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

The “Trust” of Romantic Love– Hugs

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Hearts and Love fill the air in Elementary this week. I would like to share a few “Writing Prompts” written by Fifth grade students. Generally in the age of eleven, about to turn twelve this year.

Their words describing “Romantic Love” touched my heart.   When reading, please keep in mind, only one is written from a child’s view who has both father and mother continuously in their house and lives; each articulated “romantic love” beautifully.  Proud of each of them:) 


Fifth Grade Boy

Romantic Love  – Writing Prompt #1

“What I think love is about. This is going to be based on my grandmother and grandfather they have been married for forty-six years that’s a long time to me. They also are bestfriends. They love each other. Always helpful to each other. They still hold hands. They have strong feelings for each other. That is what I think love is about.”

Written by a Fifth Grade boy in a single parent household.


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Have You Seen My Love? – the road by which I went.

The Sea of Galilee

Journal Entry 2/19/11 – 12:30 p.m.


“The Sea has turned from quiet stillness,

 with the full moon reflecting God’s glory,

to the sounds of breakers steady,

and beating on the shoreline. 

Full moon reflecting God's glory
Full moon reflecting God’s glory

There is no beach to speak of from this view;

six floors perched above the Sea.

The night sounds of the music in the hotel

are quickly be drowned out

by the increasing motion

of the Sea beating on the shore.

 

The lights in the distance

Lights in the distance across the Sea are soft on the hillside.
Lights in the distance across the Sea are soft on the hillside.

across the Sea are soft on the hillside.

Light cloud cover, dims the stars above.

Several peak out to remind me

they are there;

regardless of my vantage point.

What do you have for me

my Lord and Savior of my soul –

Jesus

I praise You Lord for the plan.

Now seeing dimly, but then face to face.” 


 

"On my bed by night I sought Him whom my soul loves;
“On my bed by night I sought Him whom my soul loves;
...I sought Him, but found Him not.
…I sought Him, but found Him not.
...I will rise now and go about the city,
…I will rise now and go about the city,
...in the streets and in the squares;
…in the streets and in the squares;
...I will seek Him who my soul loves.
...I will seek Him who my soul loves.
...I sought Him, but found Him not.
…I sought Him, but found Him not.
...The watchmen found me as they went about the city.
…The watchmen found me as they went about the city.
...'Have you seen Him who my soul loves?"
...’Have you seen Him who my soul loves?”
...Scarcely had I passed them when I found Him who my soul loves....
…Scarcely had I passed them when I found Him whom my soul loves….
...I held Him, and would not let Him go." Song of Solomon 3:1-4 (ESV)
…I held Him, and would not let Him go.” Song of Solomon 3:1-4 (ESV)

Photos captured in the City of Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, Israel.


“Set up road markers for yourself;

Make yourself guidepost;

Consider well the highway,

The road by which you went.”

Jeremiah 31:21 (ESV)

 

 

 

The Fire to Turn the Heart

My Dad and I
My Dad and I

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers

 to their children and the hearts of the children

 to their fathers…” Malachi 4:16 (ESV)

 

I’m perplexed, daily,

by this last verse in the Old Testament.

“…to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…”

How is this accomplished Lord? 


 

I was blessed with a wonderful earthly father

whose heart was always

turned toward me.

Even when I needed a beating

for making a wrong choice or

heading down the path of destruction.

In his love and attention,

I always knew his heart was for me.

His life choices reflected this truth

I felt it in my heart.


 

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Daily I see,

Children who once came through

the open school door

happy and smiling.

Now enter,

as dead men,

with rattling chains

and bones.

 

When a passing smile in the hallway,

brought joy and a smile in return from theirs.

Now, a trip to the Office for a “belly ache”

and a tear of truth no band aide,

or remedy can cure.

 

“He will turn the father’s hearts to the children.”


 

Lord, we need Your Holy Spirit more and more.

Draw them Lord,

Lead them home,

Fetch their wandering eyes,

And bring their fathers home.

 

The hearts of Your children are broken.

Sadden by the choices their parents do make.

In this season of joy and gladness,

You are the Miracle it takes!

 

No hug or smile will bind the wounds

Too deep to aide or cover.

Lord, I’m asking You restore,

Repair,

and return their parents,

One to Love each other.

 

May Your Holy Spirit burn brighter

Than any Christmas tree,

As You heal the hearts of

Your children, and

Return their fathers

To Thee.”

 

Come home


 

What’s the answer Lord?

Hebrew Word for “Turn” – #7725

Shuwb (shoob)

Sheen – ש  – picture of fire – consuming fire.

Vav   – ו – picture of a nail – as joined together.

Bet –  ב  – picture of a tent –  a house or heart where the Holy Spirit lives.

Word picture truth:

  • Consuming Fire joined to the heart.

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New Testament Scripture Truth: (Same Scripture as Malachi 4:16) 

“And he (speaking John his name means Grace in Hebrew)

…and he will go before Him (speaking of Jesus) in the

Spirit and power of Elijah (Grace)

To turn the hearts of the fathers to

The children…”Luke 1:16-17 (ESV)

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

John’s first words to the people,

“I baptize you with water,

 but He Who is mightier than I is coming

…He will baptizing you

 with the Holy Spirit

 and fire.” Luke 3:16 (ESV)


Life truth:

It takes the Grace of Christ,

And the Power of His Holy Spirit

To “turn” and change the

Hearts of men and women

To their children.

Jesus is the Miracle

Of this Season,

The Light, Truth and Power

Beyond ALL of man’s reason!

God bless and may there be

Joy, healing and

Restoration

as

Hearts “turn” to the

Father.

In Jesus Name.

Amen

Wings of His Love

“Lord,

I thank You

for the

extra rest.

Sleeping deep

as in my nest.

Covered by

Your

Wings of love,

An Eagle’s

care from

up above.

Waking well

to morning

Light.

Prepared again,

to soar

the heights!”

poem by denise balog


Like an Eagle that stirs up its nest...
Like an Eagle that
stirs up its nest…

“He encircled him,

He cared for him,

He kept him

As the apple of

His eye.

Like an

Eagle that stirs

Up its nest,

That flutters

Over its young,

Spreading

Out its wings,

Catching them,

Bearing them

On its pinions,

The LORD along

Guided him…”

Deuteronomy 32:10-12 (ESV)