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

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

Have You Not Heard! A New Thing

“New Day,

New Month,

New Season,

New Change.

Purposely setting

One foot in front of the other;

Embracing Life,

Never the same!”

 

“Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness and

Rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

 Poem by denisebalog©

 

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“A “suddenly” Lord, have they not heard!

You are Faithful, Loyal and True to Your Word”

Poem quote from Day One

Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection by denisebalog

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Daniel – The Right Hand of Favor – Yood

“And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.” Daniel 10: Verse 10

This was the verse that opened my eyes to see the Hebrew letters.

“a hand touched me…”


 

Yood - 10th letter Word Picture: Closed (right) hand Meaning: Work, a deed, to make, effort
Yood – 10th letter
Word Picture: Closed (right) hand
Meaning: Work, a deed, to make, effort

Yood – Is the smallest of the Hebrew letters but very significant.

It can represent:

“the hand of God”

“the work of God”

“the favor of God by His hand”

Jesus spoke,

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew Chapter 10:29

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Matthew Chapter 10 – Ten

Nothing is insignificant to the Father. So much so, Jesus also said,

“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18

He was speaking about the letter Yood.


It’s numerical value is 10. The number 10 represents order:

The Ten Commandments

The 10 generations of Adam to Noah.

God delivered Israel by the 10 plagues.

A minyan (a group of 10 men) is required for prayer in the synagogue.


“And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.” 

Daniel had the “hand of God” lift him up.

God gave Daniel favor – Daniel 1:9

Yood is the right hand – or the hand of favor, by lifting Daniel up.

God was “working” on Daniel’s behalf.


“Strength and comfort commonly come by degrees to those that have been long cast down and disquieted; they are first helped up a little, and then more. After two days he will review us, and then the third day he will raise us up. And we must not despise the day of small things, but be thankful for the beginning of mercy.” quote by Matthew Henry 


 

God does not,

despise our small frames,

or trembling knees.

He extends His hand of

love and favor.

Picking us up from despair;

depression;

sickness;

loneliness;

and with His mighty

right hand works on our behalf!


And like the “Feature photo” of a tambourine depicting Miriam, the sister of Aaron, who took a tambourine in her hand, went out (with all the women) singing and dancing after the LORD, Who (with a Mighty hand) brought back the waters of the Sea.

Delivering the people from the ten plagues and bondage. Exodus 15:19


 

“On the days when I feel small,

Fighting the battle on my own.

I remember,

You are my Deliverer;

With Mighty Closed Hand of

Yood!”


 

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Yood – the 10th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.


“Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy…

The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake…

Your stretched out Your right hand;

The earth swallowed them.” Exodus 15:6-9 (ESV)

View of the Dead Sea from Masada - Israel

View of the Dead Sea from Masada – Israel

May His Right hand of Favor deliver you today!! 

blessings,

denise

 

He shall add the blessings…

A silent eye to see.

The best gifts on earth

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 Is Your Majesty!


 

“Blessed by the LORD be his land,

With the choicest gifts of heaven above…

And the rich yield of the months…

With best gifts of the earth and its

Fullness

And the favor of Him Who

Dwells in the bush.”

Deuteronomy 33:13-16 (ESV)

Warm Fleecy Pajamas

Warming off

After a full day of activities,

and wearing

warm fleecy pajamas,

on P.J. day at school,

(as we were preparing to

pack up to leave for the year),

the principal’s granddaughter

stepping outside

into the cool of the air

exclaimed,

“Mimi, I’m “warming off!”

“Mimi, I’m warming off!” 

 

Mrs. J. and I 

stopped. 

Thought about what

Rainee said, and

“giggled with joy”

as children!


 

I am always amazed

at a child’s “point of view!”

Reminding me once again,

of Jesus’ words to

“become like children.” Matthew 18:2

 

God’s view doesn’t see things the way we do.

Who’s to say she’s not “warming off?”

When you think about,

Isn’t that what she’s really doing?

I feel better now!
I feel better now!

 

“For MY thoughts are not your

Thoughts,

Neither are your ways

My ways,

Declares the LORD”

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)

Relax, Let go, Cease, Know…

Good morning Lord,

Here I am pre-dawn.

Pencil in hand,

early morn.

