Founded in Peace

Up the hill we climbed.
Each step drew us closer
To the days back in time.

Jerusalem – Anyone who knows me well, knows my heart skips a beat at the mention of the word, Jerusalem. According to the name meanings in the Strong’s Concordance, Jerusalem means – founded in peace.

Drawing my thoughts back to Israel, bits and pieces of memories penciled into my pocket journal. May I  share a poem penned on the last day of our journey into the gates of Jerusalem in January 2018.

“As all the days before,

We started our journey

With the open bus door.

Up the hill we climbed.

Each step drew us closer

To the days back in time.

Through the Lion’s Gate.

The place were Stephen,

A “man full of faith and the Holy Spirit”

Was crowned a saint.

Along the streets of old,

One day knowing,

Will be made of gold.

Carried right along,

We sang our final pilgrim song.

Each note tucked deep inside

Hearts overflowing,

Washed in emotions tide.

In this place we understand,

The price He paid to

Save this wretched man.”

May you and your family be founded in His peace today.

Thank you for sharing the journey with me.

Denise

Xoxox

Poem by dbalog©2018

Photograph captured as we climbed the steep hill by way of the Lion’s Gate into the Holy City of Jerusalem © 2018

No matter where you are located in Israel, one says, “going up to Jerusalem.”

“And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit.” Acts 6:5 NKJV

Stephen’s story begins in Acts 6 through Acts 8:2.

Abram’s Gate

“Now when Abram heard that his brother (his nephew Lot) was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. Genesis 14:14 NKJV

Sorting through pictures along our travel route in the Upper Galilee area this past January,

One of our stops was at Tel Dan where the oldest known Gate in the world is located; over 4000 years old.  The “Gate” is where the people met to conduct business. (Kinda like your local restaurant or feed store in a small town. Lol)

Thinking on Abram’s Gate, I was surprised by the changes made to the site. So I thought I would share the progression of the site made from my first trip in 2011 to 2018.

February 2011

These would have been the same high walls seen by the men Moses sent to “spy out the land” Numbers 13:2 NKJV

These stone wall are TALL! No wonder the 10 spies said,

“…we were like grasshoppers in our own sight…” Numbers 13:33 NKJV

Pictures captured in 2011 by a small pocket size Nikon CoolPix worn on a lanyard around my neck. Nice little camera and it takes great pictures.

March 2014

Just think, Abraham would have walked and seen this same mountain.


Pictures captured in 2014 by a step up to a Nikon Coolpix P510.

I love this red camera! With all the zooming in and out all day, it ate up at 2 plus batteries keeping it charged daily! (Took over 3000 pictures on this trip) Very easy to use and light for travel. 

January 2018 Journey

2018 pictures captured from the bus. Time didn’t allow for us to walk up. As most of our pilgrims had already walked the path over the past years, a stop to view from the bus worked.  These were taken through the window on the bus with a 50 to 200 mm.

Pictures captured in 2018 by “Yes, I can’t believe I’m going to carry this camera all the way to Israel and back” Nikon D5300 DSLR with several extra lens. Crazy, I know! Love my traveling buddy D5300. Faithful, stood up to changing lens on a hard trip and in cold, wet weather travel. Captured over 3000 plus images.

Hope you enjoy the journey over the years.

Blessings,

Denise

Mediterranean Memories

“Caesarea

On the Sea.

Come and

Walk these

Mediterranean memories

With me.”

“But Festus (the Roman governor of Judah. 52 AD to 59 AD) answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea…” Acts 25:4 NKJV

“Then Agrippa said to Festus, ‘I would like to hear the man myself…” Act 25:22 NKJV

“So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernie had come with great pomp entered the auditorium…Fetus command Paul brought in.” Acts 25:23 NKJV

“So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself.”

‘I think myself happy, King Agrippa,

Because today I shall answer myself before you…”

Acts 26:1 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 in Caesarea, Israel

Through Travel Eyes

“What made you take this trip again?

You’ve been there once and

Twice my friend.

 

What draws you back

To fly the skies?

Distant lands through

Travel eyes.

 

What do you find so

Far from home?

To cause your heart

To want to roam?

 

‘There is no answer of

Come and see,

Except for one;

“Follow Me.”’

 

“The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee,

And He found Philip and said to him,

“Follow Me.” John 1:43 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo captured on the Sea of Galilee by denisebalog©2018

 

Pilgrim Story

“Strength to strength;

Glory to Glory

Each day of the journey,

Reveals our pilgrim story.”

 

“Blessed is the man (and woman)

Whose strength is in You,

Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.”

Psalm 84:5 NKJV

 

Week 3 – Day One – “The Quest”

Bible Study and Fellowship on Monday nights.

“The Quest” by Beth Moore – ISBN 978-1-4627-6660-4 – Item #005796350

Lifeway Church Resources, Nashville, TN

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©2014 – Israel – Mosaic tiles found in Jerusalem

 

A Pilgrims Journey – Part II

“Oh, the glory of what’s in store;

Crayola’s many colors

Beyond the open door.

The green of Galilee’s hillsides.

The orange of the sun.

 

The stillness of the water.

The brown of En Gedi’s run.

 

The aqua of salt shores,

Dead Sea 

Masada’s red cliffs to soar.

The midnight of the City.

Mount Scopes and its view

Open the eyes of wonder,

Beholding only You!

 

October 18th…three months and counting before the group and I begin our 2018 pilgrimage! Looking forward to what lies ahead.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photos captured by denisebalog@2011 & 2014 – Israel

Head Lifter

I woke this morning

Precariously close

To the edge of the pit.

I could “feel”

If I gave “into” it,

A wasted day.

Thinking too far ahead.

Questions of the mind.

Truth be known,

Pilgrimage in my heart.

 

Pilgrimage – Magowr (maw-gor’) – Mem, Gimal, Reysh

Movement to lift up the head.

 

“Your statues have been my songs

In the house of my pilgrimage.” Psalm 119:54 (NKJV)

 

Where do I sojourn

Or dwell?

What causes me to

Seek,

Make the journey,

Turn aside,

To pilgrimage?

Lifting my head

From the pit;

Moving my emotions,

Spirit and Soul?

 

King David knew the answer…

Your “Word” LORD,

Is my “pilgrimage.”

Refreshing my heart

with a “song”.

 

“But You, O LORD,

Are a shield for me…

The One

Who lifts up my head.”

Psalm 3:3 NKJV


 

Deeper treasure –

The eight verses of

This portion of the

Acrostic poem of

Psalm 119:49-56,

Are carefully placed

Beneath the Hebrew Letter

“Zayin.”

Whose Word Picture is

Of a “sword” or “weapon.”

Hebrew Word Picture Zayin
Hebrew Word Picture Zayin

Zayin -7th Hebrew letter -  Word Picture - Weapon or Sword
Zayin -7th Hebrew letter –
Word Picture – Weapon or Sword

For the Word of God

Is living and powerful,

And sharper than any

Two-edge sword…”

Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

Roman weapon displayed on Mt. Arbel in the Galilee Region of Israel

Photo by denisebalog


Sharing my journey through the Hebrew Word Pictures.

Please feel free to share yours.

blessings,

denise

 

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