Hanukkah – Day Four – No Shadow of Turning

“Reflections of the fourth candle illuminate the night. Revelation of Your Beauty completeness in Your sight.”

The seven candlesticks or lampstand found in Exodus 25:32 is the shadow or concealed beauty of Jesus in His completeness in the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting which Moses was instructed to build in the wilderness. (The Menorah) The seven candles represent completion as the number seven in Scripture can represent completion.

In contrast the nine candles of Hanukkah lampstand can illuminate or be a shadow of the Holy Spirit by the nine gifts and fruits of the Spirit.

Each lampstand is different but both reflect the Presence, the Gift and the Fruit of the Father. For in Him there is no shadow of turning only Love and Light.

May you be blessed lighting the fourth candle and enjoy His Love and Light all year long.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Light, with whom there is no shadow of variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV

Poem by denisebalogc2019

Hanukkah – Day One – Shine the Light!

Today begins the lighting of the first of nine candles celebrating Hanukkah.

Thinking on how this applies to my life as a Christian it occured to me the miracle of the light that shines in me because of the Holy Spirit (the oil) I can partake of Hanukkah in the spiritual by sharing the Light.

A word of encouragement to a co-worker who has lost hope in their situation. A prayer with a friend fighting a battle of sickness. A kind word of caring to a neighbor who is experiencing their first Christmas after the loss of a spouse or a child.

Surely in prayer and asking, the Father will light a new candle every day and cause His light to shine in darkness.

Celebrating and lighting the first candle of Hanukkah – Day One.

“Let your light so shine…and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV

Cooing Song


“In the Valley of the Doves

Is where I heard my  Faithful Love.

The cooing of His song

Carried my feet along.

Searching for His path;

The sounds of joy

His gentle laugh.

On rocky hills we made our climb;

Guiding steps one at a time.


Further up He sang to me.

Open heart my eyes could see.

Purest Love for all time;

For I am His and

He is mine.”

“O my Dove,

In the clefts of the Rock,

In the secret places of the cliff,

Let me see Your face,

Let me hear Your Voice;

For Your Voice is sweet,

And Your Face is lovely.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 NKJV


“My Beloved is mine,

And I am His.”

Song of Solomon 2:16 NKJV


Jesus said…

“And I will pray the Father, and

He will give you another Helper that

He may abide with you forever –

“The Spirit of Truth” –

Whom the world cannot receive,

Because it neither sees Him nor knows Him,

But you know Him,

For He dwells with you and

Will be with you.”

John 14:16&17 NKJV


Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs by denisebalog©2018 – Galilee area, The Valley of the Doves, Israel

In Stillness

“There’s no comfort in this world.

No place to lay one’s head.

Foxes surround the vineyard;

Confusion stirs up dread.

But Peace resides in stillness,

Waiting to speak to me.

Open up the Word

‘Be still’ and ‘Follow Me.’”


“O my Dove, in the cleft of the Rock,

In the secret places of the cliff.

Let me see Your Face,

Let me hear Your Voice,

For Your Voice is sweet,

And Your Face is Lovely.”

Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV)


“Be still, and know

I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)


Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2011 – Sea of Galilee 

Perceive, Taste and Be Filled

“Taste and see that the LORD is good…” Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

Taste – the Hebrew word (ta’am) taw-am’


Word Revelation:

Wrapping your eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit. 


“…the disciples pressed Him, “Rabbi, eat. Aren’t You going to eat?”

“He told them, “I have food to eat you know nothing about.”

“The Disciples were puzzled. “Who could have brought Him food?” John 4:31-33 ™

Hebrew letter – Tet – 9th letter
Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, To Wrap
Ayin – 16th letter
Word picture – Eye
to see, to know, to experience, to understand.
Mem – 13th Hebrew letter
Word picture – Water
Meaning – waters, flow, Holy Spirit
Can you see the “wave” on the top of the letter?
(One of the five letters with a different shape when used at the end of a word)

To Taste – Wrapping your eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit.

“Oh, Taste and see that the LORD is good;

Blessed is the man who trust in Him!

…Those who see the LORD shall not lack any good thing. ”

Psalm 34:8-10 (NKJV)


Restoring Oil

“The pain subsides,

In passing time.

