Ciao, Roma!

(Note: This is copied and pasted from Facebook which is copied and pasted from a travel journal that I did for our kids {which is why I call John “Dad”}….but I decided to put all four days into one long blog post so I can find it more easily later. So, you may have already…

There’s Not a Day Ahead You Have Not Seen

Last night, John said to me, “I bet when you married me, you didn’t know how crazy our life would be!” Well, no, I guess I didn’t. Who could? There have been many times I’ve been glad that we can’t see the future, but I’m so thankful that the Lord does. The truth is –…

A Place And A Name

“Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the…

Not Just Near Him, But Like Him

I’m sitting with tears in my eyes, because tonight is our last night in the Galilee. There’s just something special about this place, and I wish each of you could see what I’m seeing and feel what I’m feeling. The door to our balcony is open, with a light breeze billowing the sheer curtains into…

Not Without Honor, Except In His Hometown

Yesterday I wondered about the scene surrounding Jesus’ return to Nazareth to begin His ministry. Luke 4 says that He “returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all,” (v. 14-15). When He…

God’s Loading Dock

Anyone who has taken John’s Bible geography class knows about “the land between”. The tiny strip of land  wedged between two dominant empires, Egypt and Mesopotamia, was a major trade route, and traders, travelers, sellers and armies wanted (in Bible times and even now) to control it. This little strip of land that God promised…

“He Loved Them To The End…”

Thursday morning brought clearer skies and (slightly) warmer temperatures, thankfully! It also brought a truly bittersweet feeling. I was exhausted and exhilarated at the same time – ready to get some sleep in my own bed, ready to see family, and get in a routine again, but reluctant to leave this place I have grown…

A Man Changed The World

Yesterday morning we woke to a cold, rainy day in Jerusalem. Temperatures had dropped overnight into the low 50’s, and storms were forecast throughout the day. With a day full of outdoor activities planned, we grabbed whatever rain gear and umbrellas we had, and got on the bus headed for Bethlehem, the birthplace of Saul,…

Beautiful City of God

  Just for fun tonight, I’m going to start with the incidentals, so maybe you’ll laugh and be forgiving of any typos or dumb, incorrect things I might happen to say…it’s 1:25 a.m. and I can’t be held responsible for inaccuracy! Our bus driver, David (pronounced properly DaVEED,) is probably in his early 60’s, almost…