Holy ground,

is where I’m found.

 

Socks removed;

open to You.

Speak a Word

my ears can hear.

Draw me closer

Your presence near.

 

Holy ground,

pre-dawn with You.

Shoes removed,

agenda too.”

poem by denisebalog


“Be still,

and know

that I Am God.”

Psalm 46:11 (ESV)


“Still” – raphah (raw-faw’)

  • A word on man’s head to behold.
Be still and behold
“…I AM God.” Psalm 46:10

Life Truth:

When I cease,

He speaks.

The Wonder of His Complete Simplicity

The Wonder of His Simplicity
The Wonder of His Complete Simplicity

My friend texted

last night.

 A few years back,

we prayed together,

asking

the Lord to move

and work in a

specific area in her life.

 

In His timing, 

with no fanfare

or headline news,

 

He has opened

the door

for us to see

this request

brought to fruition. 


 

In complete awe, and

amazement

of God’s hand, and

His willingness to

Hear and

Answer

the following words

were penned in my

morning prayer. 


 “Lord, You are

not about

Publicity.

You are about

Simplicity.

Going about

and doing

good

to those

Who need

a touch from You.

A miracle of

Healing.

A Word of

Comfort too.

You are

EXTRAVAGANTLY

WONDERFUL

And I worship

You!”

Poem by denisebalog


As is my nature,

I went looking to see if the word,

“simplicity”

Is found in the Concordance.

Yes, what a surprise

and more amazing,

its definition!

 

“Simplicity – #8537 – tom (tome) (Strong’s Concordance)

“A masculine noun meaning – completeness, integrity – full, integrity,

Perfect, simplicity, upright.

See #8550 – Tummiym – perfections…one of the epithets

of the objects in

The high-priest’s breastplate

as an Emblem

of complete Truth – Thummim.” 

The high-priest breastplate.
The high-priest breastplate.

 

I encourage you to

Continue to pray.

Trusting,

in His

Simplicity

to answer

In

Completeness,

Fullness,

Integrity,

And Truth!

In Jesus Name,

Amen!


 

The Hebrew letters for Simplicity

tom – are Tav, Mem

Tav – CrossMiracle, Sign, Covenant

Mem – WaterHoly Spirit’s movement

Simplicity – the Miracle or Sign of the Holy Spirits’ Movement.


Hebrew Word pictures can be seen

on the Menu bar under

“Alphabet Letter Chart”

on my Homepage. 

 

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

Standing in the Peace of Praise!

The trip to the Holy Land is grueling.

Eleven days of hard pushing.

No vacation for the seeking pilgrim.

My friend found her way to “stand”

through the opposition of

hard pressed.


 

 – Crawling out of bed,

falling to her knees.

Carpet fibers mixed

with muddled words

of pain and prayer.

“Lord, how do I

make it though

this day?”

“How do I stand?”

 From the depths of where

Peace resides,

She rises.

Not in her

Own power or will.

She “stands” in His. –


 

“Stand” Hebrew – natsab (naw-tsab’) Strongs #5324

Noon, Tsadik, Bet  [נצב]

This is what I visually see when I look and read the letters.

- Life activity - Noon - 14 Hebrew letter life, life activity Picture of a fish or believer
– Life activity –
Noon – 14 Hebrew letter
life, life activity
Picture of a fish or believer
-Caught up in Praise- Hebrew #18 to catch, desire, to grasp, "to praise" - Picture of a "hook or fishhook"
-Caught up in Praise-
Hebrew #18
to catch, desire, to grasp,
“to praise” – (can you see the lifted hands?)
Picture of a “hook or fishhook”
- from the heart - #2 - Bet - Within, heart, begin to, build, family Picture of a "tent or house"
– within the heart! –
#2 – Bet –
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family (Can you see the tent opening?)
Picture of a “tent or house”

 

Life activity – caught up in praise – within the heart!

“Stand” – natsab (naw-tsab’)

Verb: to station, settle, sharpen, to take a stand.


 

The power is not in the activity of standing.

It’s in the Peace of praise

Stationed within the heart.


 

“I’m thanking You, God,

From a full heart,

I’m writing the book

On Your wonders.

I’m whistling,

Laughing,

And jumping

For joy;

I’m singing

Your song,

Holy God.”

