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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Count by Number

4 Classes. Land and the Bible, Archaeology, Jewish Culture, History of Ancient Israel. I'm up to my eyes with reading assignments and studying! But I'm here in the Holy Land, taking Bible classes, and reading God's Word for homework, #blessed.

1 Beach Day. Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean ocean. Waters so warm and blue you never want to leave.
 While in the city, we stumbled upon this precious Italian restaurant. Made to order pasta! My dish of choice: tomato sauce on whole wheat pasta, yummers.

2 Lovely Roomies.

1 Holiday. Rosh Hoshana, the Jewish New Year. Yon Kippur is this Wednesday, hooray for no classes.

5 field trips. 4 to Jerusalem, 1 through the Benjamin Plateau.

On the temple mount.

4 Shabbots. Shabbot is the day of rest in Jewish culture. On Friday nights we get all dressed up for a special shabbot dinner and service. On Saturday we attend church in Jerusalem and spend the afternoon in the Old City.

8+ nasty bug bites. Thanks to all you mosquitoes and other biting things for leaving those red, itchy welts all over my legs. Perhaps shorts at the dusk campfire wasn't the brightest idea.
4 Weeks Down. 11 to go. Time flies here. Every time I blink, another week has gone by.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Snapshots

Little moments captured via snapshots.

Shabbot in Jerusalem. Every Saturday we get dropped off in the Old City to meddle around the marketplaces, eat Israeli cuisine, and lounge in coffee shops.

Just hanging in the hammock doing homework. Relaxation at it's finest...even if it involves homework.

 I was this close to the wailing wall. If you look close enough, you would see scraps of paper stuffed into the crevices of the wall. It was so solemn there.

 The roomies and I. And the heart shaped leaves that look like they came straight out of a disney movie.

Hezekiah's tunnel. There's actually water in there. And it's pitch dark. And every once in a while you'll smell something terrible and know that someone dealt it, and you'll laugh and try not to breathe. And then there's the crevice that perfectly fits one person who will climb in only to jump out and make the next person scream in freight.

"As for the other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?" 2 Kings 20:20.

 The Bible came to life right before my very eyes.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The New Norm

It is so different being here in Israel.

I am still trying to find a new normal in the midst of all this craziness. I'll admit to missing my family, sweet friends, and cozy bed. But as I begin my third week here, it's beginning to feel a little bit more normal, a little more settled. I think I can get used to this.

Wednesday is field trip day. So far, we've toured Old City and New City Jerusalem. It's kind of mind-blowing to know that we are walking where Jesus walked! I hope these sights never lose their wonder.

And the food, oh the food. It is different, but I kind of like it. There is lots of fruit for breakfast and veggies and meat for lunch and dinner. All our meals are kosher which means that each meal either has dairy or meat, but not both. No cheese burgers for us!

Typical breakfast. {Chocolate cake, fruit, and eggs.}

An encouraging truth:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. {Proverbs 3:5-6}