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)

Poems to Ponder by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017

Peace of the Son

“Yesterday was hard.

I was looking back with my heart.

But a new day’s begun;

Keeping my eyes on

The Son.”


“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

He Healed Them All – Last in the Series of Walking about Capernaum

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.

Cana Wedding – Jars displayed in Church located on the site of Jesus first miracle.
Cana Stone Water Jar.

Oh, the marriage supper of the Lamb and His Bride.

“…for He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

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)


Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©


Touch Him– The Woman on the Street – Capernaum Part Seven “3”

“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.”


Jesus knowing,

She hadn’t been touched in twelve years,

She had nothing left to live on or for,

She was far from her home,

Wandering Alone,

Looking for healing,

But she heard the name of Jesus.


Turning around,


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)


The Woman on the Street – Part Seven of Capernaum by the Sea “2”

“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)

The “blue” was from the cerulean mussel, the rare color was used to dye the tassels. This prayer shawl is an example only of what the “woman” would have been reaching to touch on Jesus’s hem.

“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

Reclaim the vine


“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

He Waited

Poem to Ponder Day 17

“When I was off doing everything I could,

Jesus waited and understood.”

“Behold, I, 

I myself will search for My sheep and

seek them out…and 

I will rescue them from all places where 

they have been scattered on a 

day of clouds and thick darkness.”

Ezekiel 34:11-13 (ESV)

poem by denisebalog

Poems to Ponder – Day 17

The Subtle Bridge

Scripture First Mentions –
Between the words “Separate” and “Servant”
is the “serpent”.

Separate – Jesus calls – Come follow Me.

Servant – our hearts are opened to His.

but right there in the middle…is the “serpent”
“who was more subtle than any beast…” Genesis 3:1


“…who was more subtle…” comes in many forms.

Sickness, distractions, the list can go as far as that bridge pictured.

With that said, my husband is on the road to recovery from surgery. Yesterday I was very concerned because it was not going as “quickly” as I thought recovery should be heading. As for myself, I made a doctor appointment -right ear continues from sinus issues.

My heart is “separated” to desire, but the “serpent” who is more subtle…has placed many distractions before this “servant.”

(I had to cancel the house Bible study meeting this evening)

One last “word”. Jesus is SO sweet to encourage us in our daily walk.

One small word is placed before the word ‘serpent’ in the Concordance.

Seraiah” 2 Samuel 8:17
“who was the scribe

Definition – Jah has prevailed. The name of 9 Israelites – and was mentioned in the context of one who served in King David’s administration.

Thank You Jesus, in Your tenderness, there still room to serve in the King’s administration and court. I loved the number 9…Nine fruits of the Spirit; nine gifts of the Spirit; and oh yea, been studying on the NINE candlestick lamp the Menorah!

Light the way my King!
Jesus, You are the Servant Lamp!!


Photos taken in Africa by my friend L.C. who, even in with her health issues and concerns, continues to serve in the Kingdom.

Crouching Donkey


“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.” Genesis 49:14


Yesterday, I went looking for the first mention of the word “strong”.

It actually means, “skeleton of the body, and bones.”

I thought this strange.


This morning, the verse came to mind again, only the word “crouching”.

In the Hebrew the word is actually #7257 – “lying”.


Issachar was Leah’s 5th son.  Five reflects –  Favor and Grace!

“And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son…Issachar.” Genesis 30:17

Of the tribe of Issachar it is said they are

“Mighty men of valor” and “Ready for war”.  1 Chronicles 7:1-5

Of all the tribes, Issachar…

“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32


Back to “crouching.” The word comes from the root Hebrew word #7257 “lying”

“Rabats” or Reysh, Bet, Tsadak.

As I thought on the word picture,

  • Man’s (Reysh) dwelling (Bet – our heart and body) in praise and prayer (Tsadik) – between two sheepfolds.  (Tsadik is one of my favorites because it looks like the one of kneeling or standing in praise)

Issachar is crouched down in a position of praise and prayer between two sheepfolds (our family and the world).

And of “strong” – Issachar knows

To his bone,

down to his core,

to the marrow of his “skeleton”

only through Praise and Prayer, through the Favor and Grace of Jesus Christ,

Protection for our family,

Discernment and understand for the times we live in.


And knowing, in this position of prayer and praise,

When troubles come upon us, we know…

What we “ought to do”!! Wisdom and Discernment


“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between two sheepfolds.”

Even when the whole world thinks we are a “donkey”; we are Mighty men of valor and ready for war in the position of praise and prayer!!


Mighty men and women of God,

Praise on!!

Reysh - 20th Hebrew Letter Word Picture: Head (of a man) Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.
Reysh – 20th Hebrew Letter
Word Picture: Head (of a man)
Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.
Bet - 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet Picture of a "tent or house" Within, heart, begin to, build, family.
Bet – 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet
Picture of a “tent or house”
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family.
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew Picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise? (one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew
Picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise
Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise?
(one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)

Also, not at the end of a word Tsadik looks like this:

Tsadik - the 18th letter. Word picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise. Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?
Tsadik – the 18th letter.
Word picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise.
Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?

A New Song of Heart!

The Lord “Who makes all things new” has caused a new song of Hope to rise up in my heart!!

I was really suffering with indecision and doubt of my future plans.

During quiet time, the Holy Spirit brought a woman who within the past 24 hours and a long period of waiting and lost hope, literally had received a heart transplant. As I prayed for her wellbeing and all the complications and difficulties of a delicate surgery…

The Lord spoke to me…

Just like when I put a “new heart” in you, if your BODY rejects it – it dies!!!

I know what the Word has been speaking to my “spirit” man, but as Paul says, my “body” has been warring with my spirit!! I can either accept the Word of Life or reject it!!!

(I won’t say die, because I know Jesus will continue to walk with me even when I am not strong enough to “walk in the spirit” and let my body lead me the long way around.)

Praise Jesus for His Faithfulness – Mercy and Grace!!!

SO…After a LONG season of drought, He has opened the eyes of my heart to see the “new” in the plans and purpose He has for my life!

I look forward to what lies ahead…


“Just when I put my

“Hope” away,

You reached down and


“This is the day that the Lord has made;

Let us rejoice in it!” Psalm 118:24”


“…I will…speak tenderly to her.

And there I will give her her vineyards

And make the Valley of Achor a

Door of Hope.”

Hosea 2:14-15 (ESV)




Poem by denisebalog©

The first almond blossoms are a sign of a blessings! Zippori, Israel. The town of Mary's Grandparents. A few miles walking distance from Nazareth.
The first almond blossoms are a sign of a blessings! Zippori, Israel. The town of Mary’s Grandparents. A few miles walking distance from Nazareth.


Sit Alone in Silence

What keeps a blogger from checking in, posting a thought or sharing their heart for an extended period of time?

For me, coming through the politics, State and local, as an Elementary secretary in Public school.

“Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him…” Lamentations 3:28 (ESV)


This “season” is over and summer now stretches wide before me.


Sunday evening, I logged in and went about the neighborhood visiting friends and fellow bloggers I haven’t heard from in a long time.

Reading comments and linking through to new neighbors I would have otherwise never had the pleasure of meeting.

It has been said, posting comments is so “time consuming”; this is true.

BUT, without the time invested to learn about each other,

I would have missed the blessings of encouragement,

Stirred desire to write,

And the lifting up of my heart from

“…straining at rowing, for the wind was against them” Mark 6:48




 I truly enjoy sharing my heart,

and being inspired as you share yours. 


 I am blessed to belong to this neighborhood we call WordPress, and

look forward to spending summer days reading about you!