New day dawns,

Restores the oil.”


“Therefore we do not lose heart.

Even though our outward man is perishing,

Yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV


Poem by denisebalog©2017

Image – Google Search

Hovering Near


“You are the Order in today.

Hovering across the faces of the waters.

Bringing Peace;

Smoothness across the bay.

Clear my mind;

Calm the storm.

Where Your Presence flows,

I belong.”

“The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 NKJV

Photo and poem by denisebalog©


Taste and See

I woke this morning ‘muttering” this verse…

“Oh, Taste and See that the

LORD is good;

Blessed is the man who

Trust in Him.” Psalm 34:8


“…Israel called its name manna…and the taste of it was like wafer made with honey.” Exodus 16:31



“Taste and See

In the fatness

Of Your Word.

Rich and Full,

More than a

Hundred calories worth!”

Taste – Hebrew word – Ta’am #2938  – perceive – good discernment.

Ta’am or the Hebrew letters – Tet, Ayin, Mem

Taste and See in the Word Pictures….

ט  Tet – snake – encircle, wrap, twisting.

Word picture: Snake Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling
Word picture: – 9th letter Snake
Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling

ע  Ayin – eye – to see, to know.

Ayin - 16th letter Word picture - Eye to see, to know, to experience, to understand.
Ayin – 16th letter
Word picture – Eye
to see, to know, to experience, to understand.

ם   Mem – water – movement, Holy Spirit

Mem - 13th Hebrew letter Word picture - Water Meaning - waters, flow, Holy Spirit Can you see the "wave" on the top of the letter? (One of the five letters with a different shape when used at the end of a word)
Mem – 13th Hebrew letter
Word picture – Water
Meaning – waters, flow, Holy Spirit
Can you see the “wave” on the top of the letter?
(One of the five letters with a different shape when used at the end of a word)

 Taste and See…

-Wrapping your eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit!-

Yardinet Baptism site - Jordan River, Israel
Yardinet Baptism site – Jordan River, Israel

And NOT the snake…

Do not look at the twisting chaos of his wake!! –


The snake is all around us…but I want to Wrap my eye around the movement of the Holy Spirit Who is with us wherever we go!!

Thank You Jesus for your finished work of the Cross!

“This Book…shall not depart from your mouth…meditate in it day and night…observe…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Be strong and courageous. Do not be frighten, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you whenever you go.” Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

 “Bless my hand as I

Knead the dough.

Your Holy Spirit

Is my Guide

As I follow Your flow.”

Jesus Calling Devotional - June 28th
Jesus Calling Devotional – June 28th

 When I opened the Jesus Calling Devotional book after this time with the Lord, I about fell out!!

May you Taste and See the Holy Spirit’s movement in all the good plans He has for each of you, in Jesus Holy Name!! Amen!!

Poems by denisebalog©

The “Certain Woman”

“How do you walk in the Spirit?”

The question they inquire to know.

Asking myself,

“Where am I in the story?”

And allowing my spirit to go.


I traveled from the land of Moab,

All the way to Naomi’s’ Bethlehem.

Gleaning in Boaz’s field, and

Eating bread from my

Kinsman Redeemer’s hand.


In the hill country of Ephraim,

Like Hannah,

I’ve cried out to God for a son.

He heard my prayer of sorrow,

And caught my

“tears in a bottle”

Each one.


I’ve been the “Certain Woman” with

A dab of oil left to spare.

He stepped into my land of lack,

Multiplying my vessels right there.


Like David,

 “Ascending the Mount of Olives,

Weeping, barefoot and head covered in shame;

Looking on me with


Turned and restored my reign.

Gently reminding me, once again,

I’m a daughter of the King

In His Name.


So where am I in this story?

LORD let Your Word show me the way.

I’m in need of Your direction and solace,

Let Your Holy Spirit guide me today.



“Come away by yourself

And rest a while”

Sit with Me,

Here by My side.

For My words are

Wisdom and knowledge.

And in Me your

Perfect Peace does reside.”



Scripture stories from

The Book of Ruth

1 Samuel 1 & 2

Psalm 56:8

2 Kings 4:1-7

2 Samuel 15:30

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“Come away by yourselves

To a desolate place and rest a while.”

