Watchtowers Keep

“Rainy streets

Are where

Watchtowers keep

When sleep evades

And memories speak.”

“Upon a watchtower

I stand, O Lord,

Continually by day,

And at my post I am

Stationed whole nights.”

Isaiah 20:8 ESV

View from the Ambassador Hotel the night before our departure home– Jerusalem January 2018

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photography by denisebalog©2018

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

Expanding Sights

“Who could have imagined

We’d climb to the sky?

Opening up our vision,

And

Expanding our sights.”

 

“Therefore I will remember

You from the land of the Jordan,

And from the heights of Hermon…”

Psalm 42:6

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photograph by denisebalog©2018 – Mount Hermon, Israel

 

Retracing the View

“To venture up to

Mountains heights.

Breathe the air of

Snow and light.

To walk where others

Have shared the view,

Joshua,

David,

And

Peter too.

 

Truth of days and

Time gone by.

Retracing steps

He was sure to climb.

Up unto where

Hills meet sky;

The

Transformation of

Jesus Christ.”

 

 

View of Mount Herman from Hazor.

“Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor…

Then he burned Hazor with fire.” Joshua 11:10-11 NKJV

 


“Therefore, I will remember you from

The land of Jordan, and from the

Heights of Hermon.”

A Psalm of David – Psalm 42:6 NKJV

 

“Now after six days

Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and

Led them up on a high mountain by themselves and

He was transfigured before them.

His face shone like the sun, and

His cloths became as white as the light.”

Matthew 17:1-2 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 at Hazor, in the Upper Galilee region of Israel.

Faithfulness In the Clouds

“Was it in the fields

As we moved through the land?

Or the Scriptures we heard,

And now understand.

Whatever we saw,

We know now as true;

Your Promises are Faithful,

And

Your Covenant is Truth.”

 

“Your Faithfulness reaches the clouds…” Psalm 36:5 NJKV

“It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth,

 That the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;

And I will remember My covenant

Which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh;

The waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Genesis 9:14-15 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 – Moving past Mount Nebo on our way to Jericho.

Points with No End

View from Mount Carmel. Overlooking the Valley of Jezreel.

“Pencils with no points.

Journey that never ends.

Paper stretched before me

To travel once again.”

The Shunammite woman rode her donkey up Mount Carmel to speak with Elisha. 2 Kings 4:8-37

“And so she departed,

And went to the man of God

At Mount Carmel.”

So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off,

That he said to his servant Gehazi,

“Look, the Shunammite woman!” 2 Kings 4:25 NKJV

Oh what a view from Mount Carmel.

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photographs captured by denisebalog©2018 on Mount Carmel in Israel January 2018

Walk About Zion

2018-Watermark

“There’s a kitty hiding,

Or maybe it’s two.

Poking around the corner

Peeking out at you.

“Walk about Zion”

Each they go.

Circling around her towers

In search for;

Well you know.

Turn on any corner.

Walk up narrow streets.

You’re sure to find a kitty

In every place we meet.”

 

“Walk about Zion,

And go all around her.

Count her towers;

Mark well her bulwarks;

That you may tell it to the

Generation following.

Psalm 48:12:13 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photo by denisebalog©2018 in Jerusalem

Sweetness of Song

“There’s a fragrance

That lingers inside of my head.

Scenting the steps,

And the paths that we tread.

Oil of joy,

Sweetness of song;

Memories refreshed

In the womb of the dawn.”

Walking the path down to the Sea of Galilee at the Tabgha site where Jesus made breakfast for His disciples.
Climbing the path up Mount Arbel to view the Sea of Galilee. Jesus may have watched His disciples row the Lake from this mountain top.

“When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,

We were like those who dream,

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

And our tongue with singing.”

Psalm 126:1 NKJV

 

Walking the paths of Masada. “Fortress where from 70 to 73 AD Jewish defenders made their last stand in the Judean revolt against Rome”
Dead Sea location.
Walking the path to Bethsaida to visit the house of fisherman. This is the city of Peter, Andres and Philip. John 1:44

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured of our group by denisebalog©2018 in Israel

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

En Gedi – David – Just a “kid”

We have been blessed with copious amounts of rain for the past week here in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.

The sun is coming from its hiding place and I thought I would share some travel pictures of David’s hiding place – En Gedi captured in January 2018.

“Then David went up from there and dwelt in the strongholds at En Gedi.” 1 Samuel 23:29 NKJV

As we made our way up the dry path we could hear the trickle of water.

David would have hid from Saul in a cave like these at En Gedi.

I couldn’t wait to put my hand and feel the cool water that David felt.

En Gedi means the “fountain of the kid”.

Seems appropriate “the fountain of the kid”.

David would have been in his twenties when he hid from Saul at En Gedi.

Just a kid, and look,

David’s mighty men!

Hope you enjoyed a brief trip to En Gedi Natural Reserve at the Dead Sea.

Photos by denisebalog©2018

 

Morning Tide

“Light broke the sky

Before the morning

Timed rise.

Pink of the tide

Revealed in

His eyes.”

“But when the morning had

Now come,

Jesus stood on the shore;

Yet the disciples

Did not know

That it was Jesus.”

John 21:4 NKJV

 

Poem by denisebalog©2018

Photos captured by denisebalog©2018 on the Sea of Galilee