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

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

A·ro·ma·ther·a·py

I love smelling things. Out of all my five senses, I appreciate the ability to smell above the rest. I’ve noticed that I will often pour a cup of tea and be just as content to smell it beside me instead of consuming the entire thing. I enjoy sitting in coffee shops and smelling the beans. I look forward to walking into the house and smelling turkey dinner during the holidays. Most girls might have an obsession with purses or shoes, I however have an obsession with perfumes and fragrances. I love them – they are my weakness. I appreciate a man’s bold cologne before his tie, a rose’s soft sent before its petals, or fresh bread coming out of the oven before eating it. I would be so sad to have a bad nose. Continue reading

Reward for Your Work

You know those people in your life that always seem to have it together? Maybe their projects in school are always flawless, maybe their kids are always perfectly dressed, their car’s always spotless, maybe their makeup + hair always looks like if was professionally done? You’re probably already thinking of that person (or persons…) right now. We know that it’s impossible for people to always have their life together like that, but still. How do those people always seem to LOOK like they have it together…? I’d like to know their secret so that I can appear that way too…

2 Chronicles 15:7,
“But you, be strong and do not lose courage. For there is reward for your work.”

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Closer Means to Invest Time

Relationships aren’t easy. They need time, effort and sacrifice whether it’s a relationship with people, pets or God. They’re always worth it, but you have to put in in order to take away. I think we often forget that. I was talking with a friend the other day; they were sharing how they feel lonely and wish they had more people in their life they were close with. This friend then began to talk about how introverted they are and how much they enjoy recharging by themselves and being a hermit. I laughed because I totally relate – In fact I think most of society relates to that mentality! Netflix is the new party and staying in is the new going out. It’s funny how much effort it takes to plan a night out with friends or even a simple coffee date to catch up with someone! We have to check our schedules, see if we’ll be in the mental space to actually want to go out that day next week and plan accordingly. I’m totally one of those people that could say no to every opportunity to go out – My hermit skills are almost resume worthy. However, once I’m out with people; I’m always glad I went out, or had them over! Continue reading