January 2010

So I meant to blog about this on December 10th, but I didn’t. So here’s my late post ….

On Decemeber 10, 2009, I wrote the following in my journal:

“As I wrote that date I realized it was 4 years ago today that I came back from Israel. Wow … what memories that brings back. I have to stop myself, because I could sit here for hours thinking of all my experiences that semester and how God changed my life. Thank You, Lord, for making that possible!”

I am so incredibly thankful for the semester I spent at IBEX. It truly was one of the greatest times of my life, for many reasons. The Lord taught me so many wonderful lessons, blessed me with new and lasting friendships, and burdened my heart for missions. I got to walk where Jesus walked, pick up stones where David killed Goliath, march around Jericho, wander the streets of Jerusalem, hike (and I mean hike – it’s steep!) the Mount of Olives, raft down the Jordan River, stand in a place where I could see 3-4 countries at one time, snorkel in the Red Sea, eat 1/2 shekel pita and falafel, make friends in the Old City, buy the most awesome t-shirts ever for a couple dollars, listen to gunfire, take pictures with Israeli soldiers, walk around the Temple Mount, go to church on Saturdays, float in the Dead Sea, see where the Dead Sea scrolls were found, listen to the jackals, and read the Bible where it was actually written (my first night there I was sitting outside reading my Bible with Mary, and I stopped and suddenly said: “Mary, we are where this was written!!!!”). That is just a sampling of what I did … I don’t have all day to write this. 🙂 Here are some pics, and I will be bringing part 2 to you shortly … Enjoy!

Ashkelon Beach ... and the burned down tower 🙂

Mary and Me with Egypt in the background

Need to make a phone call?

Nothing screams "Israel" like Elvis and ice cream

We kinda stumbled upon some soldiers outside the Temple Mount

Reading the Psalms of Ascent ... so awesome!!

Making wine 🙂

Roberto, typical Christian, me and Mary

The Dome of the Rock ... graffiti

Was this my first ever falafel?!? I LoVe falafel!


The other day I was talking with my friend ab0ut the Next Conference. If you’re interested in seeing what the conference is about, you can check out this link. As a result of this conversation, I went on the Next website to check out some sermons from last year’s conference. I listened to this message, and so should you! It’s called “Just do Something” by Kevin DeYoung (I think it’s the 8th one down under the 2009 messages). It’s about the will of God, and I believe it’s the best message I’ve ever heard on the subject! Enjoy!

Still, my Soul be Still

Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend

Still my soul be still

And do not fear

Though winds of change may rage tomorrow

God is at your side

No longer dread

The fires of unexpected sorrow

God You are my God

And I will trust in You and not be shaken

Lord of peace renew

A steadfast spirit within me

To rest in You alone

Still my soul be still

Do not be moved

By lesser lights and fleeting shadows

Hold onto His ways

With shield of faith

Against temptations flaming arrows

Still my soul be still

Do not forsake

The Truth you learned in the beginning

Wait upon the Lord

And hope will rise As stars appear when day is dimming

The ROUS (Rodent of Unusual Size)

That dead ROUS is what greeted me yesterday morning. That is right outside my sliding glass door … and it was absolutely disgusting. Despite the fact that there’s nothing to reference the size with … just take my word that it was HuGe! It was so big and the tail was so long, that I was not sure what it was. I didn’t know that rats have tails that long … and that they can be so large. I will spare you any further details on the matter, other than to say “Thank you, Steffi, for disposing of it!”

And need I remind you of these previous posts?!? What in the world?? I’m such a city girl, I’ve never had to deal with these matters before … and I’m kind of getting tired of it. 🙂