Monday, March 30, 2015

Israel // Day Four

Israel // Day Four

Mount Hermon, one of the northernmost boundaries of Israel.

Nazareth Village, a small reproduction of a first-century farm and village in the middle of the modern-day town of Nazareth.

This is what the ancient synagogue may have looked like.

Mount Arbel, a mountain near the Sea of Galilee (there's Mount Hermon in the distance. It's easy to spot because it was the only mountain with snow on it).

Lunch: tilapia from the Sea of Galilee.

We rode this boat out onto the Sea of Galilee!

Apparently you can jump off, but not jump of.

Out in the middle of the lake, my professor played "Gadol Elohai", "How Great is Our God" in Hebrew. We had sung this song a few times in class to learn to Hebrew words, but singing praises to our God in Hebrew on the Sea of Galilee was amazing. 

The "Jesus Boat", a first-century fishing boat discovered in the Sea of Galilee. This would have been the type of fishing boat the disciples would have owned.

Roman synagogue in Capernaum. This building sits on top of the synagogue that Jesus would have been in.

The Bible does not list a specific site for the Sermon on the Mount, so this hill is one of the possible locations. Sitting here, listening to my professor read through the sermon and then spending time just praying as the sun set behind the hills was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Israel // Days One-Three

Israel // Day One

Hanging out at the airport in Philadelphia. 
Thanks to some ice, we sat on the plane for two and a half hours before finally taking off.

Israel // Day Two

Arriving at the Heathrow Airport in London and being stuck there for almost six hours.
Finally arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel, when it was too dark to see anything, and ten out of twenty-five people in our group lost their luggage.

Israel // Day Three

I woke up and rushed to the window to look out over the Mediterranean Sea. Such a perfect way to begin our Israel tour.

First stop: Caesarea Maritima, a port city built by Herod the Great.

I loved traveling with these crazy people. 

Next stop: Megiddo which was a fortress city in the Mount Carmel mountain range.

Napping on the bus happened every day, even after the jet lag wore off. Thankfully those of us who stayed awake were kind to the sleepers.

Our hotel for the next few nights was right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The lake was beautiful in and of itself, but just thinking of all that Jesus did on and around the lake made it even more amazing.

(snippets from my travel journal)

So many people think of Israel as a land of terrorism and unrest and as the land of the Bible, but we forget that there are people just like us living their lives here day-to-day just like we do wherever we are. 

I did not realize just how close together everything here is. The "triangle" of Jesus's Sea of Galilee ministry is actually quite small.

The Sea of Galilee is beautiful, but it's nothing super out of the ordinary at face value. I love that God did not choose a land for His people that holds a plethora of natural resources or is extraordinarily beautiful beyond any other place. Instead, He chose a normal place in which to carry out His plan of redemption. 

While standing with my feet in the water looking out over the Sea, I thought about how the landscape here is pretty much the same as it was when Jesus put His feet in the water. Other places we go, buildings have fallen down and new cities have been erected over the past 2000 years, but here the mountains and the water have stayed mostly the same. When I look out over the water, I am seeing things the way my Savior saw them.

P.S. If you are a history buff, I can give you more information on each of the places we visited if you would like, but I figured I wouldn't take up a lot of room in this post with all of that. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quick Israel Update

The Sea of Galilee

Hello, all! 
Well, I made it safely to Israel in spite of travel delays. I am currently typing on my phone, so forgive the spelling and punctuation errors.
Anyway, I am just popping in to say that you can follow me on instagram to get updates on my trip. I am using instagram to keep my family updated, as well, so I will hopefully be posting every day. 
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Counting down the days

I woke up, and suddenly February is almost over. It's been a full month. Lots of reading to do for school; discovering how much I enjoy watching the show Friends; falling in love with colorwork knitting; crying so much some nights because of big decisions.

