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 

Words Encircle

“Crucify sleeping flesh;

Time to rise and leave your rest.

He’s waiting on the morning dew;

Can’t you hear?

He’s calling you.

 

Here I am Lord at Your call;

Words encircle,

Love enthralled.”

 

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said,

“Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” Genesis 28:16 (NKJV)

 

 “Then Jacob rose early in the morning…” Genesis 28:18 (NKJV)

 

“When the dew settled on the camp at night,

The Manna also came down.” Numbers 11:9 (NIV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©

Holds of Grace

“The very thing that holds you in place,

He finished in Love by His Saving Grace.”

 

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul,

A hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…” Hebrews 6:19 (ESV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee – Israel Journey 2011

Words of Love

 

“Up and off to Church today.

Bring the Word,

Oh Lord, we pray.

Pour upon the listening hearts,

Your Words of Love right from the start.”

 

“So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your Lovingkindness is better than life,

My lips shall praise You.

Thus I will bless You while I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name…

And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”

Psalm 63:2-5 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Love’s Intimate Wing

“In the night hour,

I hear Your voice call.

Ever gently waking me;

Adventure down the hall.

Snuggled so intimate under the

“Corner of Your wing”.

Faithful promises speak to me,

“Until the daybreak” sings.”

“Take Your maidservant under Your wing.” Ruth 3:9 NKJV

 

Ever so intimate…

“So she lay at His feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognized another.”

Ruth 3:14 NKJV

 

“Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away,

I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh.” Song of Solomon 4:6

 

Poem by denisebalog© 2017

Daybreak photos captured by denisebalog©

Heart to Understand

 

Lord may my,

“Mind to be opened,

Ear to hear,

Heart to understand;

Hand to receive,

Foot to stand.

For on bended knee in the Garden,

You fulfilled the Father’s plan.”

 

“For I have come down from heaven,

Not to do my own will but

The will of Him Who sent me.” John 6:38

 

Morning prayer poem by denisebalog©

Photos captured in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Israel

The Son’s Wife

“Covering me with Your hand.

Dying for me as a man.

Laying down Your life,

Betrothing me as Your wife.

Turning my dirty filth

To jewels bedecked on silk.

Beholding Your Grace,

Through the veil of

White bridal lace.”

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

  “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (ESV)


poem by denisebalog©

Photo captured in Joppa, Israel

Brides of the Beloved

"But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish." Jonah 1:3
“But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish.” Jonah 1:3

Our first stop was Joppa. Scents of new growth and spring filled the warm ocean air. Everywhere I looked, I saw brides, in dazzling white, aglow in the sunset. Bridegrooms delighting in their brides as they showed them around the cobbled square.DSCN0159

Learning, these couples were not married as of yet. It was customary for the groom to see his bride before the wedding. Not wanting to make the same mistake as his forefather, Jacob, who married Leah, instead of his beloved Rachel.

“And in the morning, behold, it was Leah!” Genesis 29:25 (ESV)

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As I lay with my head on my pillow, after 24 hours of travel, listening to the Mediterranean waves crash on to the shoreline below,

I asked the Lord,

“Lord, why after all this preparation, beckoning me in the midst of my fears and baggage, why did You show me these brides first? Why the brides first?”

My heart flutters, and my face I am sure is flush, even now, as I recall His answer to my heart.

“Because you are My Bride.”

  He saw me as one of those beautiful brides of Joppa;

I was His bride and Jesus was my Groom.


 

I felt accelerated; I was sixteen years old again!

I literally experienced my youth being renewed as on eagle’s wings.

 From my heart, with tears of a joy, I asked Him to forgive me for doubting Him.

Whatever He had in store for me and the trip, as His bride, I would trust Him for every step of the way.

And there, after a year and half of planning, praying, and 9000 miles of travel, my journey began…as a bride.

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 “My Beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, My love, My beautiful one, and come away…”Song of Solomon 2:13


I pray you are blessed today knowing, 

you too,

in His Love,

are a bride of the Beloved.

blessings,

denise

 

Extravagant Love

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“Set my heart on things above;

To be transformed in

Jesus love.”


 “Observe how Christ loved us.

His love was not cautious but extravagant.

He didn’t love in order to get something from us

but to give everything

of Himself

to us.”

Ephesians 5:2 (The Message)

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poem by denisebalog©


 

The Hope of “Romantic Love”

The last one to share. This essay really touched my heart. I pray you have been blessed reading the thoughts and hearts of fifth grade children.


Fifth Grade Boy

“Romantic love to me means: someone who you care enough for that you’d do anything for and they care enough for you to do the same thing, or family. As some people like to call it, that is what I call romantic love is: never wanting to be away from one certain person, that’s what romantic love is to some people.

To all romantic love is the thing that bonds people together. To some it is hope, it is the thing that everybody needs, without it, we’d be lost, we would be emotionless robots.”

Written by a Fifth grade boy in a single parent house.

Love is in the air in Elementary!
Love fills the air in Elementary!

 

Writing Prompt #2 – “Romantic Love” – Hugs in Elementary

 

Fifth Grade Girl
Romantic Love #2  

“You might think Romantic Love is mushy and gross but im shure when you get older you will be interested.

Take your perents as an example my perents have been maired for about 15 years. You have to have a bond with someone. Its not about how cute they are its about what you like about him or her. If I was looking for a guy I would want someone who is helpful, smart, sweet, loyal, honest, understanding and sporty.

Some people have been mairied for 75 they ate at the same table and sleep in the same bed. They love each other a lot. They have a bond.”

Written by a Fifth grade girl in a two parent house.


Married 12 plus years
Married 12 plus years