Lord for He will surely bring His promises and word to pass.

May this be an encouragement to all who, like me, are waiting on the Lord.

“Trust in the Lord…dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness…Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-6 NKJV

I find it encouraging to see there are 40 verses in Psalm 37. Forty (40) is the number for “testing” in Scripture.

He is their strength in the time of trouble, and the LORD shall help them…and save them because they trust in Him.” Psalm 37:40 NKJV

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

 

At the Gate of Different

“A dream before seen.”

Different.

“Sometimes you have to do things different.

A walk before talk.

A dream before seen.

A harvest a bit early, but never too late.

A thought at the gate;

The future awaits!

Sometimes you have to do things different; causing your heart to anticipate!”

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2

“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him” Romans 12:1 The Message

“God brings the best out of you…” Romans 12:2 The Message

Poem by denisebalog

Morning Devotional time sent from my phone.

Blessings,

Denise

Stand and Tell

“For you are the aperture of My eye.”

“Skies cleaning;

Fall nearing.

Anticipation in all Your plans;

Confident all is well.

For by Your Blood I stand and tell,

“Do not be afraid, be of strong courage!”

For I AM with you always.

Do not be dismayed or discouraged,

For I Will fight your battles at hand.

For I AM God, and not mere man.

Keep your eyes focused true,

For you are the aperture of My eye, and I do not, ever, no ever, move My sight or heart from you.”

Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:1-2

Morning prayer and devotional from my phone.

Blessings to you for your day,

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

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Work and Purpose – Vision Direction – Part 3 of 3

“I will direct their work in truth.” Isaiah 61:8 NKJV

 Photography.

How could I have forgotten four years of photography vocational training taken in high school?

Heck, before everyone was carrying cell phones, taking pictures, and the now famous“selfie” my friends would cringe when out from my pocket the camera would come to capture a moment in time.

“Therefore in their land they shall possess double;

Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” Isaiah 61:7 NKJV

His Word is Truth, His Promises true.

Eighteen years from our “spirit of heaviness” the loss of not a building, but a lifetime collection of memories and the empty space as a daily reminder, suddenly the “oil of joy” washed over us with new life and purpose.

I share my heart and story of restoration to encourage and give you hope in your areas of loss and ashes.

“For as the earth brings forth its bud,

 

“As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,

So the Lord God….”  Isaiah 61:11 NKJV

Will “give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Blessings,

Denise

You are welcome to take a look around and see more at my website:

http://www.visionartstudios.photography

Oil of Joy – Restoration – Part 2 of 3

“The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Eighteen years after fire

Consuming the Tac Barn, temporarily storing our lifetime of family memories, my family and I began to reclaim the overgrown horse pen.

2017

 

 Working side by side, we bonded with the land and appreciation for the opportunity to do so.

Never realizing we were moving in a new path of restoration.

Through no will or action on our own, a friend asked if we would be interested in a little building she used as a small office. Yes, we were interested, but with a son heading to college, purchasing was not in the plans.

Friends moved the little building with excitement and joy of helping.

Grace, pure Grace. No purchase required.

Completely gifted, and in God’s beauty of Restoration, it fit PERFECTLY on the fire marred cement slap where the original Tac barn once stood.

Did God have a plan for this new building?

Friends came to help establish God’s plan.

While we were cleaning up and  marveling in what was happening before our eyes, a “Vision” was beginning to be birth in my heart.

 

Tomorrow’s post – Work  and Purpose – Vision Direction – 3 of 3

Beauty for Ashes – Part 1 of 3

“To give them beauty for ashes…”Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

Precious lifetime treasures temporarily stored between leather saddles and horse gear gone.

Fire consumed it all; ashes.

That was in 1999. One year after our very premature son was born. (1# 12 oz.). We were just beginning to get on our feet again.

We never expected to be hit in the stomach with another punch.

“And they shall rebuild the old ruins,

They shall raise up the former desolations…” Isaiah 61:4 NKJV

2016 Horse pen area.

 

Eighteen years later, my son and I began to clean up and clear out the old horse pen area.

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Little did we know, we would see God’s restoration begin to unfold before our eyes.

 

 Tomorrow ‘s post– Oil of Joy – Restoration – 2 of 3

Denise

Small Beginnings

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“For who has despised the day of small things?” Zachariah 4:10 NKJV

One day I “looked” and realized the view I once took for granted was overgrown and gone.

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Perfect weekend to be Thankful and reclaim what was lost.

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Tomorrow my husband, son and I continue down the fence.

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It may be a “small thing”, but the view to the future and possibilities are unlimited.

May you also be inspired to begin the small things and your view of unlimited possibilities open before your heart and eyes.

Most blessed weekend,
Denise

Grace, Grace to it!

“I couldn’t bring myself to do it;

Although the pieces were all in place.

Then I remembered what He spoke to me,

Not by “might or power”,

But by His Holy Grace!”

 

“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the LORD of Hosts.

‘Who are you, O great mountain?

Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!

And he shall bring forth the capstone

With shouts of Grace, Grace to it!”’”

Zechariah 4:6-7 (NKJV)

 

Cap stone.

 

View of a mountain top from the area of where the headwaters of the Jordan form in northern Galilee.

Cap stone photo captured in the remnants of what was once the town of Chorazin.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2014 Israel

Poems to Ponder – Day Thirty-Seven

“While yet it was still dark,

 She was the first thought on His heart.”

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.”  Mark 16:9

Jesus, the Risen Lord, “appeared first to Mary”.

What an awesome privilege to be the first He appeared to.

Was it because “Mary” was a woman?

Was it because it was “the first day of the week”?

Scripturally, in His faithfulness to His Word,

it was “early” and the very first thing she sought in her day was Him.

“One Lamb, in the morning…at the entrance…where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. And (you) shall know that I Am the LORD (your) God.” Exodus 29:38-46

 

Excerpt from

Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection

Day Thirty-Seven, (pg. 39)

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Poems to Ponder by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017