But especially, I have been counting down the days to my Israel trip. I am ecstatic about it! I am going with my class as part of the Israel and Archaeology program I am in this year at college. We leave on Tuesday and return on March 15, so I won't be on here (...because I posted so much this month...). I hope you all have a wonderful first couple of weeks of March, and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you all.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday // 5

66. My professor who gave me a ride to visit my sister so that I didn't have to take trains and taxis.
67. Having the opportunity to visit my sister and watch her school's musical (Fiddler on the Roof).
68. Silence in the library. A good kind of silence, not the scary Doctor Who kind.
69. Handmade scarves and other gifts from sweet friends that remind me of them every time I wear or use them.
70. The fresh, crisp, pure air of winter days.
71. Surviving travelling by myself.
72. Yarn sales and discounted yarn.
73. Friends whose conversation makes time move faster while working in the cafeteria.
74. Movie nights with the girls in my dorm.
75. Singing praise and worship songs in the shower is a wonderful way to start the day.

P.S. Please vote for Megan Kelsey and her fiance, Justin, to win an amazing wedding package from Katelyn James here. The video they made tells their story, and they deserve to win! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

a blog award

The lovely Miss Abbey Noelle tagged me in a "You're amazing and so is your blog" award, and here are her questions!

What is the car of your dreams?

A Volkswagen bus. I have wanted one of these as long as I can remember, back before Pinterest told everyone that they are cool. ;)

What's your jam? (aka favorite song of all time)

Oh, boy. I am awful at choosing favorite songs, books, movies, etc, and my favorites change over time. But so far as songs that I always have and always will jam out to, I would say Disney and gospel music.

Best bit of advice someone has ever given you? 

Hmm...I honestly don't know.

Do you prefer light, pastel colors or darker, jewel tones?

During this time of the year, I like darker tones, but during the summer I gravitate more towards lighter colors. When it comes to wearing colors, I tend to stick to darker colors because they look better on me.

If you could go back in time, what era would you go to?

Probably the Regency period, around the Jane Austen era. I would love to observe what life was really like during that time. 
Or possibly ancient Rome.
Or the 1950's.
Basically, I want a Tardis so I can go everywhere in time. ;)

Would you rather spend a week in a busy city filled with excitement + people, or in the quiet countryside surrounded by the beauty of nature?

The quiet countryside. I love being able to retreat into the stillness of nature. I don't think I was made for city life. 

Well, I am really bad at answering questions, apparently. But now, I have questions that I would love for all of you to answer in the comments, and if you would like to answer them on your blog, let me know! Here it goes...

When you are on the internet, do you keep a lot of tabs open or try to keep it to a minimum?
Tea, coffee, both, or neither?
What kinds of books do you like to read?
Facebook , Twitter, or neither?
What are some of your favorite scents?
What are your top three favorite colors?

Answer away!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday // 4

45. Reconnecting quickly with people after coming back to school.
46. Being able to spend time with both sides of the family over Christmas break.
47. New books to read,
48. Rediscovering favorite old books.
49. Adventures with "Jess and the Em" - my friends Jessica, Emily, and I decided one night to order pizza, drove during a gorgeous sunset to pick it up, and watched Captain America.
50. Watching Parks and Recreation which always makes me feel better.
51. Professors who really care.
52. My Jesus I Love Thee by Selah

53. Hymns in any form.
54. Getting to try new things like silk painting and making quill pens,
55. Friends who are always there to listen, sympathize, and give advice.
56. Comfort foods like chili and homemade cornbread being served in the cafeteria.
57. Comfort knitting projects like garter stitch scarves.
58. The library where I can escape into the quiet and stillness. 

59. Conversations that really make me think.
60. Compliments and praise when I work hard.
61. Fruit-infused water.
62. Loose leaf tea.
63. Inky pens that write smoothly.
64. Taking the time to play the violin. I desperately miss playing the piano here at school, so I love making music in other ways.
65. RA's that buy us pizza on the weekends.