Day 16 – Joshua Journals

Day Sixteen – Bethel – house of God

“…the king of Bethel, one.” Joshua 12:16 NKJV

The Hebrew definition of Beth is a house, especially a family a dwelling place, and yes, according to the definition, a dungeon. Ouch, that one hurt. “El” of Bethel means – strength, might and power.

I wondered as Joshua and the people prepared to move out of camp, did he need to be reminded to encourage and pray for his people? Joshua’s story shares, Joshua would often call them together to encourage and remind them the LORD was with them and fought for them.

“And Joshua called for all Israel…You have seen all that the LORD your God has done…for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:2&3 NKJV

Lord is the “battle of Bethel”, in the remembering to pray for my family, my dwelling place? Reminding them, You are the One who goes with us, lest we forget and become like a “dungeon” of darkness and open to prey. For I am seeing as Joshua’s story unfolds, it’s here in this place called Bethel, we received Your strength, power and victory each day!

“Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV

Thank You Father, You are our dwelling place.

The One we hold tight too.

You keep our feet from slipping,

As we keep our eyes on You.

Thank You for fighting our battles,

For we have no good apart from You!  

“But you shall hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.” Joshua 23:8 NKJV

“For the LORD, your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:3 NKJV

Thank you fellow journeyers, I appreciate your time in reading this study. As I’ve searched through travel journals reading bits and pieces of memories, I’m reminded, even when I was tired and the days seemed long, it was the Lord God who guided the way, and in Him we found our joy  and strength for the day. God bless.

Denise

From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020

Poems by denisebalog©2020

Photo captured before we began our day’s journey from the shores of Galilee, in Israel 2018.

Loving kindness Fulfilled

“Comfort those who mourn.

Compassion on the ill.

Mercy according to Your Loving kindness,

Until Your plans fulfilled.”

“He indeed was forordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” 1Peter1:20 NKJV

Poem by dbalogc2020

Photo captured looking towards Mount Nebo while traveling in Israel 2018.c dbalog

Over-fed, Stuffed or Blue?

What do I need to begin the new year fresh and new?

Nourishment that won’t cause me to feel over-fed, stuffed or blue?

Jesus…Jesus…Jesus.

May you begin the New Year feeding on the One Who is the finest bread of nourishment for our body, souls and spirits.

Jesus.

“And Jesus said to the, “I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 NKJV

 

Pictures captured in Israel 2018 in the market of the Mauristan. Located on the square south of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter Jerusalem.

 

 

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Thank you for visiting my site. My hearts heals when I’m able to write, write, write. 

God bless you in the coming New Year!

Denise

Poem by denisebalog©2019

Pictures by dbdancingfreephotography©2018

Final Days of Hanukkah – A Light has Shined

 

“By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

In Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;

Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,

Upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2 NKJV

 

Photo captured by dbalog©2011 Sea of Galilee...by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan.

– Hanukkah – Day Six – It Was Winter

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV

According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C.  (The Message, pg 2113)

It was winterthis verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.

Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV  Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.

It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold)  I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.

 

Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Poem by denisebalog©2019

Photo captured in Jerusalem in the winter January 2018

 

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