January 3, 2012 – Bet She’an, Mount Nebo

The morning brought with it abundant and life-giving sunshine as well as one of my favorite sites of ancient ruins thus far - Bet She'an. Our group somehow had a stolen hour to ourselves in this fascinating ancient city which lies at the junction of the Valley of Jezreel and the Jordan River Valley. And [...]

January 2, 2012 – Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River baptisms

Perhaps it's the fact that a decent night of sleep accompanied me last night for the first time in quite a while, or that coffee is finding its way into my daily life here more often than usual - but this morning brought with it an awakening for me, allowing me to be truly present [...]

January 1, 2012 – Caesarea, Har Megiddo, Nazareth

4:30am lulled me from a surprisingly restful sleep without much grace in allowing me to return to another hour and a half of slumber. But it was nice having a slow-paced morning before our 7:45 start time. And I got to watch my mom ring in the New Year on Fox News!!!! Although I have [...]

December 31, 2011 – Detained in Customs, Joppa, Tel Aviv

My great aunt Ann Smith, who is perhaps the most Godly and wise woman I know, once challenged me to Live life with expectancy and not expectations. That phrase is at the forefront of my mind often, but especially as I embark on an international trip or new experience. And as this pilgrimage of sorts [...]

Stones of Remembrance

The new journal is purchased - a must for any of my trips - and promise seems to fill me as I leaf through the pages that will soon be filled with unforseen struggle and hopes fulfilled, joys, tears, questions, passion, prayers, aches, revelation, deepening, etc. And yet, there is a piece of me that [...]