Psalm 9:1 (The Message)


Photo capturing my friend

“Standing” in “praise”

On top of Mount Carmel.

The place the Prophet Elijah,

“Seized the prophets of Baal;

let not one of them escape.”

1 Kings 18:40 (ESV)

Israel, February 2014


May you be encouraged to

“Stand” – natsab (naw-tsab’)

Bringing down the strongholds in

life through the power of

Life activity of Praise from within

Your heart!

blessings, denise

 

I Will Comfort You in Jerusalem

Encouraged again by neighbor Butterfly Mind

http://andreabadgley.com/2015/08/15/practice-makes-progress/

and her post on a favorite pillow, her words brought

my comfort or Promise blanket to mind.


In an attempt to write, as with a pencil, and

Not a keyboard…here goes!


 

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the LORD surrounds His people.” Psalm 125:5 

I was going to Jerusalem
I was going to Jerusalem

Yep, that’s the verse. In 2010 the Lord invited me to Jerusalem.

At first thought, my heart skipped a beat with excitement.

After the initial burst of joy, and my mind took over,

Fear set in.

But it was too late,

the Scripture had dropped down into my spirit,

And I knew that I knew, I was going to Israel.

 

I came up with a million and one reasons why

this was not possible for me to go to Israel.

Keep in mind, I am a girl from Philadelphia who has traveled.

I flew the first time in 1967, by myself no less.

My husband and I, while living in Southern California,

flew the back and forth to Philly many times.

My folks drove us as kids up and down the east coast

every summer visiting family from here to there.

So why was I unable to do this?

And what does this have to do with a blanket?

Flying into Philadelphia
Flying into Philadelphia

 

One morning in prayer and distress at the

Prospect of the pending trip in the air,

I cried out to the Lord, and He gave me,

 

“As one whom his mother comforts,

So I will comfort you;

You will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

 

So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13
So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13

I felt better, but the real truth was

“Lord, what happens when I am in the middle

Of the 9000 mile journey, in the air, I know

the evil one is going to tell me I made a mistake.

I heard wrong. I am SCARED…I can’t do this!”

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9000 mile journey

 

He reminded me what Jesus answered

when the ol’ snake attempted to do

the same to Him. Jesus spoke,

“It is written…” 

It is written...Matthew 4:4
It is written…Matthew 4:4

So it began…I bought the most comfy fabric

I could find. Thinking I could write the words,

But the pen didn’t work very well on fleece.

So I started to stitch the words.

I thought, I would never finish one verse!

 

With each stitch, the Words were beginning

To become engraved on my heart.

And from His faithfulness and comfort

My Promise blanket became alive with hope.

And not one good promise failed!
And not one good promise failed!

 May I share a few verses…

I asked why He would want to bring me there.

Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24
Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24

He was faithful! I was not sick, not one day!!


 

I complained I didn’t understand what He was doing.

I would understand later.

What I AM doing...John 13:7
What I AM doing…John 13:7

We talked about how long the journey would take..

Its an eleven day journey Lord!

(As if He didn’t know this!)

And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1
And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1

Lord, how will I ever make this whole trip?

(I remember thinking on the bus…

I’m not ready to go home!)

Shall I not...cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9
Shall I not…cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9

Lord, what about my responsibilities at home?

Mary has chosen...Luke 10:42
Mary has chosen…Luke 10:42

My Prince of Peace…

Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

gave me this verse on Easter morning.

“Go to Galilee…there you will see Me”

(I wept like a baby in the Jesus Boat 

gift shop on the Sea of Galilee)

Do not be afraid...go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10
Do not be afraid…go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10

And the by the time the trip was ready to depart

on February 16, 2011…I was seeing myself

“Walking about Zion!”

Walk about Zion...Psalm 48:12
Walk about Zion…Psalm 48:12

In the LOVE of my Father,

He brought me to His land of Promise.

Love - ahabah - Tav-Aleph
Love – ahabah – Tav-Aleph

and with a desire and new seed planted

in my heart, I believe I will go again!

Let us go at once...I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23
Let us go at once…I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23

“Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the 

LORD and to see the LORD of hosts;

I myself am going!”

Tel Aviv - March 2014
Tel Aviv – March 2014