Holy Land Tour | Qumran

Day two of tour, first stop

April 2017

Our wake-up call was 5:30 am this morning- ouch! Breakfast 6:30 a.m. and the bus left at 7:30 AM  as we are always waiting for the slow pokes.

Breakfast was the same fabulous spread as yesterday. I’m indulging in trusted favorites like an omelet and a selection of delicious fruit and then experimenting with some of the salads. I’m even trying some things that as of yet are unnamed and unidentifiable.

Well, I had 4 hours of sleep last night so it’s getting better. I’m very excited for today. We really begin the journey of Israel today. That is what is probably keeping me awake.



Today we are heading east to the Dead Sea area. It is about 1 hour east of Jerusalem but I think only about 13 miles. We have 4 destinations: En Gedi; Qumran; Masada; and the actual Dead Sea to float and get muddy. Can’t wait!


I’m not really sure how close our hotel is to the actual gate as it is confusing to get around here- at least when you are sitting on a bus. However, we seem to be fairly close to the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The gate is located in a Muslim neighborhood and leads inside to the Muslim Quarter.










There are actually four quarters in the Old City: The Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish.

There are also 8 gates that I counted on the map provided by the tour company: Damascus, Herod’s, Lions, Golden, Dung, Zion, Jaffa and The New Gate. The interesting thing about Jerusalem is that the neighborhoods are at once separate and yet next to each other. You definitely do not want to accidentally enter the wrong neighborhood. That could be dangerous. Sadly, there was a terrorist attack in front of the Damascus Gate either yesterday or the day before. A Muslim “WOMAN” stabbed some people! Today as we passed by the gate, heavily armed soldiers or police – not sure which were guarding the area. Troubling, yet we go on with our tour!

We eventually made it out of the city and the highway led us into the area commonly known in the world as “The West Bank”. In reality, this is part of Israel and includes the Judean Wilderness and the Judean Desert. This country is so small it can fit inside of Lake Michigan, and is about the size of New Jersey!

A tiny country surrounded on all sides by their enemies. Lebanon to the north, Syria, and Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the south. The Mediterranean Sea is to the west about 22 miles from the beginning of Judea or the West Bank. I’ll include a couple of maps, but you can see why Israel doesn’t plan on giving this area back to Jordan who wants to eliminate them! 22 miles is crazy they would have been indefensible.

As we entered the area, we see some very nice homes on the hillside. Eli, our guide explains these are what the politicians and media call “settlements”. The ones they want to be torn down! This would be like them saying they want to tear down our homes – so crazy!

The neighborhoods give way to rolling hills that are for the most part uninhabited. You can see some towns off in the distance, but from the highway, it is open land. As the green turns to brown desert. On the hillsides and along the road you can still see Bedouins herding sheep and goats. Their lodgings are very primitive – like wooden shacks, even a tent as they lived 1000’s of years ago. The big difference is that they have a satellite dish powered by generators! Funny!


The view is beautiful! To actually reach the Sea you must climb mountains and then descend back down to the lowest place on earth. Cliffs and chalk colored hills that look like a pastel water coloring provide breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and beyond into Jordan. The country is rugged and barren and yet there are ancient rivers, like the Jordan that run into the Dead Sea.

At the Dead Sea, we head now on a two-lane road south to our first stop Qumran.

Qumran is 13 miles from Jerusalem but feels further. It is situated on a plateau and overlooks the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea.

Qumran is an archeological site and is most famous for the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Essenes’, Messianic Jews that left Jerusalem as they rejected the established Pharisees and Sadducees leaders in Jerusalem as they believed they were violating the priestly traditions.


The original settlement dated back to the 8th century and was abandoned when the Babylonian’s invaded Judea and destroyed the First Temple in 586 BC. It was resettled in the second century (Hasmonean Era) by the Essenes’ who lived there until the Roman’s invaded the area (66 to 73 AD) and destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD.


The Essenes renounced wealth and material comforts and elected to live a communal life. We saw the remnants of their civilization including ritual baths and communal dining room, cooking areas. They were committed to living a righteous life.


We can be thankful to them for the transcribing the old testament, with the exception of Ester – so far-. These handwritten manuscripts pre-date Christ. They hid these manuscripts in clay jars in the surrounding caves. In 1947, a 12-year-old shepherd boy tending his father’s flock made an amazing discovery while looking for a lost goat. He threw a stone into a cave and heard the sound of shattering pottery. Curious, he entered the cave and found a collection of large jars containing carefully wrapped manuscripts. What he discovered was an ancient collection of handwritten copies of the Old Testament. Many archaeologists later spent years excavating the area and found many more manuscripts in 11 caves. Some books contained multiple copies. In February 2017, a 12th cave was found showing evidence that other scrolls had been there as well but looted ☹


The book of Isiah was found almost in its entirety! This is important because critics claimed that Isaiah had multiple authors and that Christians later inserted Isiah’s prophecies on the coming of Christ. The Qumran manuscripts were 1000 years older than the previous translation and confirmed the later translations were indeed accurate. Amen!



