Wow! Several times I have set down to write some of the exciting paths God has led me down the past week and I just get overwhelmed with all there is to say and explain. I have begun uploading pictures, which I hope to share soon of the sights I have taken in along this journey. Hopefully they will be pictures that are worth a thousand words, declaring God’s glory, his love and his divine providence. Many of the stories I could tell you are too private to share publicly, so I will attempt a synopsis here, and pray that the links to pictures help fill in some of the gaps.
I volunteered and connected a bit with Eagles Wings Awake Jerusalem Conference for the couple days they were worshiping and praying around Jerusalem. These places included Zedekiah’s Cave, the Garden Tomb, and a divine encounter at the garden of Gethsemane. Every day that week, God directed my steps with his perfect timing to confirm his divinely ordained purposes in my daily walk with him here.
I planned to celebrate and honor Duane’s memory on his birthday Oct 15 with a dear friend of ours. While walking in Jerusalem I “bumped into” this friend twice prior to that day. Such clear evidence that God wanted to bless and encourage my every footstep. Even an unexpected tender touch of healing and blessing on October 10th, that poured healing balm on a deep wound in my spirit due to the great loss and grief of a still born daughter some 34 years ago. God’s love is so very gentle and comforting, words cannot explain this kind of encounter with God. Sharing happy memories of Duane’s life and ministry in Israel over food and his beloved chocolate was a fitting way to honor him on his birthday.
Each day that passes I ask God where he wants me to go. And he has spoken to me often on the journey. The beauty in the sky, the flowers, the heavenly scent of lingering jasmine blossoms, and the sights and sounds of Jerusalem. Oh, yes, and the flavors of fresh vegetables and fruits– falafels and all the foods of Israel! I haven’t had time to blog all the nuggets of revelation and encouragement God has blessed me with, but I am praying for an adjustment in my personal ministry schedule to have time to do this when I return.
Two places the Lord sent me were a prayer walk around the Knesset and a journey through Warren’s shaft under the city of David. There are so many things to pray about as the challenges of everyday life in Israel and the rumblings of potential escalations in the conflict going on with her neighbors–lately in Gaza, keep us who are seeking to effectively pray for Israel very busy on our knees!
Keep praying friends!
(Links to more pictures coming soon!)