Mark 6:31-32 (ESV)

“You keep him in

Perfect Peace

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Photos and Poem by denisebalog©

Daniel surrounded in Peace

Nine in Scripture speaks of the Holy Spirit.

2015-12-19 Hearts turned - fire

Nine gifts of the Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:1-10

Nine fruits of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22


“It takes the Holy Spirit to understand,

The depth of treasures

Written by Your hand.”

Photo101 - Treasure


The Ninth letter “Tet” has a meaning of “surround”.


as in the “twisting” of a vine growing up towards the light.


Or the “encircling” to keep something together, and loose ends from falling apart.


I especially like this example – the “twisting” of braided Easter bread with icing on top! Sweet!



The Ninth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is the word picture of a “snake”.

Word picture: Snake Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling
Word picture: Snake
Meaning: Surrounding, Encircling, Twisting, Coiling

Definitely NOT my favorite word picture.

But, as much as I do not like the picture or the idea of a “snake”, there is still no denying the existence of evil.

Hence, even in the letters, “Tet” can be used to help give understanding and wisdom in the “spiritual” and “natural” realm.



What of Daniel in verse 9 of Chapter 10? 

“Then I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. 

Daniel was “encircled, surrounded” in a deep sweet sleep!

For Daniel, in the context of the retelling of his story, he has just seen the full face of Jesus in verse eight – Chet.

Chet - 8th Hebrew letter. Word Picture - Fence Meaning: - inner-room, protection, private, to separate, full-face
Chet – 8th Hebrew letter.
Word Picture – Fence
Meaning: – inner-room, protection,
private, to separate, full-face

He didn’t fall into the “encircling” or “twisted” fear of the “snake”;

But into the sweet sleep of the beloved as one who has seen

And felt the surrounding peace of the beauty of Christ.


If you are tossing, “twisting”, and

feel as if your loose ends are coming apart;

May you as one who hears,

“the sound of His words…”

“I have come that (you) may have life, and that (you) may have it abundantly.” John 10:10 

“Encircle” your thoughts and mind to

love of Jesus

Who wore the “twisted” vine of thorns

#9 Tet crowncropped - Tet

to give you peace, free from fear 

“He gives His beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2

for He is the

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

Good night and God bless!



poem by denisebalog

Prelude to “Petals of Grace” – Travel Journal Post

Last night, I prepared “Petals of Grace” as a continuing to my Travel Journal posts.


Cozying into my early morning spot on the couch, spending some time quiet time, I began to question the post, and my plans to head out for early morning photos.

2015-05-16 Morning Grace

As I inquired, The Holy Spirit illuminated the “petals” in the post are actually “blossoms” from “almond” trees.


Almond blossoms have a huge significance in Scripture. Remember Aaron’s staff budding? (Numbers 17:8)

My spirit ignited!

2015-12-19 Hearts turned - fire

 What was He trying to tell me? I went digging for the Hebrew definition for “almond”.

The poem penned was written AFTER my quick dash out the door once I read the definition.


Yep, it was a morning of “no sleep” as I “hasten” for what He had to show me. Whatever was out there, I was not going to miss the opportunity to “see”!

“Mr. Almond Blossom,

“No sleep” for you.

You’re the “first” to

Bloom in the morning dew.

“Remain” on the “look out”

To see what “springs”;

“Hasten to watch”

The almond blossom does sing!”

poem by denisebalog©

“If any lacks wisdom,

 let him ask God Who gives generously to all without reproach,

and it will be given to him.” James 1:5



The sun had not yet risen.


Abby and I made our way up the hill to “see”.


Oh Lord, this is beautiful!


The colors of the softest pastels before sunrise.


Early morning travelers etch the sky.


I can begin to see the rise Lord.


My heart was beating so fast, I could hardly wait.


Abby thought this was an awesome start to the morning!

Lord, if I turn my head, will I miss it?


Turning to see one “red” Indian Paint Brush flower.

Thank You Lord, it’s all about the Red!


Oh my,


Thank You Lord! This is beautiful!!


Long shadows of Praise this morning!!


Time to head home girl…


Even the trees clapped their hands!


One hour of pure delight!




Mr. Almond Blossom does sing!! 


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