ISRAEL – hi from Holy Land

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Hi from the Holy Land

Words cannot describe how awesome Israel is. I wish we could linger more in spots, but God is doing remarkable work in people’s lives.  I have been taking notes, and will share these notes and hopefully some photos when I get back, but I had to share part of a teaching today. By the way, gas is $9 per gallon here.

We went to a spot outside of Nazareth that overlooked the Jezreel valley and Pastor Don reminded us of Jesus reading Isaiah in the Temple, how the people tried to throw Jesus off the cliff and He walked through the crowd. Pastor Don pointed out that the Scriptures read in the temple follow a set time for the reading, so it was not random that Jesus read those particular Scriptures (see Luke 4) at that time. The people had waited 700 years for this prophecy to be fulfilled, but Jesus did not look like what they imagined the person fulfilling the prophecy would look like. They looked down on Nazarenes (sort of like the Southerners speaking a different dialect) they did not think anything good could come out of Nazareth.  It was a miracle that He did not get cast down that hill. I will share more of this in detail, but Pastor Don pointed out that the VICTORY OF THE SAINT is knowing it is not the Saint doing, but God working through Him. Don’t let the devil beat us down by telling us we have met our Waterloo, know God has our backs, and nothing will happen to us until it is God’s timing. Jesus knew that God had work for Him to do.

I will share more of this talk later, but God spoke to me in a big way here, in fact we had church on that mountaintop and did not make it to the site of the annunciation.

Please think of me and pray tomorrow for we will be going out on the Sea of Galilee, and baptism in the Jordan. Please pray that God’s perfect will is done for me, that strongholds are removed, that I am no longer resistant to what God has in store for me.

Oh, we also went to Caesarea today, what a piece of history and a reminder that obedience to God is so important, and what Paul went through. I want to cry with joy as we trace the paths that Jesus and the disciples walked. We even got to walk through the underground tunnel near Megiddo, where water was brought into the city.

Tonight we sang in the hotel lobby of the kibbutz we are staying at, and what a blessing that was. The people in Israel are so friendly, helpful and  fun to meet. I tadah them (we learned that that means thank you, not sure how it is spelled).  Tomorrow we will stay in Jerusalem. Maagan is the name of this Kibbutz and it is right on the Sea of Galilee. The meaning of Maagan is “where the boats dock.” From my porch I can see the sea of Galilee. How awesome is that. It was the first kibbutz in Israel, so those who were here had to work long and hard, and many were concentration camp survivors at that time. Now it is different, but still blessed.

Praying you are all blessed, I will try to write more later, and am praying for my Xangians. When we get to the Wailing Wall I will put my Xanga Friends in a prayer there. Anyway I have to go now, and will try to write more later. We do so much in a day that I need to sleep. Have a blessed night, we are seven hours ahead of New York.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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