Hope and the Almond Blossom

Yesterday as my husband and I drove through Jerusalem to a ministry planning meeting, we enjoyed the budding and blossoming almond trees dotted along the highways and scattered throughout the city. Every year I thrill when they come into color. These dainty flowers boost my faith. They represent a living sign planted within the earth…

More is More

I love this piece of pottery. Sorry for my indulgence for posting it. There are so many more interesting and magnificent things to post from Israel! But we are consumed with getting settled and really haven’t done anything much but that!  We still don’t have Internet. The wheels of progress turn oh so slowly. It…

I am Dreaming About Eating…

Vendors line the Old City walls just inside the gates of Jerusalem. I am dreaming about eating one of these soon… begalah… fresh bread with sesame seeds on top. You dip them in hyssop. Tasty. Amazing. Satisfying. Is your mouth watering yet? How about now? Now?

Weapons of Life

One of the sobering realities of traveling interntionally several times a year is connecting with suffering believers around the world. These relationships strengthen and encourage my walk with God. Believers, who live outside of the sometimes surreal bubble of American culture and life, fight hot and intense battles of faith. Some are stalwart and heroic, even unto death.


Caesarea Yesterday, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in Tel Aviv. Then we loaded the car and headed up the coast to Caesarea. Nestled on the sea, Caesarea is rich with Roman and Crusader archeological ruins. The history is fascinating. Here are some of the sights we enjoyed.