For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 KJV

Amen!





Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her amazing children and grandchildren.  She is a successful business woman and is active in her church and community. 







Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life: An Encouraging Devotional For Women

Today we have the great honor of sharing a wonderful devotional with you by Sarah Coller (you may recognize her from her blog Classical Homemaking), we've been reading her blog since we began blogging ourselves so we are so happy for her on the release of this book!

 

Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life is geared toward helping you take purposeful steps toward you dreams in the now. It's so inspiring, and each chapter closes with several questions for you to answer. This is a great book for those of us feeling stuck. We really enjoyed this book!

Now: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life: An Encouraging Devotional For WomenNow: Purposeful Steps Toward a More Abundant Life: An Encouraging Devotional For Women by Sarah Coller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful devotional, that will help you to remember to embrace the present while taking steps toward your dream.



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Naturally Repelling Flies

There is nothing like a peaceful meal on the back deck, listening to the wind whisper through the trees and the birds serenade you. On the breeze, the haunting scents of lilacs and hyacinths tickle your nose. All is peaceful and calm, tranquil, relaxing.

We try to spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible (it drives me crazy to no end when its thundering and I can't sit on the porch). We love watching the dogs play in the yard and hearing the frogs croaking in the pond, the birds flitting to the feeder and playing in the bird bath. But we hate when bugs, like flies, ruin a good meal by trying to land on us and the food all the time and we spend half the meal waving them away and "smacking" one another's heads to get them off (There was one there, honest!)


So to keep our neighbors from thinking we are any more crazy than they already do we decided to see what could be done naturally to rid ourselves of these pesky critters' (yes I realize that my writing teacher just winced at that word) but she's not being swarmed by flies (by the way God, can we have a little chat about why you created flies?) so here we go:

Related Article: Insect Repelling Herbs To Plant In Your Garden

  • Basil 
  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Wormwood
  • Citronella Grass
  • Bay Leaf
  • Lemon Balm
  • Tansy
  • Nasturtium 
  • Mint
  • Lemon Balm
These are all natural, and serve multiple uses including cooking with them. Which is awesome for around where we grill!

Traveling Germany - Frankfurt

    Welcome back to Germany and again thank you for accompanying me on these trips. This time we find ourselves in Frankfurt Germany. It is known as Frankfurt am Main now. It had other names also. It was first known as Frakonovurd in Old High German and was one of the first names mentioned in written records in 794. 




It then became Frankenfort during the middle ages and then Franckfort in the modern era. 



In the 1800's the name Frankfurt had been established as the official spelling. The city's full name is Frankfurt am Main and the city is located on an ancient ford on the Main river. 






Since the Franks used to live here the name reveals the legacy of the city, The ford of the Franks on the Main.  

A Little History Lesson: 

The Franks are an anglo-saxon  Western German speaking people that invaded the western empire back in the 5th century and then established the most powerful Christian kingdom in the area in the medieval period in history. 

In 300 we see the Franks living on the eastern banks of the lower Rhine area.  There were three sects of these Franks, the Salians, the Ripuarians and the Chatti or Hessians. Remember the Hessian troops from your history lessons of the U.S. Revolution where the Hessian's were hired by England to fight for King George III against the pesky and rebellious Patriots in the colonies of America?  

Frankfurt is one of the major cities in Germany and the largest in the Hesse State. It is also known as a global city. It is a major hub for Air, Rail and Auto transportation.Before WWII the city was globally known for its unique old town with timber-framed buildings, the largest old town in Europe.

Frankfurt was the home of Johann Wolfgang Goethe a writer and statesman and his home is now a museum open for tours.  He was born in 1749 and died in 1832. He and his sister were educated at home (yay home schooler!) until the age of 16 then studied law.  He practiced law but was also a writer one of which he was known for his Faust about the man who sold his soul to the devil. (You can find more of his works here)


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It is here where I noticed the locks on the bridge again and talked to Tracy about them. The history of the padlocks dates back to a Serbian tale during WWI.



A local mistress named Nada, who was from the spa town called Vrnjacka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja.

