We’re back from Egypt + Israel

This trip with my sister has taught me a lot more than historical events and ancient places. We spent a lot of time in both Egypt + Israel, but seeing the ancient landmarks and biblical locations in Israel made me think a lot.

One of the many cities we explored while in Israel, was the city of Nazerath; Jesus’ hometown. One thing a couple friends and I were talking about was change and how we, as people, will naturally grow and change the longer we live. We talked about prophets and their home towns not accepting them as changed people. I went to Capernwray Harbour Bible School on Thetis island in BC, Canada in 2012/13 – the fall after I graduated from high school. So like 6 years ago. I remember what it was like to go back home after living out on the island studying God’s Word day in and day out. I changed. God changed me. I didn’t fit into the shape that I had before I left.

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown”
– Luke 4:24

As my friends and I walked through ancient cities, ruins, etc. some of which used to be palaces, cathedrals, churches, and so on. I realized that these places and spaces have taken many shapes before we saw them on our trip. Constructed hundreds – even thousands of years ago! Some places were once magnificent buildings that have since crumbled, or grand places that have been destroyed and rebuilt over and over. Even still, some buildings and city walls we’d seen were added to and had now become something different than what they were originally constructed for.

All these things made me think about how we as people have changed just like these buildings and ruins have. Some of us have crumbled, been destroyed and rebuilt, others have been transformed into something new and different – None of us are the same person that we once were. I know I’m not the same person I was in high school, before bible school, during bible school or even after bible school. I’ve changed even more since going to college, being in college, graduating from college and now being in my career! I have constantly been changing (or was being changed) as my life evolved. It is good to grow. It’s great to embrace change and to welcome new things that God has in store for us.

 

I don’t mean to say that we will be ruined like these cities – But at the same time our bodies won’t last forever, just like these buildings haven’t lasted forever. Our bodies will waste away just like these ruins have. And that’s how God intended it – Because He is constructing something more magnificent than these structures for us in eternity.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you will always be with me where I am.”  -John: 14:3

Keep growing my friends. Continue pursuing change + adventures that will help you to grow and embrace change. Always find your satisfaction in Christ, but never be satisfied with where you are currently – Strive to become more like Christ.

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

We’re Flying to Egypt!

My sister and I are going on another adventure – An opportunity came up to travel Egypt + Israel for a couple weeks with some friends from Bible school, it was too awesome to turn down 🙂 Tomorrow we’ll fly out of Vancouver and make our way to Cairo, Egypt and be there for a week or so. Then we will scoot over to Jerusalem, Israel and spend another week before heading home; true north, strong + free.

Andra and I have gotten to do a lot together – A couple summers ago, we were able to go to Rio de Janario, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics with our church. We got to see God do some incredible things and check a few things off the Bucket List while meeting some fabulous people from all over the world. This trip will be no different!

Please pray while we travel and see more of this wonderful world that God has created, we would ask that you pray for safety over us and our team as we travel and explore parts Egypt and Israel. I’m excited to see the places talked about in the Bible that I’ve only ever imagined!

We are going to get to do and see some pretty phenomenal things while we’re there. We’ll ride camels, see the pyramids and sphinx and probably take Felucca boats out on the Nile. Andra and I, along with some others plan to hike Mt. Sinai for sunrise – This is something that I’m probably the most excited about because Moses has been one of my favourite Bible hero’s of all time! I think it will be aw-inspiring to be somewhere Moses spent so much time with God. We also plan to go to the Dead Sea and experience floating in the water and smothering ourselves with the black mud.

While we are in Israel, we’ll go see a lot of the places talked about in the Bible including:
Nazareth, where Jesus spent his childhood and where He performed his first miracle changing water into wine at a wedding  {John 2:1-11}
Harod’s Spring, where Gideon gathered his men before fighting the Midianites  {Judges 7:1-8}
• The Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount  {Matthew 5:1-8}
Mount Carmel, where the Prophet Elijah performed his miracle and called upon the fire of God to conquer the Prophets of Baal  {I Kings 18:18-45}
Jaffa, One of the oldest towns in Israel and considered one of the oldest ports in the world. I’m super excited to walk these streets and look at the architecture here ♥
Garden of Gethsemane, The site where Jesus prayed at the Rock of Agony in the Garden. “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”  {Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-50; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-14}

We’ll also check out the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall and hopefully the Mahane Yehuda food markets and local vendor stalls!

“God wants to use us when we are not ready, that way we are forced to trust Him and for God to empower us to do what we need to do to tell the world about Him. Trust that God knows what He is able and will do through us” – Pastor Bryce

Thank you for praying with us for our trip. For the people. For our group. For travels. And everything in between. I’m already looking forward to sharing about our adventure when we get back! ♥

 

 

 

– Stay Satisfied

Bucket List: Go Snuba Diving

No it’s not a spelling mistake 😉 Snuba diving is a combination of snorkeling + scuba diving! It’s on my Bucket List to also go scuba diving- But this was my first go and I had to share the experience! My family and I went to Maui, Hawaii a couple years ago and we went snorkeling with Sail Trilogy at the Molokini Crater just off of Maui island. 10/10 would recommend – Solid 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! 😀 Continue reading

National Kitchen and Bath: Kitchen Competition

This project is way back from college, but I wanted to share it with you anyways 🙂

Most of you guys know that I went to Lakeland College for their Interior Design Technology program. I adored the program and would 10/10 recommend anyone interested in this career to check out that school. Anyways, one major perk about Lakeland is that it’s credited by the NKBA {National Kitchen and Bath} Continue reading

Bucket List: See the Christ the Redeemer Statue

I got to see the Christ the Redeemer statue when my sister, Andra, and I went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a couple summers ago during the 2016 summer Olympics! It is on my Bucket List to see all of the New 7 Wonders of the World! It was absolutely incredible to see this mega statue in real life! 🙂

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I Can Become More

I read an article about how Canadians have stolen the “American Dream”. North America as a whole I believe is a very “comfortable” place to live. I think part of comfortable living comes from fear of change and fear of failing. When you’re comfortable why would you make yourself uncomfortable by embracing change in order to grow and become better? I literally asked myself this question after watching the Lion King recently! The scene where Simba is talking to Mufasa in the clouds after he died made me think. Mufasa says to his son, “Look inside yourself – You are more than what you have become.Continue reading

Bucket List: Bake a Rainbow Cake

Not many people could fail this one… but I did… thank goodness I have awesome baking friends to save me! 🙂 I have seen those gorgeous pictures of rainbow cakes and they make me drool! So naturally, I had to try to bake one! Cake is my favourite food – Hands down. I love cake. Cake is amazing. One evening I had a friend over and we were talking about all the things happening in our world’s as we made the cake. Our plan was to have it four layers high, each being a different colour. Pretty simple. As we talked about work, school, boys, family and other drama, I added ingredients into the mixer while my friend greased the cake pans. When we were both done, we separated the batter into four different bowls to add the colour. The recipe we were following required that we use partial packs of jello instead of food colouring to achieve the pastel tones. Continue reading