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

 

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

Threads of Pray

“Jesus Christ my Faithful Friend.

You stick with me when I’m at my end.

Working behind the veil of time,

Moving the circumstances entwined with mine.

Bringing together for my good;

Situations and happenings I’ve not understood.

Weaving the colors day by day,

As we spend time together with threads of pray.”

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,

Plans for wholeness and not for evil,

To give you a future and a hope.

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me,

And I will hear you.

You will seek Me with all your heart.

I will be found by you, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos of my Comfort Blanket.

The beginning of the story of my blanket I shared on an earlier post. Follow the link to connect.

https://denisebalog.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/my-comfort-as-th…rround-jerusalem/

Sprouting Out

“Our little bud is soon to sprout;

Stretching forward,

Reaching out.

Breaking through the childhood gaze;

Eyes to open,

Life to change.”

 

“…that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend…what is the

Width and the length and depth and height –

To know the Love of Christ which passes knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17 & 19 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo by denisebalog©2017

No Rest Sunday

Not a typical weekend at our house.

After 18 years, it was time to replace the pool liner.

We started on Saturday morning, and working as a family. The new liner, in the 24′ pool began to be filled by 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning, waking to sore bodies and a job to finish,

 

Yep, my job was cut and bagging up the old liner as husband and son worked on replacement of rails etc…

With that said, I missed Church today, and it sure was nice to take time to rest on the couch and be encouraged by reading post from my neighbors here at WordPress!

Thank you FearlessinJesusChristhttps://fearlessinjesuschrist.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/sunday-devotion-25/

I sure enjoyed your Sunday Devotional on Eagles!

My family and I turned a “job” we were not looking forward to doing, into an opportunity to work together, laugh together, and thank the LORD for the cool weekend in southern Oklahoma! 

Oh, and Abby did manage to get her rest! 

 

Installing tip: don’t forget to load up on the spray when doing a job like this! 

Lifter of Life

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“He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3


“Sickness is such a waste.

Disappointed makes its bed.

“Your mercies are new every morning.”

Bringing Life,

The “oil of gladness”,

To what was once dead!”

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“But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,

My glory and the

One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 (NKJV)


 

 poem by denisebalog©

In a word…haste

 

“The freedom of

Christmas vacation.

Suspended between

Activity and Haste.”


 

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“For you shall not

Go out in haste,

And you shall not go

In flight,

For the LORD will go

Before you,

And the

God of Israel

Will be your

Rear guard.”

Isaiah 52:12

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Haste – protection from the mouth of the enemy.

 Life truth: “The LORD is on my side;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?”

(and that includes my busy self!) 

Psalm 118:6 NKJV

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blessings from,

denise and my “yea! Mom’s going outside 

for a walk this morning!!” Abby:)

It’s All About a “Hug” in Elementary – “Questions Handled”

An incident ensued in the Elementary bathroom.

Two students were brought to the

Principal’s office for questioning.

 Conflicting stories were given

by both eight year old girls.

The Principal requested another girl

from the Second grade to come

to the Office concerning

the “horse play.”  

 

Over the intercom to the classroom,

the Second grade teacher was asked

to send her student to the Office.

 

Not knowing the circumstances of the request,

the reluctant child walked towards the Office

unsure if she was facing pending doom

from the unexpected summons.  

 

Miss Cheryl, the teacher assistance on duty,

attempted to assure the hesitant girl

she was NOT in trouble.

“Shelby, Mrs. Ryan

just wants to ask you a few questions.”

 

Shelby, relieved at hearing

this unexpected good news,

enthusiastically

threw her jubilant hands

up into the air

loudly exclaiming,   

“Questions I can handle! Trouble No!”

 

Spoken with the truth of a child!

 Isn’t this how we all feel on any given day!

Questions yes, trouble no!

 

Thank you for the “Hug” Shelby,

you made us laugh

in the most elementary way!

Child's Play
Round and round they go…Another day to play in Elementary!

 

 

Disclaimer:

The names have been changed to protect the innocent!