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After they have committed their love for each other, Relja was sent to Greece during the war. Sadly while there he fell in love with another woman and broke off his engagement to Nada. She never recovered from the news of her true love, she died due to a broken heart. Young women from that town started writing their names and their loved ones on padlocks and affixing the locks to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. And in the year 2000, they started showing up on bridges all over Europe. 

The Bridge in Frankfurt is called Eiserner Steg and is also known as lover's bridge.or lock bridge. 




This is Frankfurt's oldest textile shop called the Linen House  or Leinwandhaus .  This beauty goes back to 1399. It was a place to trade cloth and linen until the 1800's. 
It is now a museum of Comical Art Caricatura Museum.

Lunchtime came and we had our choice of fare in this beautiful town. We opted for Italian food and this is what we got.

Pizza,

Pizza 

and pasta. 

The pasta dish is mine! 



This little place was across from the German Stock Exchange with the statues of the bull and bear outside. The taste was great and the price not too bad. It was good to rest our feet after all of that walking about town.

I am sitting at the cafe here taking a photo of people walking about. It was very busy this day because it was during the Fasching (I will talk about this more in another article.)



The pasta was really fresh and delicious. 
Love the chopped basil leaves on the top and the fresh tomato. It really hit the spot!


This is St. Leonard's Church (Sankt Leonhardskirche) here nestled among the other buildings. St. Leonard's was built originally in 1219 on land that was donated by the Holy Roman Empire. From it's founding it was an important pilgrimage church for two of such pilgrimage routes went through Frankfurt. One of those went to Jerusalem and the other was called "The Way of Saint James" which led to the church of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In the middle ages the faithful would walk this route to the tomb of James the Apostle as a spiritual path.

Ledgend says that the body of James was carried from Jerusalem and taken to Santiago and buried. 
James is the (James or יַעֲקֹב‎ in Hebrew) in the bible, the son of Zebedee and Salome and the brother of John the apostle. He was also called James the greater.  James was the first of the apostles to be martyred.  Acts 2:2 tells us that he was put to death in Jerusalem by the hands of Herod Agrippa.

The town is rich with history and arts there are museums and galleries that I recommend that you visit. 

    


and many others. 


Above sits the Cathedral of St Bartholomew or the Kaiserdom Sankt Bartholomäus.  I will have another article later about this church.

Check the Frankfurt City Page here 


This is the Main Guardhouse or (Hauptwache)  and is from the 1700's. This was the 18th century police department for Frankfurt and where the military would stand guard. Today it is a cafe on the main floor.


This is the Church of Our Lady or the Liebfrauenkirche. She was built in about 1310 and remains much the same as when she was built visually speaking. 

This is a place that in the medieval time served as a marketplace in the town in the 1300's and there were sold glass, pottery, candles and household goods etc. and was a very important place in the town. Wigelo of Wanebach and his wife Katharina von Hohenhaus donated the chapel to the community and it was known as St Catherine's and also Wigelskapelle at the time.  Wigelo was the administrator of the chapel until his death where his wife took over control. 

In 1325 the construction began on the church to enlarge it and it was then that the Arch Bishop of Mainz ordered the name changed to Liebfrauenkirch. The new structure also included a monastery. On March 22, 1945 in the massive air raid that hit Frankfurt the church was hit and completely burned out and the monastery was badly damaged. 

When the war was over the choir received a temporary covering but the rest of the church remained without for the next ten long years. 


This building is the Römer.  This is where the city council of Frankfurt meets and for more than 600 years the future of Frankfurt has been decided from these halls by it's leaders. In the year 1405 they purchased the buildings here from the merchant Kunz for "800 guldens of good Frankfurt currency in cash."  Since then they have added other buildings to the original.

These buildings suffered serious damage in 1945 when the city was bombed in WWII.  Rebuilding efforts began that same year and they were not reopened until 1955. It was not until 1975 that the three -gabled façade was added once again to the face of the building.



This old opera house is a cherished piece of history in Frankfort.  Bombed down to it's foundation the people of Frankfurt cried out for this beloved place to be restored to its former glory.  Once again a home for the symphony, concerts, meeting and balls. It is a place of beauty.

In 1933 there was a boycott in Frankfurt against the Jewish people and as time went on the restrictions on them began to tighten. Nov. 10, 1938 the largest synagogues were burned to nothing. At this time many of the Jewish people living there began to leave the area. Those that did not were sent away notified with only minutes to grab what they could and leave to the Lodz Ghetto in central Poland. The Lodz ghetto was the second to the largest Jewish ghetto's next to Warsaw. Eventually those were taken off to Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps. In the year 1933 there were 33,000 Jewish people that lived in Frankfurt as noted by the government records of the area. In 1945 there were only just over 600 that remained in the area. 

