Rejoicing in the World

I’ve always been a homebody, but in recent years I have come to enjoy traveling, especially places far away from home. I am learning that there is an amazing world beyond my own backyard just waiting to be explored.

As I begin preparing for a new destination, I am feeling doubly blessed to have the opportunity to visit Israel this summer. It’s a familiar place both in my heart and mind, and I’ve been reading about the Holy Land since I was a young girl. Now I will actually walk through the pages of the Bible, the very places where Jesus’ earthly ministry began! My husband and I are beyond excited to embark on this journey as we explore Biblical history together.

Almost time to start packing!

Some of the places we will visit include: the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, Maglada, Mt. Carmel, Capernaum, Caesarea, the Mt. of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Western Wall, and the City of David. There will be many more stops along the way of our 10-day tour, which will conclude with the Epicenter Prayer Summit in Jerusalem with Joel C. Rosenberg. I cannot think of a better way to end our trip.

Stay tuned for additional updates, and have a blessed week!

Soaking Up the Son

Today I gave gratitude for the first full day of sunshine in a week. It was glorious waking up this morning and seeing those golden rays!

Although I had a full day of indoor activities planned and didn’t have much time to sit in the sun, I was grateful nonetheless. After a solid week of soaking rain, the sun’s warmth brightened every room and lifted the gloominess I had been feeling. I heard so many birds singing and I watched from our kitchen window as the spring’s first fledgling sparrows tested out their wings and visited our feeders. They are so much fun to watch! Our peonies are responding as well, no longer drenched and drooping over onto our patio. They are going to burst into full bloom this week. I will be sure to take some photos to share.

Also on this day, the Day of Pentecost, I gave gratitude for the Son of God — for Jesus Christ who promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who follow him. No amount of rain can diminish its divine light or keep it from filling our hearts. It is a gift of freedom, redemption and salvation, and it can never be taken away.

I am so grateful today for the sun — and the Son — which lift away the fog and clouds in life, bathing us in warmth and light, and filling us with fresh hope for each new day. What a blessing!