Strap on Praise!

Whatever battle or disappointment you find this day,
Remember the LORD’s Strong Arm is not shorten
Nor is He unable or unwilling to save!

Cloudy and gray,

Road signs point,

 Disaster coming our way.

But Your Love speaks a better Word!

One filled with Hope and not dread!

For You inhabit the praises of Your people;

For You are a Living God Whose Miracles

Continue to raise the dead!

Sing a new song, oh Your people,

Strap praise on thy thigh,

For the battle is the LORDS

When see through His eyes!

“O our God…we have no power against this great multitude (the concerns of our hearts) …nor do we know what to do,

But our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV

“So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa (valley of the trumpet); and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah (praise) and you inhabitants of Jerusalem (peace): Believe the LORD your God, and you shall be established…” 2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV

“…he (Jehoshaphat) appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of Holiness, as they went out before the army (the power of praise in their hands) and were saying:

“Praise the LORD,

For His mercy endures forever.”

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against (their enemies) and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV

Whatever battle or disappointment you find this day,

Remember the LORD’s Strong Arm is not shorten

Nor is He unable or unwilling to save!

“Awake, awake!

Put on Your Strength,

O arm of the LORD! Isaiah 51:9 NKJV

“Strengthen the weak hands,

And make firm the feeble knees,

Say to those who are fearful-hearted

“Be strong, do not fear!” Isaiah 35:3 NKJV

“Thus says the LORD to you:

“Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude

For the battle is not yours,

But God’s!” 2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

“Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.

Wise choices will watch over you.

Understanding will keep you safe.”

Proverbs 2:9-11 NLT

Bring on 2021!

Prayers for each of you and your families as we strap on praise and enter into His peace for the coming new year!

Denise xoxox

Poem and photo dbalog©

Poem Across the Sky!

“Your works LORD,

Your works Divine.

Clouds proclaim Your Glory!

Love poems across the sky!”

 

“Praise the LORD, call upon His name; 

Declare His deeds among the peoples,

Make mentioned that His name is exalted.

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Sing to the LORD,

For He has done excellent things;

This is known in all the earth.”

Isaiah 12:4-5 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalogc2019

Photo captured by dbalogc2017

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The Bridegroom’s Chamber

“Waiting on daylight, morning’s break of day. Calling all creation, Rejoice! Praise His Holy Name!

Heavens declare Your beauty, the Tabernacle of the Son. Come Oh Holy Spirit, let Your will on Earth be done.”

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork…In them He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.” Psalm 19:1 & 4 NJKV

Poem and photo by denisebalogc2019

Folds of Peace

“Share my coffee with me Lord.

Let me curl up under Your

Blanket of joy.

Dig in deep beneath Your

Folds of peace;

Beginning this day with the

Words You Speak.”

 

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you,

Says, the Lord,

Thoughts of peace and not evil,

To give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

 

“The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV

 

“For He has clothed me with the garment of Salvation,

He has covered me with the robe of (His) Righteousness.”

Isaiah 61:10 NKJV

 

Love – ahabah – Tav-Aleph

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos by denisebalog©2018

All the Earth Sings

“Up before dawn;

Walking the lawn.

Cattle sing softly

Their morning song.”

“For every beast of the forest is Mine,

And the cattle on a thousand hills.”

Psalm 50:10 NKJV

 

“Praise the LORD from the earth…

Mountains and all hills;

Fruitful trees and all cedars;

Beast and all cattle…

Let them Praise the Name of the LORD!”

Psalm 148:7-1-13 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photographs by denisebalog©2017

Praises Unfold

“Thank You Father for this day.

Open my heart to hear what You would say.

Glide the pencil in time with rhyme.

“Praises” unfold with each stitch of time.”

 

Praise is awaiting You…

You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice…

And the little hills rejoice on every side.

The pastures are clothed in flocks;

They shout for joy, they also sing.”

Psalm 65:1, 8, and 12 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photo captured by denisebalog©

Melody of Chords Proclaim

“Wind chimes are praising Your Name.

Lifting up chords of Your fame.

Breeze’s sing along,

Carrying the song,

“Jesus the King we proclaim!”

 

Trust in His love;

He’ll lift you above

Every heartache and worry refrain.

Melody of chords, all sing to the LORD,

“Jesus the King we proclaim!”

“…be filled with the Spirit.

Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

Singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD

…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Photos captured by denisebalog©2017

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

Whisper Winds of Fall

 

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“Thank You for the rested sleep.