Street with the Linen House on the right side.

The Eighth Air Force dropped 12,197 pounds of bombs on Frankfurt's town center killing 5500 people (see videos here  and here - note  we do not own videos  nor any rights to them, we are merely providing the links so that you can have more information.) they fell in the largest Medieval center in all of Germany.

For more information about the Lodz Ghetto click here: to be taken to the Jewish Virtual Library Site.
Click here for clip of video documentary by the Lodz Children Project

Join us for our next stop Frankfurt Germany | Dreikonigsgemeinde Church 

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Mushroom Swiss Burger

This burger is a delicious mix of mushrooms and swiss cheese and creamy alfredo sauce. I first had one like it at Cheddar's restaurant and fell in love!  I had it again recently and I didn't like the changes they made in it. They added pickles, lettuce, mayo and mustard and removed the alfredo sauce. It was gross.  So, we decided to make our own mushroom swiss burger. Try it out and let us know what you think. We try to use organic stuff when we cook but use what you have or what you can. 


Mushrooms
Beef Patty
Swiss Cheese
Burger Bun
Nutritional Yeast
Himalayan Salt
Mrs. Dash
2 Tablespoons Organic Flour
2 Tablespoons Grass Fed Butter
1 Cup Milk


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Sautee mushrooms in a saucepan. Melt butter in a pan, whisk in flour. Add milk stirring continually until thickened. Add mushrooms. Cook beef patty in a pan, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, salt and Mrs. Dash. Melt cheese over meat. Remove to burger bun, cover with sauce and mushrooms.

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The Lies The Mirror Tells Us

Mirrors lie. Especially to us ladies. 

They tell us we are fat, that we are ugly. That we are unwanted, unlovable and worthless. I was doing photography last summer for my friends Equine Obstacle Challenge and I was amazed at the fact that almost every lady out there hated something about herself. These women who had the courage to get on a massive creature and tell them what to do hated the way they looked. The hated their skin, the size of their body and so many other things that now one but them see. Where others saw that they were having fun, that they enjoyed being outside, that they weren't afraid, they saw wrinkled skin tanned by days in the sun working with an animal who had stolen their heart.

 I heard some ask no photos from the side, another that she never got pictures of herself taken. So as I sat there editing photos I couldn't help praying that when they got to see these picture they would see themselves through His eyes, not their own. And you know what, almost all bought them and were surprised at how good they looked (It's amazing how far photo effects and a little prayer will go).


How much differently would we feel if instead of looking into the mirror with human eyes and seeing the pimple or zit those irritating freckles that someone enjoyed teasing us about? Or that we aren't as tiny as some people. But instead, we looked in the mirror through His eyes. Instead, we saw what He sees. Mirrors lie because they can only see what the world counts as beautiful not what God considers beautiful.

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In the bible, most of the names that stick out are men, but there are some amazing women of God in those pages. Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Jael, Rehab, Ruth, Ester, Hannah, Mary, Martha and her sister Mary, Jairus's daughter (the one that was dead and Jesus brought back to life), Elizabeth, Anna, Joanna, The woman about to be stoned, The crippled woman, Tabitha, Syrophoenician woman & her daughter, The woman at the well, the woman who was bleeding just to name a few, trust me I can keep going.

Some of them made huge mistakes which are forever remembered through the pages of the bible. But they all have something to teach us. Some are lessons of Faith, others that no matter what others say God can use you for amazing things like Deborah leading the entire nation or Jael in her own back yard (or tent in her case).

All through the New Testament, Jesus is reaching out to women and not just the ones that have their life all straightened out. The woman about to be stoned was a prostitute. The women who anointed his feet was a sinner. He reached out to the ones who were considered trash, he reached out to the poor along with the rich. When he rose from the dead who were the first ones that He appeared to? A group of women.


Christians during the first century were often known as the ones that would go to the trash heaps or (dump) where Roman families would leave babies to be exposed, and rescue the infants. They most times were girls, but also children with the wrong color eyes, or hair, or were not physically the way the father wanted or were handicapped in some way. Midwives would place a newborn child at the Father's feet. If they reached out and picked up the child it became part of the family, if not it would be taken outside and was exposed. Left to die. They said that it was up to the "gods" if it lived or died.

Jesus often does that for us.  He goes to the dump and picks us up out of the trash and says you are worth more than precious jewels. You are beautiful. You are not defined by the world's standards but His.

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 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 30:30-31
So get out there beautiful!  Be all who He has created you to be and let that beauty shine. 

Holy Land Tour: Jerusalem

Israel 2017

This is day one of our tour, I am so excited even though I MAY have slept 1 hour - it's debatable.

