“For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.”
Psalm 25:5 NKJV
Photograph captured by denisebalog©2011, Sea of Galilee, Israel
“I will direct their work in truth.” Isaiah 61:8 NKJV
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
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“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.
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.
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?
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
“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
Eighteen years later, my son and I began to clean up and clear out the old horse pen area.
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
“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.
Perfect weekend to be Thankful and reclaim what was lost.
Tomorrow my husband, son and I continue down the fence.
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,
“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)
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
“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
Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection
Day Thirty-Seven, (pg. 39)
Poems to Ponder by denisebalog©2017
Photos captured by denisebalog©2017
“Yesterday was hard.
I was looking back with my heart.
But a new day’s begun;
Keeping my eyes on
“Peace, I leave with you,
My Peace I give to you;
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled.” John 14:27 (NKJV)
“…and the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
Will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)
Poem by denisebalog©2017
Photo by denisebalog©2017
I know on any given day it is next to impossible for me to stop by and visit with each of my WordPress neighbors. The confines of life and time prevent even the most willing of reader and neighbor from doing so. Then there was Jesus.
Two thousand year ago, in His first recorded miracle of changing the water to wine at the wedding in Cana, stepped into Capernaum. Jesus, our Bridegroom, steps into our lives to do the same today. Jesus path to our door. Touching our lives, health, homes, relationships with His miracles of refreshing joyous life, even when our “jars” have gone dry and all hope is lost.
Oh, the marriage supper of the Lamb and His Bride.
Jesus, drawing all people to Himself to raise the dead, heal, touch, embrace, change lives, give new direction, and touch hearts. Jesus of Capernaum. Jesus the same yesterday, today and forevermore.
God Bless and Shalom!
“Let us rejoice and exult and give Him glory,
For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and
His Bride has made herself ready…
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
Revelation 19:6-9 (ESV)
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give your rest.” Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
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“For she said to herself,
“If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
But Jesus turned around,
And when He saw her He said,
“Be of good cheer, daughter;
Your faith has made you well.”
She hadn’t been touched in twelve years,
She had nothing left to live on or for,
She was far from her home,
Looking for healing,
But she heard the name of Jesus.
Looking into her eyes,
Called her “Daughter”.
I don’t know if I’ve heard a more beautiful story of healing love.
“And the woman was made well from that hour.”
Matthew 9:21-22 (NKJV)
“But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years,
Who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and
Could not be healed by any,
Came from behind and
Touched the border of His garment.”
Luke 8:43-44 (NKJV)
“You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?”
Psalm 56:8 NKJV
I love how Jesus was right within her reach.
What an encouragement to know,
He meets us right where we are;
Often not in our four walled houses,
But in the midst of our wanderings.
“Are they not in Your Book?” Psalm 56:8 NKJV
“Poems and rhyme,
Sore limbs and time.
My son and I work to
Reclaim the vine.”
After years of overgrowth, we have labored since last fall to reclaim what was once a lovely horse pasture. No horses in the future plans, but the sense of accomplishment has been price less!
“You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be.” Psalm 128:2 NLT
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