Snuggled beneath the blankets deep.

Dreams of joy within my heart,

Waking to the coffee pot!

Autumn fall leaves within my view,

Whisper winds stir them too.

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Rain drops falling one by one,

“Showers of Blessing”

From the Son.

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Oh, the delight this time with You.

Morning songs and praises new!”

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

May my mediations be pleasing to Him,

For I rejoice in the LORD!”

Psalm 104:33-35 (ESV)

 

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“I will cause showers to come down in their season;

They shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26 (NKJV)

 

Poem by denisebalog©

Crouching Donkey

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“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.” Genesis 49:14

 

Yesterday, I went looking for the first mention of the word “strong”.

It actually means, “skeleton of the body, and bones.”

I thought this strange.

 

This morning, the verse came to mind again, only the word “crouching”.

In the Hebrew the word is actually #7257 – “lying”.

 

Issachar was Leah’s 5th son.  Five reflects –  Favor and Grace!

“And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son…Issachar.” Genesis 30:17

Of the tribe of Issachar it is said they are

“Mighty men of valor” and “Ready for war”.  1 Chronicles 7:1-5

Of all the tribes, Issachar…

“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32

 

Back to “crouching.” The word comes from the root Hebrew word #7257 “lying”

“Rabats” or Reysh, Bet, Tsadak.

As I thought on the word picture,

  • Man’s (Reysh) dwelling (Bet – our heart and body) in praise and prayer (Tsadik) – between two sheepfolds.  (Tsadik is one of my favorites because it looks like the one of kneeling or standing in praise)

Issachar is crouched down in a position of praise and prayer between two sheepfolds (our family and the world).

And of “strong” – Issachar knows

To his bone,

down to his core,

to the marrow of his “skeleton”

only through Praise and Prayer, through the Favor and Grace of Jesus Christ,

Protection for our family,

Discernment and understand for the times we live in.

 

And knowing, in this position of prayer and praise,

When troubles come upon us, we know…

What we “ought to do”!! Wisdom and Discernment

 

“Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between two sheepfolds.”

Even when the whole world thinks we are a “donkey”; we are Mighty men of valor and ready for war in the position of praise and prayer!!

 

Mighty men and women of God,

Praise on!!


Reysh - 20th Hebrew Letter Word Picture: Head (of a man) Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.
Reysh – 20th Hebrew Letter
Word Picture: Head (of a man)
Meaning: A person, the first, the highest, in the beginning.

Bet - 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet Picture of a "tent or house" Within, heart, begin to, build, family.
Bet – 2nd letter in the Hebrew alphabet
Picture of a “tent or house”
Within, heart, begin to,
build, family.

Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew Picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise? (one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)
Tsadik the 18th letter of Hebrew
Picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
To catch, desire, to grasp, to praise
Can you see the man standing, lifted hands in praise?
(one of the five letters with different shapes when used at the end of a word)

Also, not at the end of a word Tsadik looks like this:

Tsadik - the 18th letter. Word picture of a "fishhook" or "hook" Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise. Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?
Tsadik – the 18th letter.
Word picture of a “fishhook” or “hook”
Meaning: to catch, desire to grasp, to praise.
Can you see the man, with lifted hands on his knees in praise?

Kneading Bowl of Blessings

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“Stepping into a

New “season” in life,

Anoint my head;

Remove the strife.

 

Bless my hands and order my steps;

Each one according to

Your Word direct.

Bless my basket and

Kneading bowl.

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Bring time of rest;

Refreshment for soul.

 

Let each day be an

Opportunity for joy.

Deep in the valley,

Or tambourine view;

Singing out thankfulness

And

Glorifying You!”

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“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

Blessed shall you be when you come in,

And blessed shall you be when you go out.”

Deuteronomy 28:5&6 (ESV)


Poem by denisebalog©

 

Windows of Rain

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“No poems or rhymes on eastern time.
Rain of the day, chases away the songs of the south. Warmth from my mouth.
Yet…
Let it be said in the pause of the ride,

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Gazing through windows of
Green countryside.

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The dogwoods in bloom,

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Sing a new tune.

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Azaleas shout out,
“Spring is about!”

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Farmhouses and hills
Delight in the rain,

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As bursting buds

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Joyfully,
Praise forth Your Name! ”

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“Make a joyful noise to the LORD,
All the earth;
Break forth into joyous song and
Praise!”
Psalm 98:4 (ESV)


Poem by denisebalog
Traveling Eastern Pennsylvania