I'm sitting here in the dining room of The David Citadel Hotel.

They prepared a fabulous buffet for us. Pink and yellow grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, apples, oranges, numerous cheeses, and salads! Many varieties of salads -unusual for breakfast.  I looked to the right side of the room and thought, "Is that cheesecake  I see -for breakfast?"  Not sure, I had to try it, of course.  Sure enough, it was cheesecake along with many other desserts.  Then there were the eggs, potatoes, omelet bars, waffles, cereals, juices, coffee, and teas.  Needless to say - ALOT of food!


Eric came down earlier and ate so I'm sitting alone contemplating the day ahead. I can see the old walls of Jerusalem in the distance as I think about all I am about to experience and what a dream come true this is.


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I should back up and document what led up to this trip to the Holy Land.
I originally signed up with another church to make this journey probably 16 years ago.  The trip was canceled.

Since I've been going to Calvary, I've signed up probably 4 times. For one reason or another, I was not on the tour.

Last summer they announced the date for sign ups.  Unfortunately, it was in July while I was in Cabo with my son and his family. There is limited availability and I knew I will be on the waiting list again.
Every few months I would call Pastor Jacks secretary, Robin, to see if I was moving up the list.  I was moving, but very slowly and still pretty far down on the list. 

In the meantime, one of our kiddos asked my husband and me if we would babysit one of the nights the group would be in Israel.  I told them, as I'd been telling everyone for years, that I was on the waiting lists for Israel. 
I'd let them know.

March 7th I decided to call one last time. Again I was told it was full.  I was told,
"Last year someone broke their arm so you never know."  I'm not wishing that on anyone! I thought "oh I should just tell the kids I'll babysit" then thought " I'm going to wait a couple more days."

  
Thursday morning  March 9th, I'm driving to see clients and praying. I've found that driving is a good time for me to pray.  No distractions and lots of traffic.  One of the few times in the day that I have solitude.  During my prayer, I asked,  " Lord should I babysit or is there a possibility that I'm going to Israel? I don't want to go if I'm not supposed to go at this time so
"Your will be done Lord, but.... you know Monday is my birthday and this would be a great present." 

About 5 hours later I was working in my Anaheim office when the call came from Robin.
"Are you still interested and able to go to Israel? We have an opening for two!"
Happy Birthday from the Lord to me!!!!

I had to find a travel mate and had to find one like right now. If interested, the names were going to the airline tickets that night!

After some frantic phone calls and text messages, my son Eric, with the encouragement of his wife, my sweet daughter-in-law, agreed to go with me.
18 days later we were on a plane and today- whatever day this is in my sleep deprived, time changed mind, I'm here and ready to embark on our first tour of the holy land!
Thank you, Lord!

Now back to our day:
 The majority of our group arrived yesterday around 10 am.  Because we did not arrive at the hotel until midnight last night, they decided to change the schedule for today and take it easy on us.

We were each assigned a bus for our entire stay in Israel. Eric and I are on the "blue" King David bus.  We were also assigned a whisperer-(earphones and electronic communication system so we could hear our guide.  Our guide is with "Behold Israel Tours" and his name is Elijah, but he prefers Elle.

Today is Shabbat/ Sabbath so the sites will close early.

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Our first stop was to the Israel Museum (or  מוזיאון ישראל‎‎) that was fairly close by. It is located in Givat Ram on a hill in Jerusalem. It was a beautiful museum and thTere was a large model of the old city of Jerusalem.
This was interesting as they pointed out and explained what we would be seeing over the next few days.

We also saw parts of the actual Dead Sea Scrolls! What a discovery!  I'll explain more about this later.
(Tomorrow we are going to Qumran where there were discovered.)

View from the museum

After lunch, we proceeded to the Holocaust Museum Vad Vashem The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
This photo was taken at the children's exhibit.


There were two parts to this museum, the children's exhibit, and the main museum.  Both horribly sad.

The Hall Of Names is a place that gives honor and pays tribute to the lives of the six million victims of the holocaust.There they have displays of the names of those lost as well as photographs and brief bios of those lost given by those that survived, family members and friends. It is a heart-wrenching testimonial of those that were lost. The Valley of the Communities is a place that has been excavated from under the earth and on the 107 walls that make up this memorial over 5000 names of Jewish communities that existed for hundreds of years and now most of which are completely gone without a trace.

Incidentally, I watched a movie on the plane called "Denial".  Excellent.  How can they deny this happened? Unbelievable!

Well, that is all for this time, join me next week for more of our amazing adventures in the Holy Land!

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Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her amazing children and grandchildren.  She is a successful business woman and is active in her church and community. 






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