Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Coming back from Israel where all the buildings are white stone and the nearby desert is white, the rocks are close to a white color and there aren't a whole lot of trees or water, it brought pleasure to my eyes to be greeted with a feast of colorful deciduous trees alongside the deep green evergreens in our neck of the woods. Add to that the placid waters of lakes and streams and you have the makings of a soul burst. Autumn does that to me... stirs something deep in my soul, thanking the Creator for the beauty He gave us to enjoy.
Fall is also a busy time around camp when all the cabins are empty and we hurry to accomplish renovation projects and other outdoor projects like repairing heavy equipment and vehicles. John is quite a jack-of-all-trades. It amazes me all he knows how to do. Though he doesn't especially like to repair equipment or vehicles, it saves a lot of money, so he dives in to see what he can do.
Joanna and John are also busy training the sled dogs using our two four wheelers. It's quite a sight to see a string of 18 dogs pulling Joanna on the fourwheeler. She says they are doing great and love to be out running again.
I always wish autumn could last a bit longer, both to enjoy the beauty and accomplish more projects around camp, but I guess we'd burn ourselves out eventually. We need winter to come along so we can take a LONG nap. :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
For all of our guests who have stayed in cabin 8 on the waterfront and been waiting for these steps to be completed, you can now celebrate.
For years John has been planning to make some stairs from cabin 8 directly down the bank to cabin 8 dock for the ease of our guests so they wouldn't have to walk all the way around via cabin 9 and then over to their dock. It was on the list, but kept getting preempted by other more pressing tasks at hand.
A few weeks ago the steps became a reality as John purposefully worked for three or four days laying them out and building them. It's even a nice place now to sit and look out at the lake. These steps will also be a big help to those who are elderly or have difficulty walking. And John was happy to be able to cross this job off his to do list. Now on to the next project!!
Monday, October 5, 2015
Ottomans in the 1500's. This wall was built and torn
down twenty times in history by different people groups.
the prayer convocation. We are at the conference
place which is a Kibbutz with a large hotel and meeting
center. It overlooks Jerusalem.
dome). The only remains of the Jewish temple,
the outer western wall, known as the Wailing Wall.
live here and raise sheep or goats.
across the sea on other side.
Kippur, the Jews most holy day of national repentance.
They do not allow any driving on the highways. Amazing
the way they honor God.
the Sea of Galilee. Pretty bony and not very tasty
compared to Walleye. Guess I'm spoiled.
where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount.
end of the Sea of Galilee. All the nations are holding torches
signifying the carrying of God's light and salvation to their nation
What an amazing trip I had to Israel!! I went with my friend Colleen from Ignace for two weeks in September. The organization we went to be with is called Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations. They have maintained praise, worship and prayer for Israel and all the nations for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from their ministry headquarters on the Mount of Olives for at least 27 years. Every year during the high holy days of celebration for the Jewish New Year, they host a convocation inviting believers in Christ to come as prayer delegates from all the nations of the world, convening in Jerusalem, the City of the Great King. I'm still processing in my mind and heart all the challenging messages, divine connections and encounters, new friendships with people from 150 nations, and the touring to the Holy Sites.
Hearing what God is doing in each of these nations, the persecution taking place, the returning of Jews from all the nations back to their homeland, all gives a person such an expanded perspective of history past, present and future. God is faithfully fulfilling His word. It doesn't matter what nations and rulers and authorities say they are going to do, God is sovereign and He will have His way. And it all centers around Israel, the epicenter of the world. The Bible says in Genesis 12:3 that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. It is so important that our nation supports Israel, so that our nation will also be blessed. How we must pray for our governmental leaders, that they will honor God, seek His wisdom, and bless His people. It's the only way our nation will be able to be great again.
We are seeing that everything that can be shaken will be shaken. There is chaos everywhere you look in the world. Hopefully, it will cause folks to become broken and humble and seek the one true God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, Savior of the world. He alone can take what's broken and make it something beautiful. He loves us like no one else ever could, fulfilling our deepest needs. May He fill our land with His glory.